Local Briefing for September 9, 2013

By Observer staff September 09, 2013 10:26 am
Local Briefing for September 9, 2013

Indians, pioneers focus of presentation

BAKER CITY — The next regular meeting of Lone Pine Tree chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held Friday at Sunridge Inn in Baker City. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., the meeting at noon. The program will be “The Plateau Indians, Pioneers and, the Oregon Trail,” presented by Nancy Wilson, program chair. Anyone interested in researching their family history can contact Lynne Zwanziger at 541-523-4833 or Joan Smith at  541-963-4861. Meetings are open to the public, and anyone curious about their family history is welcome.

Workshops covers impacts of wind farm 

A workshop covering impacts of the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Refuge and golden eagles will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Union County Senior Center. The free workshop is open to the public. Attendees will be given handouts that will be helpful in preparing public comments once the proposed order on the wind farm is issued. The proposed order is expected shortly after the first of the year. Once this happens, the time frame for public comments is short.

Friends offer Evening Under the Stars 

WALLOWA — The Friends of the Wallowa School Foundation will hold its sixth annual Evening Under the Stars on Sept. 21 at the Tamkaliks grounds in Wallowa.  Times are 5 p.m. for social hour, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the auction. Tickets are $20 per person and $50 per family. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Blonde Strawberry Coffee Shop or from any FFA member.

Soil and Water District sets meeting

The Union Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ag Service Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road to discuss conservation projects and monthly business.

Retired Educators meet Wednesday 

The Union County Retired Educators will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Dusty Spur Cafe, Greenwood Street and S Avenue.

The Association Benefits Members Advisors representative will explain what benefits are available to Oregon Retired Educators Association members. All guests are welcome.

First mayor to return to La Grande

A gathering for former    La Grande Mayor Buck Hermann will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bear Mountain Pizza.

Hermann, considered the first mayor of La Grande, has been residing in an assisted care facility in Hood River for the past six years. He turned 95 in May, and the Hood River care facility recently awarded him a kind of “make a wish” gift, a trip back to La Grande for one overnight stay.

Caretakers will bring Hermann to La Grande Wednesday for the overnight visit. They will be returning to Hood River Thursday.

Nurturing parenting class offered 

A Nurturing Parenting Class will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 207 M.E. Park St., Enterprise. 

There is a free dinner, and child care will be provided at no cost. Nurturing parenting is a proven program for parents and their children that is internationally recognized for enhancing self worth, empathy, discipline and empowerment. 

For more information on the free program or to register, call 541-426-9411.

Two events help small businesses 

With the help of representatives from several state agencies and groups, two Sept. 19 events are designed to help public service providers and small businesses.

The first event is Cooperative Purchasing Traning, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastern Oregon University Integrated Services Buidling, 1607 Gekeler Lane, Room 147. The training aimed at government agencies and public service providers will offer insight into the Oregon Cooperative Procurement Program that allows qualified agencies and organizations to access state contracts. To register for the session or for more information, contact Lisa Clark at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 541-633-2013.

The 2013 Governor’s Marketplace Roadshow will be held from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at EOU’s Hoke Hall, Room 309. This event is open to small businesses and contractors looking to enhance their relationship with public agency representatives and technical service providers. To register for this session or for more information, visit the 2013 Governor’s Marketplace Roadshow website at http://oregongovoffice.eventbrite.com.

For general information on these events, contact Oregon Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights Field Coordinator Feather Sams Huesties at 541-963-1575 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Railway retirees  meet Wednesday 

The National Association Railway Veterans Retired Employees will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cook Memorial Library. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month.

School Board meets Wednesday

The La Grande School Board will meet  at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Willow Elementary School conference room. Professional Learning Communities will be one of subjects  discussed at the meeting.

Union School Board to talk conservation

UNION —The Union School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the high school athletic complex. The school district’s energy conservation program will be one of the subjects discussed at the meeting.  

Learn to knit         and crochet 

WALLOWA LAKE — Wallowa Lake State Park’s “Art in the Parks” series features two “Learn to Knit and Crochet” workshops on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ice Creek Shelter day-use area.

The two introductory workshops do not require prior knowledge and participants need not come to both.

The workshops are open to ages 12 and up and there is no fee to participate. All materials are provided.

Space is limited. Contact Lindsey Jones at 541-432-8855 ext. 24 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a spot. 

What may be hidden in your child’s closet?

Police officer Jermaine Galloway will show parents what might be hidden in their children’s rooms during a Tall Cop’s presentation called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The event unfolds Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the La Grande Middle School Commons.

 The presentation is sponsored by the Union County Safe Communities Coalition.

Complimentary tickets are available by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by calling 541-963-1068. 

Tickets also available at the door.

Mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Day 

Wildflower Lodge Assisted Living & Memory Care is promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness Day,  Sept. 21, at Max Square in La Grande from 9 a.m. to noon. The event offers the public a chance to enter and win a $50 gift certificate to Mamacita’s International Grill. Persons attending Alzheimer’s Awareness Day are encourged to wear purple.

Bingo offered Wednesday

UNION — The Veterans of Foreign Wars, High Valley Post 4060, offers Wednesday Night Bingo at the VFW Hall in Union. Doors open at 5 p.m. and early bird starts at 6 p.m. Regular games begin at 7 p.m. Blackout jackpot is worth $500 if won within the first 50 numbers; $250 if won within the first 55 numbers or $100 progressive, or the consolation amount.

Nonprofit training to be held Sept. 28

BAKER CITY —Board members of nonprofit organizations and their advisers are invited to “Nonprofit Board Member Training,” a presentation that will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City.

The training will include practical workshops presented by the Oregon Department of Justice along with a leading nonprofit certified public accountant, attorney, consultants and trainers. The keynote speech, “Three Key Principals of Leadership,” will be presented by Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State. Ten workshops will be offered covering grants and finances, governing documents, recruitment and more.

Registration and a program brochure are available online at www.nonprofitsteward.org or by calling 541-929-9320. An early registration discount will apply until Sept. 17 for individuals and groups. Discounts are also available for Ford Institute Leadership Graduates and Effective Organization participants.

The event is presented by the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship, a 501c3 nonprofit that educates nonprofit board members. 

For more information, call event planner Whitney Smith at 541-929-9320.

Senior parents to meet Wednesday 

UNION — A senior parent meeting for Union High School will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the art room at the high school.

4-H presentation highlight of meeting

SUMMERVILLE The next Pleasant Grove Grange meeting will be Sept. 15. The monthly potluck begins at 5 p.m., followed by the meeting. This month the meeting will include a presentation on 4-H programs.