BRIEFLY: Jump in the lake on New Year's Day

By Observer staff December 30, 2013 10:38 am

Jump in the lake on New Year’s Day

The annual Wallowa Lake Polar Bear Plunge will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. 

Those brave enough to jump and those wishing to watch will gather at the north end of the lake at the county park.

Start 2014 with   ‘First Day Hike’  

Hikers in Union and Wallowa counties have the opportunity to join in one of 30 free guided “First Day Hikes” to take place Wednesday throughout Oregon. 

The hikes are organized by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with America’s state parks.

Wallowa County hikers will gather at the Iwetemlaykin parking area and trailhead next to the Wallowa Lake Highway by 10 a.m.

Union County hikers will gather in the community building at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area at 
11 a.m. This one-mile hike will be on packed snow and is open for hiking or snowshoeing. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, each park should be contacted to find out about cancellations.

A list of helpful cold-weather hiking tips is available from the American Hiking Society at

New Year’s bike ride over the Blues set

A bike ride to Pendleton will be conducted on New Year’s Day. 

Cyclists will meet at the Mountain Works at 1301 Adams Ave. at 9:30 a.m. and then depart in vehicles for the Spring Creek Interstate 84 exit about 15 miles west of La Grande. The cyclists will  begin their ride to Pendleton from there at 10 a.m. 

Support vehicles will accompany cyclists on the ride. Drivers are needed for support vehicles. For more information, call the Mountain Works, 541-963-3220.

Swing into the new year at fundraiser 

A swing/contra dance fundraiser for Heather Kennedy’s Mission Trip to China will run from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at Grace Bible Church, 1114 Y Ave. Cost is $5, $8 per couple or $15 per family. Dress is semi-formal (guys: dress shirt, girls: dresses). Parents must attend with kids 13 and younger and are responsible for them; child care will not be provided.

Cove serves up senior dinner Friday 

COVE — The Cove senior dinner will take place with coffee and tea at noon and the dinner at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Kimsey Commons. 

On the menu are chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable and roll, fruit and dessert. 

RSVP by calling Imie Bristow by Wednesday at 41-568-4545.