Briefly: Want to play the dulcimer?

By Observer staff January 20, 2014 01:20 pm

The Wallowa Dulcimer Club will meet Tuesday. The new club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Woodshed at 705 S. River St. in Enterprise. Bring your mountain dulcimer and join the jam, with music and tablature handouts. All levels of players are welcome. For more information contact Heidi Muller at 304-382-9422 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

La Grande planners meet Tuesday evening

The La Grande Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Free class on dementia offered Tuesday 

Wildflower Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care Community is offering “Being Active & Engaged,” a class for those living with or caring for someone with dementia, at 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

The class will shed light on new developments and training on how people living with dementia can continue to lead purposeful and meaningful lives. For more information on this free educational series or to register for one or all of the classes, call 541-663-1200.

Senior meal served Tuesday in Union 

UNION – Boneless barbecue pork ribs and potato salad are on the menu for the senior meal, which will be served at noon Tuesday at the Union Methodist Church.

Child care provider class scheduled for Thursday

A DHS child care provider orientation class will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Child Care Resource & Referral in the employment office, 1901 Adams Ave. 

If not licensed, people will be paid to attend the class. The hours count for the Oregon Registry, but not for the renewal of a license. The class is free and open to the public. To register or for information, call 541-963-7942, ext. 22, or 1-800-956-0324, ext. 7.

Apply now for PEO memorial scholarship 

Applications for the P.E.O. Chapter DK Memorial Scholarship are now available. Eligible applicants must be women who have graduated from a Union County high school, will have sophomore or higher college standing by the fall of 2014 and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This is a $1,000 scholarship to be used for educational expenses at the college of the recipient’s choice. 

To request a scholarship application please contact Teresa Gustafson, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Scholarship applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be accepted for consideration. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization dedicated to the education of women.

Bimonthly Socrates Cafe debuts tonight

JOSEPH — Beginning this evening, the Josephy Center will regularly host the Socrates Cafe, featuring discussion of common concerns with questions, dialogue and observations. 

The Art of Civic Dialogue Group presents an ongoing open forum for initiating and cultivating discussions of ideals, vision, challenges, opportunities, and/or community projects. The event will take place the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Book club reads ‘Hanna’s Daughters’

Cook Memorial Library’s Page Turners Book Club is reading “Hanna’s Daughters” by Marianne Fredriksson for its Feb. 11 meeting. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the library Archives Room. New members are always welcome.

Water rights workshop, dinner set Wednesday

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association is hosting an informative afternoon program on Oregon water rights for landowners and livestock producers beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise.

Following the workshop, the Stockgrowers will host its annual “Dollars for Scholars” prime-rib dinner and auction at Cloverleaf Hall. The fundraising event is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by a dessert auction. Tickets are sold at the door: $20, $10 ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and younger.

For more information on either event, call Scott Shear at 541-263-0609 or Saralyn Johnson at 541-263-0783.

Program focuses on railroads

JOSEPH — This year’s Brown Bag Lunches at the Josephy Center, 403 N. Main St. in Joseph, kick off Tuesday with a program on Wallowa County railroads.

Ralph Swinehart, longtime friend of the Joseph Branch, will lead the discussion, and Gwen Trice, director of the Maxville Heritage Project, will talk about the logging railroads and Maxville. 

Before the railroad came into the county, pigs were driven to railheads and markets in Elgin and Lewiston, Idaho, and lumbering was limited by local demand. This discussion will focus on the changes brought by rails — and the changes in the rails over 100 years in Wallowa County.

Brown Bag programs are at noon on first and third Tuesday. They are free and open to the public. People are welcome to bring a lunch but it is not required. Coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, call Rich Wandschneider at 541-432-0505, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Multiple sclerosis group meets Thursday 

The La Grande multiple sclerosis group’s monthly meeting will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Denny’s Restaurant.

LHS Class of 1984 meets Wednesday for planning

The La Grande High School Class of 1984 will be holding a reunion planning meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bear Mountain Pizza. 

All who are interested in helping to plan are invited to attend.