BRIEFLY: Bingo set Wednesday night in Elgin

By Observer staff March 03, 2014 10:17 am

Bingo set Wednesday night in Elgin center

ELGIN — Bingo is coming to the Elgin Community Center Wednesday. Doors open at 6 p.m., and play begins at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available as well as free popcorn and the chance to win money. The event will help support the Elgin Lions Club.

PFLAG meets Sunday 

Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shelter From the Storm, 1111 Fifth St. in La Grande.

Crystal Apple nominations accepted

Nominations for the InterMountain Education Service District’s 2014 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education’’ awards are now being accepted. 

The awards are open to all classified and licensed/certified staff in the Union, Umatilla and Morrow county school districts. The awards  are not open to administrators, though administrators are encouraged to nominate exemplary employees. The honor may be awarded to individuals who work full-time or part-time in any capacity other than administration. The staff member must have worked in his or her current position for at least one year to qualify. Anyone in the general public may submit a nomination. 

In addition to the Crystal Apple Awards, nominations also are being accepted for the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award, which recognizes an outstanding administrator such as a principal or superintendent. 

Nomination forms, qualifications and a list of past winners are available on the Crystal Apple website, All nominations must be made using the online form. The deadline to make nominations is 5 p.m. April 1.

Kimsey Commons hosts senior meal

COVE — The Cove senior dinner will be Friday at Kimsey Commons. Coffee hour starts at noon, and the meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. 

On the menu are turkey pot pie, salad and chocolate cake. RSVP to Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Tuesday.

Cove council meets Tuesday night

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder. The wastewater project and the Rose Street Bridge are among the items on the agenda.

Master Gardener class set Tuesday

The next master gardener class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. This week’s topic will be caring for the home orchard, with guest instructor Clive Kaiser, OSU Extension agent for Umatilla County. The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash or check only). Refreshments will be served.

Safe Communities accepting proposals

The Union County Safe Communities Coalition is accepting proposals to partner on projects, activities and/or events that help prevent youth substance use. Applications are available at Projects must address substance abuse prevention/education in Union County.  The deadline for proposals is March 14.

Farmers market sets annual meeting

The La Grande Farmers Market Annual Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room at the Cook Public Library. Everyone is invited.

People who have considered becoming a vendor at the market are invited to find out how to do that. The meeting is a chance to learn about farmers market policies, ask questions and chat with other vendors. This is also the time and place for signing up early for spaces at the market.

Those who use a scale at the market must have it licensed through the Oregon Department of Revenue. Starting at 6 p.m., an Oregon Department of Revenue Weights and Measures representative will be present to issue licenses for scales.  

For more information, email Beth at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 541-663-8100.

Mardi Gras Shrove Tuesday Dinner set 

Mardi Gras Shrove Tuesday Dinner at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church will run from 5:30 p.m. to      7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger, and $22 for family. Discounted tickets available in advance at the Parish office. Menu includes pancakes, ham and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and ice cream sundaes. Proceeds benefit the Union County Catholic Youth Ministry. For more information, call 541-963-0861.

Cove Booster Club meets Tuesday 

COVE — The Cove Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove High School. Parents and the public are welcome. For more information, call Wayne at 541-805-5837.

Investing network volunteer training set 

Local impact investing opportunity network volunteer training will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County Chamber office, 207 Depot St. People are invited to participate in a unique training on how to help facilitate a program called the Local Impact Investing Opportunities Network or “LIION” in Union County. People who would like to attend should RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

Grange hosts Mardi Gras Party

NORTH POWDER — The Wolf Creek Grange is hosting a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event includes food, music, party favors and fun.

ESD hosts workshops for parents this week 

InterMountain Education Service District, which serves Union, Baker, Umatilla and Morrow counties, is hosting workshops for parents of children with disabilities Wednesday and Thursday.

“It Starts with a Dream — Person-Centered Planning,” a training session to help parents recognize and identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses and ascertain which strategies work best, will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. This workshop will be held at Intermountain ESD, 2001 SW Nye St., Pendleton.

Scheduled for Thursday is “Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten,” offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Pendleton at the address above, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Intermountain ESD Punkin Center at 290 W. Punkin Center Rd. in Hermiston.

The workshops are hosted by FACT, Family and Community Together. For more information and to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-888-988-3228. Go to for information on upcoming events.

ORA launches Bee Friendly Campaign

Local pollinators are in trouble, both honey bees and native pollinators. The community is invited to roll up their sleeves to help these little and important friends. 

The Oregon Rural Action Food & Agriculture Policy Team is creating a Bee Friendly Campaign. An informational/organizational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the ORA Office, 1119 Washington Ave. 

For more information, call ORA at 541-975-2411.