BRIEFLY: Wyden holds town hall meetings

By Observer staff March 12, 2014 09:34 am

Wyden holds town hall meetings

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is holding town hall meetings this week in Union and Wallowa counties.

The Union County town hall will begin at noon Saturday at Ackerman Hall, Room 210 at Eastern Oregon University.

The Wallowa County town hall will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Toma’s Conference Center, 309 S. River St., Enterprise.

ORA holds quarterly meeting Friday 

The Blue Mountain Chapter of Oregon Rural Action will hold its quarterly membership meeting in the Cook Memorial Library Community Room Friday. 

The meeting will start at 5 p.m. with light refreshments and a short film about alternative home building methods. A panel discussion will follow, featuring members experienced with alternative building methods. 

The general portion of the meeting begins at 6 p.m. with updates on all the things ORA teams are accomplishing. For more information, call ORA at 541-975-2411 and ask for Thomas.

First Book grant applications available 

Union County First Book is accepting grant applications for purchasing books for children. Eligible applicants must serve low-income families and distribute books as part of a literacy program. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday. For an application or more information, contact Greta at 541- 963-4611 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

City lists vacancies currently available 

The following vacancies on the City of La Grande Budget Committee or other selected advisory commissions are currently available — the Budget Committee, the Air Quality Advisory Commission and the Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance Advisory Commission. 

Applications for a commission seat may be submitted at the applicant’s earliest convenience. However, applications for existing vacancies will continue to be accepted until all vacancies are filled. A particular need exists to fill a recently vacated Budget Committee seat.

Professor discusses pre-k programs

Rae Ette Newman, assistant professor of education, will discuss the significance of pre-kindergarten programs in the school system and complexities with expansion of state programs Thursday.   

Newman’s colloquium on “The Struggle for Prekindergarten Expansion in the United States” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210 at Eastern Oregon University. A reception with question and answer session will follow.

According to Newman, quality preschool and universal pre-kindergarten has seen an immense push by the federal government and advocacy groups in the last two decades. Enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs continues to grow, servicing more 4-year-olds than federally funded programs (Head Start). However, only 28 percent of 4-year-olds are being provided this vital education opportunity (National Institute for Early Education Research, 2013).

Library holds paper ball craft for teens 

Cook Memorial Library is holding a paper ball garland craft for teens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Supplies are provided, and registration is not required. iCraft is the library’s free monthly craft activity for teens ages 11 and up, held the third Saturday of the month. View the flier and watch for upcoming teen events on the library’s Facebook page. This program is funded by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation. 

VFW serves up spaghetti dinner 

UNION — Veterans of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 in Union will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner will consist of all-you-can-eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad. Cost is $8.

Funds raised will help replace a barbecue that fell out of a truck after the Veterans Stand Down held at the National Guard Armory on Jan. 30.

Class of 2014 sets silent auction, dessert 

UNION — Union High School Senior Class of 2014 is having a silent auction and dessert social from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the S.E. Miller Gym.

Impact 100 meeting approaching

The 11th annual Impact 100 meeting will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in the Northeast Oregon Public Transit Building, 2204 E. Penn Ave.

Impact 100 members donate $100 and then decide at the annual meeting how the  funds raised can help people in the community. People who would like to make a Impact 100 donation or obtain more information  should call Susie Harris at 541-910-3090. Impact 100 has raised more than $160,000 for good causes in Union County since it started.

First Christian Church sets rummage sale

The First Christian Church in La Grande is holding a big rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Items for sale will include household items, clothing and shoes, books and movies, holiday decor, plants and baked goods. During the last hour, take advantage of the $1 bag sale.

Enrollment open at Marian Academy

Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is now open at Marian Academy. People can receive a 20 percent discount off the registration fee if it is submitted and paid for by June 1. 

Enrollment applications can be downloaded online at or picked up in the school office at 1002 L Ave. 

For more information, call 541-963-0861.