BRIEFLY: School district budget committee to meet

By Observer staff April 21, 2014 12:47 pm

School district budget committee to meet

The La Grande School District’s budget committee will meet on Wednesday and on April 30. Both meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Willow Elementary School conference room.


GOP committee meets Wednesday

The Union County Republicans Central Committee will hold a meeting at noon Wednesday at the Flying J Restaurant Banquet Room. A no-host lunch is available.

Teen Movie Night set Friday at library 

Teen Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Cook Memorial Library. Teen Movie Nights are free and open to middle and high school teens and pre-teens. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. Funding for this activity is provided by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation. More information on Teen Movie Night and upcoming teen events can be found at the library, or on the library’s Facebook and Web pages.

City sets Arbor Day observance

The City of La Grande Arbor Day observance will be held at noon Friday at the Riverside Park pavilion. Groups and individuals who have contributed to the community forestry program will be recognized, and the winners of the Trees are Terrific poster contest will be announced. For more information, call the Urban Forestry Division at 541-962-1352, ext. 204, or email   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Second annual Spring Sprint set for May 10

The second annual Spring Sprint will take place May 10 with 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer events. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Mountain Valley Fitness and Health parking lot, and the race begins at 9 a.m. The event is being organized by Mountain Valley and the Friday Backpack Program.

Entry fee is $10 per participant (cash and check only) or four items off the Friday Backpack program food list. All moms participating in the race will receive a gift with registration in honor of Mother’s Day.

The first 75 registrants will receive a T-shirt.

For race information and routes, and for more on the Friday Backpack Program, visit For sponsor information, contact Abby at 541-962-0830 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it See the Mountain Valley website for food list ideas.

Presentation targets weed prevention

ENTERPRISE — A presentation to the Wallowa County commissioners and public on the status of weed prevention efforts will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise. The county Weed Board, the county Vegetation Department and other partners in weed efforts across the county will talk about how weed levy funds are spent.

Climate Change Forum slated

Climate change’s effects on fisheries, vegetation, water and forest resilience will be discussed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande.

David Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and John Laurence, forest supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, will lead the discussions.

Some of the topics during the presentation will include climate variability and change with an emphasis on the Blue Mountain region; effects of climate change on resource values-at-risk, such as hydrology, fisheries, and vegetation; and development of adaptation actions designed to enhance the resilience of values-at-risk in the face of climate change and other related stress. 

The Blue Mountain Conference Center is located at 404 12th St.  

Following a scientific presentation, participants will have an opportunity to bring questions and topics of interest they wish to discuss. For more information, call Dave Salo, Wallowa-Whitman forest hydrologist, at 541-523-1281. 

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 in Island City. This week’s topic will be weed management. Guest instructors Sarah Ketchum and Tara Barkes from the Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area will address methods of controlling, preventing and identifying noxious weeds. The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash or check only). Refreshments will be served.

Conscious Discipline series begins Tuesday

An Overview of Conscious Discipline — Part 1 of the Conscious Discipline Series, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the TEC/Child Care Resource & Referral office (the employment office), 1901 Adams Ave., Suite 3. The series offers a chance to review current brain research and brain development and learn the difference between fear-based discipline and a relationship-based community model for classroom and child care management. The class is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call 541-963-7942, ext. 22, or 1-800-956-0324, ext. 7.

Child Care Division Overview class set

A Child Care Division Overview class, required for becoming a licensed family child care provider, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the TEC/Child Care Resource & Referral office (the employment office), 1901 Adams Ave., Suite 3. The class is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call 541-963-7942, ext. 7, or 1-800-956-0324, ext. 7.

Club reads ‘The Invention of Wings’ 

Cook Memorial Library’s Page Turners Book Club is reading “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd for its May 13 meeting. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the library Archives Room. New members are always welcome.

Public art discussion set May 1 

La Grande Main Street will have a public art discussion and meeting at 6 p.m. May 1 at the Community Room at Cook Memorial Library. La Grande Main Street Coordinator Saira Siddiqui will give an overview of what the organization is aiming to do, give a short presentation on public art that has worked in other towns and start to get ideas flowing. LGMSD has some funds to use designated for downtown public art and wants community input. There will be a brief discussion on the topic of La Grande’s identity or theme.