BRIEFLY: Chef at market provides free samples

Written by Observer staff reports June 18, 2014 10:19 am

Chef at market provides free samples

Saturday at the La Grande Farmers Market, the Matt Cooper X-tet will perform, followed by a special demonstration by Emelie Montgomery Jones at the Chef at the Market booth. 

Stop by during the music break at 10:30 a.m. for a free sample of apple spinach salad with warm bacon dressing made at the market from seasonally available local ingredients.

The market runs 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 18. The Tuesday market runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Connection receives $5,000 grant 

Community Connection has received a $5,000 grant from the Robert W. Chandler II Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to support Kids Club, a state-certified before and after-school care program for children 5 to 12. The fund will help with salary expenses of state-certified teachers.

Creek closes to Chinook fishing 

ELGIN — Lookingglass Creek, a tributary to the Grande Ronde River at Palmer Junction, will close to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook beginning today. The last day of fishing was Tuesday, when biologists expected the harvest quota would be reached.

 “Anglers have enjoyed good fishing since the fishery opened on May 31,” said Tim Bailey, ODFW district fish biologist in La Grande. “Water conditions in Lookingglass Creek have been ideal, and with good numbers of Chinook showing up, catch rates were very good. The only down side to the season is that it went by quickly.”

 For more information, call the ODFW Northeast Region office in La Grande at 541-963-2138.

Learn to help kids cope with divorce  

A class to help parents give their children guidance on coping with divorce and separation, facilitated by educator Mary Lu Pierce, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 26 in the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St. 

The class will teach people how divorce or separation impacts children and what can be done to help them cope. The free class is sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee. 

Parents should not bring their children to this class, as no child care will be provided.

For more information, call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228.

PFLAG plays host to board game night 

PFLAG Union County, formerly known as Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays, is hosting a board game night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bear Mountain Pizza. People attending don’t have to bring a game, but they may feel free to do so.

The garage sale originally planned for Saturday has been canceled.

Comments sought on flat rent policies

Northeast Oregon Housing Authority is amending its flat rent policies to comply with the statutory changes contained within Public Law 113-76, the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriation Act. 

The amended policy is available for review at the housing authority’s office at 2608 May Lane. 

The housing authority’s hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 5. 

 Written comments will be accepted at the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority office and discussed at the public hearing.

City accepts requests for street trees 

The City of La Grande is accepting requests for trees to be planted in city right-of-ways (near the street). The Urban Forestry Division will provide guidelines for choosing a tree suitable for your planting space. 

Trees are high quality and a minimum of 15-gallon or 1¼-inch caliper. The cost is $30 per tree. 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