BRIEFLY: Page Turners read Louise Penny book

By Observer staff August 20, 2014 10:26 am

Page Turners read Louise Penny book 

Cook Memorial Library’s Page Turners Book Club is reading “How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny for its Sept. 9 meeting. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in the Archives Room of the library. New members are welcome.

Driver Education Class begins Sept. 8

A driver education class, sponsored by Malheur Education Service District, Vale, is set for Sept. 8 at the regional Oregon Department of Transportation building (behind the Department of Motor Vehicles office), 3012 Island Ave. The class begins at 6 p.m. and costs $250. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their student learner permit.

Any young person completing and passing the driver education program will no longer have to do the drive portion of the test when applying for a driver’s license. 

For more information, contact Topper Schlupe at 541-473-4834 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Allison Nunez at 541-473-4833 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Virtual public school holds sessions

More families are exploring virtual public school as they consider various schooling options over the summer months. The state’s leading tuition-free virtual public charter school, Oregon Connections Academy, is hosting free information sessions in Ontario and in Baker City. The meetings will help families learn more about online learning. Oregon Connections Academy is also offering tips for parents to use when researching online school for their students.

The Ontario information session will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. Fifth Ave.

The Baker City information session will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Baker County Public Library, 2400 Resort St.

Oregon Connections Academy opened in 2005 under a charter with the Scio School District. Some 3,700 students in grades K-12 were enrolled during the 2013-2014 school year. 

For more information on Oregon Connections Academy events and enrollment eligibility, visit the school website at www.OregonConnectionsAcademy.com or call 800-382–6010.

UHS celebrates 50-year reunion 

UNION — The Union High School Class of 1964 50-year reunion will take place Friday through Sunday at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Clubhouse, 760 E. Delta St., Union.  

Activities are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, start at noon Saturday and run to an undetermined time, and run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Telephone scams targeting taxpayers

After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers to protect their personal identifying information. 

Taxpayers have received phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as revenue representatives or IRS agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire transfer or credit card.

The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social Security or credit card numbers. 

“Revenue employees may ask you to verify some personal information, but they won’t threaten you or demand personal or financial information,” said Ken Ross, revenue’s personal tax program manager. “If you think you’re being scammed, end the call and contact us directly.” 

Revenue offers tips to help taxpayers protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud: 

• Taxpayers may contact Revenue directly at 1-800-356-4222 to check the validity of any tax-related phone calls. 

• Taxpayers will always receive a billing notice by mail prior to receiving any calls from Revenue. 

• Revenue will never ask a taxpayer to wire money. 

• Electronic payments to Revenue don’t have to be made over the phone. If you’re more comfortable paying online, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/payments. 

• Revenue maintains a list of official mailing addresses for all offices in the Contact Us section of www.oregon.gov/dor. Revenue will not ask taxpayers to send information or payments to any addresses that aren’t on this list.

Taxpayers can report incidences where the caller identifies themselves as an agent of the state to Revenue’s Tax Services at 1-800-356-4222.

Fraudulent calls where the IRS is mentioned can be reported to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration at 1-800-366-4484. For more information on scams and fraud being tracked by the IRS, visit www.irs.gov. 

Try free sample of corn salsa Saturday

Saturday at the La Grande Farmers’ Market, James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys will perform, followed by a special demonstration by Teresa Stratton and Kelly Anderes at the ReMax Chef at the Market booth. People can stop by at 10:30 a.m. for a free sample of corn salsa made from seasonally available local ingredients at the market.

Montessori Preschool sets open house

Blue Mountain Montessori Preschool, 1612 Fourth St., will conduct two open house sessions Thursday. The sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LHS Class of 1947 meets Monday 

The La Grande High School Class of 1947 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Flying J restaurant.

Friends of library hold yard sale

UNION — Friends of the Union Carnegie Public Library is holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Items are available for the handyman, homemakers, children, anglers and everyone in the family. Proceeds from the sale go to support activities throughout the year at the library.

NAMI meets fourth Monday at library 

The Union County National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Community Room in Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St. The next meeting will be Monday. For more information, call Susan at 541-786-5046 or Ginny at 541-786-5060.

Zumba class Saturday benefits shelter 

A free Zumba fitness master class is being offered to help save Shelter From the Storm. The free class will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Max Square. Donations to the shelter are welcome and are tax deductible. People are asked to bring water.