LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary’s February meeting will be held Feb. 19 at Island City City Hall. Refreshments will be available at 9 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Fred Moore, the Auxiliary’s vice president, will speak about the AARP Smart Driver class he teaches and will give a few pointers on driver safety.

Registration open for grief support group

LA GRANDE — The spring 2018 session of Growing Through Grief begins March 1 and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 19 at La Grande’s First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington. Sponsored by Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice, this mutual support group and educational series is open to those who have experienced a loss through death or are supporting someone in a time of grief.

Pre-registration is requested as space is limited and this group fills up fast. To register or for more information, contact group facilitator Teresa Smith- Dixon, LCSW, at 541-963-2273 or .

Gardening class covers pesticides

ISLAND CITY — The next class offered by the OSU Master Gardener program will be “Understanding Pesticides,” presented by Darrin Walenta, OSU Agronomist. This class will be held in the conference room at the OSU Extension, Union County office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Community members may attend for $5 per class. For more information and to RSVP for classes, call the OSU Union County Extension office at 541-963-1010.

Students must be immunized by Feb. 21

The Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 21 — School Exclusion Day — if their records on file show missing immunizations. State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

“Immunization is the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, in a press release.

Children whose vaccination records are not up to date on Feb. 21 will be sent home. Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info (dial 211 or go to

OTEC Board of Directors meets in Baker City

BAKER CITY — The Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative Board of Directors will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 20 at OTEC headquarters, 4005 23rd St., Baker City. The board will hear a legislative update via teleconference and is scheduled to make a decision on policy committee recommendations, on Tariff Rule K and on appointing a voting delegate for the NWPPA annual meeting.

Library offers fine amnesty for youth

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library has announced a one-time fine amnesty for patrons 17 years of age and younger. The library wants to ensure that financial hardships do not prohibit a child from taking advantage of a public resource built to help them.

“We want our youth to recognize the library as a welcoming place where they always have opportunity regardless of what is happening out of the library walls. Our goal is to get more materials into the hands of our patrons,” said Library Director Terri Washburn.

Noxious weed contractor meeting scheduled

LA GRANDE — Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area has announced that the annual noxious weed contractor meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in La Grande. According to a press release, Tri-County CWMA is seeking local, licensed herbicide applicators to work with county, state and federal agencies in Union, Wallowa, and Baker counties. Contact Tri-County CWMA at 541-624-5353 or go to for more information.

Landscape and Art commissions meet next week

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Community Landscape and Forestry Commission will meet Feb. 20, and the Art Commission will meet Feb. 21. Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation offices located inside Pioneer Park. For more information about the agendas, email Parks & Recreation Director Stu Spence at .

Do you know anyone who served on the USS Intrepid?

NEW YORK, NY — Aug. 16 will be the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. To mark the occasion, the Intrepid Museum is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a special 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19 on board the Intrepid.

The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families. Each item added to the museum’s collection helps express and interpret Intrepid’s stories of service, and serves to educate and inspire more than one million visitors each year.

To learn more about this weekend and for registration information, former crew members and their family members can visit or email .

Imbler School Board meets Tuesday

IMBLER — The Imbler School District Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room 1 of the high school. There will also be an executive session during which the board will discuss personnel issues and the superintendent’s evaluation.