ISLAND CITY — Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary will meet Monday at Island City City Hall. Refreshments will be available at 9 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9:30. The speaker will be Aaron Curtis, manager of the Dietary Department. Anyone interested in becoming an auxiliary member is welcome to attend.
LA GRANDE — Union County Retired Educators will meet Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Denny’s. The program will feature Suzannah Moore-Hemann, executive director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Community-wide pinewood derby includes workshops
LA GRANDE — The La Grande Nazarene Church is hosting a community-wide pinewood derby March 1. Registration begins at noon. There will be brackets for all ages and a free lunch.
Car kits may be purchased for $5 at the church, 109 18th St., on weekdays. Workshops with tools, paint and experienced help will be open to all at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 in the church fellowship hall. Go to www.lagrandenazarene.com for complete details.
Workshop focuses on understanding your adolescent’s brain
LA GRANDE — "Understanding Your Child: Providing a Culture of Care" is a free two-part workshop for parents of adolescents (ages 12-18) Feb. 13 and 20 in La Grande. Participants will learn the latest information and research on brain states, epigenetics and more and how these affect learning, and cognitive development in children.
The La Grande School District reported it is starting to help children understand their brains in new ways to promote learning and encourage parents to be part of the team and support learning and good behavior at home.
Social worker Lisa Ladendorff leads the the workshops, which run 6-8 p.m. in the La Grande High School Library, part 1 this Thursday and part 2 next Thursday. No registration is required, and dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the school district office at 541-663-3203 or go to www.neonoregon.org/upcoming-trainings.
Hoop-a-thon raises funds for school
LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Academy, 507 Palmer Ave., La Grande, is having a hoop-a-thon free throw basketball fundraiser Feb. 21 during regular school hours. Participants are gathering pledges (per basket or a flat donation) to help the school provide Christian education for the children of the Grande Ronde Valley.
Sponsored "shooters" — students, faculty, alumni and friends — will shoot free throws for five minutes, trying to make as many baskets as they can. This is not a competition and the participants don’t have to be ballplayers to be a success. The EOU football team will be there to help out. The community is invited to attend and support the hoop-a-thon. For more information or to make a pledge, call the school at 541-975-1147, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.granderondeacademy.org.