ODOT announced that this week along Island Avenue, excavation, concrete curb and concrete sidewalk ramp work will take place from the entrances to the Exxon/DQ business area to the Riddle Road intersection. This work should be close to completed by the end of the week.

In addition, turn arrows, bicycle symbols and stop lines will be installed during the week, with striping to be done at a later date. Traffic detection cameras and other signal upgrades will be installed this at the Riddle Road intersection. The new detection system should be operational by the end of October.

An eastbound right-hand lane closure will be in place all week from Albany Street to Riddle Road, which may result in traffic backing up during the busier times of the day. ODOT asks for continued patience as it gets closer to finishing the curb and sidewalk ramp work on that side of Island Avenue. Contact Mike Remily, project manager, for more information at 541-963-1349.

Young Life raised more than $5,000 for hurricane relief

Union County Young Life has raised more than $5,550 for hurricane relief. The funds, which were collected through a Sept. 27 car wash and a donation drive, will be sent to various hurricane relief agencies for the victims of the recent natural disasters.

EOLS Directors meet Tuesday

UNION — The October meeting of the Directors of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show will meet at
7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the EOLS Clubhouse on Delta Street in Union.

Brazilian band brings music to EOU

Choro das 3, a family band that brings instrumental choro music to venues around the world, will perform a free concert at
7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at McKenzie Theater in Loso Hall on the EOU campus. The up-tempo traditional Brazilian music features flutes, a seven-string acoustic guitar, mandolin, clarinet, banjo, piano and pandeiro. The band’s visit to Eastern Oregon University is sponsored by the institution’s Visiting Artist Fund and includes this family-friendly concert that is free and open to the public. Learn more about Choro das 3 at www.chorodas3.com.br

Union School Board to meet

UNION — The Union School Board will meet Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Union High School athletic complex.

Items to be discussed include whether or not the school district should purse becoming a charter district. Long range planning and a facilities assessment will also be discussed at the meeting.

LG School District Board hears reports

The La Grande School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the District​ ​Office​ ​Conference​ ​Room at​ ​1305​ ​N.​ ​Willow​ ​St. The meeting will include reports from Merle Comfort of IMESD and Superintendent George​ ​Mendoza as well as a financial​ report from Chris​ ​Panike, student​ report from Satori​ ​Young and an October​ bond​ report from Joseph​ ​Waite. The board will also consider a Hawaii​ ​wrestling​ ​trip​ ​proposal from Klel​ ​Carson.

Educators group welcomes Special Olympics winners

The Union County Retired Educators will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Flying J Restaurant. The program will be Special Olympics award winners, presented by Julie Dudley

Exchange your used glasses for a donut Wednesday

ELGIN — The Elgin Lions Club is collecting used eyeglasses. Take them to Cowboy and Angels in Elgin on Oct. 11 and get a free donut.

Conservation board meets Wednesday

The next meeting of the Union Soil and Water Conservation District Board will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the OSU Extension conference room, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. Principal subjects to be discussed are monthly financial statements, staff reports and partner agency reports. For more information, contact Christopher Moats at 541-963-1313 or go to www.unionswcd.org.

ORA hosts annual meeting, fundraising event Saturday

Oregon Rural Action invites its members and the public to the 2017 ORA Annual Meeting and Fundraiser beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the 4-H Building at the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande.

This year’s celebration combines the elements of a relaxed, old-fashioned social with a timely and informative program featuring guest speaker Ahna Kruzic, from the Institute of Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First. Kruzic will discuss topics central to the theme,

“The Future of Rural America: Equity, Sustainability and Justice.” Following the presentation and discussion, participants are invited to enjoy a community potluck. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share.

In addition to the potluck, there will be a “Pies by Guys” and sweets auction and raffles. The day’s events will conclude with an introduction to the newest members of the ORA Board of Directors followed by the drawing for a quilt created by Ellen Krieger.

Oregon Rural Action members are admitted free of charge. Tickets for non-members are $10 each and may be purchased the day of the event. New memberships and renewals are also available at the door. For the event schedule and more information visit www.oregonrural.org/annual-meeting- fundraising-event- 2017.

Landmarks board considers 216 Chestnut Ave.

The City of La Grande Landmarks Commission will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in Council Chambers at La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. New business will include consideration of historical
appropriateness of 216 Chestnut Ave., currently occupied by EONI. A time is set aside for Individuals who wish to comment.

Blue Mountain Outfitters sponsors T-shirt design contest

Blue Mountain Outfitters of La Grande has issued a call to artists to enter a
T-shirt design contest featuring outdoor activities in Eastern Oregon. Artists may enter a single-color design that represents their pride in Eastern Oregon. Designs should be sent to jim@bluemtnoutfitters.com by Oct. 15.

The winner will be announced on Oct. 20 and will receive a free T-shirt and a $50 gift card. For more information, contact Jim Whitbeck or Alana Garner at Blue Mountain Outfitters at 541-624-3113.

Translator District seeks board member

The Blue Mountain Translator District is seeking applicants interested in filling an upcoming vacancy on its board of directors. This position will be filled by appointment, completing a term of office that will be renewed by election in February 2019.

Members of the board are responsible for setting district policy, guiding staff, approving refunds and representing the interests of the district in public. The Board meets once per month.

Interested applicants should call the district office at 541-963-0196 or email staff at bmtd.org@gmail.com for more information.

Nonprofit board training coming to Pendleton

PENDLETON — Board members and staff of nonprofit organizations across Eastern Oregon can register now for a training event Oct. 14 in Pendleton, hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship.

The training will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center, featuring talks on the roles and responsibilities of board members, understanding financial information, risk management and successful program evaluations.

Registration for the training is $95, which includes lunch and materials. To register or for more information, go to www.nonprofitsteward.org or contact Heidi Henry at 541-230-1036.

LHS class of 1954 invited to lunch

The La Grande High School class of 1954 will meet for lunch Oct. 12 at the Flying J. Members of the class are invited to gather at
11:30 a.m.