COVE — The community is invited to a Sunday presentation by Rufus Luttig, from the Village South Africa orphanage, regarding this mission to help vulnerable kids in South Africa. The presentation begins at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 4 at Grace Community Lutheran Church in Cove, 501 Main St. All are welcome to stay for the following potluck. For more information call Bob at 541-568-4230.

Republicans invited to attend Precinct Committee Person training

LA GRANDE — Registered Republicans interested in politics at the grassroots level are invited to attend a Precinct Committee Person training Feb. 5 at the Flying J outside La Grande. There will be two opportunities to come learn about what a PCP does and how you can help: one session begins at noon and another at 7 p.m. The training will take approximately 45 minutes. Call 541-910-6585 for more information.

Brown Bag talk features Alder Slope Nursery

JOSEPH — The speaker at the Feb. 6 Brown Bag at the Josephy Center in Joseph will be the owners of Alder Slope Nursery. Nathan Slinker and Asch Humphrey, after years of college and some college teaching by Nathan and agency work in natural resources by Asch, moved back to Wallowa County to take over Alder Slope Nursery from Nathan’s parents, Pam and Randy Slinker. They are about to embark on their second season and will talk Tuesday about coming back to the land and their plans for being part of the new agrarian evolution. Brown Bags are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch or snacks.

UC Democrats plan to attend city council meeting Feb. 7

LA GRANDE — Union County Democrats Feb. 7 meeting is canceled so members may attend the
La Grande City Council meeting to support the Union County Health Care Resolution. The resolution, with 260 signatures, asks the Oregon Legislature to present universal, publicly funded health care for all to a vote of the people in 2020. The city council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. Contact Cheryl Simpson at for more information.

WC Commissioners meet Monday

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners will hold an executive session followed by a regular session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5. Both meetings will take place in the Thornton Conference Room of the Wallowa County Courthouse in Enterprise.

Gardening class covers weeds and resources

ISLAND CITY — The OSU Master Gardener program offers the community opportunities to expand gardening knowledge. The Feb. 6 class will be “Weed I.D. and Resources for Gardeners.” Classes run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the conference room at the OSU Extension, Union County office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. Presented by Samantha Bernards, director of Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management, the class is $5 for the general public. For more information and to RSVP for classes, call the Extension office at 541-963-1010.

Translator District Board will meet in La Grande

LA GRANDE — The Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors meeting scheduled for noon Feb. 6 will not be held in Baker City as announced. The meeting will take place in the Community Bank Conference Room, 2313 Adams Ave., La Grande. The updated agenda and board packet is available to view at

Register early for ‘Lush Canvas’ held at Wine Down

LA GRANDE — A Lush Canvas class will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 at Wine Down, 1501 Adams Ave., La Grande. A social event and painting class combined, Lush Canvas is a fun night of casual painting, sipping a beverage and hanging out with other art enthusiasts. No experience is necessary. Cost is $45 ($40 for Art Center East members) and includes a glass of wine or beer. Another Lush Canvas event is planned for March 8. Participants must be 21. Register 48 hours in advance at or call 541-624-2800.

URA Commission considers incentive program

LA GRANDE — A regular session of the Urban Renewal Advisory Commission will begin at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 6 in the second-floor conference room at La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. New business includes electing a new chair and vice chair and a briefing on the Revitalization Incentive Program.

Free walk-in blood pressure clinic offered on Tuesdays

LA GRANDE — The OHSU School of Nursing will be offering a blood pressure clinic on Tuesdays in February at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande. Stop by between 10 a.m. and noon and have your blood pressure checked. In-home health-safety visits may also be arranged. Call 541-963-7532 for more information.

Cattlemen discuss vacant allotments

ISLAND CITY — Union County Cattlemen will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Ag Service Center in Island City. There will be a discussion about new technologies available to livestock producers and more discussion about the vacant allotments on the Wallowa Whitman Forest. A business meeting will follow. The meeting is open to the public.