JOSEPH — Registration for the 2018 Blue Barn Yoga Retreat opens March 1. World-renowned yoga instructor Tiffany Wood will lead the Aug. 10 through 12 retreat at the Blue Barn, hosted by Nancy Knoble, in Joseph. The retreat offers an opportunity for local yoga practitioners to deepen their yoga practice and to connect with other yogis. Wood specializes in Anusara Yoga, which focuses on a positive, “heart-centered” approach. According to organizers, Wood successfully weaves yogic philosophy and important life lessons into the practice.

The retreat sells out fast and is usually attended by both local and non-local yogis who regularly study with Wood. All skill levels are welcome. Register at The registration fee before May 1 is $160; after May 1, the cost goes up to $190. The retreat includes sessions Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. A catered picnic lunch on Saturday is included. Housing is not included. For more information visit Wood’s website or contact Nancy Knoble at 541-263-1812 or Esther Petrocine at 503-706-5154.

LGBTQ Community Group meets at temporary location

LA GRANDE — This month’s Union County LGBTQ Community Group meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 1 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Fourth Street and O Avenue in La Grande. The entrance is on the O Avenue side in the middle of the building. Parking is on the street. Next month the group will resume meeting at its usual location, Zion Lutheran Church. For more information, email .

Parking, traffic and street commission meets March 6

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance Advisory Commission will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. March 6 in the Public Works Department Conference Room at 800 X Ave. Call 541-962-1325 for more information.

Tree School East offers bees, birds, wolves and trees

BAKER CITY — Tree School East, a one-day mini-college covering a wide range of forestry and natural resource related topics, will be held at Baker High School April 21. Hosted by OSU Baker County Extension Service, the annual event offers nearly 30 unique classes exploring topics such as bee-friendly yards and gardens, the ecology and biology of birds of prey, and the impacts of wolf-cattle interactions. Other classes will focus on multi-aged forest management, weed control, the geology of Northeast Oregon, living off the grid, pruning fruit and ornamental trees, and minimizing forest insect and disease problems. Tree School East is open to everyone interested in natural resources. To learn more about the mini-college and how you can register, call 541-523-6418 or go to

Self-defense class taught Saturday

LA GRANDE — A self-defense class taught by Applied Tactical Solutions will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 3 in Room 106 of Zabel Hall on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. For more information email