ISLAND CITY — The City of Island City will be working in connection with Hampton Paving to improve McAlister Road. The work is scheduled to begin July 13 with the closure of the southbound lanes both Friday and Saturday. Truck traffic will be re-routed, and local traffic will be able to access their homes through detours. A tentative schedule for the northbound lane closure is July 19-21.

Senior Center hosts picnic in the park Thursday

LA GRANDE — The Union County Senior Center is hosting a fried chicken picnic from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 12 at Riverside Park in La Grande. All are welcome. For seniors who cannot attend the picnic, a hot meal will be served at the center at 11:30 a.m.

Golf tournament benefits Chief Joseph Summer Camp

JOSEPH — Due to the pending sale of the Buhler Ranch, the Chief Joseph Summer Camp will be held at the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area outside of Joseph. The camp is for children going into grades 2-6. To help cover the costs of relocating the camp, The Lions Club is hosting a golf tournament at Alpine Meadows July 21 to raise funds. The event will include a variety of prizes, dinner and a Calcutta auction. Entry fee is $150 per person, which can be paid online at or sent to the Lions at P.O. Box 752, Joseph 97864. Entry deadline is July 17. For more information on the camp, go to

Island City boards meet this week

ISLAND CITY — The Island City Sanitation District Board will meet at 1 p.m.. July 11 at Island City City Hall on Island Avenue. The meeting will include a budget hearing. On July 12, the Island City Cemetery District Board will meet at 11 a.m., also at Island City City Hall. The agenda includes maintenance, mowing, and watering reports. All interested persons are welcome to attend both meetings.

Steve Arment speaks at special Thursday Brown Bag

JOSEPH — At a special Thursday Brown Bag on July 12, Steve Arment will talk about his craft and creativity as expressed in the current “Cirque de Arment” exhibit at the Josephy Center. Brown Bag events are free and open to the public, held at 403 N. Main St., Joseph. Bring a lunch or snack if you like. For further information, contact Rich Wandschneider at 541-432-0505.

UC Democrats discuss fair booth

LA GRANDE — The Union County Democrats will meet July 11 at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave. Those who attend are asked to arrive at 5:50 p.m. for easy access to the building. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will include a discussion of Jamie McCleod-Skinner’s visit to Union County and planning for the Democrat booth at the Union County Fair.

Landmarks Commission meets Thursday

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Landmarks Commission will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. July 12 in Council Chambers, La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. New business to be discussed includes a review of the bowling alley window treatment. A work session follows.

Timbers offers KinderKicks mini-camp

LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Valley Timbers is hosting a mini-camp from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 17-19 at Central Elementary School. This KinderKicks mini-camp is an introduction to soccer for children 3-5 years old. Cost is $25 per player. For more information and to register, visit the website at

Union School Board to meet Wednesday

UNION — The Union School Board will meet July 11 . The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the high school athletic complex. The school district's safety plan will be one of the subjects discussed.