Comedian/psychologist presents ‘Brain, Behavior and the Workplace’

LA GRANDE — Research suggests that finding meaning in one’s work is more important than money in terms of long-term happiness. Dr. Matt Bellace, a clinical psychologist and stand-up comedian, will use humor to convey a powerful message in “Brain, Behavior and the Workplace,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1204 Spring Ave., La Grande. The program will focus on supporting members of the workforce in making healthy mental and physical choices. The current research on adult brain functioning and emotions will be presented and there will be time for questions and answers.

Lunch will be provided for those who register by noon Sept. 10 at This free presentation is sponsored by the Union County Safe Communities Coalition and the Center for Human Development.

New ‘Moms & Pops’ store opens in Elgin

ELGIN — An eclectic new shop, Moms & Pops Almost Everything Store, is opening at 810 Inkwood in Elgin. The store offers new and used household items, “farm and auto stuff,” hardwood, hardware and more. The community is invited to stop by Saturday. The store’s regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Trail Blazers’ Rip City Rally comes to town

LA GRANDE — The annual Rip City Rally is coming to Northeast Oregon next week. A team of Trail Blazers and Moda ambassadors and staff will be in La Grande Sept. 10. As part of the Trail Blazers’ and Moda’s partnership to showcase healthy and active living, events will focus on providing activities for kids, including school assemblies, youth basketball PE takeovers and on-court youth basketball.

There will be a free 45-minute clinic at the La Grande Middle School for boys and girls age 10-17 that will focus on working to improve fundamental skills, build teamwork and engage athletes in long-lasting healthy, active lifestyles. This clinic will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the LMS gym.

The visit will conclude with a ceremonial flag raising with city officials, followed by a free community fair from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring activities for all ages, on Adams Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. Go to for updates and information all along the rally.

Founded in Portland in 1955, Moda is a health company committed to building healthier communities by helping our members get well sooner and live well longer.

Beginning ballet class offered to adults

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library is hosting a free Ballet Basics class for adults from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 10. Exploring the fundamentals of ballet, this drop-in class is perfect for the beginner. Ballet slippers or similar dance shoes and dance or workout apparel are encouraged. Call 541-962-1339 or go to for more information.

Lessons learned on 35-day walk through Spain

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library is hosting “500 Miles through Spain: Lessons from the Camino de Santiago” at 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Presenter Jamie Jacobson, who spent 35 days walking alone across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, will share photos, stories and lessons learned along the way. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Free tai chi class resumes Tuesday

LA GRANDE — Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance will resume Sept. 10 at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1204 Spring Ave., La Grande. The free class, which is open to all ages, skill levels and abilities, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.