UNION — The Union City Council awarded a bid of $299,697 to a Union firm Monday night to complete a portion of the city’s water improvement project.

The bid was awarded to Steve Lindley Contracting Inc. of Union. The company will be responsible for two major installations of water pipe. The first will be 1,365 feet of six-inch pipe on North First Street from Willowdale Lane to College Street, said Interim City Administrator Rod McKee. This pipe will tie in with an existing water pipe to provide better water flow and volume. The pipe from Willowdale Lane to College Street will likely be installed by the end of this fall, McKee said.

The second installation will consist of 1,650 feet of six-inch pipe on South Fourth Street from Arch Street to Grande Street. This new pipe, which will be put in during the spring, will also improve water flow and volume, McKee said.

Lindley Contracting was one of two firms that bid for the project.

The work to be done by Lindley Contracting is part of Union’s 12-year Water System Improvement Implementation Plan. It consists of 14 projects being paid for with money from a $6 monthly project fee charged to all Union households. About half of the projects have been completed.

Canadian film shown at library on Friday

Once a month Cook Memorial Library invites the community to view a free foreign film. The October movie will be “A Simple Curve,” a 2005 Canadian film. The showing begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. In the movie, a father and son run their own two-man furniture business but have opposing ideologies on what should guide their craftsmanship, quality or commerce.

Make a flower wand, jewelry with living plants and gems

JOSEPH — This Saturday the Josephy Center is offering a chance to learn how to make a flower wand and jewelry with living plants and gems. Laina Nedrow will teach students how to sculpt a spiritual centerpiece, then move on to smaller pieces that can be worn as jewelry. The class runs from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and costs $55. Register by calling 541-432-0505 or go to www.josephy.org. The art center is at 403 N. Main St., Joseph.

Reformation seminar held in La Grande

This year is the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Castle’s church. The document, which propounded two central beliefs — that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds — sparked the Protestant Reformation. Grace Bible Church will mark the celebration of this event with a special seminar beginning at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the church, 1114 Y Ave., La Grande.

The guest speaker for this event is Todd Miles, professor at Western Seminary, author and elder at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland. Also speaking will be Pastor Phil Garwood of Grace Bible Church. Lunch will be supplied by Hines Meat Co. and provided by Grace Bible Church.

Those who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Oct. 13 by emailing pastorphilgarwood@gmail.com .

Southern Gospel quartet performs free concert Saturday

The Liberty Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene, at 18th and Gekeler. The concert is free and open to the public. This full-time Southern Gospel quartet travels many miles each year, taking their high-energy performances to churches and concert halls. Their ministry bridges all generations, bringing enjoyment to traditional and contemporary venues. Organizers say concertgoers “will certainly enjoy the enthusiasm, humor and message of their performance.”

Historical society hears about growing up on Granite Creek

The Union County Historical Society will have a meeting and potluck at noon Oct. 14 in the log cabin at the Union County Fairgrounds. The guest speaker is Kim Wilson, who will share memories of growing up on Granite Creek, which was virtually isolated from October to March except when the mail boat came.

Paint a picture, or paint a pumpkin

Art Center East is offering a painting event for adults Friday night and a pumpkin-painting class for families on Saturday. Friday’s “Lush Canvas” runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and participants must be 21. Lush Canvas is a fun night of casual painting, sipping a beverage (BYOB) and hanging out with other art enthusiasts. Create a painting from start to finish, with no experience necessary. Cost is $35, $30 for members, plus $5 for materials. The teaching artist is Kat Kieffer-Miller.

On Saturday, kids and their parents are invited to decorate mini pumpkins using acrylic craft paints. Painted pumpkins last longer and are safer to make than carved jack-o’-lanterns. Paint, brushes and mini pumpkins will be provided, along with a variety of finished examples for inspiration. Cost is $15, $12 for members, plus $2 for materials. This is a great October activity for families or friends, and Halloween shirts or costumes are encouraged. The morning class begins at 10 a.m. and is offered Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. Teaching artist is Eden Kruger.

For more information or to register, stop by ACE, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande, call 541-624-2800, or go to www.artcentereast.org.

Environmentalist speaks at Brown Bag

JOSEPH — The Oct. 17 Brown Bag at the Josephy Center will feature Brock Evans, a lawyer who jumped from private practice to environmental law in the 1960s. He has worked for or on behalf of the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, Hells Canyon Preservation Council and, most recently, the Endangered Species Coalition. Evans will give his perspective on the environmental movement, environmental organizations and the various Washington administrations over the last 50 years. Brown Bags are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rich Wandschneider at 541-432-0505.

RSVP for Cove senior meal by Monday

COVE — The next senior meal at the Cove Baptist Church will be held Oct. 20. The menu will feature spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, broccoli and green salad, with chocolate cake for dessert.

There is a $5 charge per meal. Coffee and tea are available at noon and the meal served at 12:30 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 16 by calling Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 or Cecil Puckett at 541-568-4865.