Due to the oncoming winter weather and the difficulty in maintaining rural route paper carriers, The Observer is implementing a system in which newspapers are delivered in the mail to sine rural customers. This means that these customers will receive their paper the day after publication. In order to ensure that the information in the newspaper is up-to-date for these readers, announcements in the briefly will be published earlier than in the past. The Observer encourages those submitting information to be aware of this change and adapt the timing of their submissions accordingly.

Union School Board to meet Wednesday

UNION — The Union School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the high school athletic complex. A vacant position on the school board will be one of the subjects discussed at the meeting.

Order a pre-made Christmas dinner

Community Connection is selling pre-made Christmas dinners that will serve a family of four. The meals also make wonderful gifts for families that are struggling financially.

Also offered are baked goods such as breads, cinnamon rolls and cheesecakes. Order forms may be picked up from the Union County Senior Center’s nutrition department at 1504 Albany St., La Grande. Call 541-963-7532 for more information.

‘Christmas High Tea’ tradition begins in Cove

COVE — The first annual Cove Christmas High Tea is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, 1004 Church St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for age 12 and younger. County residents are invited to celebrate the holiday season with sweet and savory delights and enjoy a respite from this busy time of year. Reservations are required. Contact Kim Lee at klee@coveascensionschool.com or 541-568-4514 ext. 2.

VFW Posts hosts Pearl Harbor Day steak dinner

UNION — The Veterans of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 in Union is sponsoring a dinner in memory of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and to honor our World War II Veterans. Admission for the public is $13, and World War II veterans will eat free of charge. The dinner will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the VFW Hall, 518 N. Main St., and will include T-bone steak, baked potatoes, Texas toast and salad.

Union lights its tree Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

UNION — The City of Union’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is planned for Dec. 10. Line up for the parade is at 4 p.m. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Tree Lighting with Santa at 5 p.m. on Main Street. Go to www.unionchamber@eoni.com or contact the City of Union for more details.

Wallowa Valley Chorale sings Christmas carols

ENTERPRISE — At 7 p.m. Dec. 7, the Wallowa Valley Chorale Concert will begin at the Enterprise Christian Church. The program includes renditions of traditional Christmas carols. The Chorale is conducted by Randy Morgan and accompanied by Jan Casey.

‘Dive-in’ movie shown Friday

The Veterans’ Memorial Pool is having a “dive-in” movie night, featuring “Moana,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. All are invited to come for a fun night of swimming and movie watching. Drinks, candy, smoothies, popcorn and hot dogs will be for sale.

Admissions is $3.50 for age 2-17, seniors (age 65+) and military; and $5 for age 16-64 (add 50 cents for non-residents). This event is sponsored by Advanced Plumbing Tech. The pool is at 401 Palmer Ave. in Pioneer Park in La Grande. Go to www.lagrandeparks.org for more information.

Translator District board meets Friday

A public meeting of the Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors will be held at noon Dec. 8 in the Daniel Chaplin Building, 1001 Fourth St., La Grande. The meeting is open to the public. The board packet and minutes from the previous meeting have been posted at www.bmtd.org/public-notice/.

Wallowology holiday party includes ‘Snowflake Science’

JOSEPH — The Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center invites kids and their parents to a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 508 N. Main St., Joseph. The party will include snowflake crafts, snacks and a holiday photo op in the giant bird’s nest. The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping. Also, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. D.J. Lincoln will give a “Snowflake Science” presentation.

Korean film shown at library Friday

The month’s Foreign Film Friday at Cook Memorial Library will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. The movie will be “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring,” a 2003 film from South Korea.

The library hosts a free subtitled foreign film the second Friday of the month from September through May in the Community Room.

Share your thoughts on underage drinking in Union County

The Center for Human Development is holding a community focus group to gather opinions on the problem of underage drinking in Union County. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at CHD, 2301 Cove Ave., La Grande. Participants must be age 21 or older. Registration for the free event is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Demetria at 541-962-8876 or dmthompson@chdinc.org . Participants will be provided with refreshments and a $15 gift card.

RSVP for Cove senior meal by Dec. 11

COVE — The Dec. 15 senior meal at the Cove Baptist Church will feature baked ham or chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, salad bar, glazed carrots and rolls with bread pudding for dessert. There is a $5 charge per meal. Coffee and tea are available at noon, and the meal is served at 12:30 p.m. RSVP before Dec. 11 by calling Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 or Betsy Arnson at 541-568-4902.

Shop with a Cop program accepts donations

The ninth annual Shop with a Cop program will be held Dec. 14 at Walmart in La Grande. Fifteen kids in 1st-6th grade have been selected for this year’s program.

Each child will be partnered with a police officer and given $100 to spend Christmas shopping for their immediate family while getting positive one-on-one time with local law enforcement officers.

The selected children will also be treated to lunch at Subway and will have their presents wrapped by program volunteers.

This program is primarily funded through generous donations from Walmart, Loveland’s Funeral Home and Subway, with other donations made by La Grande businesses and community citizens. Anyone who would like to donate to the Shop with a Cop program may contact Carla Greenough at the La Grande Police Department, at 541-963-1017).

Elgin Lions host annual Light Parade

ELGIN — The Elgin Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The annual event is sponsored by the Elgin Lions Club. Floats will line up at 5 p.m.

Santa fundraiser set Saturday

A “Santa’s Coming to Town” fundraising bazaar Dec. 9 will benefit Asher Williams, who is needing a service dog and training. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riviera Activity Center, 2609 Second St., La Grande, and will feature vendors and raffles. Pictures with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $4 a picture by Through the Looking Glass Photography. For more details, contact Ann Dickson at 541-910-3261.

Bazaar benefits church’s play structure fund

The La Grande Nazarene Church Christmas Bazaar will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at 109 18th St. The sale will feature local artists and vendor and baked goods. Proceeds will benefit the church’s play structure fund.