LA GRANDE — Members of the La Grande High School class of 1954 are invited to a brunch gathering at 11:30 a.m. March 8 at the Flying J outside La Grande.

Landmarks Commission holds work session

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Landmarks Commission will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. March 8 in Council Chambers of La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. The purpose of work sessions is to provide the commission with an opportunity to informally discuss topics of common concern and to exchange ideas with staff. As no decisions are made, there will be no voting by the commission. Thursday’s discussion will include the windows at the IOOF building.

GRH offers free blood screenings in April

LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital is offering three opportunities in April to take advantage of free blood screenings. Get more than $200 worth of blood tests at no cost between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. April 14 at the GRH Union Clinic, April 21 at the GRH Elgin Clinic, or April 28 at La Grande’s Regional Medical Plaza. Pre-registration is not required. The screenings will be given to the first 100 people who come. A 9-12 hour fast is required; GRH reminds participants to drink plenty of fresh water. GRH provides this free health service once a year for the essential screenings that monitor cardiac health, glucose and red blood cell count. For more information, call 541-963-1418 or 541-963-1480.

Saturday’s ‘giant’ rummage sale benefits ministries

LA GRANDE — The Christian Women’s Fellowship of La Grande’s First Christian Church will have a “giant” rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at the church, 901 Penn Ave. Proceeds help to support local ministries, including Shop with a Cop, Friday Backpack, Cove Christian Camp, Koinonia House and J-House/Youth for Christ. There will also be baked foods and plants for sale, to benefit the Hope House Home for troubled youth in Marsing, Idaho.

Futsal Jamboree supports EOU men’s soccer

LA GRANDE — The EOU men’s soccer team is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Futsal Jamboree at Quinn Coliseum. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 for youth soccer players age 6-17. Coaches register players online at The registration deadline is March 13. If players are not on a team but want to participate, contact and they’ll be placed on appropriate age level teams. Funds raised from participation fees and concessions will be used to purchase equipment and gear.

Historical society learns about La Grande founders

LA GRANDE — The Union County Historical Society will have a meeting and potluck beginning at noon March 10 in the old log cabin at the Union County Fairgrounds. The program will focus on two of the original founders of La Grande: Anne Rodriguez will present Green Arnold and Scharel McCarty will present Daniel Chaplin. A business meeting will follow.

Walla Walla VA welcomes acting director

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Chad Adams became the Walla Walla VA Medical Center’s acting director Jan. 15. His VA career spans more than 20 years, and he is a certified mentor at the fellow level and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Adams’ responsibilities at the Walla Walla VA include oversight of services at the Walla Walla site, including the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in La Grande and the Primary Care Tele-Health Outreach Clinic in Enterprise.

Wildland fire training offered in Baker City

BAKER CITY — Eastern Oregon Training Group classes for the 2018 fire season are open for registration. The RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Refresher Class and a Pack Test will be held April 28 in Baker City.
RT-130 begins at 8 a.m. at the 5-J Building, 2090 Fourth St., and the Pack Test begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Baker Middle School track. The cost for RT-130 is $100, and the Pack Test is $40. These annual classes are required for anyone planning on fighting fire at the federal or state level during the upcoming fire season.

Eastern Oregon Training Group is a member of the National Wildfire Suppression Association, and NWSA’s lead instructor, Jaime Davila, will be teaching all classes. Registration may be completed at There is no deadline for registration, and payment is accepted at the door (check or credit card). Call Laurel Goodrich at 541-403-0907 or Jeff Sherman at 541-519-6213 for more information.

Grants available for veterans and war memorials

SALEM — Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials. The program is designed to honor Oregon’s veterans. Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on public land. Details and the application information are available at The application deadline is April 25. For more information, contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or .

Heritage Commission offers grants, app assistance

SALEM — The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside the museum but still meet the museum’s mission. Free grant webinar workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available March 15 and 22. The Heritage Commission’s mission is to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage. To learn more about museum grants, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

Cove senior lunch has St. Patrick’s Day theme

COVE — The March 16 senior meal at the Cove Baptist Church will feature corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes and carrots, green Jell-O salad and soda bread, with lemon cake 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 by calling Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 or Betsy Arnson at 541-568-4902 by March 12.

Meet candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner

PENDLETON — A meet and greet with Oregon Congressional District 2 candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery, 511 SE Court Ave., Pendleton.

According to a press release, McLeod-Skinner’s top priorities in Congress will be creating good paying jobs, education, a livable wage, affordable health care for everyone, veterans, infrastructure to assist housing development, building safer communities and stewardship of our environment and natural resources. Her endorsements include Oregon’s Working Families Party and the American Women’s Party.