LA GRANDE — The public is invited to meet Jamie McLeod-Skinner, candidate for Congressional District 2, for a meet and greet from noon to 1 p.m. April 24 at Joe Beans, 1009 Adams Ave., La Grande. All are encouraged to come with questions and get to know McLeod-Skinner’s positions on matters of concern for rural Oregon. According to a press release, she has family roots that span Oregon’s 2nd District from Jordan Valley to Medford and her endorsements include the Oregon Education Association and Working Families Party.

LG School Board holds public budget hearing

LA GRANDE — The Board of Directors of the La Grande School District will have a special board meeting and work session at 7 p.m. April 25 in the District Office Conference Room at Willow School, 1305 N Willow St. The meeting will include a public hearing on the 2018-2019 budget.

Nonpartisan candidate forum held in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — A candidate forum and discussion on Wallowa County measures is planned for
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 25 at Cloverleaf Hall located at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise. The purpose of this forum is to give Wallowa County voters an opportunity to meet and hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to Wallowa County and the state of Oregon in the upcoming election. The forum will follow a nonpartisan, unbiased and impartial format. More detailed information will be forthcoming once we know the number of candidates attending the forum. The format of the evening also includes discussion of two local measures.

Wallowa Valley Youth Arts Festival takes place tomorrow

JOSEPH — The annual Wallowa Valley Youth Arts Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Joseph Community Center. The free event is open to all youth artists, from kindergarten through high school seniors. Along with viewing the wonderful display of artwork, children can participate in some hands-on art activities, paint their own T-shirts and listen to musical performances by area youths.

Muzzleloaders converge in Troy

TROY — The 42nd annual Wenaha Muzzleloaders Rendezvous begins today and continues through April 22 at Grizzly Flats in Troy. The family-friendly event is open to all, including traders and spectators. There will be events in rifle trail, hawk and knife trail, pistol trail, trade gun trail, archery trail, varmint silhouette, shotgun shoot and string shoot, plus a Dutch oven cookoff and homemade spirits contest. There will also be some children’s events including in black powder, bb gun trails, hawk and knife trail and a bean bag toss. A potluck is planned for Saturday night. The main dish is provided and participants are asked to bring a side dish, lawn chairs and table settings.

Have a quilt to display?

ISLAND CITY — A free quilt show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Island City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of McAlister and Buchanan. Quilters who have quilts they would like to display may call Julie at 541-910-8171.

Achieve better balance through free tai chi classes

LA GRANDE, ENTERPRISE — Tai chi, an exercise that promotes better balance, is currently being taught in Union and Wallowa counties. The classes are free and open to all ages. A 9 a.m. class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1204 Spring, La Grande, and a class begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Enterprise Senior Center, 702 NW First St.

Cemeteries sought for statewide cleanup

SALEM — The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Oregon Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state will spruced up before Memorial Day. The cleanup is scheduled for May 12. To have your cemetery included as a selection for volunteers, contact Monica Gunderson at o 503-844-9571 ext. 336.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or .