LA GRANDE — The William Cusick chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon invites the community to a talk by visiting botanist Kelli Van Norman, who will give a short talk about pin lichens at 6:30 p.m. May 15 in the community room at Cook Memorial Library in La Grande. For more information, go to

WURA Board meets Tuesday

WALLOWA — A meeting of the Wallowa/Union Railroad Authority Board will begin at 5 p.m. May 15 at the Wallowa Senior Center on Second Street. The agenda includes a maintenance update and an update on the Connect Oregon VI Grant along with discussion on the City of Wallowa permit for trail crossing, the budget committee members and meeting, and the grandfathered T. O. Simmons farm crossing. The call-in number is 888-520-8955 (code 89625#).

URA Advisory Commission meets Tuesday

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Urban Renewal Advisory Commission will meet in regular session at 5:15 p.m. May 15 in the second-floor conference room of La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. The agenda includes discussion of the commission’s purpose, role and responsibilities.

Elgin Chamber plans Spring Showcase

ELGIN — The community is invited to join the Elgin Chamber of Commerce May 15 at the Elgin Train Depot for an evening of discovery. Explore the new businesses in Elgin with their owners and learn what they have to offer. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with introductions and light snacks, followed by business presentations ending around 8:30 p.m.

Bodhi Austin leads seasonal Brown Bag

JOSEPH — The next Brown Bag at the Josephy Center will begin at noon May 15. Bodhi Austin will lead a seasonal talk from a Chinese five-element perspective, about how to tap into the rhythm of summer and its corresponding element of fire to better understand how it impacts our daily life, health and well-being. Bodhi has a master’s degree in classical Five-Element Acupuncture and is a certified Zero Balancing Practitioner with a practice in Joseph. Brown Bags are free and open to the public.

Free class offered to caregivers

LA GRANDE — Oregon Care Partners has introduced a series of free and online videos, designed to help family caregivers learn basic skills to assist loved ones. These lessons can be viewed wherever, whenever and as many times as needed. Most videos are less than five minutes long, and the topics covered range from bathing and dressing to promoting independence and privacy. Oregon Care Partners also offers free in-person and online classes on a wide variety of topics including Alzheimer’s and dementia, anger and aggression and managing medications to anyone living or working in the state. An in-person class, “How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center on 12 Street in La Grande.

LMS plant sale is May 17-19

LA GRANDE — The 2018 La Grande Middle School plant sale will be open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. May 17-18 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19. This year there are 12-inch hanging baskets, annual and perennial flowers, ornamental grasses, herbs, 12 varieties of tomatoes and six varieties of peppers as well as pumpkin, zucchini, crookneck, patty pan, winter squash and cucumber plants. The sale is located on the north side of LMS at 1108 Fourth St. The plants were cultivated by the 7th grade science classes. Contact Kathy Nickerson at for further information.

Volunteer Tai Chi instructors sought

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc., which covers Union, Wallowa, Baker and Grant counties, is looking for volunteers to become Tai Chi leaders. Volunteers would receive training and then be required to hold Tai Chi workshops at the county senior centers or other approved locations.

Tai Chi workshops are for 12 weeks and classes are held twice a week for one hour each day. Volunteers are required to collect participant information and take attendance. If you are interested in becoming a trained Tai Chi leader, contact Rochelle at 541-963- 3186 or .

Wallowa Valley Alliance seeks homemade pies

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance will put on its annual Hootenanny and Shoo-fly Pie Social fundraiser at
4 p.m. May 20 in the Enterprise Odd Fellows Hall. Each year an impressive variety of home-baked goodness is lined up for concert-goers to sample for a mere $1 per slice. Pies will be judged and prizes awarded. Proceeds from the event go directly to fund Music Alliance programs. To sign up to donate a homemade pie, call Carolyn Lochert at 541-398-1089.