SALEM — According to a press release, a recent study revealed that suicides are on a 28.2 percent rise in Oregon. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s data reveals that many Oregon families are not getting the mental health and substance use treatment they desperately need. To help Oregonians understand how mental health is covered by their insurance, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is hosting a free live event on Facebook June 28.
Experts will discuss how nearly every type of health insurance plan covers mental and substance use treatment, and the health insurance appeals process. Laws are in place to help consumers access mental health care and to navigate the appeals process if they are unfairly denied. Go to www.facebook.com/events/170975763591078/ at 6 p.m. Thursday to learn how to get coverage for the mental health care you or your loved ones need.
Do you know anyone who served on the USS Intrepid?
NEW YORK — Aug. 16 will be the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. To mark the occasion, the Intrepid Museum is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a special 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19 on board the Intrepid.
The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families. Each item added to the museum’s collection helps express and interpret Intrepid’s stories of service, and serves to educate and inspire more than one million visitors each year. To learn more about this weekend and for registration information, former crew members and their family members can visit www.intrepidmuseum.org/75 or email email@example.com .
Immigration reform rally scheduled
ENTERPRISE — A “call to action” has been issued, inviting the community to attend an immigration reform rally at 5 p.m. June 30 at the Wallowa County Courthouse in Enterprise. Organizers say, “Enough is enough!” and urge attendees to bring signs and flags to the rally.
Register children now for ‘Wild West’ music camp
LA GRANDE — The 2018 Emerson Music Arts day camp for children, which will have a “Wild West” theme, is now taking registrations. The final session of the summer, July 16-20, will be for preschool age through second grade. The $80 session will run from 9 a.m. to noon. A 30 percent sibling discount will be given. Each session will include singing, instrument building, drumming, a treasure hunt and guitar, piano and recorder lessons. To register or for more information, contact Mark Emerson at 541-605-0425 or firstname.lastname@example.org . The camp will be held at 902 Fourth St., La Grande.
‘Paint a Pint’ at beer festival
LA GRANDE — Art Center East will have a “Paint Your Pint” booth at this Saturday’s Eastern Oregon Beer Festival at the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande. Stop by the booth between noon and 7 p.m. and make a one-of-a-kind painted dishwasher-safe pint glass to take home. An instructor will be on hand to guide you through the process. No painting experience is necessary. The cost is $10 per pint glass, $15 for a pair, and all materials will be provided.
UC Democrats won’t meet in July
LA GRANDE — The Union County Democratic Party’s meeting scheduled for July 4 at Umpqua Bank has been canceled.
Sign up now for ‘Smart Driver’ course
LA GRANDE — There will be a “Smart Driver” course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. There will be an hour break for lunch. You don’t have to be an AARP member and completion of the course may qualify you for a reduction in car insurance rates. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register call instructor Fred Moore at 541-910-9797.