Smart Driver class offered in May

LA GRANDE — There will be an AARP Smart Driver class May 18 at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. The Saturday class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The class is open to all, and those who complete the course are eligible for a discount on their auto insurance. Call Fred Moore at 541-910-9797 for information and to sign up.

Reserve a seat for trip to Portland zoo and OMSI

LA GRANDE — A family excursion to the Oregon Zoo and OMSI in Portland is planned for May 11. Purchase your tickets from
La Grande’s Parks & Recreation department, which will provide the transportation and arrange admission fees. Enjoy a fantastic day at the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry without experiencing the stress of Portland traffic. Spots are limited. Registration deadline is May 6. Cost is $48 per adult and $38 for age 12 and younger. To register, go to and navigate to “current programs” via the Recreation pull-down menu, or contact McKayla Nitz, recreation supervisor, at 541-962-1352 or .

Concert benefits Paradise fire victims

SUMMERVILLE — Summerville artist David Lund
quist of Eagle Eye Studios, has been selling limited edition, signed prints of his latest image, “Rising Up to Paradise,” to benefit victims of the Camp Fire, which leveled the city of Paradise, California, last November. This month he is launching a local campaign for print sales, and he has also organized a benefit concert for May 4 at the Pleasant Grove Grange Hall on Hunter Road in Summerville. Beginning at 7 p.m., the band Rock & Harmony and special guests will perform. Admission is $10 for adults; children are admitted free. The proceeds will be donated to the Paradise fire victims.

Rita Monahan Wellness Event set for Saturday

LA GRANDE — The 19th annual Rita Monahan Wellness Event, put on by Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Nursing of La Grande and Eastern Oregon University’s Wellness Program, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at Dorion Park, near the corner of Sixth Street and H Avenue in La Grande. The public event is free and includes a 5K walk/run, health-related booths, music, raffle items, health screenings and fitness demonstrations.

This annual event raises money for a scholarship fund named after OHSU professor Rita Monahan that helps graduating students pay for their registered nurse licensure examination. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Register for child care for Marijuana Initiative panel

LA GRANDE — Cannabis and kids: what do you need to know? Get your questions answered at a presentation by the National Marijuana Inititiave from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande. Three nationally recognized experts on marijuana — Jo McGuire, Ed Shemelya and Ben Cort — will share information on the impact of marijuana on youth. The event is free. Registration is required for on-site child care. The presentation is sponsored by Union County Safe Communities Coalition and the Center for Human Development. To arrange child care or for more information, email, call 541-963-1068 or go to

‘Develop Your Drawing’ at two-day ACE workshop

LA GRANDE — A two-day workshop led by Damian Garcia at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande, is intended for anyone who would like to hone their pencil drawing skills. Students will create original drawings while exploring the nuances of line, shading and texture, and will get personalized feedback from the instructor to help them continue developing their practice at home. All experience levels are welcome, age 14 and older. The workshop will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 8 and May 15. Registration is required 48 hours in advance. Call ACE at 541-624-2800 or go to to register.

Trivia teams compete in Elgin

ELGIN — On May 11, a Trivia Night competition will be held at the Elgin Community Center. Teams of five compete throughout the evening at a cost of $10 per member with goodies catered by Cowboy and Angel’s Restaurant. Take on some of our challengers: Elgin Lions, Museum Historical Society, Union County Retired Educators, Community Bank, Mayor Duffy’s Team and Cowboys and Angels. The event is sponsored by the Elgin Museum and Historical Society. For more information and to sign up, call Gerald Hopkins at 541-534-4390.

Third Ward holds open house in Island City

ISLAND CITY — The La Grande Third Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 S. McAlister Road, Island City, is holding an open house from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. May 2. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.