Imbler School Board to discuss bus barn proposals

IMBLER — The Imbler School District Board of Directors will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. June 4 in Room 1 of the High School. The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposals received for construction of the District Bus Barn. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions of the Imbler School Board.

Wallowology offers free Discovery Walks

JOSEPH — The Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center is hosting free Discovery Walks throughout the summer. These free, two-hour family-friendly strolls to explore the natural world are offered on Fridays, leaving from Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center, 508 N. Main St., Joseph, at 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, leaving from the Wallowa Lake Lodge at 9:30 a.m.

Free class for caregivers of aging Oregonians

LA GRANDE — Oregon Care Partners is hosting a free class titled “Safe Medication Use in Older Adults” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande. The class is designed to help anyone who cares for an aging Oregonian understand how medicines work in older adults and to learn skills to optimize care. Call 1-800-930-6851 or visit to register or for more information.

EOU partners with Learning House to support online education

LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University has entered an agreement with Learning House, a Wiley brand, to provide marketing, recruitment and retention services for EOU’s online programs. Learning House will work with EOU staff to manage online enrollment, conduct market research and execute marketing campaigns for EOU Online.

According to EOU President Tom Insko, “This partnership will allow us to significantly increase enrollments and expand market awareness of the great online programs offered and grow the number of lives impacted by an EOU education. Our goal is to be serving 5,000 students through online programs by 2029.”

The university maintains full responsibility for online academics, and EOU will continue to attract and enroll on-campus students independently. Funding for the agreement comes from a revenue-share after students have enrolled and are taking classes.

EOU expects to see the first fruits of combined recruitment efforts in January 2020. Bolstering online enrollment will enhance support services that guide new online students through the admissions and registration process. This year EOU has expanded its online offerings to include accounting and computer science programs. The agreement with Learning House will market those programs and bring in new students to fill the growing number of virtual classrooms.

Chamber welcomes all at annual picnic and meeting

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “pack-a-picnic family meeting” is planned for 5:30 p.m. June 13 at Riverside Park in La Grande. The event is open to all who are interested in attending. The meeting will feature a talk — “Building Leadership Influence” — by special guest Ryan Leonard, a report on upcoming projects and events from Chamber Director Suzannah Moore-Hemann and activities for the whole family.