Ladies tea event raises funds for mission team

Calvary Chapel La Grande is hosting a ladies tea and craft social at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The event is a fundraiser for the Uganda mission team, which will be in Africa in July. The event will include a devotional, tea, finger foods, dessert, and an opportunity to decorate your own sun bonnet, using a design from Maddie Ford. Cost is $15 per ticket, or $25 for two. Please RSVP with Summer Steele at 541-786-5245, or at by noon Friday, June 28.

EO Beer Festival is this weekend

LA GRANDE — The fifth Eastern Oregon Beer Festival will be held June 29 at the Union County Fairgrounds, 3604 N. Second St., La Grande. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and, along with the beverage it is celebrating, will feature live music all day and offer safe ride programs. Tickets are available at for $25 or may be bought at the gate for $30 at the gate. Non-drinkers pay only a $5 entry fee.

Wallowology hosts two free events Saturday

JOSEPH — Ecologist David Mildrexler will lead a free hike into Joseph Canyon June 29, organized by the Wallowology Discovery Center. To pre-register for the field trip and for more details, call 541-263-1663.

Another option for the day is to attend “Explore & Discover: Owls!” at from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wallowology, 508 N. Main St., Joseph. This free program will be presented by Shannon Christenson, a nature photographer.

Fare-free transit is coming to Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — Community Connection will soon begin offering free and expanded transportation in Wallowa County. On July 1, Wallowa County Transportation will increase the Dial-a-Ride service in the upper valley from two days a week to five days a week; the lower valley will be served two days a week. Public transportation will be fare-free except for the La Grande “Link” and medical rides. These extended and free services are funded by the Statewide Transit Improvement Funds. Contact Community Connection for more information.

Wyden plans Eastern Oregon town halls

SALEM — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will hold town halls on June 30 in Baker and Umatilla counties. In fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of the state’s 36 counties, Wyden has held 942 town halls statewide — including 29 so far this year.

“Heading into the Fourth of July when America celebrates our independence, these upcoming open-to-all town halls in Baker, Umatilla and Sherman counties put democracy into action locally,” Wyden said. “I look forward to hearing from residents of Eastern Oregon. Listening to Oregonians in every nook and cranny of our state is essential to finding solutions that work.”

The Baker County town hall begins at 11:30 a.m. at Community Connection Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St., Baker City. In Umatilla County, the town hall begins at 4 p.m. in Pioneer Hall at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. All residents of Eastern Oregon are welcome to attend.