Tomorrow’s Secret Garden Tea raises funds for library

COVE — The Cove Library’s annual fundraising garden event for 2019 will again be in the form of a garden tea in a secret location. This Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., for a $10 donation, tour a beautiful garden, enjoy homemade goodies and chat with library members about Cove’s all-volunteer library. Tickets and directions are to be picked up at the library, 606 Main St. Raffle prizes will be drawn from ticket stubs during the tea. Proceeds from the event fund book purchases and library operating expenses. For more information, go to

NEO Transit parks its buses on July 4

LA GRANDE — Northeast Oregon Transit will be closed on July 4 in observation of Independence Day. Regular operations will resume July 5. For more information, contact Angie Peters, Union County transit manager, at 541-963-2877 or go to

New thrift store opens in LG

LA GRANDE — Community Kindness of Eastern Oregon, a new non-profit organization, is opening the doors of its thrift store at 10 a.m. July 2. The community is invited to stop by to see the store and find out about Community Kindness of Eastern Oregon’ mission. Look up the organization on Facebook for more information and updates.

Cove City Council meeting includes executive session

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. July 2 at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder. The council will also meet in executive session, pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(a), to discuss hiring a billing clerk.

Grant fuels return of orchestral music arts to school district

LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Symphony Association received a $83,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for a two-year project to provide opportunities for La Grande School District students to engage in arts learning related to string and orchestra ensembles. The phased project, dubbed as SOAR — String and Orchestral Arts Revitalization — will ultimately provide a return of orchestral music arts to the La Grande elementary and middle school after a decades-long vacancy.

GRSA President Alice Trindle said in press release, “We will be pulling together the Fiddle Club programs, the Grande Ronde Student Symphony, and existing music programs at the La Grande Middle and elementary schools to develop a continuum of music education that will sustain well into the future.”