Local meetings

• LA GRANDE — Members of the La Grande High School Class of 1954 gather for lunch the third Wednesday of the month. This month's gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at Cock 'n' Bull Villa Roma in Pat's Alley 1414 Adams Ave., La Grande.

• LA GRANDE — The Cook Memorial Library Commission will meet in regular session Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Library Archives Room. Contact Kip Roberson, library director, at 541-962-1339 or kroberson@CookMemorialLibrary.org for more information. The library is at 2006 Fourth St., La Grande.

Bingo raises funds for Alzheimer's Awareness Foundation

LA GRANDE — An evening of bingo, snacks and prizes will benefit the Alzheimer's Awareness Foundation. The event begins Friday at 6 p.m. at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence, 1809 Gekeler Lane, La Grande. The cost is $10 per player for 10 games. Call 541-963-4700 to reserve your spot.

Take the Vibrant You 2020 health challenge

LA GRANDE — Nature's Pantry and Mountain Valley Fitness and Health invite community members to take the Vibrant You 2020 New Year's Health Challenge. The free four-week challenge begins Sunday and concludes Feb. 15. Registration is required, but there is no cost to participate. For more information and to sign up call Nature's Pantry at 541-963-7955 or stop by the store, 1907 Fourth St., La Grande, by Tuesday.

A challenge launch meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. for those wishing to take advantage of the program. The challenge will include guidance from health professionals, discounts at Nature's Pantry and Mountain Valley Fitness, social media accountability, prizes, a midway checkpoint meeting Jan. 30, and an awards meeting Feb. 18. All meetings will be streamed online.

Saturday's Meet My Coach Day is mandatory

LA GRANDE — The city of La Grande Youth Basketball League's mandatory Meet My Coach Day will take place Saturday at the Riveria Activity Center, corner of Second Street and Y Avenue, La Grande. Players in first, second and third grade will meet their coaches at 9 a.m., and players in fourth, fifth and sixth grade should arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Literacy Center offers free tutoring to all ages

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library's Literacy Center is now open from 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The center is available to all ages, offering opportunities to improve reading and comprehension, math and other basic skills through written material, games and computers. Services include homework help, English as a Second Language, tutoring and GED (high school equivalency) preparation as well as free materials on parenting, kindergarten readiness and finding and keeping employment.

Walk-ins are welcome. Tutoring also may be arranged by calling 541-962-1339. All Literacy Center services are free. More details in English and Spanish are available at the library's website: www.cookmemoriallibrary.org.

Blanket drive aims to keep community warm

LA GRANDE — The Center for Human Development is conducting a blanket drive through Feb. 28 to help all community members stay warm this winter. Blankets and monetary contributions may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the center, 2301 Cove Ave., La Grande. For more information, call 541-962-8800.

Trainings target opioid addiction and treatment

LA GRANDE — Two La Grande-based health organizations are working together to help health works address opioid addiction.

The Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center and the Northeast Oregon Network have partnered to sponsor "Opioid Addiction & Treatment: A Training for Traditional Health Workers" this winter and spring in Eastern Oregon. The sessions are geared toward community health workers and other traditional health workers so they can engage with primary care and other practitioners as effective members of the treatment team.

The two-day workshops will provide an overview of the science and social impacts of opioid addiction on individuals and families. The two most immediate trainings will be Jan. 30-31 in Pendleton and Feb. 27-28 in Ontario. To register or for more details, go to www.neonoregon.org/upcoming-trainings.

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