La Grande to Host 2015 TrackTown Youth League

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La Grande to Host 2015 TrackTown Youth League

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, May 22, 2015
All-Comers Meet on Wednesday, June 3
 
WHAT:
 
La Grande will host the fifth meet of the 2015 TrackTown Youth League season on Wednesday, June 3 at Eastern Oregon University.  The TrackTown Youth League presented by Providence Health & Services is a series of free all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 8-14.  Events include the 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and turbojav.  No prior track & field experience is needed.  Top finishers will advance to a Championship Meet at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon following the USA Track & Field Championships on June 27.  The La Grande meet is being organized by Eastern Oregon University Cross Country/Track and Field Head Coach Ben Welch.  
 
Participants may register in person at the meet or online at tracktownyouthleague.com.
 
The TrackTown Youth League is a partnership developed by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon’s youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.  More than 500 kids throughout Oregon participated in the inaugural TrackTown Youth League last year, culminating with a special championship meet at Hayward Field during the IAAF World Junior Championships.  View video and photos from last year’s meets.
 
“We are thrilled to share a little bit of the magic of TrackTown USA with young people across the state of Oregon,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA.  “I encourage kids of all ability levels to come out to our TrackTown Youth League meet on June 3 at Eastern Oregon University.”
 
WHEN:
Wednesday, June 3
Registration opens at 4:00 p.m.
Meet begins at 5:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Eastern Oregon University Track
6th St. and G. Avenue, La Grande
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Chad Colwell
805.990.5731
 
The TrackTown Youth League is supported by:  Providence Health & Services, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club and the Clark Foundation.
 
The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity.
 
TrackTown USA is a non-profit organization based in Eugene that has been instrumental in making Oregon the destination for track and field in the United States.
 
For more information:  tracktownyouthleague.com
 
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  May 22, 2015

Free Family Fun Day

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FREE FAMILY FUN DAY in the Valley of Peace, 10-5:00 Saturday June 20th La Grande Riverside Park. A Multicultural, Earth Friendly, Art and Music Celebration. Start Summer on a Positive Note! Everything is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Please help the FREE FAMILY FUN DAY to be successful by sharing your knowledge, expertise, stories, gifts, talent, etc. Call Karen at 541 805-1087.

We are grateful to the Oregon Cultural Trust and Union County Cultural Coalition for awarding a grant to the FREE FAMILY FUN DAY event.

The coloring sheet/flyer (Please see attachment) will be shared with elementary students at all of the schools in our valley. Thank you Cove, Elgin, Imbler, La Grande, and Union schools for distributing the Free Family Fun Day event flyers!

Thank you Jean Holsborn-Stopke for donating 30 packs of garden seeds for our free garden plants.

Thank you Tiffany Vaugn for donating lots of Coffee Cans for Arts & Crafts, Drum making.

The Free Family Fun Day event is a great opportunity to contact visitors and community members, and to interact with parents and children of all ages. Please share your group or organization this year.

We appreciate those who have agreed to participate in this year’s event;

Kathy Arnoldus, Fire prevention, La Grande Ranger District,

Jan Alberts, Parent Provider Consultant, Child Care Resource & Referral, and Marc Sanson, Executive Director, Oregon Rural Action.

We are excited to offer more local entertainment, featuring; ELWOOD, Mary Anne Zimmerman, Pete Elder, and More. Thank you for sharing your talent! Musicians of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun.

See Elwood at the La Grande Farmers’ Market this Saturday 5-23-15!

We hope to be at the Farmers’ Market soon with Garden Plants for sale and Coloring-sheet Flyers to advertise the event. I have seedlings and plants taken from cuttings to offer for sale as a fund raiser, and to give away at the event. The Sunflowers, Marigolds, Chocolate Peppermint plants, Onion starts, Purple Flowering Beans, and Strawberry plants are big and healthy. The tiny flowers and herbs are growing and should be ready to go soon.

To participate or volunteer please call Karen at 541 805-1087.

 

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  May 20, 2015

Drug Free Relay

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Drug Free Relay Sponsorship Time!

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  May 19, 2015

From The Chamber

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Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
May 13, 2015


Our Mission
To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and leadership that fosters economic growth 
and community involvement.


#YouInUnionCounty

Events for May 13 – May 20
Events and Community Calendar
 
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version of our weekly events..
Big Events for the Week of May 13th.
The week of the 6th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • EOU Theatre Program Presents: “No Sex Please, We’re British!”
  • Chamber Lunch ‘N Learn
  • Live Music Ten Depot Street: Hillstomp
  • Irish Session at Bear Mountain Pizza
  • EOU Indian Arts Festival & Powwow
  • 10th Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
  • Ag Timber Parade in Island City
  • Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar: Friday & Saturday
  • Annual M.E.R.A. Clean Up
  • Triple G Fun Run
  • 3rd Annual Mammoth Cup Golf Tournament
  • Live Music Ten Depot Street: Jared Mitchell
Visit the community calendar at 
www.unioncountychamber.org
 to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
Colloquium features a conversation about collaboration with Mayor Clements
News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement

541-962-3585 or lhancock@eou.edu

 

Steve Clements, business faculty member and current mayor of La Grande, is the guest presenter for the next colloquium at EOU Thursday, May 14.

 

Clements invites participants to share their ideas and energy during a casual conversation about community and opportunities. His presentation, “A Vision of Collaboration: How EOU Serves and Can Serve the Community,” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. A reception follows and the event will be streamed live at https://new.livestream.com/eou/events/3747597.

 

As an essential social, cultural and economic member of La Grande, EOU plays an integral role in the community. Clements poses the question of how La Grande can leverage this EOU relationship for community development.

 

A list of related resources provided by Pierce Library is available for more in-depth information on this topic. Visit http://library.eou.edu/colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series call MJ Heather at 541-962-3316.

Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) ANNUAL Cleanup and Trail Work Day, May 16, 2015, Owsley Canyon Trailhead

 

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Trail maintenance and enhancement, pruning, signage, etc. Come for the day, or as much time as you can spare.  Gloves, boots, water, appropriate clothing. Tools will be provided but, bring your own favorite if you have one. One large can of gumption. BBQ lunch provided at the Owsley Canyon Trailhead courtesy of Lance Colburn/BMSTC.  For more information, contact Lance Colburn (541.786.0372), or Sean Chambers Union County (541.963-1319).

Sponsorship Time for the Dirty Poker Run!
The first year got off to a great start and now you can help make the second year even better!
 
Eastern Oregon University
Alumnus named Eastern Oregon University president

An Eastern Oregon University alumnus has been selected as the institution’s 12th president.

Tom Insko, area manager of Boise Cascade’s Inland Region in La Grande, will assume his new role July 1, the same date EOU’s Board of Trustees will also take on governance responsibility for the university. Jay Kenton, current interim EOU president, is retiring in June.

 

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Liberty Theatre Fundraiser
There is nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day. It’s even better when you can enjoy it with your friends and support and amazing cause!

Join the Liberty Theatre Foundation at the Market Place (1011 Washington) on Saturday, June 27th at 5:30 PM for an Old-Fashioned Dessert Social to help support the restoration of the Liberty.

The event will include family vacation raffles, games, live music and tours of the Liberty. All ages are welcome to attend!

Tickets will be available to purchase at the door or at the Farmer’s Market beginning May 30th. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids under 10 and $20 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

If you would like to volunteer or assist with making desserts, please contact Kara Rudd at (541)910-4309.

For more information or how to purchase tickets, contact Chantell Cosner at (541)626-0351.


 
Interactive “Tunnel of Oppression” inspires individuals to take action

 

Eastern Oregon University students and community members are invited to participate in the “Tunnel of Oppression” Friday and Saturday, May 15-16.

 

This interactive program includes a tour through a series of rooms focusing on different oppressive actions and reactions toward marginalized populations. Groups of eight to 10 people at a time will experience the oppression represented in each room. The themes this year are racism, homophobia, poverty, Native American and body image.

 

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The Joseph Branch Rail Riders are Ready to Roll Out this Summer!

They will open May 16th and end Oct 4th, 4 days a week, Friday thru Monday. Reservations are not required but suggested. May 23rd is their Grand Opening to be held at their store front 304 N Main, Joseph, OR 97846 from 8am to 4 pm. 

Learn more by visiting the 

  

Wildhorse Casino Events and Activities for May
Spring is here and why not spend some of your fun spring time at the Wildhorse Casino!
 
Download the events and activities list by clicking HERE.
 
La Grande Rotary Club Meetings
The La Grande Rotary meets every Tuesday at the Northeast Oregon Public Transit Building behind the Social Security Office from 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. 
 
2205 Cove Ave. La Grande (behind the Social Security Office).

Chamber Updates
Pack a lunch and visit the Chamber for our
“Chamber Lunch ‘N Learn”
Thursday, May 14, 12pm – 1pm
(Members Only)

Kevin Jeffries, Consumer Liaison for the Oregon Insurance Division, will be on hand discussing the info from the Small Business Guide so bring your lunch and come learn about business and insurance. 
 
Click here to download a digital copy of the small business guide as a warm up for the meeting.
 
207 Depot St., La Grande, Oregon 97850
Questions? Call 541-963-8588 or email Kristen.
*Members Only*

La Grande Farmer’s Market Opens 
Saturday, May 16, 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Max Square, corner of 4th St. and Adams Ave. in La Grande.
 
Visit them online by clicking here.

Be sure to visit our members!
 
Rosewood Cottage,
1801 Adams Avenue, La Grande, OR 97850
 
Fitzgerald Flowers,
1414 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850
 
Blue Mountain Outfitters,
1124 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850
 
The Potter’s Gift House and Gallery,
Corner of 6th & Penn, La Grande, OR 97850
Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

 

The Tenth Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival will be held May 15 – 17, 2015. Click here for the complete list of events. 

Click here for their website.

  

La Grande Main Street – Eastern Oregon Beer Festival
The Eastern Oregon Beer Festival is sneaking up around the corner; ready to jump out and ensnare in its delicious bear hug of joy. Here’s some handy info for you to check out, drool over, and get excited for!
 
Want to know what delicious beer you’ll be tapping? Click here.
 
Want to know what awesome music you’ll be swinging to? Click here.
 
The cost? Thought you’d never ask!
Click here.
 
Elgin, Oregon  
Elgin City-Wide Clean-up Day
Saturday, May 16 — Elgin Stampede Grounds

Everyone served by the US Post Office should have received the flyer about the annual Clean-Up Day. 

CHANGES: Time — 8 a.m. to 12 noon only

NO wet household garbage
NO tires with rims
NO refrigerators or freezers

Please check your flyer for further details. 

Volunteer helpers are needed!

Cove, Oregon  

Help Us Grow the Cherry Fair

 

Since it was reintroduced the third Saturday in August of 2000, the Cove Cherry Fair has enjoyed 14 fun and successful years. With current plans well underway to kick off the 2015 Cove Cherry Fair, we are finding ourselves in need of help, and new energy.

 

Click to read more .

 
 
 
 
 
The Union County Economic Development Corporation
invites you to explore why in Union County…
 
Visit their website and download their newsletter.
 
La Grande School District
The new Key Communicator for May is out and available for download!
 

 

For over 100 years, OSU Extension’s mission has been to convey research-based knowledge in a way that is useful for people to improve their lives, their homes, and their communities.  Visit your Union Co. Extension office online by clicking here.

 

Keep up to date with local program newsletters! Click Here!

 

4-H Youth Development – Family & Community Health – Field Crops – Forestry & Natural Resources – Livestock – Master Gardener Program

  

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Are you a Chamber member with news to share for the Chamber Times?
Then it’s time for you to email me at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
We are looking for articles, every month, to share with our amazing Chamber peeps!  Email me today with 1/2 – 1 page write up and you could see it in a future publication!
   

  May 14, 2015

Special Opportunity for Business Assistance

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Are you interested in raising capital for a business? NEOEDD wants to help!

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (April 30, 2015) – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is now accepting letters of interest from business owners who would like to receive free training and technical assistance in order to raise funds through the Community Public Offering, a new law that allows Oregon businesses to raise up to $250,000 through small investments by fellow Oregonians (up to $2,500 per person). NEOEDD is teaming up with Hatch Innovation to support a cohort of businesses with preparation for fund-raising beginning in the fall of 2015.

 

In addition to free training and technical assistance, participating businesses will be featured at investor events at which they can pitch their offerings to Oregon investors. Hatch Innovation will help prepare businesses through training in topics such as:

  • Preparing for “Crowd-raising”
  • Your Finances and the Offering
  • Material Factors: Risks and Benefits
  • Getting Ready for Selling Securities
  • Your Business 
  • The Deal, Terms, Trust
  • Your Social Media Plan – Advertising Dos and Don’ts 
  • Meet Your Audience 
  • Pitching, Polishing, the Press, Pinch-hitting, and Promises 
  • Scenario Planning

 

NEOEDD is looking for five businesses interested in receiving free training and technical support in order to raise funds through a Community Public Offering. Interested business owners should contact NEOEDD for instructions on how to apply to be part of the 2015 cohort by calling Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598, or emailing lisadawson@neoedd.org. Letters of interest will be accepted until May 15.

 

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

 

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  May 7, 2015

Local-investing guru Marco Vangelisti in NE Oregon

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image001ENTERPRISE, Ore. (April 27, 2015) – The Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC3)
continues its examination of the power of local investing by inviting international financial advisor
Marco Vangelisti to speak in La Grande, Enterprise and Baker City.
Vangelisti came to the United States from Italy as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at
the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, he worked as a visual artist
and obtained an MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later managed
investment equity portfolios, primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In 2009
Vangelisti left the finance industry, took all his money out of the stock market and began investing
directly in local businesses. He was instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money
Northern California chapter. Vangelisti wants to share his local investing experience across the country
to help people increase local investing in their communities.
The public events will be held at 6 p.m.:

Monday, May 11
The Little Bagel Shop
1780 Main St. in Baker City

Tuesday, May 12
EOU Inlow Hall, Rm. 201
1 University Blvd. in La Grande

Wednesday, May 13
Red Horse Coffee Traders
306 N Main St. in Joseph

Suggested donation scale $5 to $15; free for students. No registration is required.
NEOC3 is a community partnership that is spreading the word about local investing, to educate people
about their ability to take more control of their financial futures. The Northeast Oregon Economic
Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the
benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn
more about its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.
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  April 29, 2015

This Weekend You’re Winning!

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Saturday, April 25, 2015
From the chamber…

 
  

Two weekends left! At the Stage Door Theatre! Get your tickets here

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Grand Opening Party! Next Door to Benchwarmers Pub & Grill
 
Union Class of 2015 Drug Free Grad Night Dinner/Auction Fundraiser. Click here for info.
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17th Annual Grande Ronde Run. Wanna get some running in this weekend? Click here.
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  April 25, 2015

Social Media Workshop

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  April 20, 2015

Looking Forward to Spring Music Gathering

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Haines,Oregon…The people of Haines are looking forward to spring and have developed an opportunity for everyone to celebrate with a music gathering at the Haines United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 9th, beginning at 7:00pm . Organizers have gathered together musicians from Baker City and Haines to present an eclectic mix of musical styles, voices, and instruments.

The evening begins with the acclaimed Bel Canto Choir from Baker High School. This year the group will present several pieces with a spiritual theme. Other performers include the sultry-blues vocals of Gina Glaubke, some traditional favorites from Alice Trindle on violin and Melanie Trindle on the piano. The evening caps with bluegrass music rendered by Duane Boyer on the banjo and Carly Kritchen on the piano.

Organizer, Susan Triplett commented, “This music gathering is a great opportunity to spend an enjoyable evening listening to the musical talent of our area, partake in the dessert social, and support the historic Haines United Methodist Church.” There is no admission fee, but donations will be appreciated. The Haines United Methodist Church is located at 721 Roberts Street. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:00pm, and a dessert social and auction will follow the performance. Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015.

T&T Horsemanship
541-856-3356; Cell Ph: 541-519-7234
Email: tnthorse@eoni.com
Website: www.tnthorsemanship.com

  March 26, 2015

From the Chamber

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Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
March 25, 2015

Our Mission
To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and leadership that fosters economic growth 
and community involvement.

#YouInUnionCounty
4-H Radio Auction 2015 “Live” On~Air
Saturday, March 28, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
104.7 KCMB Radio
 
Click here for all the information about this year’s event! 
 
This auction supplies the total working budget for the Union County 4-H Leaders Association for the 
year. Adult and youth trainings, awards, travel, exchange opportunities and many other items are funded through your generosity and help.
Employee Insurance Through The Chamber
Insurance available through the Chamber?!  How is that possible, you ask?  Check out the flyer at the bottom of the Weekly to find out how!

Eastern Oregon “Spring Into Summer Deals!”
Eastern Oregon Visitors Association is offering tourism suppliers from the region an 
opportunity to participate in the Eastern Oregon Spring Into Summer DEALS  
 

 
 
Are you a Chamber member excited to talk about your business?
  Do you have a great, new products, new employees, fantastic developments or specials you would like to share in the Chamber Times or in the Chamber Weekly?  
 
Then it’s time for you to email us today, with 1/2 – 1 page write up, at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
 

Events for March 25 – April 1
Events and Community Calendar
 
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version of our weekly events..
Big Events for the Week of March 25th.
The week of the 25th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • Tamastslikt: Roots of Wisdom
  • Spring Splash Blast
  • Spring Break Holiday Fun Camp
  • Neon Skate Party
  • Free Teen Movie
  • Thursday Night Comedy at Wildhorse Casino
  • Live Music: JD Kendall & The Eastern Oregon Playboys – Ten Depot Street
  • Free Teen Movie
  • Teen Dip After Dark FREE (Middle School Age)
  • Live Music: Joe Slick Band – Sports Bar/Wildhorse Casino
  • April Fools Kick-Off the Season 2015
  • Giant Kickball Game
  • Anthony Lakes Winter Triathlon
  • Live Music: Hadean Park – Shortstop
  • Live Music: Elwood – Colt Haney – Ten Depot Street
  • First Wednesday Concert Series at Joe Beans
Visit the community calendar at 

www.unioncountychamber.org
 to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
The Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565)
“Many of Oregon’s historic downtowns are suffering from a downward spiral of dis-investment and neglect. It’s time to turn that around. We can attract new investment to revitalize our Main Streets as desirable places to live, work, and shop.

Restore Oregon is bringing forward legislation (SB 565) in the 2015 session to create a Historic Rehabilitation Fund:

  • Provides a 25% rebate for certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings – stores, hotels, theaters, apartments, fraternal lodges, factories, mills, and other income-producing properties.
  • Targets the most important properties – those listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings must retain historic integrity.
  • Requires a minimum rehab investment of $10,000.”
For the rest of article, 

La Grande Main Street

Hard to believe that we are already planning our flower basket program for the spring and summer months here in La Grande! Each year, LGMSD purchases 30 hanging flower baskets, and hires local residents to water and maintain the plants throughout the season.
 
This program is in it’s 6th year, and is fully funded by private donations from La Grande businesses and residents. 
 
In order for the program to go on, we must raise $5000. This year we are trying a new platform to raise money for the program – crowdfunding! If everyone in the community supported the program through a small donation of $10, we can continue the program in year 6. If we can raise more funds, we can increase the number of baskets than we’ve ever had before! Please click the link below to take a look at our crowdfunding campaign, and help spread the word! 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Implementing new recreational marijuana rules comes with plenty of challenges.

 

The Statesman Journal editorial board recently discussed what the state legislature must do to smoothly introduce the new rules to Oregon.

 

The Legislature has a duty to work through the intricacies of marijuana policy, just as previous legislatures had to fix glitches in such voter-approved initiatives as the death penalty, lottery, assisted suicide and property tax limits. It becomes critical that every Oregon legislator invest in learning about marijuana science and policy, and especially how legalization has played out in Washington and Colorado.

 

“We all will be voting on marijuana,” Courtney said of this year’s legislators, “not only in 2015, probably 2016 and probably at least two or three more sessions afterwards to implement this measure. It is a voluminous measure that was placed on the ballot. Voluminous.”

 

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EOVA
63 AMAZING MILES

Elgin to Joseph Branch Rail with Trail 
 
Come Talk, Question, Learn About “RECREATIONAL TRAILS AS NEIGHBORS” 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Elgin Community Center, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Thursday, April 9, 2015, Hurricane Creek Grange-Joseph, 6 to 8 p.m.
Representatives from rural communities similar to ours will be here to discuss
and answer questions about what it took to develop, what it takes to manage,
and what it’s like to have a recreational trail as their  neighbor.  Speakers are from:
  • The 84 mile Weiser River National Recreation Trail, including an adjacent landowner
  • The 100 mile OC&E Wood Line State Trail in Klamath and Lake counties
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department State Trails Coordinator
For more information or if special accommodations are needed contact Kim Metlen at (541) 910-0981 or Dana Kurtz at https://www.eou.edu/rails-with-trails/.
 
The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association visitor’s guide for 2015 is now available online! 

 

Click here to be whisked away to the online magazine and start enjoying your copy today!
 

 

2015 Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop

How do Children Learn? The Power of Language

This year’s Brain Awareness workshop has been scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Check-in will begin at 9:30 am and the simulcast starts at 10 am in room 013 in the basement of Inlow Hall at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and at the Malheur County Regional Center in Ontario.

The presenter this year is Patricia Kuhl, PhD, from the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Services. She will present on How do Children Learn? The Power of Language.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended. Registration will open on February 1st. The cost to participate is $15. Light morning snacks and coffee will be served. Registration deadline is Friday, March 31.

Not a teacher? This workshop is open to everyone!

For more information visit our website at www.eou.edu/neoahec or call (541) 962-3422.

 

La Grande School District Newsletters
La Grande School District Key Communicator
La Grande Community Exchange Quarterly Newsletter

 
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Stop by our Flickr page by clicking here 

 
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Chamber Updates
Town Hall Meetings with Bill Hansell 
and Greg Barreto

Alongside Representative Greg Barreto (R-Cove), Bill Hansell (R-Athena) and Greg Barreto will be hosting a series of town halls on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.  The locations of these town halls are Pendleton, La Grande, Hermiston and Enterprise. 

 

They will provide their thoughts on the 2015 Legislative Session, discuss legislation they have sponsored, field questions from constituents, as well as seek input from attendees on issues they are currently facing. 

 

We hope you will be able to attend at least one of these four Town Halls.

 

Town Hall Schedule

 

Friday March 27, 2015

 

Pendleton

When: Friday, March 27 at 12:00 PM

Where: Pendleton Convention Center

            1601 Westgate

            Pendleton, OR 97801

 

La Grande

When: Friday, March 27 at 6:00 PM

Where: La Grande Flying J Plaza

            63276 Highway 203

            La Grande, OR 97850

 

Saturday March 28, 2015

 

Enterprise

Representative Barreto Only Event

When: Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 AM

Where: Community Connection Building

            702 NW 1st, ST

            Enterprise, OR 97828

 

Hermiston

Senator Hansell Only Event

When: Saturday, March 28 at 12:00 PM

Where: Stetson’s Steak House Restaurant

            1619 N First St.

            Hermiston, OR 97838

Eastern Oregon University

Responding to the rural opportunity gap

First spring term colloquium features Tawnya Lubbes, assistant professor of education, sharing ways EOU is serving rural students of color.

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Hocking named Oregon Book Award finalist

Justin Hocking, co-founder of the Wilderness Writing Track, is among three finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction.

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Senior exhibition offers full “Disclosure”

Explore the work of art majors Alexandra Fuller, Genevieve Gaudreau, Jessie Orduno and Tanner Yarbrough, April 10-May 1.

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Cove, Oregon  

The City of Cove’s Mayor and Councilpersons encourage the community to attend monthly council meetings and bring any suggestions you may have. If you have a special topic to bring up, please contact the Recorder at least one week before to get your item on the Council meeting agenda.

 

Cove City Council meets at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Cove City Hall.

 
Cove: The “Cherry Capital” of Union County. Visit them.
 
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Coming Soon…The Espresso Wagon. Owner Linda Juniper and her crew are working to put all the pieces together. 

 

For over 100 years, OSU Extension’s mission has been to convey research-based knowledge in a way that is useful for people to improve their lives, their homes, and their communities.  Visit your Union Co. Extension office online by clicking here.

 

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4-H Youth Development – Family & Community Health – Field Crops – Forestry & Natural Resources – Livestock – Master Gardener Program

 

 
 
 
 
 
The Union County Economic Development Corporation
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Visit their website and download their newsletter.
 
La Grande Rotary Club Meetings
The La Grande Rotary meets every Tuesday at the Northeast Oregon Public Transit Building behind the Social Security Office from 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. 
 
2205 Cove Ave. La Grande (behind the Social Security Office).
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This Week at Wildhorse Resort & Casino Events 

 

Events

Celebrating 20 Years!

March marks the end of 20 years of nonstop fun and excitement at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. And as you’d expect, we’re celebrating! We are giving away $20,000 every week in the $80,000 Let It Roll celebration.

 

MMA

Wildhorse Resort & Casino is hosting a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition on March 27th at 7pm in Rivers Events Center. Weigh-on will be at 11am. The competition will feature 10 bouts including 8 amateur bouts and 2 professionals; there will be one women’s bout. Tickets are on sale now at www.wildhorseresort.com, by calling box office tickets or in person at the Wildhorse Gift Shop.  Bleacher seats are $38, floor seats are $49, and Premium Seats (Tables of 4) are $300.

 

Reel Classic Matinee Movies

The Wildhorse Cineplex will be bringing back the classics every Wednesday at 12noon.  For $5 you can enjoy a movie and get a small pop and popcorn! 3/25- Tootsie

 

Gift Cards

Let your someone special Go Wild!  Gift Cards are now available at the Gift Shop, Hotel and Golf Pro Shop.  Or make it a movie night!  Cineplex gift cards are also available at the Wildhorse Cineplex.

 

 

****Mark your calendars****

 

Head ’em up for the Poker Round-Up, April 10-19.

The calendar says it’s March but poker aficionados are already looking ahead to the Spring Poker Round-Up at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. With $40,000 added, the 10-day Round-Up is one of the biggest poker tournaments in the Northwest.

 

Easter Brunch

Enjoy all of your favorites at Traditions Buffet for Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 5 from 9am-3pm for $20.95.  Leg of Lamb, Artisan Ham, a waffle station, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, a breakfast bar and assorted sides plus and Easter Chocolate Fountain.

 

Easter Plateau

Join us Sunday, April 5

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from 11am-7pm in Plateau for Easter.  Menu includes a tapas plate with Duck Confit and King Crab Deviled Eggs.  Your choice of Seasonal Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad or Manhattan Seafood Chowder.  Your choice of Grilled Lamb Loin, Caesar BLT, Braised Rabbit or a Lobster Roll.  Adults are $33, Seniors $27 and Children $14.  Other menu options include Pork Tenderloin, Pendleton Whiskey Steak or a Seafood Mixed Grill.  Of course, great desserts are on the menu as well.  

 

Food and Beverage

 

$20 Dining Specials

Available all month long to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.  The Wildhorse Sports Bar will offer a Captain’s Platter, Hot Rock Café will have a Dinner for Two which includes Garden Salad, Beef or Chicken entrée, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Biscuits and Ice Cream (available 3-10pm).  Traditions will have both a breakfast and lunch $20 special.  For Breakfast, Steak for two with two eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.  Traditions lunch will be Grilled New York Steak with grilled shrimp, bleu cheese sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable.  Plateau Fine Dining will be featuring a Family Style Dinner for $20 per person (minimum four people).

 

Libation Recap

On March 25th, Plateau will choose the favorite libations and food pairings from the month to create a 3 course dinner.  If you missed out on one of the Wednesday events, this is a great way to catch up!  The three course dinner and pairings are offered for $30. Reservations recommended.  Call 541-966-1610.

 

 

Gaming

Let it Roll $80,000 Anniversary Celebration

It’s our 20th Anniversary so we are giving away $20,000 per week!  Every Saturday in March from 2pm-10:30pm.  Hot Seat and Entry Drawings, including one $10,000 Instant Winner!  Any unclaimed prizes will “Let it Roll” over to the final Saturday.  On the final Saturday, we will draw until a winner comes forward.  Earn entries with daily play on your favorite slot machine.

 

Emerald Club

Every Tuesday, our 55 and over club members receive special offers and discounts!  Spin a prize wheel, earn 2x points, save on food, hotel and more!  Join today by visiting Club Wild, it’s free and easy.  (Please note, Traditions Buffet will not be participating in the Emerald Club on November 11th as they will be offering a free buffet to Veterans.)

 

5X Stacker Points

Stack up valuable points all month long! Visit each Monday or Thursday to increase your point multiplier!  Monday or Thursday receive 2X points, two weeks 3X points, four weeks 4X points and 5 weeks 5X points!  To receive multiplier, check in each Monday or Thursday at Club Wild before playing!

 

Birthday Bonus Spin

Celebrate your birthday with us!  ALL Club Members can come in on their birthday and spin the prize wheel to find out what their birthday prize is!  See Club Wild on your birthday for you chance to celebrate!

 

Card in n’ Win

It is so simple….play your favorite machine with your Club Wild card in, and you can win!  Bonus screen will appear while you play.  Freeplay winners awarded daily.

 

Sports Bar

 

Hoop it up with March Madness at the Wildhorse Sports Bar.

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournamenttips off, Wildhorse Sports Bar will carry all of the Madness. Catch all the tension and drama on our 18 HDTV’s including our 13-foot HD screen as the field narrows down to the Final Four.

 

Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Thursdays with Live Comedy! Friday and Saturday night, top bands rock the house from 9pm-1am.  Happy Hour from 4-7pm, Sunday-Wednesday, featuring drink specials and half-priced appetizers!

 

 

Thursday Comedy in the Sports Bar:  8-10pm

March 26       Sean Peabody & Mark G

 

 

Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar:  Friday and Saturday 9p-1a

March 27-28                        Joe Slick Band                          Country/Rock 

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THIS JUST IN!  DON’T MISS THIS!  WEEKLY CONTINUES AFTER!

 

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