Aug – Sep Events

Aug. 21 La Grande Live Music by Fine Tunes* Live music at the Senior Center starting at 11:00 a.m....

Orientation Session for Business and Education Funding

In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise People of moderate income who seek funds for a business enterprise or...

RUSSIAN HACKERS AMASS MORE THAN 1 BILLION INTERNET PASSWORDS

BBB Warns Consumers to Be Proactive in Securing Personal Data Lake Oswego, Ore. – Aug. 6, 2014 –The New...

BBB Names Sophie Dichter

  Lake Oswego, Ore. – August 5, 2014 – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is proud...

Huckleberry Funn is Theme of the North Powder Huckleberry Festival

It’s a little early in the season, but ripe huckleberries should be found at the lower elevations of the...

July Events

Jul 8,12,15,19,26,29 La Grande Farmer’s Market Jul 10 Hell’s Canyon Motorcycle Rally Jul 10 Elgin Stampede Jul 11 Crazy...

NEOEDD and Partners Receive Food-Systems Grants

NEOEDD is pleased to announce recent grants that support local food-systems efforts: Statewide Food-System PlanningMeyer Memorial Trust (MMT) awarded...

Summer Events

June 26 La Grande, Weekly BingoWeekly Bingo at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., is from 1:00...

Beware SideJacking

Lake Oswego, Ore. – June 25, 2014 –Sidejacking is a common term for man-in-the-middle “eavesdropping” attacks that occur through...

Night Fright Haunted House Volunteers

Night Fright Productions and Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio are teaming up this year to find actors for the Night...

Aug – Sep Events

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Aug. 21 La Grande Live Music by Fine Tunes*

Live music at the Senior Center starting at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande. Contact number is 541-963-7532.

Aug. 21-La Grande Recreation Swim at the Veteran’s Memorial Pool (Small Pool Only)*

Aug. 21 Pendleton Burgers, Brew and Birdies*
Be sure to join us starting in April for Burgers, Brew and Birdies! Monday thru Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., get 9 holes of golf with a cart, a burger and a beer for $25. Call the ProShop for tee times 541-276-5588. Wildhorse Casino is located at 46510 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton

Country Swing Thursday dance club! Every Thursday 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dance
instruction available. Country Western couple dancing is a form of social dance that is informal, relaxed, simple, casual. Country Swing dancing is a modern style of country western dancing that is a mixture of the country two-step and east coast swing with a various moves from West-coast Swing, Salsa, and other ballroom styles. Everyone has a blast with it! Cost: $3 before 8:00pm and $5 after 8:00pm. The Maridell Center is located at 1124 Washington Ave. The contact phone number is 541-963-2023 and the email is maridellcenter@gmail.com.

Aug. 21 La Grande “Guest of the Deep” at Ten Depot Street*
Ten Depot Street has live music this Tuesdays & Thursday in August! Always a blast but you can’t know for sure, if you’re not there!
* Thursday, August 21, Holly Sorensen
* Tuesday, August 26, Anna Tivel
* Thursday, August 28, Saigon Country
Ten Depot Street is located at 10 Depot Street in La Grande. Music is on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Aug 22 – Aug 24 Cove Grande Tour Family Bicycle Camp*
Ascension Camp and Conference Center is offering a Family Bicycle Ride along the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway. Young, non-riding family members can spend the day with Ascension Camp staff. Camp staff will entertain and care for your children as you ride. Riders have the choice of riding 34 miles, the half century, century or super century accompanied by support vehicles. Saturday night will be camp fire night complete with song, stories and decadent treats. Can’t beat the opportunity of a great ride along the scenic Grande Tour and the peace of mind knowing your young family is cared for and entertained while you’re playing.

Aug 22, self-guide tours around Cove Aug 23, group rides depart about 7 am Aug 24, morning mountain bike ride and self-guided ride in the area. Depart for home at noon.Fee: $50 plus additional fees for lodging and food options. Located at Ascension Camp and Conference Center, 1104 Church Street, Cove. The contact phone number is 541-568-4514. The website address is http://coveascensionschool.com. The contact email address is: angela@coveascensionschool.com.

Aug. 23 La Grande La Grande Farmer’s Market*
Located in beautiful Eastern Oregon, the La Grande Farmers’ Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, quality meat, eggs, garden products, arts, crafts, and live music. Enjoy shopping locally while interacting with farmers, artists, musicians, craftsman and friends.The website for the Farmer’s Market is http://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/ . The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) at Max Square on the corner of Admas Ave. and 4th Street in La Grande. The contact number is 541-663-8100.

Aug. 23 La Grande 7th Annual Celtic Festival & Highland Games*
Celebrate everything Celtic! Enjoy entertainment, dance, highland games, food and more at the 7th Annual Celtic Festival & Highland Games.Saturday, August 23rd, Gates open at 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24th, Gates open at 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
* Highland Games
* Children’s Highland Games
* Kilted Kilometer Race
* Bonnie Knees Contest
* Ladies Welsh Skillet Toss
* Celtic Clan Village
Tickets:
* $15 1 – Day General Admission $20 2 – Day General Admission
* $10/$15 for Seniors, Veterans, and Studnets w/ID
* Children 12 & Under Free – Accompanied by a Paying Adult
Contact phone number is 541-975-3952. The contact email is eocelts@yahoo.com. The website is http://www.eocelts.com. Located at the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande.

Aug. 23 La Grande Hobby Habit: Game Night*
Bring your board or table top game to the weekly game night, sponsored by Hobby Habit. Games are not supplied, so bring your favorite and your friends. Space is limited so show up early. Hobby Habit is located at 409 Fir St., La Grande. Contact phone number is 541-963-9602. Game Night starts at 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Aug. 25 La Grande Union County Chess Club
The Union County Chess Club meets every Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Sub Shop, at 111 Depot St. in La Grande. For more information about the club’s weekly meetings, contact Michael at 541-786-1133.Compiled and distributed by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. For additional events and information, visit UnionCountyChamber.org or call 541.963.8588

Aug. 26 La Grande La Grande Farmer’s Market*
Located in beautiful Eastern Oregon, the La Grande Farmers’ Market is a seasonal openair market featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, quality meat, eggs, garden products, arts, crafts, and live music. Enjoy shopping locally while interacting with farmers, artists, musicians, craftsman and friends.The website for the Farmer’s Market is http://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/ . The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) at Max Square on the corner of Admas Ave. and 4
thStreet in La Grande. The contact number is 541-663-8100.

Aug. 26 La Grande Open Community Dancing*
Every Tuesday is dance night at the Art Center! We do group dancing from a variety of cultural traditions, all accessible for novice and experienced dancers. No partner, special clothes or previous experience is required. We’ll show you what you need to know while you dance. Dance styles rotate throughout the month. Located at the Art Center, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. Community Dancing meets every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free (donations welcome).

Aug. 26 La GrandeKaraoke at Jefferson Street Depot
Jefferson Street Depot is now offering Karaoke on Tuesday nights! Stop by JSD’s on Tuesdays to get your karaoke singing on! Karaoke will be every Tuesday starting at 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Contact phone number is 541-963-3292.Located at 1118 Jefferson Street.

Aug. 27 Pendleton Ladies Golf Clinics
The month of July tees up the third and final Ladies Golf Clinics scheduled for this year at the Wildhorse Golf Course. Running Wednesdays, July 23-August 27th (no clinic the week of July 31), each five-week session includes instruction covering rule and etiquette, short and long game instruction, fundamentals and competitive strategies for all levels of play.Call the pro shop for details on all events: 541-276-5588 or visit wildhorseresort.com/golf.

Sep. 27 La Grande ArtsEast Biennial 2014*
The ArtsEast Biennial will continue its run during normal business hours at the Art Center to Saturday, September 27.
As part of the Biennial, enjoy the following workshops:
* 9/13 Batik Watercolor — Jan Clark & Denise Elizabeth Stone
* 9/22 Finding Exhibition Opportunities — Robert Tomlinson
* 9/23 Presenting Your Portfolio — Robert Tomlinson

 

  August 27, 2014

Orientation Session for Business and Education Funding

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In Baker City, La Grande, and Enterprise

People of moderate income who seek funds for a business enterprise or for education expenses are welcome to a free, one-hour orientation and introduction session. Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) administers a program called “Individual Development Account” (IDA). IDAs provide a 3-to-1 savings match. Someone who saves $1,000 and completes the program will receive an additional $3,000. Up to $12,000 total!

Orientation sessions take place:

  •  Baker City on Monday, Sept. 8, at 12 noon (Community Room at Baker County Library, 2400 Resort Street)
  •  La Grande on Monday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. (Colleen F. Johnson Community Room at Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th St.)
  •  Enterprise on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 12 noon (Community Room at Enterprise Public Library, 101 NE First St.)

The orientation is offered at no charge. Light refreshments will be served.

Once accepted, program participants receive free business-planning and money-management classes, helping them build fiscal responsibility and saving habits that can last a lifetime.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about this program (including income limits) can visit NEOEDD’s website (http://neoedd.org/content/individual-development-accounts), or call the office at 541-426-3598.

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 our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

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  August 19, 2014

RUSSIAN HACKERS AMASS MORE THAN 1 BILLION INTERNET PASSWORDS

Filed under: History,News — admin @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BBB Warns Consumers to Be Proactive in Securing Personal Data

Lake Oswego, Ore. – Aug. 6, 2014 –The New York Times reported this morning that a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

While details are still limited, including which companies have fallen victim or how the hackers conducted the breach, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to protect their online accounts. The Times reports the hackers appear to be using stolen information to send spam on social networking sites like Twitter, and could be selling personal data on the black market.

BBB understands there is not much consumers can do to prevent data breaches from happening, but vigilance will help minimize the risk of falling victim to identity theft.

  • Change passwords. Never use the same password for every online account or website.
  • Monitor credit and bank statements. Go online to verify account information and do not wait for paper statements.
  • Set up alerts. Set up automatic activity alerts on banking and credit card accounts and with the three credit reporting agencies.
  • Report suspicious activity. Immediately report unauthorized charges and place a credit freeze on any compromised accounts.
  • Save receipts. Keep all receipts handy in case charges need to be substantiated.

Also visit OnGuardOnline.gov, a website run by the Federal Trade Commission, for more tips on avoiding scams and protecting your computer.

Scammers will likely take advantage of this high-profile public data breach to phish for personal information. Over the next few weeks, be extremely wary of unsolicited emails or phone calls from purported financial institutions. Do not click on links, download attachments or provide sensitive information—like Social Security numbers—to unknown parties.

  August 6, 2014

BBB Names Sophie Dichter

Filed under: Information — admin @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014

 

Lake Oswego, Ore. – August 5, 2014 – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is proud to welcome Sophie Dichter as its new Oregon Public Relations Manager.

Dicther joins BBB after a successful career as a journalist for KVAL in Eugene and KPTV in Portland. She is an Emmy-award-winning reporter and has served the state of Oregon for more than 10 years, covering local and national news as well as consumer protection issues.

“I’m excited for the new challenge and feel passionate about BBB’s core mission and purpose,” Dichter said. “Consumers face rigorous challenges today, which is why it is imperative for BBB to be a go-to resource for people. I’m ready to help further BBB’s mission of educating Oregonians and promoting trust in the marketplace.”

Dichter is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she studied international business and broadcasting. Today, she lives in Portland with her husband.

 

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  August 5, 2014

Huckleberry Funn is Theme of the North Powder Huckleberry Festival

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, July 10, 2014

It’s a little early in the season, but ripe huckleberries should be found at the lower elevations of the Blue and Wallowa Mountains when the eighth annual North Powder Huckleberry Festival takes place Saturday, July 26.

“We hope berry lovers will head for the mountains (or the freezer) and put together a delicious dessert for the festival’s huckleberry dessert contest,” said Janet Dodson of the festival organizing committee. The contest awards cash prizes for category favorites, as selected by the judges. Entries are auctioned off later in the day to benefit the event.

The dessert contest is just one of the many activities that take place throughout the day as the community honors the delicious purple berry that grows in the surrounding mountains. Huckleberries have been favored by area residents, since long before and long after the town was founded on the Oregon Trail.  

The day gets under way with the 5 and 10K Fun Run/Walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and participants depart at 8. Registration is $10; you must preregister to receive the event’s reverse-dyed t-shirt. Contact Chris Aldrich, 541.910.4397 or frst_grd_tchr@yahoo.com.

Everyone is welcome at the Powder Valley All-School and Community Reunion Breakfast, served from 7 to 10 a.m., in the new cafeteria and hosted by the High School Boys Athletics Program. Donations are appreciated and benefit high school sports and the festival.

Downtown, food and craft vendors, the Huckleberry Patch (event headquarters) and the Wolf Creek Grange Hall open at 10 a.m. and the parade begins at 11, with “Huckleberry Funn” this year’s theme. Grand Marshals are longtime resident and business owner Kara Jo Willets and Larry Craig, whose ancestors were among the early settlers.

The Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine starts with parade line-up at 10, with car show-n-shine activities beginning at noon. Contact car show organizer Dawn Wells, 208.739.3286 or huckleberrynpo@yahoo.com for information or to register.

The Mud Volleyball tournament begins on First Street at noon and continues until completed. The tournament was extremely popular in its debut last year and has expanded to 10+ teams for 2014. To sign up a team, contact Jeff Grende, 541.786.1806 or jgrendeheatingandair@yahoo.com.

The afternoon schedule also includes live music at the gazebo throughout the afternoon, games for kids at 1 p.m., a silent auction at the library, the free “World’s Longest Huckleberry Sundae,” and a barbecue dinner at the fire station.

The popular Dragon Theater Puppets show starts at 2:30 in the city park. The puppet company is based in Portland and features a new show every year. www.dragontheater.com

The evening ends with a street dance on E Street, with music by Mark Stratton Lost Creek Road.

There are still spaces available for more food, craft and product vendors, according to Bev Bigler, vendor coordinator.

“We always have a flurry of vendors at the last minute,” said Bigler, “and we find room for them.” She encourages venders to contact her as soon as possible to reserve a space; 541.898.2320 or bevbigler@gmail.com. Contact Dodson, 541.786.8006 or janetd@eoni.com for general event information.

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  July 10, 2014

July Events

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Jul 8,12,15,19,26,29 La Grande Farmer’s Market
  • Jul 10 Hell’s Canyon Motorcycle Rally
  • Jul 10 Elgin Stampede
  • Jul 11 Crazy Days
  • Jul 11 “Grande Ronde-A-View Car Show”
  • Jul 12 13th Annual Benchwarmer’s Classic
  • Jul 16 Summer Poker Rodeo at Wildhorse
  • Jul 17 EAGLE CAP EXCURSION TRAIN: Cowboy Country Dinner Train
  • Jul 19 Wildhorse Amateur
  • Jul 19 EAGLE CAP EXCURSION TRAIN: Minam Summer Shorts
  • Jul 26 Huckleberry Hotrod Show-n-Shine
  • Jul 26 North Powder Huckleberry Festival
  • Jul 26 2014 Elkhorn Media Group Scramble
  • Jul 30 Union County Fair
  • Jul 30 Union County Fair Parade
  • Jul 31 EAGLE CAP EXCURSION TRAIN: Summer Sundowner

  July 8, 2014

NEOEDD and Partners Receive Food-Systems Grants

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image001NEOEDD is pleased to announce recent grants that support local food-systems efforts:

Statewide Food-System Planning
Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) awarded the 12-member Community Food System coalition, which includes Oregon Rural Action and NEOEDD as partners working in Wallowa, Union, Baker, Umatilla, and Malheur counties, $22,000 to support continued work on a statewide food-system planning process. This is part of a multi-year effort by MMT to fully understand and characterize the strengths and needs of Oregon’s food system. MMT’s 2010 needs-assessment notes the following potential benefits of a strong food system:

  • Reduced hunger and increased food security;
  • Improved access to healthy food for people of all income levels;
  • Improved health outcomes from increased consumption of fresh and local meat/produce;
  • Increased markets for farmers, especially small-to-mid-size; and
  • Stronger local economies (especially rural) resulting from new food-sector businesses, new food-sector jobs, and food-purchase dollars remaining in and circulating through the local economy.

In addition, MMT has funded Portland-based Northwest Documentary to help the cohort of Community Food System grantees document their efforts, in order to share the story of community food systems with the broader public.

Farm-to-Preschool
EcoTrust has awarded NEOEDD $1,500 to support “farm-to-preschool” activities in Wallowa County. The Magic Garden, a partner in the Wallowa County Food System Council, will expand harvest field trips and activities for preschoolers. The grant will also help purchase garden supplies for several preschools to engage children in growing gardens and enjoying fresh produce. The project will involve the Magic Garden/Joseph Charter School; Wallowa County Head Start; Building Healthy Families; Academic Building Center, LLC; Creative Tree; and Learning Tree Montessori.

The most recent U.S. census indicated that 48.1 percent of Wallowa County families with children younger than five have family incomes below the poverty level. The program’s goals are to connect Wallowa County preschool children, their families, and teachers with healthy, local foods; to build relationships with and share ideas and resources among preschool providers and community food-system partners, including faith-based, farmers, food access, public schools, community gardens, economic development, and other entities; and to share information with Wallowa County residents about the opportunities, benefits and pleasures of growing, preparing, and eating healthy, local foods.

Congratulations to economic development specialist Sara Miller and everyone else involved in the success of these grants!

 

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 our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

 

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Summer Events

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 26 La Grande, Weekly Bingo
Weekly Bingo at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., is from 1:00 p.m. –3:00p.m.

June 26 La Grande, Bella’s Culinary Demo
Join the staff at Bella for culinary demos every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Demos differ on a weekly basis. ‘Like’ Bella on Facebook for updates on weekly demos.Demos are fun and relaxed, and often offer culinary education such as FREE wine and port tastings. Bella’s is located at 1216 Adams Ave.

June 26 La Grande, Weekly Bingo at the American Legion
The American Legion Post 43 in La Grande will be holding Bingo on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come down to 301 Fir Street in La Grande each week to participate. Cash only please.

June 26 La Grande, Country Swing Thursday
Country Swing Thursday dance club! Every Thursday 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dance instruction available.Country Western couple dancing is a form of social dance that is informal, relaxed, simple, casual. Country Swing dancing is a modern style of country western dancing that is a mixture of the country two-step and east coast swing with a various moves from West-coast Swing, Salsa, and other ballroom styles. Everyone has a blast with it!Cost: $3 before 8:00pm and $5 after 8:00pm. The Maridell Center is located at 1124 Washington Ave. The contact phone number is 541-963-2023 and the email is maridellcenter@gmail.com.

June 26, Dax Jordan & Adam Bathe
Visit http://www.tribblerun.com/ for complete comedian profiles. For moreinformation, call 800-654-9453.

June 29, La Grande Sol West Fair
The fair will be aimed at individuals, families, organizations and companies seeking to incorporate renewable energy and sustainable systems into their homes, business or campus facilities.Training on the use of alternative energy resources will also be provided at SolWest workshops. The training will be provided by contractors, heating and cooling specialists and energy consultants. Located at the Union County Fair in La Grande. The website is www.solwest.org. The contact phone number is 541-975-2411.

June 27 La Grande, Pinochle Social Club
Pinochle opens, every Friday, at 6:00p.m. with play beginning at 7:00 p.m. 18 years and older may participate. Held at the Senior Center located at 1504 N. Albany St. in La Grande.

June 28 La Grande, Live DJ at Jefferson Street Depot.
Every Friday and Saturday night you can drop by the Jefferson Street Depot and dance the night away music provided by a live DJ. This only occurs on Friday and Saturday night so be sure to leave your calendar open! Located at 1118 Jefferson Ave., every Friday and Saturday night from 9:00p.m. – 1:00a.m.

June 28 La Grande, La Grande Farmer’s Market
Located in beautiful Eastern Oregon, the La Grande Farmers’ Market is a seasonal openair market featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, quality meat, eggs, garden products, arts, crafts, and live music. Enjoy shopping locally while interacting with farmers, artists, musicians, craftsman and friends.The website for the Farmer’s Market is http://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/ . The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) at Max Square on the corner of Admas Ave. and 4thStreet in La Grande. The contact number is 541-663-8100.

June 28 La Grande, La Grande Lions Club 14th Annual Golf Scramble
The La Grande Lions Club 14th Annual Golf Scramble tees off at 9:00 a.m. at Buffalo Peak Golf Links. The entry fee is $65 per golfer. The entry fee includes: 18 holes of golf. Cart per two players. Bucket of balls.Grande Ronde Retirement Residence Sponsored: New York Strip Steak DinnerPayout top 4 places. Limited to first 18 teams.2 Tickets for Eagle Cap Excursion Train2 Tickets for Wallowa Lake TramTeam total minimum handicap 40.For information or sponsorship opportunities call Dave Hallmark at 541-962-4941.

June 28 La Grande, Open Mic at Jefferson Street Depot
Open Mic at Jefferson Street Depot precedes the DJ every Saturday night! Starts at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Located at 1118 Jefferson Street, La Grande. Contact phone number I s541-963-3292.

June 28 Elgin, Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery
There are bandits out there in the hills, and they are looking for an excuse to flag down the train and climb on board. As it happens, the sheriff is transporting a notorious villain on this train and that can lead to mayhem and mischief. It’s hard to tell who is friend andwho is foe. So, hide your valuables and keep your camera handy! Boxed lunch is served during the return leg of the trip.Miles traveled = 40. Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!). Saturday, June 28, train boards at 9:30AM and returns at 2:00PM. The contact phone numbers are 541.963.9000 or 800.323.7330. The contact email is train@alegretravel.com.

June 30 La Grande, Union County Chess Club
The Union County Chess Club meets every Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Sub Shop, at 111 Depot St. in La Grande. For more information about the club’s weekly meetings, contact Michael at 541-786-1133.

July 1-July 2 La Grande, Nature’s Pantry’s 28th Birthday
Mark your calendar–July 1 will be Nature’s Pantry’s 28th birthday!! We are having a birthday party and open house to celebrate it and our expansion. July 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Nature’s Pantry is located at 1907 Fourth Street in La Grande.

July 1 La Grande, Business After Hours: Nature’s Pantry
The Business After Hours will take place from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1. Nature’s Pantry is located at 1907 Fourth Street in La Grande.

July 1 Pendleton Golf League
Sign up today for our Tuesday night golf league! Over $5,000 in prizes, cash side games, after play appetizers with the Pros and a Season End Shoot Out & BBQ on August 12. Open to all golfers that enjoy friendly competition. Teams are 4-5 players and a minimum of 2 players per team must participate every week to have an official team score. Call or visit the Pro Shop to sign up. 541-276-5588. Every Tuesday Night until August 12. Located at Wildhorse Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton.

July 1 La Grande, La Grande Farmer’s Market
Located in beautiful Eastern Oregon, the La Grande Farmers’ Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, quality meat, eggs, garden products, arts, crafts, and live music. Enjoy shopping locally while interacting with farmers, artists, musicians, craftsman and friends.The website for the Farmer’s Market is http://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/ . The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) at Max Square on the corner of Admas Ave. and 4thStreet in La Grande. The contact number is 541-663-8100.

July 1 La Grande Weekly Bingo
Weekly Bingo at the Union County Senior Center.Bingo is every Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Union County Senior Center is located at 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande.

July 1 La Grande, Karaoke at Jefferson Street Depot
Jefferson Street Depot is now offering Karaoke on Tuesday nights! Stop by JSD’s on Tuesdays to get your karaoke singing on! Karaoke will be every Tuesday starting at 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Contact phone number is 541-963-3292.Located at 1118 Jefferson Street.

 

 

  June 25, 2014

Beware SideJacking

Filed under: Information — admin @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. – June 25, 2014 –Sidejacking is a common term for man-in-the-middle “eavesdropping” attacks that occur through unsecured Wi-Fi connections. Coffee shops, college campuses, airports and hotels are breeding grounds for hackers who try to compromise personal information and place computers at risk for viruses.

 Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns users to be cautious when connecting to public hotspots and surfing on a non-secure internet connection.

 Using public Wi-Fi is inherently risky; laptops, smartphones and tablets are all susceptible to security breaches. Exercising best practices takes only a few extra seconds and can eliminate many dangers.

BBB recommends the following steps to protect from hackers:

  • Update protection. Make sure virus protection and anti-malware programs are up-to-date and active.
  • Never assume connections are legitimate. Many fake networks deliberately utilize similar names, such as “coffee_shop1” or “official airport wifi.”
  • Look for connection authenticity. Look for signs posted at the location providing the connection, or ask an employee for information about the legitimate Wi-Fi access point.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network. VPNs encrypt data that passes through the connection and prevent interception.
  • Avoid specific websites. Social networking channels, online banking services and certain shopping sites contain significant amounts of personal/financial data that, if hijacked, could seriously compromise identities.

BBB reminds online users to frequently change passwords and to not stay permanently logged in to wireless networks. For more information about online safety, check out OnGuardOnline.gov;visit the BBB News & Events page for the latest scam alerts and marketplace updates.

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Night Fright Haunted House Volunteers

Filed under: Information — admin @ Friday, June 13, 2014

Night Fright Productions and Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio are teaming up this year to find actors for the Night Fight Productions Haunted House. This year’s haunt, “The Hunted” will feature an interactive zombie paintball section, so the actors will be trained in skills such as improvisation, scare tactics, physical endurance, and Haunted House safety codes. Training will be in the evenings, twice per month through August, then two times per week in September.

All of the actors are volunteers, but the skills gained from training under Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio are invaluable. Not only will the actors learn acting techniques specific to Haunted Houses, but they will also be awarded prizes at the end of the haunt. Awards in the past have been for Biggest Scare, Best Make Up, Best Improvisation, Scared the boss, and the coveted “Caused the most wet pants” award.

Night Fright Productions could use individuals of varying ages as actors, animatronic operators, puppeteers, and prop/scenery builders.

Nigh Fright Productions has been in operation as a volunteer haunted house for nine years. Night Fright Productions is owned and operated by Jeri Mackley. Mackley has been a leader in the Haunted House industry in Eastern Oregon. Her first Haunted House was located in a private residence and then moved to the Union Hotel where it operated for four years before moving to the Maridell Center. The first year she had 12 actors volunteering and the number has grown to as many as 75 in previous years. This year’s cast calls for about 35 actors. Mackley has enjoyed watching Night Fright Productions grow and her volunteers create lasting memories each year. Her favorite memories from previous haunts was watching the spooky sets that she and her helpers create come to life when the actors come in. “The sets can be pretty scary on their own, but when the actors take up their roles and the sound effects come on everything just comes to life and the energy is so high” says Mackley.

The Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio has been located in La Grande since September 2012. Classes include creative drama, storytelling, monologue and scene acting, short film making for children, public speaking, and puppetry. Owner, Rikki Jo Hickey, grew up in La Grande, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Eastern Oregon University in 2007, and her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Hawai`i.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a Haunted House volunteer this year, please call Jeri Mackley at 541-963-2023 or stop by the Maridell Center at 1124 Washington to sign up.


Contact Information:

Jeri Mackley
Maridell Center and Night Fright Productions
541.963.2023
www.maridellcenter.com

  June 13, 2014

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