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...

Summer Day Camps for Haunted House Actors

The Maridell Center will be hosting summer day-camps geared towards turning the avid Haunted House goer into a terrifying...

Seniors Still Swindled by Scammers

Lake Oswego, Ore. – June 13, 2014 –The stories are heartbreaking. Grandmothers and grandfathers who are abused, neglected and financially...

June Events

From the Chamber… June 11 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Karaoke* Come and join everyone at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar...

NEOEDD board meeting

  Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is holding a board meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 1:30...

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Local Events

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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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  July 8, 2014

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

Summer Day Camps for Haunted House Actors

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

The Maridell Center will be hosting summer day-camps geared towards turning the avid Haunted House goer into a terrifying Haunter! Night Fright Productions and Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio will be holding day camps at the Maridell Center June 24 – 26. Campers will learn what it takes to scare others. They will learn about sounds, movements, psychology of fear, and other great secrets of the trade! Call the Maridell Center now to reserve your spot in the Summertime Haunt Day Camps. Call Now: 541-963-2023.

Rikki Jo Hickey is the owner and instructor at Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio. She holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Hawaii. She has been a theatre instructor for 14 years in summer camp, preschool, high school, university, and studio settings. Rikki is a professional director and storyteller.

Night Fright Productions is a volunteer based haunted house hosted by the Maridell Center. Night Fright Productions has been reocgnized for their generosity though supporting local organizations and offering the youth in our area an opportunity to learn life skills such as teamwork, professionalism, and other work ethics.


Contact Information:

Rikki Jo Hickey
Blue Mountain Actor’s Studio
541-805-8088
www.holisticacting.com

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

Seniors Still Swindled by Scammers

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

Lake Oswego, Ore. – June 13, 2014 –The stories are heartbreaking. Grandmothers and grandfathers who are abused, neglected and financially exploited. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, hundreds of thousands of seniors are victimized every year.

June 15, 2014 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington wants Washingtonians to know the warning signs of abuse.

Seniors are often vulnerable to fraud and financial crimes. They are easy to reach at home, are too polite to hang up on calls from strangers, and are more likely to have financial means. BBB wants seniors and their families to be aware of the following scams:

  • Grandparent Scams— Scammers call and claim to be grandchildren who need help. Common ploys might be, “I’m stranded on spring break” or “I’ve been arrested” or “hospitalized” and need money for medical purposes, to get out of jail or back home. The cons generally ask their victims to wire money. They claim their voice sounds different because of an accident or crisis, and ask that the grandparents not tell their parents.
  • Charity Scams— Con artists will ask for donations or money for raffles to benefit charities. BBB recommends only making donations to reputable charities. Seniors can go to give.org to read reports on local and national charities and find ways to give wisely.
  • Healthcare Scams— Scammers will call or email, claiming to be with Medicare or insurance companies. They’ll ask to confirm personal information, in order to send a new card or announce a new plan. Additionally, they might tell victims, they need to send money for the new plan or card.
  • Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams— Victims receive letters in the mail stating they have won the lottery or sweepstakes. The letters will instruct the person to deposit an enclosed check and then wire a portion of the money back to the company to cover taxes or administration fees. The checks are usually bogus and victims ends up losing the money. Remember, never send money to receive any winnings from a lottery or sweepstakes.

Family and friends need to do their part and watch for the following signs of financial exploitation:

  • Missing belongings and property
  • Unusual bank activity
  • Unnecessary purchases
  • Sudden changes to power of attorney or wills
  • Sudden interest in investments or business opportunities
  • Several unpaid bills or bounced checks.

For guidance, turn to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Center on Elder Abuse at ncea.aoa.gov. Report serious incidences to local law enforcement and file complaints with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

June Events

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014

From the Chamber…

June 11 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Karaoke*
Come and join everyone at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar & Grill every Wednesday and Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. until close for Karaoke fun. Bud Jackson’s is located at 2209 Adams Ave. in La Grande. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858.

June 11 Pendleton Sports Bar Karaoke*
Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Wednesdays with Wildhorse Live! Karaoke starting at 8pm. The Wildhorse Comedy Jam will have you in stitches every Thursday at 8pm. And 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!
Every Wednesday night from 8-midnight is Karaoke! Our Sports Bar features food discounts and fun for all, 21 and over!

June 12 La Grande Library Story Time*
Songs, stories, crafts. All ages welcome! Cook Memorial Library is located at 2006 4th Street. Story Time is from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15p.m.

June 12 La Grande Weekly Bingo
Weekly Bingo at the Union County Senior Center is from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m.

June 12 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 12 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Thursday Stimulus Steak Night*
Every Thursday night at Bud Jackson’s is Thursday Stimulus Steak Night. Come in for dinner and enjoy some top sirloin from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bud Jackson’s is located at 2209 Adams Ave. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858.

June 12 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 12 La Grande Irish Session
A monthly Irish Session, hosted by the Northeast Oregon Folklore Society, will take place on the second Thursday of each month at Bear Mountain Pizza in La Grande. The event begins at 7PM. Participants are encouraged to meet with friends and eat pizza while observing a collection of musicians playing Irish polkas, reels, airs and waltzes. For more information or a set list contact Carla at 541-663-0776.

June 12 La Grande “Glad You Made It!” Tour Featuring Platinum Recording Country

  • Artist Bryan White and EOU Alum Tim Hadler* 
  • Thursday, June 12 – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Come to the David E. Gilbert Event Center at Eastern Oregon University for the “Glad You Made It!” Tour starring EOU Alumni & Nashville recording artist Tim Hadler, Austin country music star Bryan White & more! Tickets: 
  • General Admission – $25.00 
  • EOU Alumni – $20.00 
  • Students/EOU Staff – $15.00 
  • Purchase your tickets at: 
  • EOU Bookstore in Hoke 
  • Mountaineer Market (1008 Adams Ave.) 
  • Looking Glass Books (1118 Adams Ave.) 
  • D & B Supply (10101 East 1st St., La Grande) 
  • Call the Alumni Office at 541-962-3576.

June 12 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 12 Pendleton Comedy Jam Thursdays*
It’s Comedy Jam Thursdays at the Wildhorse Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton. Come and see, form 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.:

  • June 12, Kent Rader & Dickey Bill Wagner 
  • June 19, Daniel Dugar & Chey Bell 
  • June 26, Dax Jordan & Adam Bathe 

Visit http://www.tribblerun.com/ for complete comedian profiles

June 12 La Grande “Guest of the Deep” Live Music at Ten Depot*
Ten Depot Street has live music every week and this week is no exception! This week’s “Guest of the Deep” is Brady Goss.
Thursday, June 12, Auburn Isaak. Music starts at 8:00 p.m. Ten Depot is located at 10 Depot Street in La Grande.

June 12 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Karaoke*
Come and join everyone at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar & Grill every Wednesday and Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. until close for Karaoke fun. Bud Jackson’s is located at 2209 Adams Ave. in La Grande. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858. Admission is free.

June 13 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Friday Prime Rib Dinner*
Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar & Grill offer Friday Prime Rib dinner. Get there early because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

10oz steak is $17.95
14oz steak is $20.95

Prime Rib Dinner is every Friday starting at 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Contact phone number
is 541-962-7858. Bud Jackson’s is located at 2209 Adams Ave. in La Grande.

June 13 Pendleton Quick Cash PLUS!*
Every FRIDAY from 5:00 p.m. – Midnight, Wildhorse is giving everyone a way to win! Win up to $100 in Free Play every 30 minutes! PLUS check in at Club Wild to receive 2x points on your next visit-Monday through the following Thursday!

June 13 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 13 La Grande Live DJ at Bud Jackson’s*
Bud Jackson’s has a live DJ every Friday night from 9:00PM until close. Come and enjoy the music! Bud Jackson’s is located at 2209 Adams Ave., La Grande. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858.

June 13 La Grande Live DJ at Bud Jackson’s*
Bud Jackson’s has a live DJ every Friday night from 9:00PM until close. Come and enjoy the music! Bud Jackson’s is located at 2209 Adams Ave., La Grande. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858.

June 14 Elgin Elgin Riverfest
Riverfest kicks off with the Firemen’s Breakfast in the fire hall. This is a great, all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Maps are available here for the All Over Town Yard Sales. Lions members also sell their last of the tickets for the Duck Race at this time.

  • Vendors have a variety of booths downtown Elgin celebrating Crazy Days with sidewalk sales. You can’t miss it! 
  • The Show and Shine Car Show is on the playing field. A Duck Train drives all around the area giving rides to the children. 
  • The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Historic Elgin Treasure Hunt with clues all around town and cash prizes. At noon, little yellow ducks are sent “racing on Phillips Creek for the Lions Duck Race. The finish line is the bridge on Highway 82 where Lions catch them in the creek. Cash prizes are awarded for several winners. 
  • The Quilt Club has a Quilt Show that goes on for two days, usually in the high school. At the Stampede Grounds, there is an Antique Engine and Tractor Show. 
  • Riverfest also features the Elgin Alumni Banquet, drawing hundreds of Elgin High School graduates back to the area to celebrate with their classmates. 

Visit the website at www.visitelginoregon.com. The Contact email is
elgincoc@gmail.com. The contact phone number is 541.786.1770.

June 14 La Grande Boy Scout Troop 514 Yard Sale
Boy Scout Troop 514 Yard Sale. Lots of outdoor and camping equipment will be available first come-first served. Located at 1204 Spring Street on Saturday, June 14, starting at 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

June 14 Elgin Eagle Cap Excursion Train: Family Fun Day*
Here is a great opportunity to take the kids for a train ride! Choose the morning trip and ride the train from Elgin to Minam, then ride a bus back to the Elgin depot. Or, choose the afternoon trip and ride a bus from the Elgin depot to Minam, where you will board the train for a ride from Minam to Elgin. The bus trip takes about 20 minutes and includes the amazing Minam Grade. Kids receive a souvenir. Adults build memories and get plenty of photo opportunities. A wonderful Father’s Day gift idea.

Saturday, June 14
Morning: Train departs Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and bus returns passengers to Elgin at 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon: Bus leaves Elgin Depot at 11:30 a.m. and the train returns passengers to Elgin at 2:30.
Adults & Seniors = $50 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $20 (kids under 3 ride for free!)
Contact number is 541-963-9000. Contact email is train@alegretravel.com. Website is www.eaglecaptrainrides.com. Elgin Train Depot is located at 300 North 8th Street, Elgin.

June 14 La Grande Grand Opening: Blue Mountain Outfitters*
Come to the GRAND OPENING of Blue Mountain Outfitters outdoor equipment and apparel shop located at 1124 Adams Ave. (in the old Blue Turtle Gallery building) and Allure Beauty Bar on Saturday, June 14th at 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.! Door prizes, raffles, BBQ, food and drinks will all be provided! Please come joining us in opening these two local businesses and support La Grande!
Located at 1124 Adams Ave., La Grande.

June 14 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.

June 17 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 18 La Grande 38th Annual Crop Tour*
You’re invited to participate in a half-day bus tour of selected sites in Union County to view first-hand and learn about agricultural production, research and conservation efforts in the area. The tour also gives you a chance to interact with many local growers and ranchers. Note: a detailed agenda will not be available until the day of the tour.

The day starts with coffee & donuts at 7:00 a.m. then a short program at CPS (7:30 a.m.) followed immediately with the bus tour. Buses return to CPS by 2:00 p.m. Periodically along the tour route, participants will unload & reload the buses at various stops which may include areas with difficult terrain. The traditional lunch consisting of barbecue steak, baked potato, and salad will be served to tour participants at approx. noon at a site along the tour route. Local 4-H Ambassadors and FFA members will be on hand throughout the day to help out. After lunch, bus passengers will be returned to Crop Production Services at approx. 2:00 p.m. For general tour information, please contact Darrin Walenta or Lenard at the numbers listed above. If you have a physical disability that requires special consideration in order for you to attend the Crops Tour, please contact Darrin Walenta, OSU Extension Service Union County, at 541-963-1010 by June 6th.

Location: Crop Production Services on Booth Lane, 2.6 miles NE of Island City on HWY 82

RSVP: not required…..however, show up early enough to get a seat on one of the 4 buses! If buses reach maximum capacity, participants can carpool and follow the buses in personal vehicles. However, please be safe, watch out for pedestrians and follow state/federal motor vehicle regulations.

  • Lenard Porfily – Crop Production Services. Phone: 541-963-3735. 
  • Darrin L. Walenta – OSU Extension Service Union County. Phone: 541-963-1010 or 
  • Email: darrin.walenta@oregonstate.edu 
  • Web: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/union/

June 18 Pendleton Reel Classic Matinee Movies at Wildhorse*
The Wildhorse Cineplex is bringing back the classics every Wednesday at noon. For $5 you can enjoy a movie and get a small pop and popcorn! At the Wildhorse Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton.

June 18 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Wednesday Taco Night*
Come to Bud Jackson’s for Wednesday Taco Night. Tacos are only .50! Taco Night is every Wednesday starting at 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858. Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar & Grill is located at 2209 Adams Ave. in La Grande.

June 18 Pendleton Sports Bar Karaoke*
Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Wednesdays with Wildhorse Live! Karaoke starting at 8pm. The Wildhorse Comedy Jam will have you in stitches every Thursday at 8pm. And 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!

Every Wednesday night from 8-midnight is Karaoke! Our Sports Bar features food discounts and fun for all, 21 and over!

June 18 La Grande Bud Jackson’s Karaoke*
Come and join everyone at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar & Grill every Wednesday and Thursday night from 9:00PM until close for Karaoke fun. The contact phone number is 541-962-7858. Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar & Grill is located at 2209 Adams Ave. in La Grande.

June 18 La Grande BSA Troop 514 Spaghetti Dinner
BSA Troop 514 Spaghetti dinner will be on Wednesday, June 18, starting at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to Boy Scouts from Troop 514 to help with summer camp costs. Located at 1204 Spring Street. For more information call Rick at 541-962-0434.

We appreciate your joining us and your contributions to the Scouts.

All you can eat menu: Spaghetti (meat and meatless), Garlic bread, Salad, and Beverages.

 

 

 

  June 11, 2014

NEOEDD board meeting

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Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is holding a board meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Commission Meeting Room, Baker County Courthouse, 1995 Third St., in Baker City. All NEOEDD board meetings are open to the public.

 

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.

NEOEDD Needs Your Voice!

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The updates for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) are in, and we need your help to prioritize them! Please take NEOEDD’s survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/25KW2PR

The CEDS gives public and private entities an opportunity to consider an inventory of major projects that could benefit the region as a whole, and to prioritize them in a formal way. The CEDS is useful for local government and nonprofits when considering funding and logistics.

The CEDS is a communications tool and not a funding mechanism itself. However, it helps NEOEDD staff refer potential funding sources to pending projects. NEOEDD shares the CEDS with federal funding agencies (EDA, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development) and state and federal legislators. It is available online for private foundations or others to consult when researching potential projects. TheState of Oregon also uses it to inform its Regional Solutions Team projects.

Let us know what public and private projects are important to you! Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/25KW2PR
Deadline: Friday, June 13

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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  June 5, 2014

Local Events

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From the Chamber…

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
May 28, 2014

Events for May 28 – June 4
Events and Community Calendar
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version..
Big Events for the Week of May 28th
The weekend of the 28th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • Hog Wild Days in Island City
  • Eastern Oregon Livestock Show
  • Soroptimist Annual Breakfast
  • Kick It Into Gear at Pioeneer
  • Les Miserables Opens at EOU
  • EOU/ESE 5k Color Run
Visit the community calendar at www.unioncountychamber.org to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events!
Catch the latest Book It! on your PC or smartphone when you’re out and about and looking for fun Union County by clicking the image above!
New Book It! airs every Wednesday
after 5:00PM!

Chamber Updates
 Hog Wild Days in Island City
 Head out to Island City, May 30 – June 1, to celebrate their annual  Hog Wild Days festival. Food,  craft, and game vendors mean plenty of fun for  everyone. BBQ  feed on the 30th, Firemen Breakfast and parade on  the 31stParade starts at 11:00a.m.  Parade line-up is at 10:00a.m. at New  York Richies in Island City.

 For vendor info, call Al 541.963.3540 For parade info, call Richard  541.910.8881.
 Local Investing to Build Stronger Communities

 Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., Market  Place (Upper Room), 1101
 Washington Ave. in La Grande for  a lively and interactive discussion  of what’s possible in local investing  will be the focus of an upcoming event with Carol Peppe Hewitt,  author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow  Money, and Lyle Estill, author and local investing entrepreneur.
 Please join us if you’re interested in:

  • Leveraging local wealth to support stable, vibrant communities
  • Ways to access untapped financial resources for local economic health
  • The potential of Local Impact Investing Opportunity Networks (LIIONs) to connect Northeast Oregon businesses and investors

Suggested donation:

 $5 – I support community capital for my Town
$10 – I support community capital for my County
$15 – I support community capital for my Region
Free for students!
To RSVP or for more information, kristyathens@neoedd.org,
 541-426-3598.
Heart’n Home Volunteer Training

Start Volunteering Today! Come join us on Friday, May 30, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Heart’n Home, 2104 Cove Avenue Suite A in La Grande.  People of all ages, backgrounds, and specialties welcome!  Free event and lunch is provided.

 

Our Volunteers make a significant difference as they provide support to our patients and their families as well as play a vital role to the Heart ‘n Home team! Please join us! Snacks and lunch will be provided.

 

Please RSVP at (541) 624-5800.  For additional info, email melissawi@gohospice.com.  Visit their website at www.gohospice.com.

 

Get your Soroptimist Annual June Breakfast Fundraiser Tickets at the Chamber!
Tickets are now available for the Soroptimist Annual June Breakfast at the Union County Chamber of Commerce, located at 207 Depot Street. The Chambers hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under the age of 12.

The Soroptimists will be holding their annual June Breakfast at the Riverside Park Pavilion on Saturday, June 1, from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

The “Suite-est” Pic Contest

Now-June 30, take a “selfie” with a limited edition Wildhorse

 Resort and Casino 19th Anniversary Pepsi Can and submit it online at www.wildhorseresort.com to be entered to win a Wildhorse Getaway.  The prize package is valued at $900 and includes a two night stay in a Vista Suite, $200 in Wildhorse Free Play, dining certificates and 3 days of unlimited golf for two with a cart!  Must be 21 years of age to enter.  See website for full details!

 

Dirty Poker Run on June 21st at MERA 
The Dirty Poker Run is coming to La Grande in less than a month and sponsorship opportunities are available!  You can email Kristen or Rona or call the Chamber at 541-963-8588 for more information!  Beware of the Buffalos kicking up mud this June!

 

City of Union

The town of Union gears up this week as the 107th Annual Eastern Oregon Livestock show takes over!  Come out and enjoy the bliss of small town life coupled with good food and rodeo fun!  June 2 – June 8 in Union!

 

Eastern Oregon University

Annual Spring Book Sale Supports EOU Women’s Center

 

EOU, Clatsop Community College Collaborate to Offer Business Degree 

More

Elgin Chamber of Commerce 
Thank you to Elgin High School students for this poignant Memorial Day presentation.
 Cove, Oregon
 Lifeguards Needed!
 Cove Swimming Pool is in  need of  qualified  lifeguards. Do you know a  lifeguard who could use a  summer job?!  Click the link above to be taken to their  Facebook page.

La Grande School District – May

La Grande School District May Key Communicator

Check out the La Grande School District Key Communicator. Download it by clicking here.

La Grande Main Street Downtown – May

Keep up to date with the La Grande Main Street Downtown with their new digitized monthly newsletter. Download it by clicking here.

 

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