The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Friday. Call the Eagle, 541-575-0710, or email For meetings this week, see our list in the classifieds.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Light Up a Life

• 6 p.m., Valley View Assisted Living

Blue Mountain Hospice will host its annual Light Up a Life event to remember and reflect upon the lives of those who have passed away. To have a loved one honored, contact Michelle at 541-575-1648.

Friday, Dec. 14

Blue Mountain Care Center Christmas party

• 2 p.m., Blue Mountain Care Center

The Blue Mountain Care Center will host a Christmas party for their residents and their families followed by a silent dessert auction to raise money for the resident council fund. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. All are welcome. RSVP by Dec. 7. For more information or to RSVP, call 541-820-3341.

Christmas tree lighting ceremony

• 5:30 p.m., Bridge and Main streets, John Day

Shops will be open extended hours. Caroling, refreshments and in-store specials will be available. For more information, call Sherrie Rininger at 541-620-2638 or the Grant County Chamber of Commerce at 541-575-0547.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Ugly Sweater 5K

• 10 a.m., The Corner Cup, John Day

The fundraiser run benefits the Tree of Joy. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweater and first-place finisher. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt that will be delivered after the event. For more information, contact Macy Strong at 541-792-0574.

Christmas bird count

• 7 a.m., The Outpost Pizza, Pub & Grill, John Day

The Grant County Bird Club will meet no later than 7 a.m., earlier for breakfast. Assignments for the bird count will be explained. The club’s December potluck meeting will be that night along with the compilation of the day’s sightings. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Cecil and Irene Gagnon’s home off Dog Creek Road, 62012 Dugout Lane, John Day. For more information, contact Tom Winters at 541-542-2006 or

Winter Festival

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dayville Community Hall

The winter bazaar will feature crafters, food and fun activities. Crafters and vendors are wanted for $10 per site with tables provided. For more information or to reserve a site, call Tracy Bird at 541-575-0866 or Kelly Cooper at 541-620-4947.

Winter Wonderland dance recital

• 6:30 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

Dancers from age 4 through seventh grade, including levels 1, 2 and 3, will perform dance routines, including solos, duets and trios as well as group routines. Admission is $2 per person at the door. Children 6 and under are free. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Body, Fitness & Dance at 541-792-7421.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Winter bazaar

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monument School gym

The sixth annual winter bazaar features homemade decor, beauty products, food and accessories. The 4-H club will serve hamburgers, and the Monument ambulance will host a dessert fundraiser. The cost per table is $10. For more information or to set up a booth, contact Stacy Robinson-Cox at 541-934-2155.

Monday, Dec. 17

Antone Christmas bird count

• 8 a.m., Cant Ranch house, John Day Fossil Beds

Joel Geier will conduct a bird count west of the John Day Fossil Beds. The compilation will take place after 4:15 p.m. For more information, contact Geier at

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Ski club meeting

• 5:30 p.m., The Ugly Truth Bar & Grill, John Day

The Strawberry Mountain Nordic Club will host a ski club meeting. All ages are welcome to come meet with fellow snow sport enthusiasts. For more information, call Hannah Grist at 541-285-7817.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Food bank distribution day

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grant County Food Bank

The Grant County Food Bank will hold its monthly food distribution day on the third Wednesday (Dec. 19) instead of the fourth because of the holidays. The food bank is located at 530 E. Main St., Suite 9, in John Day. For more information, call 541-575-0299.

Grant Union winter music program

• 6:30 p.m., Grant Union Junior-Senior High School

The Grant Union combined choir and junior and senior high school bands will present their winter music program in the school’s old gym. Admission is free.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Quickbooks for Ag seminar

• 4-8 p.m., Extension Office classroom

Space is limited to 20 people. RSVP by Jan. 4. The price is $10 per person. For more information, call 541-575-1911 or stop by the office at 116 NW Bridge St. in John Day.

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