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.

Wednesday, May 8

Prairie City School kindergarten roundup

• 3 p.m., Mrs. Sharp’s room, Prairie City School

Bring your child’s birth certificate and a copy of their immunization record. The child must be 5 years old before Sept. 1.

Friday, May 10

Music of the Western Hemisphere

• 7 p.m., John Day United Methodist Church

The Grant County Youth Arts Program of the Juniper Arts Council will present its spring concert. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged.

Friday-Saturday, May 10-11

19th annual Grant County Quilt Show

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11

• Grant County Fairgrounds, Trowbridge Pavilion

Presented by the Grant County Piecemakers Quilting Guild, the cost is $5 for both days. Drop quilts off by 7 a.m. May 10. A Sunday workshop “Daybreak Quilt” (strip set friendly) will also be taught by Karen Hinton and Mary Lou Drury from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $20. For more information or to sign up for classes, email or call Mary Lou at 541-620-2798, The Shiny Thimble at 541-932-4111 or Karen Hinton at 541-620-0120.

Saturday, May 11

Strut, Stride, Straddle and Stroll and Hilton Half Marathon

• 6 a.m., Blue Mountain Hospital, John Day

• 7 a.m., Blue Mountain Hospital, John Day

This year the Hilton Half Marathon will be held in conjunction with Strut, Stride, Straddle and Stroll. Those participating in the half marathon should be at the hospital at 6 a.m. Those participating in the Strut, Stride, Straddle & Stroll should be at the hospital at 7 a.m. Registration forms are available at Blue Mountain Hospice or on the day of the race. For more information, call 541-575-1648.

Non-lead ammunition test day

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Burns Butte Sportsman’s Club

A free test shoot will be held for non-lead ammunition. Hunters are invited to bring their firearms and current ammo to compare with non-lead options for accuracy. For more information, contact Calla Hagle at 541-573-8021.

Thursday, May 16

John Day Farmers Market informational meeting

• 5:30 p.m., Outpost Pizza, Pub & Grill, John Day

Vendors and the public are welcome to attend. For more information, call 541-575-1555.

Foster care informational session

• 5:30-7:30 p.m., John Day Fire Hall

An informational session will be held regarding becoming a foster or adoptive parent or volunteering with the Department of Human Services or Court Appointed Special Advocates. Sign in and refreshments are at 5:30 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion at 6 p.m. Food will be provided. For more information, contact Heather Edgar at 541-575-0728, ext. 279, or

Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18

Poppy Days

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chester's Thriftway, John Day

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Poppy Days. For more information, contact Ruth Harris, 541-575-0076.

Saturday, May 18

Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary yard sale

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

A large variety of items will be available. Deliver donated items to the Canyon City Community Hall on Friday, May 17, after 9 a.m. All proceeds will be used to provide equipment and supplies for the Blue Mountain Hospital and Care Center. For more information, call Chris Yriarte at 541-575-2545.

Seneca Oyster Feed

• 12 p.m., Seneca

Fresh oysters, garlic bread, salad, corn and drinks will be served for $20, or $30 for all you can eat. Hamburgers will also be available. A raffle, silent auction and cornhole tournament are planned. Live music will be provided by Bucky. This year’s golf scramble starts at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. with registration 30 minutes beforehand; call Shane at 541-620-4910. For the softball tournament information, call Zach at 541-792-0788. For more information about the oyster feed, call Seneca City Hall at 541-542-2161.

Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19

J.C. Oliver Memorial Team Roping

• 12 p.m. May 18

• 9 a.m. May 19

• Grant County Fairgrounds, Heritage Barn

Saturday, books open at noon, and roping begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, books open at 9 a.m. with roping beginning at 10 a.m. The same ropings — 5.5 and 3.5 — will be held both days, three for $25. Participate both days for chances to win a rifle or knife. All proceeds benefit the Grant County Heritage Foundation in honor of J.C. Oliver supporting youth and agriculture. For more information, call Oaklee Clark at 541-620-4587 or MT Anderson 541-477-3816.

Saturday, May 25

Island in Time Trail guided hike

• 10-11:30 a.m., John Day Fossil Beds

A free, moderately difficult hike will gain 220 feet of elevation and is 1.3 miles round trip. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed; there are 13 bridges with open steel mesh tread on the walking surfaces. Following the tour, participants may also take the 3.25-mile Blue Basin Overlook Trail that starts in the same parking lot. For more information, contact Genevieve Perdue at

Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26

Spray Rodeo and Eastern Oregon Half Marathon

• 8 a.m., Spray

For the race — half marathon, half marathon walk, 10K and 5K — transportation for all races departs Spray School at 7 a.m. Saturday; for more information, contact John Wagner at 541-362-6179 or, and to preregister, visit A buckaroo breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at Spray School when the marathon begins. A parade takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the rodeo at 1 p.m. Cowboy church takes place from 8-9:30 a.m. Sunday in the grandstands. A buckaroo breakfast is also offered at 8 a.m., followed by the rodeo at 1 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

Wednesday, June 5

Grant County Senior Citizens Advisory Council semi-annual meeting

• 11 a.m., Prairie City Senior Center

New members of the council appointed by the Grant County Court will be introduced. Bylaws will be reviewed and approved. Officers will be elected. Council members may propose new business items. The public is welcome. For more information, contact Frances Preston, 541-820-4463.

Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8

Frontier Writers’ Rendezvous

• 4-7:30 p.m. June 7

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8

• Canyon City Community Hall

Workshops will be offered on writing, publishing and more with readings by 12 authors, a book fair and publisher’s representatives both days. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Dave Driscoll at 248-719-2122 or or visit

Friday, June 28

Outdoor classical music concert

• 6:30-8 p.m., John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Cant Ranch

“Classical Music in the Wild” is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, primarily played on a 9-foot Steinway piano. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted via wireless headphones to the concertgoers, who have the opportunity to explore their surroundings. Parking is available at both the Cant Ranch and the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, which will also remain open until the start of the concert. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

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