Fly-In draws a crowd

Silvie Holliday and Clyde Holliday exit Frank Stinnett’s airplane during the 2018 Fly-In at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

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, Sept. 5

Active Parenting class

• 5-8 p.m., Families First, 401 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day

The class will be held every Thursday ending Oct. 3. This series will show parents ways to use effective nonviolent discipline, to open up lines of communication and to teach responsibility, courage and other important skills. Free dinner will be provided. Contact Families First for childcare options. For more information or to register, contact Megan at 541-575-1006 or

Friday, Sept. 6

‘Finding the Story in the Picture’ writers workshop

• 1-3 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

Kerry Grombacher will offer a free workshop to help artists find inspiration for a broad range of creative writing and to be better observers and more expressive writers. The Painted Sky Center for the Arts is also offering a four-part, paid workshop beginning Sept. 9 and a paid after school arts education program for students beginning Sept. 16. For more information, visit, call 541-620-3788 or email

Movie at the Cart

• 6 p.m., Little Canyon Food Cart, John Day

“The Princess Bride” will be shown with free admission. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the movie following at sundown. Attendees should bring seating, and yard games are welcome. No outside food or drink.

First Friday

• 6-9 p.m., downtown John Day

This month’s theme is “Carnival.” Event will feature carnival games, food and live music. Kerry Grombacher, who lived and worked here in 1972, will be back in John Day for his fifth performance at 1188 Brewing Company at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available at participating businesses. For more information, visit the Downtown John Day First Fridays Facebook page.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Grant County Fly-in and Breakfast

• 7-11:30 a.m., Grant County Regional Airport

Air search pilots will fly children in grades 1-12 for free, weather permitting. Parents must fly with children ages 12 and under. Dave Traylor will present a U.S. flag flyover and candy drop. Breakfast will be served by the Squeeze In, $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 541-575-1151 or email

Rural Innovation Tour

• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Innovation Gateway greenhouses, Oregon Pine Property

This free event features a guided tour of the greenhouse with a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s plan for using reclaimed water for food production, in addition to learning about hydroponic growing systems. For more information, contact Genevieve Perdue at or 541-620-5754.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15

Youth pheasant hunt

• 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., John Day Valley

Hunters ages 17 and younger are eligible to participate while accompanied by an adult 21 years or older, who may not hunt. The supervising adult may not accompany more than one youth hunter. All participants must attend a safety briefing. Each youth must have in possession: a Hunter Education Certificate (or hunting license), which includes their Hunter Ed number; permit for the hunt area (if required); hunters 12 years or older must have a valid hunting license with an upland game bird validation; a blaze orange hat, shooting glasses and vest must be worn by all participants, including adults. Each event location will provide these items. Registration is required. For more information, contact Cameron Sponseller at or 541-575-1167.

Saturday, Oct. 5

‘Think Like an Animal’ tracking course

• 10-11:30 a.m., Madden Brothers Performing Arts Center, John Day

Joe Kreuzman, senior instructor at Coyote Trails Nature Center, will teach a course on tracking, including a guided hike to introduce the proper way to read signs of wildlife, their travels and behavior and the implications of the local, interconnected landscape. The course costs $20, but ages 15-17 are free. For more information, contact Genevieve Perdue at or 541-620-5754. To purchase tickets, visit


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