The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Friday. Call Cheryl at the Eagle, 541-575-0710.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

AARP drivers safety

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., John Day Senior Center

Participants may qualify for an insurance discount after successful completion of the class. The cost is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for all others. The class is open to all ages; bring a lunch. Call instructor Ron Dowse at 541-575-4268 or 541-792-0587.

Saturday, Feb. 9

‘Second Saturday Gathering’

• 9:30-11:30 a.m., Outpost Restaurant, John Day

Ladies are welcome to this month’s gathering, where the theme will be “For the Love of True Friendship,” with several speakers planned. Music presented by Kathy Rogers and Lis Davis. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served at the no-host breakfast.

Seneca Stick Horse Rodeo, Chili Feed

• Noon, Seneca School gym

Grant County cowpokes of all ages are welcome to an afternoon of family fun. The chili feed will start at noon, followed by the rodeo at 1 p.m., with events such as bronc riding, barrel riding and pole bending. The entry fee is $2 per event – maximum of $15 per family – and forms are at school offices and the Grant County Library.

Age groups are preschool-kindergarten, grades 1-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-12 and adult. Participants can bring their own stick horses, but the school has some to loan out. Call 541-575-4267 for more information.

Monday, Feb. 11

MRFD holds first board meeting

• 6 p.m., Monument Senior Center

Monument Rural Fire District will hold its initial organizational board meeting.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Shrove Tuesday pancake feed

• 5-7 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Canyon City

The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. All are welcome.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Storytime at Families First

• 10 a.m.-noon, Families First, John Day

Parents and caregivers can learn how to make reading an exciting time for children, and make it a relaxing, educational experience. Families First Parent Resource Center is at 401 S. Canyon Blvd. Call 541-575-1006.

Gluten-free meeting

• 6:30 p.m., John Day Elks Lodge dining room

Sandy Bupp will demonstrate the importance of fiber for gluten-free meals, as well as recipes with fiber. Call 541-575-0332, or email glutenfreelady@centurytel.net, for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 14

AARP drivers safety

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Strawberry Grange, Prairie City

Participants may qualify for an insurance discount after successful completion of the class. The cost is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for all others. The class is open to all ages; bring a lunch. Call instructor Ron Dowse at 541-575-4268 or 541-792-0587.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Jillie Jog 5K

• 8 a.m., Grant County Regional Airport, John Day

Registration starts at 8 a.m., with the 5K to kick off at 9. All participants are welcome: runners, walkers, bikers, strollers, dogs and kids. The cost is $10 a person. There will also be a free “tot trot” for those 8 and under, starting at 10 a.m.

Proceeds go toward medical needs for Jillie Thunell of John Day, who has been diagnosed with AML Leukemia. For more information, visit http://jilliejog.blogspot.com/.

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 16-17

‘Seneca Winter Classic’ snowmobile races

• 8:30 a.m., Seneca race track, west side of town

The Grant County Snowballers and Les Schwab Tires present snowmobile drag and oval races. Events will be double elimination, with plenty of cash prizes available. There will also be vintage snowmobiles on display. Spectator admission is free. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 541-620-0134 or visit grantcountysnowballers.com.

Regional events

Friday, Feb. 8

Daughters of the American Revolution meeting

• 11 a.m., Flying J Restaurant, La Grande

The Lone Pine Tree chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will gather, with lunch at 11 a.m., and the meeting to follow. Roberta Morin will present a DAR skit. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, call Meschele Cookson, 541-523-4248, or Joan Smith, 541-963-4861.

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