Shotgun pigeon shoots

KIMBERLY - The first shoot in the fourth annual Clay Pigeon Shoot Shotgun Series fund-raiser will be Saturday, Jan. 31, at Kimberly Rock Products, Highway 402 between Monument and Kimberly. Proceeds from the first event will help Monument High School students with expenses for their New York trip.

Practice starts at 11 a.m., at $3.50 for 10 shots, and the shotgun shoot is at noon. Contestants must enter three of four shoots for a chance to win a Mossberg shotgun valued at $565. The cost is $25 for 25 shots. There will be other categories and prizes, including a women's shoot, for a hunter green shotgun scabburn and the 18-and-under youth shoot, for a $50 Cabela's gift certificate. The shoots continue Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25. More info: Brad or Julie Smith, 934-2143.

Winter concert time

GRANT COUNTY - The Juniper Singers present this year's winter concert, "The Joy of Music," in two performances. Shows will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Monument High School's auditorium and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Mt. Vernon's Community Hall.

An $8 donation is requested for admission, and tickets will be available at the door.

Highlights include Kaylee Ausland playing and singing one of her own compositions; Neale Ledgerwood singing "The Impossible Dream," and a piano solo by Markku Sario. Also on the program are a rousing gospel number, "Wake Up, Sinnah, Let the Glory In" and "Home on the Range" with Janine Goodwin on the fiddle.

The Little Singers, directed by Louise Kienzle, will perform at the Mt. Vernon show. They will sing several numbers and will join the Juniper Singers for "Dona Nobis Pacem."

Kathy Moss will emcee the evening and Dr. Ed Carwithen is the concert's conductor.

For more information, call Carwithen at 932-4799.

Groundhog supper

PRAIRIE CITY - American Legion Auxiliary 106 will hold its annual "Groundhog Supper" 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Strawberry Grange Hall. The "all you can eat" meal includes sausage, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice.

The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 are free. There will be raffle drawings and music by the Uptown River Band.

Historic Church meeting

JOHN?DAY - The board of the Historic Advent Church in John Day will hold a meeting at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Outpost Restaurant. Anyone with pictures or information on the history and use of the parsonage is welcome to attend.

Spaghetti feed fund-raiser

MT. VERNON - Mt. Vernon Middle School's eighth-grade class will hold a spaghetti feed fund-raiser 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in the Grant Union High School cafeteria. The cost is $6 a person and the proceeds benefit the eighth-grade trip.

Poker ride and radar run

SENECA - The Grant County Snowballers will hold a poker ride and radar run in Seneca starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. The club is offering a $2,000 purse as well as raffle prizes. The ride will leave Seneca, loop into the forest and return to the starting point.

Presale poker hands and raffle tickets are available at John Day Polaris and Doug's Motor Vehicle Repair. Proceeds will be used to help support the club with its community projects throughout the year. More info: Anthony, 932-4589; John, 575-3540; or Ron, 575-5650.

Valentine star-gazing

Join a National Park Service Ranger on Valentine's Day for a two-hour exploration of the night sky. The free, family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the picnic area in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, 10 miles west of Mitchell.

Binoculars and warm clothing are recommended, and hot beverages and a warming room will be provided. Call earlier in the day, as the program is subject to change due to weather. More info: 987-2333.

Dinner and a movie

CANYON CITY - A romantic Valentine's Day evening of dinner and movie will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Canyon City Community Hall. The cost is $35 per couple with proceeds benefiting the hall.

On the menu will be lasagna, salad, hot vegetables, French bread, raspberry lemonade, coffee, tea, cheesecake and chocolate cake. The evening includes popcorn and drinks for the movie, and a chance to win a monthly floral arrangement - courtesy of Chester's Thriftway - for five months.

A homemade gift basket will also be raffled during the event at $1 per ticket or 6 for $5.

Admission is limited to 40 couples. Advance tickets are for sale at the Canyon City Community Hall, from Strawberry Mountain Graphics, or call Teri at 620-0802 or Kim at 575-1652.

Valentine fund-raiser

DAYVILLE - The "New York Kids" from Dayville School will host a Valentine Dinner Sunday, Feb. 15, at the school. Three reservation times are available - 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. - with musical entertainment by Brady Goss at the two later seatings.

Proceeds benefit the upcoming New York trip in April for students in grades 7-12. For reservations, call the school at 987-2412.

OngoingGrad Night fund-raiser

The Grant Union High School Grad Night Committee is raffling off a sweetheart dinner for two at the Snaffle Bit. Tickets are on sale through Feb. 6, at home basketball games or from parents of seniors. Winner need not be present to win. More info: Julie Witty, 575-2928 or Brenda Mosier, 620-0558.

Grad Night will be held at the John Day Elks Lodge and is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

Marriage seminar

JOHN DAY - The Church of the Nazarene is hosting a free video-driven marriage seminar entitled, "Love and Respect" at 7 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 9. The instructor is Dr. Emerson Eggerich of Focus on the Family. The seminar is intended for couples of all ages, whether or not they are going through marital challenges. Info: Pastor Dan or Pastor Brad at 575-5732.

Fossil Beds winter hours

The Thomas Condon Visitor Center of the John Day Fossil Beds is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every day during the winter months - except on federal holidays - through February. All park trails and overlooks are open daily during daylight hours. For more information, call 987-2333.

In the region

Poker run in the snow

UNITY - Burnt River Snowmobile Club will hold a poker run with prizes and raffles Saturday, Jan. 31. The ride is about 50 miles, from Unity to Austin Junction and back. Proceeds benefit food banks in Baker, Grant and Malheur counties. Signup begins 8 a.m. at the Waterhole in Unity. For raffle tickets or info: Dan, 541-446-3655.

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