Thanksgiving dinner

PRAIRIE CITY - The third annual Prairie City Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at the Teen Center on Front Street.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. More info: call Jannet at 541-820-4650.

Republican meeting

JOHN DAY - The Grant County Republican Central Committee Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the Outpost Restaurant.

The business meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Mad Hatters to meet

JOHN DAY - The Grant County Mad Hatters will hold their annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Outpost Restaurant.

Attendees are asked to bring a gift to exchange and food for local food banks.

For more information, call Sherry Feiger at 541-575-0766. Note that this is a change in meeting dates.

Toy craft and exchange

JOHN DAY - Children and their parents can enjoy a toy-making workshop and toy exchange from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Families First Parent Resource Center.

Several toy-making stations will be available as well as a "great toy exchange room" where parents can exchange toys their child(ren) no longer want with toys other parents have brought.

A snack of warm cider and cookies will be provided. There is a $5 fee and scholarships are available. RSVP by calling 541-575-1006.

Holiday Showcase

JOHN DAY - The Grant Union Gold dance team will kick off dance season with their 13th annual Holiday Showcase under the direction of coach Shannon Woodcock at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4, in the high school's old gym.

Joining the Gold dance team are younger dance students of Body, Fitness and Dance.

Assisting coach Woodcock are Natasha Holmstrom, Junior Gold coach and Grant Union senior Laci Powell, coach for level one and two students.

General admission is $5 a person and one can of food to be donated to the Grant County Food Bank. Children under 6 get in for free.

Elks hoop shoot

CANYON CITY - All are welcome to the annual Grant County Elks Hoop Shoot, Saturday, Dec. 5, at Humbolt Elementary Gym, starting at 10 a.m.

Each boy and girl winner in each of the school competitions for age groups 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 will qualify for the county hoop shoot.

The first- and second-place finishers at the county shoot will receive trophies; third-place finishers will be awarded a plaque.

The first-place boy and girl finishers in each age group will qualify to compete in the District Elks Hoop Shoot to be held in Burns in January.

For more information, call Paul Smith at 541-575-1349.

Two bazaars

JOHN?DAY?- Christmas shoppers will have two bazaar choices from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar in Trowbridge Pavilion, where an array of handcrafted gifts, decor, holiday decorations will be for sale, as well as soup, pie and baked goods.

Santa will be on hand, too, for pictures from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and there will be drawings all day.

The fairgrounds will also have its own Holiday Bazaar going on that day, in Keerins Hall. Many more handcrafted items and decorations will be for sale there as well as drawings too.

Admission is free to both bazaars.

Tea time

PRAIRIE CITY - The "Prairie Rose Tearoom" is coming to the Historic Hotel Prairie, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for three Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Meet and make friends while enjoying an authentic tea time experience. Cheesecake, truffles and other goodies will be featured.

The hotel is located at 112 NW Front Street; reservations are recommended.

The tea room is also available for businesses and group Christmas parties.

Call Jannet Hoeffner at 541-620-2000 for more information.

Pesticide recertification

MT. VERNON - Grant Weed Control will sponsor a pesticide recertification course from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Mt. Vernon Community Hall.

Four pesticide credits will be available, two of them core credits for those holding a private pesticide applicator license.

Agenda topics include: herbicides to control late-season annuals, noxious weed identification and regulations, and commonly used herbicides and their modes of action.

The course is open to the public, lunch will not be provided.

Call the Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 541-575-1554 for more information.

Regional events

Gun show

BAKER CITY - The Baker County Mounted Posse Gun Show will be held at the Baker Event Center (the old armory), 2600 East Street, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29.

There will be guns, ammo, raffles, food and much more. All proceeds will go toward the annual youth trail ride in June. For more information or to reserve a table, call Keith at 541-403-0757.

Carriage parade,

festival

PENDLETON - All are invited to the third annual Christmas Carriage Parade and Festival, set for Saturday, Dec. 5, in Pendleton.

Activities include "Artisan Alley," the arts and crafts fair at Heritage Station, pony rides, carriage rides, Christmas tree lighting at Hamley Park and Santa.

The Carriage Parade is expanding this year to include selected horseback organizations.

Long Creek's Gary Schultz is the brainchild behind this one-of-a-kind event. Schultz is a member of the Columbia Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council that hosts the event along with the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pendleton, in conjunction with the Pendleton Round Up and Happy Canyon Associations.

For more information, call 541-278-8049, extension 141.

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