Dam on agendaJOHN DAY - A meeting to consider findings about the Canyon Creek Meadows Dam is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Forest Service building on Patterson Bridge Road. Consultants who have been studying the dam will present information on its state and alternatives for repairing or removing the dam, southeast of John Day.

Holiday on stageJOHN DAY - The Grant Union Drama class will present the one-act play, "Our Miss Brooks and the Christmas Carol" by Kristin Sergel; and a series of vignettes from "The Snow Show" by Lindsey Price and seasonal monologues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, on stage in the old gym at the high school.

The show will be free with donations accepted for the Grant County Food Bank.

'2nd Saturday' JOHN DAY - Ladies of Grant County are invited to the 2nd Saturday Gathering from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Outpost Restaurant River Room.

The group will celebrate the birth of Christ, during a special time of encouragement and praise. Kathy Rogers will provide worship music.

Bring a Bible and a friend for a no-host breakfast and a relaxed time of worship and prayer. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, call Dorothy Piazza at 541-575-2465 or Sherry Nance at 541-575-3687.

Santa in Long CreekLONG CREEK - A bazaar at the Long Creek Community Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Gift and food donation boxes will be available for donors to help provide for the needy.

For information, call 421-3841 or 421-3141.

Timber TruckersJOHN DAY - The annual Timber Truckers Light Parade is slated to start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, down Main Street in John Day. The theme is "Grant County Lights the Way."

A new category, "Community," will be added this year, to include entrants by individuals, families, churches and organizations. Other categories are Trucks, Floats, Commercial, and Farm and Ranch.

Prizes for each category are $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third, donated by local businesses.

A by-donation dinner and awards ceremony will follow the parade in Trowbridge Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Preregistration is encouraged. For more information, call Leslie Lindley at 541-575-1386 or 541-575-1862.

Homeschool programJOHN DAY - Everyone is invited to the Grant County Christian Homeschoolers' program, "Christmas Around the World," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the John Day Church of the Nazarene.

Refreshments will follow. For more information, call 541-620-2763.

Tea timePRAIRIE CITY - The "Prairie Rose Tearoom" is open in the Historic Hotel Prairie, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for two more Saturdays, Dec. 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.

More info: call Jannet Hoeffner at 541-620-2000.

Christmas dinnerMT. VERNON - A community Christmas dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall.

The grange will furnish turkey, ham, coffee and punch. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck side dish and donations of nonperishable food items to go to Volunteer Services.

Up River Country Band will provide the music. More info: call 541-575-1007.

Safe driving classJOHN DAY - The AARP Driver Safety Program offers a defensive driving course at Blue Mountain Hospital in the conference room. The eight-hour class is offered over two days, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14-15.

The class covers changes in Oregon's school zone law and crosswalk rules, as well as other laws that take effect Jan. 1. The course is designed for drivers age 50 and up, but is open to anyone.

The fee is $14, or $12 for AARP members.

To sign up, call Ron Dowse, 541-575-4268.

Firefighters dinnerJOHN DAY - All area firefighters are invited to an appreciation dinner, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Valley View Assisted Living Facility, 112 Valley View Drive. Call 541-575-3533 to RSVP.

OHA meeting, partyMT. VERNON - The Grant County Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association will hold its next meeting and Christmas party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall.

The OHA chapter will furnish the meat and potatoes. Everyone else is asked to bring a potluck dish, as well as nonperishable food and a gift, wrapped and marked for a man or woman, for senior citizens in the community.

Spay and Neuter clinicJOHN DAY - John Day River Veterinary Center will hold spay and neuter clinics, Tuesday, Dec. 15, for dogs, Thursday, Dec. 17, for cats.

Call 541-932-4428 for questions or appointments.

Christmas bird countJOHN DAY - Everyone, from beginners to experts, is welcome to join in the 29th John Day Christmas Bird Count Saturday, Dec. 19.

Those interested should meet at the Outpost Restaurant no later than 7 a.m., earlier for those who want a bite to eat before heading out on the daylong quest.

Participants need to bring binoculars or field glasses, a bird guide book if possible, a sack lunch and dress warmly for a day in the outdoors.

Counters will head out in small groups to designated areas around Grant County. Beginners will be paired up with experienced "birders."

A meeting to compile notes and numbers on the count will follow at Cecil Gagnon's home at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Tom Hunt at 541-575-1598.

Fund-raiser concertJOHN?DAY - Heart of Grant County will hold a fund-raiser Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the John Day United Methodist Church.

Tickets are $5 a person or $10 a family, and are available at Strawberry Mountain Graphics, Cottage Treasure and Bar W B.

There will be an intermission and refreshments. Admission tickets will also be good for several drawings throughout the evening. More info: call 541-575-5624.

Regional eventsDAR meetingISLAND CITY - The Lone Pine Tree chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their annual Christmas potluck 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Island City city hall.

The raffle basket displayed at the DAR booth at the 4-H Bazaar was won by Wanda Cole of Baker City.

For more info: call 541-963-3388 or 541-523-5646.

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