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

Friday, Oct. 8 and 25Costume sale

? Noon-4 p.m., United Methodist Church fellowship hall

Browse among selected "gently used" items to create that one-of-a-kind costume for Halloween. The church and hall are at 126 NW Canton St. in John Day.

Saturday, Oct. 9'2nd Saturday Gathering'

? 9:30-11:30 a.m., Outpost Restaurant

Athena Moline will present the topic, "The Right Hand of God," with praise and worship music by Kathy Rogers. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served at the no-host breakfast. Ladies are encouraged to bring a Bible and a friend.

Tuesday, Oct. 12Candidate forum at Chamber meeting

? Noon, Outpost Restaurant, John Day

County clerk and commissioner candidates will share their platforms, to be broadcast over KJDY. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct 25Learn about hospice volunteering

? Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 12; 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, Blue Mountain Hospital conference room.

The question-and-answer sessions are for people interested in becoming a volunteer with Blue Mountain Hospice, and making a difference in the lives of others. Training will begin in November; times can be flexible and arranged to fit participants; schedules. Call the hospice at 541-575-1648.

Thursday, Oct. 14'Taste of the Season' holiday food show

? 3-7 p.m.; Chester's Thriftway, John Day

Highlights will be the cracking of an 85-pound Italian Parmesan cheese wheel, at 3:15 p.m., and slicing up a 77-pound fig cake, imported from Spain. There will be giveaways; drawings; samples of food, beer and wine from 27 vendors from Grant County and around the Northwest; and in-store specials in every department.

Saturday, Oct. 16Last Farmers Market and Harvest Festival

9 a.m., SW Brent Street, John Day

The John Day Farmers Market has several changes planned for the last market of the season. Fees will be waived for a booth space, and people are encouraged to call ahead or come early that day for a space. Tables, chairs and shade will also be provided for those with just small amounts of produce to sell, but who don't need an entire table or booth. Donations of produce will also be accepted. More activities are in the works. Contact Chari Larue, 541-932-2859, or

Sunday, Oct. 17Huddleston work party

? 10 a.m., Huddleston Sno-Park

Grant County Snowballers are encouraged help clean out the shelter and cut wood for winter, to prepare the sno-park for sledding time. Bring a potluck dish to share.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 19-20AARP driver's safety class

? 9 a.m.-1 p.m., John Day Senior Center

The cost of the two-day class is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for all others. Sign up at the Senior Center or call instructor Ron Dowse, 541-575-4268, or 541-792-0587. Participants will be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance after completion.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-243rd Hot Air Balloon Festival

Activities include sunrise launches each morning, a dinner Friday night at the Mt. Vernon Community Hall and the nightglow at the John Day Golf Course Saturday night. The dinner will feature smokehouse roast beef with all the trimmings, by Russell's Custom Meats and Deli, at $12.00 a person. Up River Country Band will provide the music, and there will be an art display by the Grant County Art Association.

Balloon rides are $150 a person. The Chamber of Commerce is holding a drawing for one ride; tickets are $1 each, six for $5, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. Call 541-575-0547.

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