Fourth of July CelebrationsCircus coming to Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY - The Greater Community Prairie City Community Association is bringing Flynn Creek Circus to town at 6 p.m. July 4 at the baseball field on Overholt Street.

The troupe includes 15 performers doing aerial acrobatics, juggling, humorous skits, tightrope, tissue and other cirque style entertainment.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 under 18. Free tickets will be available from local area businesses.

The performers will be giving free circus skills classes between 2 and 4 p.m. at the baseball field. Classes are on a first-come first-serve basis.

• Flyin' High on the Fourth of July is the parade theme and Walt an Vera Clark are the grand marshals. To enter the parade, call Wanda at 820-3675. Judging for the parade will be at 11 a.m. Grand prize is $100, second place is $50, and third place is $25.

• Mom's apple pie contest will be judged at 10 a.m. Pies auctioned after judging. Info: 820-4746. Patriotic quilt for first-place winner.

• Prairie City Fire Department rubber duck race at 2 p.m. at Bridge Street bridge. First place nets $100, and second through fifth place all get $25. Get your ducks at City Hall or Huffman's Market, or from volunteer firefighters at the various city events July 1-4.

• Prairie City plays host once again this year to the annual Grant County Fireworks Display at Oxbow Ranch. As usual, the fireworks will begin at dusk on July 4. Parking will be provided for viewing the display, but no parking will be allowed on the street. For fire safety, personal fireworks are prohibited - do not set off fireworks at the site - and confine smoking to inside vehicles and extinguish cigarettes in the ashtray.

Wild West 4th of JulyDAYVILLE - The holiday celebration begins July 1 with a Saturday Market. Info: Denise Smith, 987-2124.

Cow pasture golf tournament begins at 10 a.m. July 2 on the South Fork Golf Course.

Jackpot horseshoe tournament at 2 p.m. July 3 at the city park, followed by fireworks at dusk at the football field.

Breakfast from 6:30 to 8 a.m. July 4 at Presbyterian Church. Horse race at 9 am. Driscoll's to Gibb's Arena. Parade down Franklin Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. Jakeburger stand and roast pork dinner at city hall at 11:30 a.m. Baked good auction at 12:30 p.m., followed by stick horse races at 1 p.m. and then duck races in the city park.

Genealogy meetingJOHN DAY - The Grant County Genealogy Society will meet at noon July 18 at the Outpost Restaurant. Guest speaker Stephanie Walters will talk about the Emil and Penny Hyde families.

Bike rodeoJOHN DAY - The Bike Rodeo has been rescheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 28 at the Grant County Health Department parking lot. Grant County kids, big and small, are invited to come and learn bike skills, safety, proper helmet fit and ride the obstacle course. Bring your bike and helmet. There will be prizes and refreshments and Strawberry Mountain Natural Beef hot dogs for those completing the stations. Helmets will be available. The free event is sponsored by the Grant County Safe Communities Coalition.

Pie socialBATES - Boulder Creek Ranch will hold its first pie social from 1 to 4 p.m. July 1 at the ranch 13 miles west of Bates on Middle Fork Lane. Bring your best pie and an appetite or just an appetite. Judging at 2 p.m. Trophies and prizes. RSVP to Les and Scotta, 421-3031 or zaitzbcr@starband.net.

11th annual Show 'n' ShinePRAIRIE CITY - The Grant County Kruzers' Eleventh Annual Show 'n' Shine will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the city park. Registration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pre-registration per car is $15 through July 21. after that the registration is $20. Plaques will be awarded in eight classes for cars and trucks, including Best of Show and a new classification for teen-owned vehicles.

Live entertainment by the Fabulous Fairlanes. Door prizes throughout the day. Info: 575-2533 or www.hdni.cc/~kruzers.

Folk danceCLYDE HOLLIDAY PARK - Contra dance on July 1 at Clyde Holliday State Park. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Table service provided. Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission $5 or $10 per family.

Cascade Crossing from Portland will supply the music. No experience necessary. Each dance is taught and walked through.

Info: crheu@ortelco.net.

Hunter educationJOHN DAY - Summer class for the ODFW hunter education class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Beginning July 10 with classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for two weeks. Sign up sheets available at Ace Hardware and True Value Hardware. Fee is $2. Info: Bryan Nelson, 575-1808 or Lynn Comini, 575-0952.

EOU summer hoursJOHN DAY - Eastern Oregon University's Grant County Center is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for the summer.

Registration is under way for summer online classes. Summer term begins June 26 and ends Sept. 8. Fall term begins Sept. 25.

EOU offers over 400 courses and 7 degrees online. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Info: Chris, 575-2168.

Youth soccer meetingJOHN DAY - The Grant County Youth Soccer meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 28 at the Outpost Restaurant.

Vacation bible schoolLONG CREEK - The Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold vacation bible school from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 26 through June 30 for children ages 3-11.

The church is also planning a mini-youth festival in July for children 12 and up. Info: Kellie Schultz at 934-2161.

Energy fairJOHN DAY - Energy independence and self-reliance are the focus of the eighth annual SolWest Renewable Energy Fair July 28-30 at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Admission includes 50 free workshops on both off-grid and grid-intertied renewable energy (RE) and sustainable living topics.

Over fifty exhibitors show tools for energy and lifestyle self-reliance, including solar, wind and agricultural resources. Keynote speaker Deborah Lindsay emphasizes the connections between community and power.

An Electrathon race highlights efficient, lightweight vehicle technology.

Cost is $5 per adult per day, with weekend, youth, and senior discounts, volunteers and children under 12 free. Camping is available (free for volunteers).

Info: Jennifer Barker, 575-3633.

Artist of the monthJOHN DAY - Rocky Maley has engravings and custom-made, sterling-silver jewelry on display at FirstBank all month long. Info: 575-5645.

Swim teamJOHN DAY - Sign up for swim team now. Info: Patti Powell at 575-2763 or patjo@centurytel.net.

OngoingFossil BedsThe John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will offer a free, one-hour history program at 2 p.m. July 1 at the James Cant Ranch house and museum. Participants should bring walking shoes and outdoor clothing.

Visitation data online at www.nps.gov/joda. Click on the link "management doc" then click on "In Depth Visitation Statistics," Socioeconomic Atlas for John Day" and/or "The Visitor Study 2004."

The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Info: 987-2333.

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