Bates reunion

BATES - The Bates reunion will be held July 27 and July 28 at the Dry Kill sight. A potluck will be held on July 28. Bring your own table service and a hot and cold dish. The gate will be open Wednesday afternoon for those who want to come early and camp. Info: Jackie Rapp at 820-3642.

Pies and hymns

JOHN DAY - The John Day United Methodist Church will host a homemade pie and ice cream social from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 28.

On July 29, the John Day and Prairie City United Methodist Churches will hold a combined Hymn Sing at 10 a.m. at the Prairie City Church. The service will be followed by a potluck picnic in the park. Info: 575-1326.

Mad Hatters

JOHN DAY - The Grant County Mad Hatters will hold a dinner and meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 31 at the Outpost Restaurant.

4-H Day Camp

JOHN DAY - Come one and come all to learn what 4-H has to offer from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 at the 7th Street Complex. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. Discounted preregistration price is $7.50 (due by July 27) or pay $10 at the gate. Info: 575-1911.

Kids festival

MT. VERNON - The "Paint your summer fun" kids festival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3 at the Living Word Christian Center in Mt. Vernon. The festival is free and is for kids age 4 through sixth grade. Transportation is available. Info: 932-4910.

Fair royalty tryouts

JOHN DAY - Ladies interested in becoming part of the 2007-2008 fair and rodeo court may pick up applications at the Grant County Fairgrounds. Applications must be returned by Aug. 3. Info: 575-1900.

Huckleberry Festival

PRAIRIE CITY - Prairie City will hold its 1st annual Huckleberry Festival and Grant County Kruzers Show and Shine Car Show on Aug. 4.

FFA breakfast in the park from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Car show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park. Trap shoot at the co-gen at 10 a.m. Art exhibits and sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown. At noon, cheerleader's barbecue in the park. Wine tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. on Front Street. Baking contest at 2 p.m. at Uptown Girls. Also available: face painting, food vendors, bike rodeo and more.

Horse show

JOHN DAY - The 2007 Grant County Fair open horse show will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at the fairgrounds. Entries due by 5 p.m. Aug. 8. No post entries. New this year: Ranch horse class. Info: 575-1900 or Shriley Lee at 932-4532.

Dance team fund-raiser

CANYON CITY - Junior and high school dance teams are collecting cans in the horse trailer at Jackson's Shell in Canyon City.

Preschool preregistration

JOHN DAY - The Sonshine Christian School is accepting preregistrations for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2007-2008 school year. Info: 575-1895.

OngoingFossil Beds

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will offer a free, ranger-conducted hike into the Blue Basin fossil beds at 10 a.m July 28 at the Blue Basin trailhead, three miles north of the Thomas Condon Visitor Center. Participants should bring good hiking shoes, a water bottle and dress for the weather.

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 987-2333.

Gleason Pool

JOHN DAY - Gleason Pool is open for public swimming from 1 to 5 p.m.for $4 and 6:30 to 8 p.m. for $1.50 daily. Call the pool for season pass prices at 575-9930.

Long Creek center

LONG CREEK - The community center is available for $10 deposit and a refundable $10 cleaning fee for short gatherings and for $10 deposit and $25 usage fee for longer gatherings (five or more hours).

Info: 421-3601.

Museums

Grant County Historical Museum, Canyon Boulevard, Canyon City is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Info: 575-0362.

Grant County Ranch and Rodeo Museum, on Main Street in John Day, across from the Ford dealer at Dayton Street open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment. Admission: $3. Under 12, free. Info: 575-5545 or 820-3624.

Kam Wah Chung and Co. Museum and Visitor's Center, 125 NW Canton Street, John Day, renovated museum opens Aug. 6. Interpretive center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Info: 575-2800.

DeWitt Museum and Prairie City Depot of the Sumpter Valley Railway, Main and Bridge Street, Prairie City, will open for special group and school tours by arrangement. Info: 820-3330.

Prairie City Recycling

PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City Recycling Center is now taking clean and flattened tin. The center is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, unless otherwise advertised. The center is run by volunteers. To volunteer, call Ruth McPherren at 820-4326.

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