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

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Gluten-free meeting

• 6:30 p.m., Johnnie Titus Room, 528 E. Main St., John Day

Sandy Bupp will prepare Hearty Chicken Pot Pie. Anyone interested in learning to cook gluten-free is welcome to the free workshop.

Writing workshop begins

• 6:30-8:30 p.m., Grant Union Junior-Senior High School

A six-week adult poetry writing workshop, led by writer-in-residence Carol Imani, starts. The cost is $30 a person. Contact Chris Lewallen at

Thursday, Feb. 9

Free photography class

• 12:40-2:40 p.m., Long Creek School

Learn about the art of photography from Long Creek professional photographer Eric Sines. The free class is open to the public and will focus on the art of seeing, selecting and visually organizing a compelling photograph.

A second class will be held at 6 p.m. at the North Fork John Day Watershed Council's office. For more information, contact Patti Hudson at the Watershed Council, 541-421-3018 or

Saturday, Feb. 11

Second Saturday Gathering

• 9:30-11:30 a.m., Outpost Restaurant

There will be a collective sharing time on the theme, "Love and Devotion," with music by Kathy Rogers. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served at the no-host breakfast. All ladies are welcome.

American Legion Auxiliary luncheon

• 12:30 p.m., Valley View Assisted Living Facility

All members are urged to attend the meeting for the Ellis Tracy Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary. For more information, call Ruth Harris, 541-575-0076.

Daddy-daughter sweetheart dance

• 6-9 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

Girls in grades K-7 and their dads or dad figures are welcome to an evening of DJ music, group dances, a keepsake photo, after-dinner snacks, cookies and prize drawings. The cost is $20 for those with a John Day or Canyon City residence, or $25 for those out-of-district.

Registration is limited to 200 father-daughter pairs. Forms are available at local schools, the John Day/Canyon City Parks and Rec office, (845 1/2 Bridge St., John Day), or at For more information, call 541-575-0110.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

‘War on Weeds' invasive plant seminar

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monument Community Center

Topics to be covered at the free seminar include weed identification, prevention methods, treatment options and funding opportunities. All are welcome. Monument School FFA will serve up a tri-tip lunch with all the fixings for $7 a plate.

Sponsored by Monument Soil and Water Conservation District and the North Fork John Day Watershed Council. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 13, to 541-934-2141 or 541-421-3018, or by email to or

Saturday, Feb. 18

‘Dinner and a movie' date night

• 5:30-9:30 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

Dinner menu includes roast chicken, fettuccine Alfredo, mixed baby greens with raspberry vinaigrette, green beans with bacon and onions, and peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert, all served by Cliff House Catering. The movie for the evening is "Money Ball" (PG-13). Chocolates and champagne will be served afterward.

The cost is $50 a couple (any two people), with proceeds to benefit programs at Families First Parent Resource Center. Tickets are available at Families First, 401 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, or call 541-575-1006.

Monday, Feb. 20

Swim team fund-raiser

• 5 p.m., United Methodist Church, John Day

The John Day Swim Team will hold a bingo-and-potato-bar night. The cost is $5 a person for the potato bar plus one bingo card. There's an extra charge for more cards. Proceeds benefit the swim team. Call 541-575-2112 for more information.

Regional events

Saturday, Feb. 11

Benefit gig for Bruce and Cheryl Lawler

• 12-7 p.m., Spray grange hall

Funds from the event will help offset medical expenses for Bruce Lawler, a member of the band Yarrow, and his wife Cheryl. People are encouraged to bring items for the auction, which starts at 2 p.m., and a favorite dish to share. Monetary donations are welcome.

There will be an open mic session; musicians are welcome to participate solo or jam with others. For more information, call Jody Foss, 541-934-2140, or Silver Kelley, 541-620-2167.

‘Celebrate Bert' day

• 2 p.m., Anthony Lakes Ski Area main lodge

Bert Vanderwall, mountain host at Anthony Lakes, will be honored with a roast, awards and stories.

Vanderwall, who helped build Anthony Lakes and has worked in every part of ski area, was recently awarded the Gene Landsmaan Award from Ski Oregon.

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