JOHN DAY - To participate in the Passion of Christ, which began with Ash Wednesday and will continue through Easter Sunday, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church will hold a Lenten retreat. The retreat includes all weekday and Sunday masses during Lent and will conclude April 3-5 with Bishop Thomas Connolly officiating. Stations of the Cross will be held at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. More information, 575-1459.
Babe Ruth baseball
JOHN DAY - Signups for Babe Ruth baseball, for players ages 13-15, will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Dairy Queen restaurant in John Day. The registration fee is $50 per player. Bring a copy of the child's birth certificate.
More info: call Julie at 575-3515.
JOHN DAY - Families First Parent Resource Center is starting a seven-week program, "Strengthening Families," Thursdays, March 5-April 30. There will be no classes March 26 or April 23.
The classes will be held 5-7:30 p.m. and are for parents of children ages 10-14. A free dinner is included in the evening and child care is also available.
Through the program parents and caregivers will learn how to effectively discipline and guide their children, while the youth will learn how to deal with stress and peer pressure.
Families First is located at 401 S. Canyon Blvd. in John Day. For more information and to register, call 575-1006.
Meeting on show feeds
JOHN DAY - Leaders and parents of all 4-H, FFA and fair kids, whether part of a club or not, are invited to a free lunch and meeting at noon, Saturday, March 7, at the John Day Golf Course clubhouse. Discussion topic will be the pros and cons of Purina and Albers show feeds for fair and show animals. Please RSVP if possible. For more information, call Pioneer Feed and Supply at 575-0023.
JOHN DAY - The Grant County Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association will hold its annual banquet and fund-raiser at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Grant County Fairgrounds pavilion.
Ticket packages are $15 for children 16 and under, $70 for adults, $90 a couple, and $750 for a corporate package which includes dinners, drink tickets and a variety of raffle ticket packages.
Several items suitable for the avid hunter, such as guns and a variety of outdoor gear, will be raffled and auctioned off during the evening.
Funds raised at the banquet help various local wildlife habitat conservation projects that the chapter conducts every year, including planting forage for big game, fencing springs and aspen groves, and creating new water sources for upland game birds.
For more information, call 575-1007 or 575-0660.
Advanced basket weaving
PRAIRIE CITY - Talents and Treasures presents advanced pine needle basket weaving classes for adults, 10 a.m. to noon, on two upcoming Saturdays, March 7 and 14. The sessions cost $10 per person and will be held in the public works building in Prairie City. Call Joy Waterhouse at 820-3325 for more information.
Golf club meeting
JOHN DAY - The John Day Golf Club will hold its annual meeting for club members 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the clubhouse. Lunch will follow, hosted by the club.
JOHN DAY - The Church of the Nazarene in John Day will hold revival services at 10:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8; and at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11.
Evangelist John David Hicks, a full-time evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene, will be present. Everyone is invited.
Council to meet
JOHN DAY - The Grant County Economic Council's executive committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 12, to discuss projects including support for development at the airport industrial park and ways to improve signage for communities throughout Grant County. Sally Bartlett, Grant County's economic development coordinator, will be on hand to provide information about the ongoing industrial park efforts.
The public is invited to attend the session, which will be at the Outpost Pizza Pub and Grill.
Bingo in Seneca
SENECA - A "Bingo Fun Night" will be held Friday, March 13, in the Seneca School gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the games starting at 6.
There will be 20 games of straight bingo and five blackout games, as well as great prizes donated by local merchants. Dinner concessions will also be available and free child care will be provided by seventh- and eighth-graders.
For more information, call 542-2542.
A day for moms
JOHN DAY - Families First Parent Resource Center presents "Mom's Time Out/Stress Busters," a time for moms to be pampered, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 14.
Moms will learn time and stress management techniques, as well as receive facials, lunch and a relaxing "time out."
The cost is $5 and child care is provided. More info: call Families First at 575-1006.
Early bird gardening
JOHN DAY - Gardeners can pick up tips in a workshop, "Early Birds Get the Worms - Plan and Plant Your Garden Space," at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Families First Parent Resource Center. The session is part of the kickoff for the new community garden program.
At 9 a.m., anyone signed up for community garden plots will get their bed assignments and orientation. There will also be free seed given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
The workshop will be led by local Master Gardeners, and is open to all interested gardeners. For more information or to reserve a plot, call Maxine Day at the OSU Extension, 575-1911.
Gun and Knife Show
Almost Spring Bazaar
JOHN DAY - Two big events, the Strawberry Mountain Gun and Knife Show and the Almost Spring Bazaar, are coming up, Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15. Both will be held at the Grant County Fairgrounds.
Admission to the gun and knife show, which will be in the pavilion, is $4 for both days. Bring a gun for trade and get $1 off. Children 12 and under are free.
The bazaar, will be held in Keerins Hall. There will be lots of crafts, collectibles, jewelry, art, home decor and numerous other treasures on hand.
Hours for both events are Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. More info: 575-1900.
Farm Bureau program
JOHN DAY - The Grant County Farm Bureau is holding a forum, "Our Livelihood at Stake: Farming and Ranching in 2009 and Beyond," from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Outpost Pizza Pub and Grill.
There will be a roundtable discussion about issues in agriculture and several speakers: Jim Sartwelle, American Farm Bureau livestock specialist; Barry Bushue, Oregon Farm Bureau president; and Jeff Shinn, grazing program manager, Malheur National Forest Blue Mountain Ranger District.
For more information, contact Grant County Farm Bureau president Bryan Vogt, 934-2017.
Dance team barbecue and basket raffle
JOHN DAY - Two activities are coming up for the Grant Union Dance Team.
The team will hold a barbecue hamburger dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at GU High School. Proceeds will help alleviate the cost of state championship competition.
Afterward, there will be spring dance performances by the GU team as well as Body, Fitness and Dance students. The finale will be the GU team performing their state dance routine, "The Heist." Admission to the performances is by donation only.
The team is also raffling off a "Spring Fling Basket" with such goodies as a Snaffle Bit gift certificate, limousine ride, chocolates and wine glasses with sparkling cider.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased from any dance team member. The drawing will be held March 17.
More info: Patti Powell at 620-4499.
In the regionDonkey basketball
UNITY - A chance to ride a real live donkey is coming around as Donkey Basketball returns to Burnt River School in Unity Sunday, March 15.
The event, sponsored by the Burnt River Future Business Leaders of America, will start with lunch at 1 p.m. and the games to follow at 4 p.m. Among the door prizes available are a custom pine end table.
Advance tickets are available from any Burnt River High School FBLA member at $8 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for children. Prices at the door are a dollar more.
Donkey Sports, Inc. of Entiat, Wash. will provide the donkeys and the officials.