From the Chamber…

November 5, 2014


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Events for Nov. 5 – Nov. 12
Events and Community Calendar
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version of our weekly events..
Big Events for the Week of November 5th.
The week of the 5th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • First Wednesday Concert Series at Joe Beans
  • Wednesday Night Wine Club at Wildhorse
  • Downtown Holiday Open House
  • “Guest of the Deep” Hillstomp at Ten Depot Street
  • Mark Sexton Band live at Bud Jackson’s
  • The Potter’s Gift House and Gallery Christmas Open House Nov. 6 – Dec. 24.
  • Fall Poker Round Up at Wildhorse
  • Restoration’s Veterans Day Family Run
  • Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar: Friday and Saturday
  • Veteran’s Day Parade
  • “Guest of the Deep” Scott Nearing and Matt Deboodt at Ten Depot Street 
  • First Wednesday Concert Series at Joe Beans
Visit the community calendar at to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
Eastern Oregon University

EOU welcomes Oregon Teacher Pathway students, Nov. 7
High school students from Umatilla and Milton-Freewater attend classes, tour campus, learn about admissions process.
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See “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical” through Nov. 8
Explore the darker side of human nature with Eastern theatre’s first production of the season.
Read more…


Colloquium with Professor Gary Keller, Nov. 13
Learn the results of “A Quantitative Study of a Faculty Member’s Role In Changing Writing Outcomes of Undergraduate Capstone Papers.”
Read more…

Visiting vocalist Sarah Maines on campus, Nov. 13-14
Practicing singing voice specialist performs, leads workshops and masterclasses with students and community members.
Read more…

STEM Fair shines light on diverse career opportunities
Teachers from four counties connect with professionals for fresh take on STEM workforce possibilities.
Read more…

High School Songwriting Contest accepting entries
Aspiring songwriters encouraged to enter contest sponsored by the music department. Deadline is Dec. 1.
Read more

Students, schools gaining Academic Momentum
Record number of students, educators and schools participating in Eastern Promise program for grades five through eight.
Read more…

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Chamber Updates
Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center Announcement
                Saturday Science!               


We are over half way there! Only 15 remaining available spots! Don’t forget to sign up for the Saturday Science event on November 8th, 2014!
Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center
One University Blvd.
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 962-3422
Cove, Oregon  

Next session for Strong Seniors starts this week! More info at the Cove website..
Elgin, Oregon  

Auditions for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
We hope to see you there!
Thursday, November 13th, 7 pm – 8 pm at the Elign Opera House
Friday, November 14th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Art Center at the Old Library in La Grande, 1006 Penn Ave.


For more info see our event on Facebook.
La Grande Main Street
Participate in Small Business Saturday!
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29.

Main Street is getting behind Small Business Saturday (SBS) this year. We are working on putting together a community wide event that benefits customers and Main Street business owners. Here’s how it works:
  1. If you’re a Main Street business owner and would like to participate, come up with a deal/sale/promotion of some sort to get people to visit your store on SBS. 
  2. Let Main Street know your promotion no later than November 10. 
  3. Donate merchandise between the values of $25-$50 to go in a large gift basket. The more businesses that participate, the more raffle baskets we could have. Items need to be dropped off (or we can arrange a pick up), by November 14.
  4. Main Street will promote participating businesses, and provide them with reusable gift bags, balloons, door mats, pins, pens, stickers, and more to promote the day and to hand out to customers.
  1. On the day of SBS, any customer that makes a purchase gets their receipt thrown into the raffle. The more purchases they make in participating businesses, the more times their name will be in the raffle to win the merchandise. 
  2. We will draw raffle winners at 5 PM on November 29th. We suggest that businesses remain open until 4pm on Small Business Saturday.


Questions? Email the Program Director at




Saira Siddiqui

Executive Director
La Grande Main Street Downtown


Blue Springs Crossing Right on Track

Construction work on the new Blue Springs Crossing housing complex is right on target, with a completion date of early summer 2015.


According to Dale Inslee, Executive Director of Northeast Oregon Housing Authority, the low-income multi-family housing complex has benefitted from good fall weather.


“The contractors are making real headway with this project,” said Inslee. “By mid-November they will have the first building wrapped, and the exterior doors and windows in place on building A-1. There are five buildings located around the perimeter of the property, with a community room and playground area in the center. All of the parking spots are situated on-site.”


In partnership with Guardian Development LLC, NEOHA will offer sixteen 1-bedroom units, twelve 2-bedroom units, and ten 3-bedroom units designed for low-income families, individuals/singles, elderly and disabled, and  veterans.


“This $5.4 million project will provide much-needed affordable housing for area families. It is the first of its kind in Union County for at least two decades.”


Applications are now available and can be obtained at the NEOHA office, 2608 May Lane, or on-line at For more information call NEOHA at 541-963-5360 or 1-800-452-8638.

La Grande School District Key Communicator- November 2014.
LGSD’s Key Communicator is downloadable by clicking the following link here.
Wildhorse Casino Upcoming Events!




Fall Poker Round-Up

November 6-16, winning runs deep at the Fall Poker Rodeo!  With games like No-Limit Hold’em, H.O.R.S. E, Omaha Hi/Low 8, and Turbo events combined with added money of $40,000 and buy in’s as low as $100, what’s not to be thankful for?  Open to players 18 years and older. Call for reservations at 800-654-9453 or 541-276-0355.


Traditions Veterans Day Buffet

Veterans, let us say “Thank you.” Show military ID or wear your military uniform and enjoy a complimentary buffet on November 11th from 11am-9pm.  Lunch or dinner; active or retired military!  It’s our honor to serve you! The buffet will be open to non-military for $15.95.


THURSDAY Night Football

Join us for all the action on our big screens at Wildhorse Sports Bar every Thursday Night for Thursday Night Football.  Power 99.1 will be on hand to help hand out prizes, including your chance to win tickets Seattle Seahawks Football games.  Regular scheduled Thursday Night Comedy will be pushed back in order to accommodate all the Thursday Night Football games. 


Reel Classic Matinee Movies

The Wildhorse Cineplex will be bringing back the classics every Wednesday at 12noon.  For $5 you can enjoy a movie and get a small pop and popcorn! 11/5- East of Eden,  11/12- Driving Miss Daisy, 11/19- Cool Hand Luke, 11/26- Amadeus.


Ultimate Holiday Office Party

Do you think you are too small for your own Holiday office party?  We have just the festive solution for you!  Wildhorse Catering invites you and your business associates to join the fun at the Ultimate Holiday Office Party, on Friday, December 12th, reception at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm. Enjoy a buffet of Prime Rib, Lobster Thermidor and all the trimmings as well as refreshments, along with other businesses just like yours!  Reserve a table at this inaugural event by calling 541-966-1977 or emailing  $29.50 per person, no-host bar.


Food and Beverage

Wednesday Night Wine Club

Wine enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to Plateau the first Wednesday of every month for a wine-tasting event. On Wednesday, November 5th from 5:30 to 7:30pm, Plateau will pour a specially priced flight of wines paired with select foods.  Join us as DaMa Wines showcase their Chardonnay, Cowgirl Cab, Syrah and GSM. Enjoy the tastings and food pairings for $18 or a four course wine dinner $40 per person.  Call 541-966-1610.



Winter Hours

The pro shop, Clubhouse Grille and golf course are now observing winter hours and will be open 8am-6pm.


2015 Golf Memberships Are On Sale Now!

Buy your 2015 Golf Season Pass Membership now!  Membership privileges include unlimited golf 7 days a week, advance tee time preference, discounts on cart fees, range balls and guest green fees, and 20% discount on all merchandise/equipment purchases.  This year, golf memberships will also include membership to the Oregon Golf Association.  Single Memberships are $1,050, Families are $1,250 + $50 for every additional family member.  Junior memberships are $300 for anyone under 18 years of age. Memberships paid in full by February 28th will receive a 10% discount.



Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

Tamastslikt Free Admission Friday, November 7, 2014

Take advantage of free admission when you visit Tamastslikt Cultural Institute the first Friday of the month.  Then satisfy your appetite with a delicious lunch or light fare at the Kinship Café. Open 9-5, closed Sunday. Kinship Café open Monday-Friday. 



$40,000 Christmas Cash

The stockings were hung by the chimney with CASH! Win up to $2,500 in cash every half hour!  Hot seat drawing winners will get to pick a stocking full of cash, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 1-7pm.


$25,000 Marathon of Cash

Race in for your share of $25,000. Sunday, November 9th, win up to $500 every 15 minutes 9am-9pm.  You’re entered when playing your favorite slot machine with your Club Wild card inserted.  Also, enjoy free food and refreshments while you play!


Wild WinFalls

A Bonanza of Bonus Games!  Random Instant Winners will be selected for Freeplay just for playing with your Club Wild Card every Monday and Wednesday in November.  Our new Wild WinFalls winner notifications will come directly to you as you play!  Over 200 Freeplay winners will be awarded from 11am to 11pm. 


Emerald Club

Every Tuesday, our 55 and over club members receive special offers and discounts!  Spin a prize wheel, earn double points, save on food, hotel and more!  Join today by visiting Club Wild, it’s free and easy.  (Please note, Traditions Buffet will not be participating in the Emerald Club on November 11th as they will be offering a free buffet to Veterans.)


Birthday Bonus Spin

Celebrate your birthday with us!  ALL Club Members can come in on their birthday and spin the prize wheel to find out what their birthday prize is!  See Club Wild on your birthday for you chance to celebrate!



Saturday, November 8th at noon WIN UP TO $775 in 10 tournament games, top 5 places win cash! Saturday, November 15th at 6pm WIN UP TO $1,900 in 20 tournament games, top 7 places win cash!  Sign-ups start one hour in advance.


***Keno will be changing to winter hours effective November 3rd.  Tuesday -Sunday they will be open at 8am.  Monday’s they will open at 8:30.  They will close Sunday-Thursday at 10:30pm and Friday-Saturday at 11:30pm.  Halloween they will remain open until 1am, Christmas until 12am and New Years Eve until 2am.



Sports Bar

Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Wednesdays with the NEW Wednesday Night Live! Every Wednesday is something new! Thursday Night Football will take over the Sports Bar every Thursday Night. And Friday and Saturday night, top bands rock the house from 9pm-1am.  Happy Hour from 4-7pm, Sunday-Wednesday, featuring drink specials and half-priced appetizers!


NEW Wednesday Night Live!

Join us every Wednesday at 8pm for something NEW!

November 5                             Comedy

      November 12                           Ladies Night

                    November 19                           Latino Entertainment

                  November 26                           Magic Comedy Show


Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar:  Friday and Saturday 9p-1a

        October 31-November 1        Groove City           Variety, R&B

November 7-8                          Shanks Pony       Variety

                            November 14-15                     Hair Nation           Classic Rock/Glam/Metal

         November 21-22                     Funk Factory        Funk/variety

                      November 28-29                     Highway 9            Country Rock/Variety





About Wildhorse Resort and Casino:

Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The Resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV park, 7 restaurants, 5-screen cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza and tribal museum. Expanded in 2011, there is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse boosts over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, keno, bingo and live entertainment Wednesday-Friday in our sports bar.  Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, OR. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.







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La Grande Events

From the Chamber…

Dec 26 La Grande Country Swing Thursday
Country Swing Thursday dance club! Every Thursday 7:30 – 10pm. Dance instruction available.
Classes are every Thursday 7:30-10:00p.m. Cost: $3 before 8:00pm and $5 after 8:00pm. Website is and contact email is . The contact phone number is 541-963-2023. The Maridell Center is located at 1124 Washington Avenue, La Grande.

Dec 27 – Dec 28 La Grande Live DJ at Jefferson Street Depot
Every Friday and Saturday night you can drop by the Jefferson Street Depot and dance the night away to music provided by a live DJ. This only occurs on Friday and Saturday night so be sure to leave your calendar open!
A live DJ will be spinning it up on Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28, starting at 9:00p.m. – 1:00a.m. The website address is . The contact phone number is 541-963-3292. Jefferson Street Depot is located at 1118 Jefferson Ave., La Grande.

Dec 28 La Grande Free Bagpiping Workshop
Beginners welcome! Extra bagpipes available. Workshop taught by Pete Elder.
The workshop is on Saturday, Dec. 28, starting at 7:00p.m. The contact phone number is 541-624-2800. The website address is . The Art Center in the Old Library is located at 1006 Penn Ave. , La Grande.

Dec 28 La Grande Open Mic at Jefferson Street Depot
Open Mic at Jefferson Street Depot precedes the DJ every Saturday night!
The Open Mic will be on Saturday, Dec. 28, starting at 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. The website address is . The contact phone number is 541-963-3292. Jefferson Street Depot is located at 1118 Jefferson Ave., La Grande.

“Ties to the Land” Farm/Ranch-Succession Planning Workshop in Ontario

 ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Dec. 6, 2013) — Most people are aware that America’s farming and ranching population is aging—do you have a plan to hand down your farm or ranch to the next generation?

 Sara Miller, economic development specialist at the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) will present a two-part workshop on January 17 and 31, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the

Four Rivers Cultural Center (676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, Ore.) to address making a succession plan for a farm, ranch, or forestry operation. This workshop was designed by Oregon State University’s Extension Service to give owners the tools to work with their families and create a succession plan that is good for the family and good for the operation.

“You probably hope the work you’ve started on your farm will continue past your lifetime, and that future generations will benefit from your efforts,” says Miller. “But hope is not a plan. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan.”

Ties to the Land is a mix of presentations and practical exercises that will give farm/ranch owners the opportunity to:

· Clarify values and goals

· Gain awareness of key challenges and tools to deal with them

· Determine heirs’ interests

· Identify steps to succession-planning

· Learn tips for holding effective family meetings

· Learn about legal and financial instruments that can support their plan

· Prepare to meet with the professionals who can finalize a plan




Agritourism Development Opportunity







Business owners and tourism partners have an opportunity to receive free technical assistance to help launch and promote agritourism enterprises in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. Examples of agritourism include farm stands, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, farm/ranch tours, on-farm lodging, and other activities and venues that allow visitors to experience local foods and agricultural traditions. Over the next fourteen months, NE Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) will provide technical assistance to individual businesses to help them leverage agritourism assets into successful revenue-producing businesses. NEOEDD will also work with groups of businesses and tourism partners to develop shared promotions to increase the sale of local agricultural products and agritourism offerings.


Types of assistance will include:

  • navigating regulatory, logistical, and financial challenges
  • developing additional points of sale for agricultural products
  • collecting and formatting information on agritourism products and services for shared promotions
  • connecting with regional and statewide agritourism promotional and funding opportunities


Farm and ranch owners and tourism partners are invited to attend one of three upcoming agritourism development information sessions hosted by NEOEDD to learn more. The first information session will be held in La Grande on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the La Grande Public Library, 2006 Fourth Street. The second session will be held in Baker City on Monday, October 28th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Baker County Library, 2400 Resort Street. The third information session will be held in Enterprise, on Thursday, November 7th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Fishtrap House, 400 E Grant Street. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Sara Miller at 541 426 3598 or .

September PubTalk: “Social Media Do’s and Don’ts”

PubTalkThis month’s PubTalk features the very timely topic of social media. Featured speaker Cindy Edwards from I.D.E.A. (Instructional Design Education Associates) will explain how to use social media to make (or break) a great brand image by knowing where the dangers lie and how to avoid them, or how to use the unique strengths of social media to a business’s advantage. As Edwards says, “Building a strong personal and professional brand using social media can be a tricky affair.”

PubTalk will be at Mt. Emily Ale House (1202 Adams Ave.) in La Grande, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25.

This PubTalk will also include business pitches from two Union County entrepreneurs. Robert Lantz will introduce his business, Robert J. Lantz Woodworking, which offers remodel services and custom cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms. Mike Rysavy will be speaking about Eagles Hot Lake RV Park, a facility located by Hot Lake Springs that features 100 pull-through RV lanes as well as a large tenting area.

PubTalk® is a bimonthly business networking event hosted by Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and Community Bank. PubTalks are open to all in the community, with a focus on those who are operating a business or thinking of starting one. Tickets are only $5 and include light refreshments. Contact NEOEDD with any questions: 541-426-3598 or Come eat, drink and network!








Jeff Moss

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District

101 NE First Street, Suite 100

Enterprise, OR 97828

Phone: (541) 426-3598, (800) 645-9454

Fax:  (541) 426-9058


Union County Events

From the Chamber…

June 13 La Grande Country Swing Thursday
Country Swing Thursday dance club! Every Thursday 7:30 – 10pm. Dance instruction available at the Maridell Center!

Jun 14 La Grande Annual “All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition”
It’s the last day for the annual “All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition” featuring work by EOU students across disciplines opens Friday, May 31 and runs through

June 14 in Nightingale Gallery.
Regular gallery hours running 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m., Monday through Friday.

June 14 La Grande Friday Night Cruise-Ins
Bring your classic car and join the Union County Timber Cruisers Car Club’s cruise-in every Friday night between May 3 through September 27 from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. The public is welcome to come see the cars, grab a hot dog and just enjoy a night out in the community. Join us at the Texaco on the
corner of Greenwood and Adams

June 15 Elgin Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery
Board the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in Elgin for this ride and you’ll likely experience an Old West train robbery, complete with horse-mounted bandits galloping alongside the train as it winds along the river canyons. The ride departs from the Elgin Depot for a 3.5 hour long trip along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers, with a shop at Vincent. Train boards at 9:30a.m. and departs at 10:00a.m.
Ticketing through Alegre Travel, 541.963.9000 or 800.232.7330.

June 15 Elgin Elgin Riverfest
The festival was originally created to celebrate the Grande Ronde River’s new environmental management quality standards. The festival has become an annual event to celebrate the community of Elgin. Tons of events go on all day Saturday throughout town: Fireman’s breakfast, Car Show, Quilt Show, Art Show, Antique Tractor Show, Duck Races. Vendors on Baltimore Street, Yard Sales throughout town, Dutch Oven Cook-off, FFA Puled Pork Lunch, Kid’s Bike Rodeo and all alumni Elgin High School Reunion.

Music Camp


1. Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson and more. In addition to attending daily concerts, students will have classes in instrument building, percussion, Orff ensemble, singing, art, dance and drama. $80 Register online at:

Grades Pre K – 2nd
Date: June 10 – 14
Time: 9am – Noon
Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande

Contact Information:


2.Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson, Rikki Jo Hickey and more. 3rd -6th graders will learn, explore, create and perform a final concert. Campers will attend daily concerts, classes in singing, drama, dance and movement, music reading, Orff ensemble, and instrument building. 3rd & 4th grader will learn recorder and 5th & 6th graders will have a choice of recorder, piano or ukulele. $135 Register online at:

Grades 3 – 6
Date: June 24 – 28
Time: 9am – 2pm

Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande

Contact Information:

3. Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Worship Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson, Rikki Jo Hickey and more. Campers will form a worship band (guitars, keys, drums, vocals) and be led to improve musically and grow spiritually as we work through the book, “Wired For a Life of Worship,” by Chris Tomlin. Culmination is a student led worship service. $135 Register online at:

Grades 7 – 12
Date: June 24 – 28
Time: 1pm – 5pm

Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande

Contact Information:


Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson and more. In addition to attending daily concerts, students will have classes in instrument building, percussion, Orff ensemble, singing, art, dance and drama. $80 Register online at:

Grades Pre K – 2nd
Date: August 12 – 16
Time: 9am – Noon

Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande



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Lake Oswego, Ore. – May 16, 2013 – Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers to the recent upswing in cybercrime dollar losses. The Internet Crime Complaint Center has released its annual report this week and statistics show that cybercrimes bilked consumers for more than $525 million in 2012—an 8.3 percent increase from 2011. Oregonian losses increased to more than $6.1 million—compared to $3.6 million lost in 2011.













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