Vacation Bible School honors local heroes

PENDLETON - RescueZone! Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Grace Baptist Church, 2809 S.W. Goodwin Ave., Pendleton. People should arrive early on Monday to register their children, aged 3-12.

The VBS will honor local rescue workers, who will visit each day. Children will also enjoy Bible stories, crafts, games, skits and snacks. A closing program will be presented by the children at 7 p.m., July 27. Children of all faiths are welcome to attend.

For more information or to pre-register, call the church office at 276-3031.

Southern gospel concert scheduled

PENDLETON - The Journeymen Quartet will perform at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Pendleton Baptist Church, 4450 S.W. Quinney Ave.

The quartet formed 50 years ago in Huntington, W. Va. Over the years, the names and faces have changed but the style, sound and story remains constant.

There's no admission charge to the concert, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church at 276-7590.

Have fun in Ukiah

UKIAH - Fun Days 2007 will be taking place in Ukiah Saturday and Sunday. A flea market opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, with a parade at 11 a.m. The kids' corner will go into full swing at 11:30 a.m., and bicycle safety will be taught at noon. Saturday's dunk tank will feature Umatilla County Undersheriff Terry Rowan, and there will be drawings for family-style softball at 12:30 a.m., with the tournament starting at 1 p.m.

The Duck Derby is at 3 p.m. Saturday and Saw Bucking will be around 4 p.m. Also on Saturday, barbecue will be served in the park at 5 p.m. for a nominal fee, and music in the park begins around 7 p.m.

On Sunday, a pancake feed begins at 8 a.m. There will also be Church in the Park, red wagon races, cow pasture pool (golf), and drawings for the raffles.

Sax of gold in Irrigon

IRRIGON - Doug Benjamin will play his sax of gold at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Irrigon Seventh-day Adventist Church, 205 Tumbleweed Blvd., behind the Stokes Landing Senior Center.

Benjamin, born in Idaho and raised in Hermiston, is the son of Larry and Dorothy Benjamin. He began his formal training on saxophone at the age of 9. He continued studying music through high school, playing in the band. Inspired by the style of sax legends Boots Randolph and Kenny G., he expanded his music to include church programs, charity events and karaoke.

Benjamin's recorded two CDs, "Smooth Sounds of Great Gospel Classics I" and "Smooth Sounds of Great Gospel Classics II."Poker run supports Pilot Rock event

PILOT ROCK - The Pit Ridge Poker Run Saturday will support the Pilot Rock Community Day/Reunion Weekend.

The rules of the road will apply to the approximately 44-mile-long run for four-wheelers, dirt bikes and quads.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and a riders' meeting is at 8:45 a.m. The Poker Run begins at 9 a.m. and all must return by 3 p.m. Helmets and safety gear are required and a gas trailer will be provided.

For more information, contact Virginia Carnes at 443-5832 or e-mail vcarnes@centurytel.net or rudedog970@yahoo.com.

Poker tournament benefits day care

HEPPNER - A Texas hold 'em tournament on July 21 is a fundraiser for Heppner Day Care & Preschool. The tournament starts at 6 p.m. at the Heppner Elks Lodge, 142 N. Main St.

Competitors must pony up $40 to play. First, second and third place winners will receive prizes: first, a 17 HMR rifle; second, a custom putter and an Oregon State University golf bag; and third, a $200 gift certificate to Morrow County Grain Growers. The first person eliminated will receive a consolation prize.

For more information, call Brandi Sweeney at 676-5530.

BMCC seeks new board member

PENDLETON - The Blue Mountain Community College Board of Education is seeking applications for the Zone 3 board position, which represents Baker City precincts 1 and 2, Pocawing precinct 24, and Umatilla County precincts 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, and 117.

Elizabeth Hutchison submitted her resignation at the last board meeting, as she is moving off-district to take different employment.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest to the BMCC Board of Education, PO Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801, by August 15. For more information, contact the President's Office at 278-5951.

Pilot Rock elects school board officers

PILOT ROCK - At their Wednesday meeting, the district school board elected Mark Mascall as chairman and Randy Mills as vice chairman for the 2007-2008 year.

This is Mascall's fifth year on the board and the third year for Mills.

They also hired social studies teacher Elizabeth King of Pilot Rock, who had been teaching in the Helix school district.

Wildfire smoke raises health concerns

Smoke levels from regional wildfires may cause health risks in Enterprise, John Day, Baker City, Burns and surrounding areas, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Smoke concentrations in Enterprise and Burns reached the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" Wildfire Air Quality Rating earlier in the week. Hourly smoke levels in John Day have periodically reached that category as well.

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