Enterprise artist wins career grant
Elizabeth Enslin of Enterprise was one of 24 artists who received a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation.
Enslin received $1,500 to help pay for participation in a workshop at the Postgraduate Writers’ Conference at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont.
Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work. The trio of nonprofits collectively awarded $53,419 in the 2017 round of grants.
Wallowa speller off to state fair
Gavin Russell of Wallowa will represent Wallowa County this year at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship at the Oregon State Fair in Salem Saturday, Sept. 1.
This year, the event has 61 spellers coming from 27 counties in Oregon. Students competing have won their school, district and county written spelling contests. This is the tenth year Oregon Spellers has sponsored the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship.
Wallowa Land Trust hosts outing to Lostine Fish Weir
Wallowa Land Trust will host an outing and Lostine Fish Weir Tour 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8.
Located just upstream of the confluence of the Wallowa and Lostine rivers, the Lostine Fish Weir allows the Nez Perce Tribe to track endangered steelhead and Chinook salmon as they migrate to and from the ocean.
Join Wallowa Land Trust and Nez Perce Fisheries biologist Shane Vatland for a tour of the weir and the river.
To reserve a space, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-426-2042. Free admission. Family friendly. Free of charge, donations appreciated.
Students earn money for grades
Community Bank will again award student-customers cash for good grades. The Earn While You Learn Program, now in its eighth year, awarded 704 students from first to 12th grade in Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington $1 per top grade, up to $50 annually per student, deposited directly in their Youth Savings accounts.
In Wallowa County 59 students from Joseph earned $1,448, 114 students in Enterprise earned $2,826 and 36 students in a total of Wallowa earned $730.
Top students from Wallowa have earned more than $200 over the course of the program, which began in 2011, and (depending on how their grades are recorded) could conceivably earn $600 throughout their academic career, according to Leah Johnson, Marketing Manager of Joseph Community Bank.
‘Every Kid in a Park’ pass offered
Fourth graders across are invited to be part of the Every Kid in a Park program offered by the National Park Foundation. Every Kid in a Park is a youth initiative to get all fourth-graders and their families to experience our national parks by issuing them a free pass for the school year.
Educators can download passes for their students or students can get their pass by signing up online at everykidinapark.gov and filling out a brief diary about the things most enjoyed.
The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults to national parks for free.
If the park charges a vehicle free, one passenger vehicle gets in free. You can come on bikes, too.
Summer Arts Classic planned
The Summer Arts Classic: Woodwinds in the Wallowas will be held Sept. 16 at Josephy Center in Joseph featuring the Scott/Garrison Duo and Karen Hsiao Savage.
The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, in partnership with the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture and Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is sponsoring the event, which begins 4:00pm.
This year’s program will feature clarinetist Shannon Scott, flutist Leonard Garrison and pianist Karen Hsiao Savage. Pieces will include Debussy “Afternoon of a Faun” for flute, clarinet, and piano.
Robert Russell Bennett’s “Suite for Flute and Clarinet,” Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance Suite” for flute, clarinet and piano, and Cavallini’s “Rêverie Russe” for flute, clarinet and piano are also on the docket.
In addition, Mark Eubanks and Lauren Nebel will join the duo with short pieces by Czech composer Leos Janacek, plus an arrangement by Mark Eubanks of the Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts.”
Admission to the concert is $20 adults and $15 for seniors, youth under 18 are admitted free.