Go hog wild at Pig-nic
Tickets are now on sale for Pig-nic: A Hog Harvest Festival, Oct. 6, 1 to 4 p.m. at Barking Mad Farm. The event is hosted by Slow Food Wallowas and is a family-friendly, educational, community event that will feature heritage Kunekune pigs raised on the farm.
Kunekune pigs are very friendly and pig petting is encouraged at this event.
The event is in celebration of food, and in addition to a half-hog butchery demonstration, attendees will get to sample dishes of andouille sausages with dirty rice; pulled pork sliders with coleslaw; ham and mini biscuits and pepper jelly; roast pork loin with succotash, and pig popsicles.
Local brews, including Terminal Gravity beer and Eagle Cap kombucha, iced tea and lemonade will also be served while local musicians play the whole afternoon. Only 100 tickets, priced at $25 each, will be sold for the event. The cost covers food tasting and 2 drink tickets, ($12.50 for 16 and younger). Tickets are now on sale now at the Bookloft, Ruby Peak Naturals, Joseph Hardware, Lower Valley Farmers Market and the Joseph Farmers’ Market.
The highlight of the day will be the announcement of a $1,000 grant awarded to a local food producer selected through a competitive selection process.
Slow Food Wallowas is the local chapter of Slow Food USA, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing regional food systems and increasing access to good, clean and fair food. Farming operations are a key component of a resilient food system.
Speak out on tourism
If you are concerned about economic growth, over-tourism, workforce investments, protecting the environment, building more tourism infrastructure or all of the above – the 2018 Regional Stakeholder Survey is the feedback document that counts. The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association (EVOA) describes feedback received on the online survey as “absolutely critical to ensure investments made in 2019-2021 Regional Cooperative Tourism Program plan are on target.”
Feedback will become part of the official record at both the state-wide and eastern Oregon-region level which for an 11-county region.
Complete your 15-minute survey before the deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. by visiting research.net/r/2018-Engagement
Skulls skat pelts and more offered
Building Healthy Families will host rangers from Wallowa Lake State Park for a kid-friendly presentation on the animals that live in the area 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
A short presentation will be followed by a time for kids to touch, feel and play with real skeletons, furs and more. A healthy snack and take-home activities will also be provided.
Building Healthy Families is at 207 NE Park St., Enterprise. RSVP: 541-426-9411.
First aid, CPR classes offered
Project Heartbeat will conduct a First Aid/CPR/AED class at the Prairie Creek Center (Oregon DHS office) at the corner of River and Litch Streets in Enterprise.
The class will begin 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and will train lay responders to assist those suffering medical emergencies, both minor and major, until the ambulance arrives.
Students will learn how to work with emergency responders, understand legal concepts, recognize symptoms of a heart attack and the latest CPR techniques.
Upon completion of the course, participants will receive two-year certification from the American Red Cross. Cost of the seven-hour class is $45.
Beekeepers plan workshop
A workshop on how to winter your bees will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Hurricane Creek Grange, 82930 Airport Lane a mile west of Joseph.
The session is hosted by Lorna Cook. A question and answer session will follow. Open to anyone interested in bees.
Evening Under the Stars set
Friends of the Wallowa School District will present its annual Evening Under The Stars dinner and auction fundraising event 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Tamkaliks grounds. Activities begin with a social hour with musical entertainment and games and prizes for kids.
There will be a silent auction (with a special kids table), a picnic dinner, a dessert auction and a live auction.
The organization supports many extra programs for Wallowa students, including elementary art, yoga and dance, the music program, the yearbook and the FFA, as well as special individual requests from the teachers.