Early deadline next two weeks

Because of a very early production date during Christmas week, the deadline for all advertising, news, letters and other submissions for the Dec. 26 issue of the Wallowa County Chieftain will be Thursday, Dec. 19 (today).

The deadline for the Jan. 2 issue will be next Friday, Dec. 27, also because of an early production schedule. The Chieftain staff appreciates everyone's cooperation in meeting these deadlines.

County band concert on tap

Veteran music teacher and director Bob Clegg will lead the Wallowa County Band in what has been scheduled as his final Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Enterprise High School gym. Soul Renovation will also perform during the concert.

In addition to directing his 30-member band, Clegg will also play a trumpet solo of "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

Clegg, 79, taught music at Enterprise from 1955 to 1977, and has helped at county high schools off and on ever since. Many of his band members, including his own four children, are former students.

Joseph to host holiday event

The merchants of Joseph are hosting an evening open house in their downtown from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

Santa Claus, carolers, fire truck rides, late night shopping, warm beverages and tasty treats will all be hosted by Joseph businesses. Everyone is invited.

Christmas matinee set

The annual free Children's Christmas Matinee, sponsored by the Wallowa County business community, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at OK Theatre in Enterprise.

This year the feature Christmas film "Prancer" will be shown at the matinee.

Following the movie at about 2:45 p.m. Santa Claus, accompanied by the Enterprise Fire Department, will be in front of the theater to talk to the children and hand out candy.

Santa Claus plans visit

Santa Claus will be arriving for his annual visit to Wallowa on top of a Wallowa Fire Department truck at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. All the children of the town, as well as visitors, are invited to gather at the Wallowa Senior Center where Santa will be listening to Christmas wishes and handing out bags of goodies. Parents are encouraged to bring along their cameras to record the occasion.

Holiday feast open to all

A Christmas community dinner will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Connection Center in Enterprise on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Those who wish are asked to bring a salad or dessert to contribute to the feast, or to bring canned food as a donation to the Wallowa County Food Bank.

EHS Alumni Tournament set

The Sixth Annual Enterprise Alumni Basketball Tournament has been scheduled for December 29 at 1 p.m.at Quinn Court in the Enterprise Gym.

All past Enterprise alumni are encouraged to participate. For information call Duff Pace at 426-4410 or 426-3139.

Art guild exhibit at bank

Artwork by the Visual Art Guild of the Wallowas is currently on display and for sale at the Joseph branch of Community Bank. Approximately 30 pieces are included in the exhibit and will remain at the bank through the end of December.

The guild's exhibit will move to Wildflour Bakery through the end of January. It is expected that a display by guild artists will travel throughout the county at different locations.

Railroad group meeting tonight in Wallowa

The Friends of the Joseph Branch will meet Dec. 19 (today), at 6:30 pm, at the Wallowa Senior Center in Wallowa.

The agenda will cover planning of the excursion train for next summer, a trip to look at the rail road passenger cars, railroad name and logo, and leadership programs. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

Documentary to be shown

The locally produced documentary, "Losing Touch," will be shown Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. at the OK Theatre. The 25 minute film discusses the pressures affecting natural resource dependent communities in the modern world by examining what is happening to Eastern Oregon ranchers and their Asian counterparts in Mongolia as they try to adapt to a changing political and economic environment. Admission is free

Grange throws Christmas party

The South Fork Grange will host its annual Christmas party/potluck for kids and family Friday, Dec. 20, at the Grange Hall in Lostine. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This event is planned with the children of Wallowa County in mind. Santa Claus will make an appearance and have a bag of goodies for everyone. Parents are asked to bring a wrapped, labeled gift for their child or children.

Christmas carols and children's games will round out the evening, with a lot of great conversation included.

The Grange is a place where everyone can have a good time, while supporting the rural lifestyle.

For more information, contact Bruce Lathrop, master of the South Fork Grange, at 569-0172.

Local musicians plan concert

A Concerrt in Hope of Peace in Every House will be held starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Wildflour Bakery in Joseph. Several local musicians will be playing, including Tommy Kolohe, Jenny Kay Snyder, Loom and special guiests.

Therre will be no cover charge, but donations will be accepted for the musicians and to benefit Safe Harbors.

Joseph slates open house

The merchants of Joseph are hosting an evening open house in their downtown from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

Santa Claus, carolers, fire truck rides, late night shopping, warm beverages and tasty treats will all be hosted by Joseph businesses. Everyone is invited.

Enterprise Elementary program today

Grades kindergarten through third of Enterprise Elementary School will present their traditional annual Christmas program Thursday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. in the high school gym.

The program will include singing, dancing, playing of the Orff xylophones, and soloists. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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