Cowboy ball Saturday night

Everyone is invited to a Cowboy Christmas Ball at Cloverleaf Hall Saturday night, Dec. 14.

The event gets underway with live entertainment between 6 and 9 p.m. by Craig Nichols, Uncle Tommy Kolohe, Sample Strings and Janet Bailey. Western swing dance music begins at 9 p.m., with music provided by the Snake River Outlaws band.

Admission is $10 adults and $5 children 12 and under. For more information call 432-0246.

Annual bird count Sunday

Anyone who would like to take part in the 27th annual Wallowa County Christmas Bird Count is welcome to gather at the Old Town Cafe in Joseph Sunday morning, Dec. 15. A short meeting will be held at 7 a.m. to divide the territory and split into groups. (Breakfast is optional ahead of time).

The count is being coordinated this year by the newly-formed Wallowa Natural History Society, and interested persons are asked to contact Joe Minato, 432-5032. First timers are welcome and encouraged to participate but should call ahead for more details.

Jo-Hi FFA tree sale set

The Joseph FFA chapter will once again be selling Christmas trees transported from the Willamette Valley to raise money for chapter project. The sale will start at 8 a.m. Sunday morning and last all day (or until they are gone). Grand and noble firs will be available and the price per tree starts at $20.

Safe Harbors hosts tour

The self-guided Safe Harbors Christmas Home Tour will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, when everyone is invited to visit inside 11 beautifully decorated homes, both vintage and new, in the Enterprise and Joseph area.

Tour maps to the homes are $5 each, with proceeds going to help support the Safe Harbors shelter facility. Maps are available at Wolfe Fleece in Joseph, The Bookloft in Enterprise and by calling Safe Harbors, 426-4004.

Open house set for judge

An open house in honor of Judge Eric Valentine, who is retiring from the Union/Wallowa County bench at the end of the year, is scheduled 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the courtroom of the Wallowa County Courthouse. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.

Early deadline next week

Because of an 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. The Chieftain staff appreciates everyone's cooperation in meeting this deadline.

Churches who would like their special Christmas week services in a calendar in the Chieftain's Dec. 19 issue next week are asked to submit the information by 5 p.m. Friday.

Movie 'Prancer' to be shown at annual Christmas matinee

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.

Kids hunt for Christmas Mouse in Enterprise

This week all children, ages 13 and under, have been invited by the City of Enterprise, to find the Christmas Mouse on Main St. in Enterprise every day.

Each day through Friday (tomorrow) the Christmas Mouse (with the words "City of Enterprise" on it) is being displayed on it. When a child finds the mouse, he or she is asked to bring it to Enterprise to receive a prize.

The stores are anywhere on Main from the Enterprise Flower Shop on NE 1st to The Country Quilter at NW 1st . Good hunting!

Also this week the City of Enterprise is holding a prize drawing for young people ages 16 and under. Through Friday, Dec. 13, children can fill out a prize drawing form at the Enterprise City Hall or the mayor's desk at Dr. Cummin's at Wallowa Valley Dental Care.

The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Joseph businesses to host holiday 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.

Film 'Amelie' set at theater

Fishtrap will co-sponsor the film "Amelie" at the OK Theatre on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. There is a $5 admission charge; free child care is provided.

Amelie is a whimsical French film that has played to crowds across the country, and has been called "upbeat and magical."

Handcrafters raise money for county food bank

The Wallowa County Handcrafters Guild raised $631.19 at their recent holiday bazaar last weekend at the Cloverleaf Hall for the Wallowa County Food Bank.

Each member of the Handcrafters Guild donated handmade ornaments for the Christmas tree and people attending the bazaar made donations to the food bank in exchange for an ornament.

The donation will help to buy food and other necessities for the food bank.

ESD board to meet

The Wallowa County ESD board meeting will take place Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the ESD board room. The public is welcome to attend.

Christmas program set by Eagle Cap

The Eagle Cap Christian Fellowship, located at 206 NE First St. in Enterprise will present their Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Rebekah bazaar slated Saturday in Wallowa

The annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the Rebekah Lodge is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the IOOF Hall on highway 82 east of Wallowa.

Lunch of chicken, noodles and pie will be served to 2 p.m.

Baked goods, candies, gifts and cards will be available. Drawing for a hope chest will be at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available from any Rebekah member or at the bazaar.

Christmas concerts coming up

Winter concerts are continuing in Wallowa County, with two coming up next Wednesday, Dec. 18. On that date the Joseph Elementary Christmas Music program is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Joseph High School cafeteria, while the Enterprise High School concert begins at 8 p.m. in OK Theatre.

Two programs are also slated on Thursday, Dec. 19: the Enterprise Primary Christmas program at 1 p.m. at the EHS gym; and the Troy School Program at 6 p.m. at Troy School. Everyone is welcome.

Another musical program is scheduled for Dec. 21 at the Nazarene Church.

Sonbridge Music recording artist and gospel singer Jerry Spainhower will present a Christmas concert at the Nazarene Church beginning at 7 p.m. The church is located at 203 E. Grant St. in Enterprise.

Spainhower, who resides in the Pacific Northwest, began his music career at the age of four and has toured extensively and been featured on television in the United State, Canada and Europe.

The concert is free to the public and a freewill offering will be taken. For more information, call 426-6538.

Christmas Day dinner on tap at senior center

There will be a community dinner on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at the Enterprise Community Connection, located at 702 NW First in Enterprise from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a salad, dessert, or a donation to the food bank.

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