Winterfest set this weekend
Enterprise's annual Winterfest celebration, hosted by the Enterprise Merchants Association, will feature a bevy of holiday activities Friday and Saturday, from caroling and ballet to a nativity scene and lighted tractor parade.
Events get under way Friday with a tree lighting ceremony and caroling at 6:30 p.m. at Ward Park, "The Nutcracker" at OK Theatre at 7 p.m., shopping until 8 p.m. and free wagon rides.
Saturday Winterfest activities start at 11 a.m. with a live nativity scene at Ward Park and a bake sale plus photos with Santa in the building across the street from Country Quilters; 2 p.m., "The Nutcracker," OK Theatre; and at 6:30 p.m., the Lighted Tractor Contest and Parade of Lights.
The deadline to turn in entry forms is Thursday, Dec. 5. They should be submitted to Thompson Auto Supply, Wallowa County Chamber office or Enterprise Flower Shop.
Kids' bazaar in Wallowa
The annual Wallowa Children's Christmas Bazaar will be held Dec. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Beth Johnson Room at Wallowa Grade School.
Co-sponsored by parents and 4-H, this bazaar gives local children ages pre-school to junior high the opportunity to shop for inexpensive but new items to share with family and friends at Christmas.
Donations for the bazaar may be left at the grade school office. For more information, call the school at 886-2061, Teresa Smergut at 886-4505 or Marilyn Soares at 886-9105.
Handcrafters' bazaar slated
The Wallowa County Handcrafters' Guild will hold its annual Christmas bazaar Fri., Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise.
This annual event, which is the longest running and largest event of its type in Wallowa County, will feature over 30 crafters selling only hand crafted items.
Santa will be available to listen to children's Christmas wishes (for free) and for photos at the cost of $1 each.
Those who bring donations for the local food bank will be rewarded with a handcrafted ornament.
Santa Paws event on tap
The Wallowa County Humane Society is once again hosting its Santa Paws event, in which families bring their pets (dogs, cats, gerbils, goldfish, horses, etc.) to have the animals photos taken with Santa Claus. Photos can be available within an hour by request. Children (instead of pets) are also welcome, as are whole families posing for their portraits with St. Nick, with or without the pets.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9-4 Saturday.
Snowmobile safety class Dec. 14
The Wallowa County Gamblers Snowmobile Club is sponsoring a snowmobile safety class on Saturday, Dec. 14. The class will be held at 1 p.m. at Outlaw Motor Sports, 504 NW First in Enterprise.
This class is for anyone not possessing a valid driver's license who wants to legally ride snowmobiles on public lands. If you have a child without a valid driver's license who will be operating a snowmobile this winter on Forest Service or other public lands, they need to have this permit. A snowmobile safety permit will be issued through the DMV to all who successfully complete the class.
The class is free of charge and is the only one scheduled for this season in Wallowa County.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Randy or Barb James at 426-3854 or Randy or Dustin James at Outlaw Motor Sports at 426-3491.
Quilters to hold holiday party
The Wallowa Mountain Quilters' Guild will hold their annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at St. Katherine's parish hall in Enterprise.
All members and their guests are invited to attend. Activities will include a salad potluck, a fabric gift exchange, a silent auction and some of the usual activities such as show and tell. The regular business meeting will be held to a minimum so all attending can concentrate on just having fun.
For more information, contact BJ Whitehead at 426-8707 or Phyllis Lovell at 426-6335.
Joseph chamber plans dance for New Years Eve
The Joseph Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a New Years Eve Dance Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Joseph Community Center.
The center will be transformed into "Club Champagne" for an evening that will include dancing to the music of Skyline, door prizes every hour, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and complementary champagne at midnight and a gravy and bisquit breakfast. There will also be a no-host bar.
The grand door prize will be a package worth $350 to be given away at 12:30 a.m.
Advance tickets are $12 each, available at the Joseph chamber office or Community Bank in Enterprise and Joseph, or $15 at the door.
Board to meet in Enterprise
The Northeast Oregon Area Commission on Transportation will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Toma's restaurant in Enterprise. The public is welcome to attend.
The commission is made up of representatives from five counties - Wallowa, Union, Baker, Umatilla and Morrow - plus the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. It meets monthly at locations that revolve among the counties, and serves as an advisory board to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The agenda includes a discussion of projects to be funded by the State-wide Transportation Improvement Program in Wallowa County. County public works superintendent Russ McMartin is planning to give a presentation on transportation needs in the county.
Volunteer choir at Ward Park
Anyone who would like to participate in the Winterfest volunteer choir, being organized by the Wallowa County Ministerial Association, is encouraged to meet at the Enterprise Christian Church at 6 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) to gather and receive song sheets.
The caroling is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Ward Park.
Local action group to meet
The public is invited to attend a local action group meeting to discuss the implementation of USDA cost share programs in Wallowa County. The local action group will meet on Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Wallowa County Extension Service conference room.
The local action group will evaluate Wallowa County's natural resources, including dominant land uses, identify natural resource concerns, establish goals and prioritize where USDA conservation efforts are most needed. This information will be the foundation on which USDA cost share programs will be utilized to address natural resource concerns in the county.
Wallowa ladies aide slates bazaar
The Wallowa Christian Church Ladies Aide is holding a Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church, located at the corner of Hwy. 82 and Spruce St. in Wallowa.
Gift items, baked goods and food will be available at the bazaar. On the lunch menu are homemade chicken soup and pie.
Pesticide core training scheduled
A pesticide core training has been scheduled at the Wallowa County Extension Office in Enterprise for Monday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants attending will receive four hours of credit. This training is available to anyone who currently has a pesticide license.