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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Friday.
Call the Eagle, 541-575-0710, or email editor@bmeagle.
com. For meetings this week, see our list in the classiﬁ eds.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Tai chi in the park
• 6:30-7:30 p.m., John Day City Park
This short tai chi form for relaxation and balance is suit-
able for beginners and those with previous tai chi experi-
ence. The class meets Wednesday evenings in August. For
more information, call Kyle Cline at 541-575-1011 or visit
Friday, Aug. 9
American Legion Auxiliary Ellis Tracy Unit 77
• 2 p.m., Grant County Chamber of Commerce
Members are urged to attend to discuss important matters.
For more information, call Ruth Harris at 541-575-0076.
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 9-10
• 7-9:30 p.m., Grant County Fairgrounds outdoor arena
Admission is $10, $5 for ages 6-12, $2 for seniors 65
and older and children age 6 and under get in free. The
NPRA Rodeo Queens Dance will follow after Saturday’s
performance. For more information, call the fair ofﬁ ce at
Sunday, Aug. 11
Grant County Fair Junior Rodeo
• 9:30 a.m., Grant County Fairgrounds outdoor arena
Youth rodeo contestants, ages 16 and under, from across
the Paciﬁ c Northwest will compete in calf riding, steer rid-
ing, woolly bullies, dummy roping, breakaway roping, chute
dogging, pole bending, barrel racing and goat tying events.
Contestants must have preregistered online by Aug. 8 at
https://bit.ly/2ya3xDl. Detailed event information is online
as well. Stickhorse racers need not preregister. Free specta-
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 14-17
110th Grant County Fair
• 9 a.m., Grant County Fairgrounds
Grand marshals are Dean and Joyce Nodine. The
event includes 4-H and FFA static and livestock shows,
open class exhibits, food vendors, commercial vendors, a
carnival and entertainment. The ranch breakfast is from
7-9 a.m. Friday. Parmalee will perform at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Grant County Fair parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday. The
4-H/FFA livestock auction takes place at 4 p.m. Satur-
day. Freestyle bullfighting takes place at 8 p.m. Satur-
day. Admission is free Wednesday. Other days cost $5, or
$2 for seniors and children 6-12. Children 5 and younger
get in free. For more information, contact Fair Manager
Mindy Winegar at 541-575-1900 or winegarm@grant-
Eagle ﬁ le photo
Fair and Rodeo Queen Trinity Hutchison, front, holds the ﬂ ag and Princess Courtney Nichols holds the state ﬂ ag while the
national anthem is sung by Britnee Kellogg at the Freestyle Bullﬁ ghts during the 2018 Grant County Fair.
Saturday, Aug. 17
‘EXPLORE: Fly Fishing’ class
• 10-11:30 a.m., Seventh Street Complex, John Day
The North Fork John Day Watershed Council is sponsor-
ing an introductory lesson to ﬂ y ﬁ shing. The basics, includ-
ing an introduction to ﬂ y casting with a ﬂ y rod and tech-
niques and ﬂ ies used to catch different species, will be
taught. At the end of the lesson, the class will compete in a
casting competition for a chance to win hand-tied ﬂ ies. The
cost for adults is $12, and ages 10-17 are free. To purchase
tickets, visit https://bmlt.org/events/ﬂ y-ﬁ shing-john-day-
2019-yn299. For more information, contact Genevieve Per-
due at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-620-5754.
Friday, Aug. 30
‘Leave No Trace’ events
• All day, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Free and open to the public, the Leave No Trace Cen-
ter for Outdoor Ethics will raise awareness on preserving
and protecting the Painted Hills from excessive trash and
trail erosion. Use the hashtag #DontHurtTheDirt to take
part in a social media campaign. A photography hike at Car-
rol Rim will be from 6-7:30 p.m. This trail climbs over 400
feet in elevation. Reservations are required, and the hike is
limited to 15 people. The Night Sky Program will be from
8-10:30 p.m. at the Painted Hills Overlook trail. For more
information, call 541-987-2333 or email joda_interpreta-
Saturday, Aug. 31
Painted Hills Festival
• 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mitchell
The event will feature park and partner booths and educa-
tional activities for all ages designed to preserve and protect
the Painted Hills for generations to come. For more informa-
tion, call 541-987-2333 or email joda_interpretation@nps.
Local Alzheimer’s support group
available for caregivers, family
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Family nurse practitioner Nora Healey, right, oversees an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support
Group that meets monthly in John Day. In the photo, Healey sits with Krish Hamilton, a tai chi
instructor, at the Grant County Older Adults and Vulnerable Populations Collaborative booth
at the Grant County Family Health Fair held in June.
The Alzheimer’s Asso-
ciation has a caregivers
support group that meets
monthly in John Day, pro-
viding emotional support for
those who look after loved
ones or patients with the
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the
third Monday of the month,
and their next meeting will
be Monday, Aug. 19, at the
Department of Human Ser-
vices conference room, at
725 W. Main St., Suite E.
Nora Healey, a family
nurse practitioner at Straw-
berry Wilderness Com-
munity Clinic, created the
program after seeing the
challenges faced by fam-
ily members and caregiv-
ers of her patients and oth-
ers in the community with
Alzheimer’s and other con-
ditions under the dementia
“People are at their wits’
end and don’t know what to
do,” she said.
She added that it is pos-
sible to call a 24/7 helpline
Love to Learn!
Registrations being accepted for 2019-2020
We offer a high-quality school-readiness program for little
learners. *Eligibility requirements apply.
Pre-Kindergarten: 3 days a week, (T, W, TH) (AM) 8:15-
11:15, (PM) 12:15-3:15. Must be 4 years old by Sept. 1,
Pre-School: 2 days a week, (T, TH or M, W) 8:15-10:45 am.
Must be 3 years of age by Sept 1st, 2019.
9:00 am-3:00 pm
9:00 am-1:00 pm
521 E Main Street
A big thank you
to Jim, Jake and
the folks at True
in John Day.
– Oran Wyatt
to speak to a support person,
but said, “It’s not the same
as sitting with someone and
talking with them.”
She said the aim of the
group is to offer emotional
support, resources and learn
about addressing the patient
or family members’ needs.
Healey said the group
is only for caregivers and
family members, not the
People who are interested
can register for the group
at the Alzheimer’s Associa-
tion’s website, alz.org.
Click on “Help & Sup-
port” at the top of the page,
then click on “Help & Sup-
port” again. Scroll down and
click on “Support groups,”
then scroll down and click
on the highlighted words
“Find a support group near
me,” then scroll down and
enter John Day in the bar
that reads “Keyword” and
click “Apply Filters.” Scroll
down, and it will show the
date of the next meeting.
Click on “John Day
Caregiver Support Group”
for further information and
scroll down to register.
Registration is preferred,
but not required, and the
group meetings are free.
The class is led by Healey
and Rod Harwood, an Older
Adult Behavioral Health
Specialist from Pendleton,
who works through Greater
Oregon Behavioral Health,
For more help, the Alz-
24/7 Helpline number is
For more information,
contact Healey at nhealey@