Quick Takes: April 19

Excursion train

Don’t Let the Pigeon Take Over the Library!

BAKER CITY — Baker County Public Library will host a special event for children and families on at 4 p.m. April 20.

Storyteller and musician Rick Huddle will perform “Don’t Let the Pigeon Take Over the Library,” a comedic presentation of silly stories, songs and skits inspired by Mo Willems’ books.

Meet the Pigeon, Duckling and some new characters like Shy Llama. The event is free and open to all ages.

This program is made possible with sponsorships by Baker County Friends of the Library and funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Story time features solar eclipse presentation

BAKER CITY — Children’s book author and illustrator Nancy Coffelt will present a special storytime at 10 a.m. April 26 at the Baker County Public Library. She will talk about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

At this free event for children, Coffelt will showcase her book “The Big Eclipse,” which is being used by schools and libraries all over Oregon. There will be discussion about how eclipses work and discuss why it’s important to “Be Wise, Protect Your Eyes.” She’ll also lead a craft based on this rare astronomical event.

Participants will also receive materials to take home to learn even more about the eclipse.

Coffelt is the author and illustrator of several books, including two previous picture books about space science, “Dogs in Space” and “Dogs in Space: The Great Space Doghouse.” Her books have won numerous awards, including Kirkus “Best Of,” ALA Notable Book and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award. She lives, writes and draws in Baker City.

This program is made possible by the Baker County Library District with sponsorship from Libraries of Eastern Oregon and ArtPlace-America.

Reserve a spot on train for Mother’s Day brunch

ELGIN — Mother’s Day is May 14, and it’s the traditional opening day for the Eagle Cap Excursion Train’s 2017 season.

The Mother’s Day Brunch is always a popular trip, as passengers find it a good way to celebrate the holiday while enjoying the beautiful spring scenery along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

The Mother’s Day trip features brunch, prepared by Ten Depot, served on the train during the trip.

The menu includes a medley of breakfast and lunch entrée items, salads, fresh fruit, pastries and beverages. The train departs at 10 a.m. from the depot in Elgin.

Reservations are required and are available through the online booking service on the website, www.eaglecaptrainrides.com. Go to “Ride the Train” and select “Book Online” from the drop-down menu.

Passengers who prefer to talk to an agent can stop by Alegre Travel, the excursion train’s reservations agency in downtown La Grande, or call the agency at 800-323-7330.

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