Quick Takes: May 17, 2017

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Local musicians’ tour concludes with shows in Northeast Oregon

LA GRANDE — Local musicians Gregory Rawlins and Mike Surber have announced that their duo, Foxgloves, will conclude their tour in Northeast Oregon.

The May 17 concert will be at Great Pacific in Pendleton, the May 18 show will be at Ten Depot in La Grande and the May 19 concert will be at Terminal Gravity in Enterprise.

Rawlins and Surber, founding members of the band Sons of Guns, started out as a duo.

“This is a return, and a coming home of sorts, to what we did before Sons of Guns,” Rawlins said.

While the band created electric rock music, the duo also enjoys working with more natural sounds.

“We have similar interests in our musical endeavors,” Rawlins said. “After playing electric music for so long, the pendelum swings the other way (toward unplugged music).”

Foxgloves will be joined by percussionist Luke McKern for the Ten Depot show. McKern, Rawlins and Surber had previously done relief work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They played as a trio in encampments and Red Cross Shelters in the area.

Ag-Timber Parade grand marshal is Ralph Hurt

ISLAND CITY — The annual Ag-Timber Parade, which celebrates the agriculture and timber industries in the area, will feature Grand Marshal Ralph Hurt.

“He is a prominent member in agriculture,  said Tiffany Sherman, a member of Oregon Women in Timber, which organizes the event each year. “He’ll select the winner of the Grand Marshal’s Choice Award.”

The parade will include heavy farming and timber equipment from local providers, as well as car dealerships and other local businesses. The parade route will be Island Avenue to McAlister Road.

Donated Pepsi and Coke products will be available for free. Pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. May 19 at the Oxarc/Urban Vine parking lot.

Lunchtime concert held on courthouse lawn

BAKER CITY — The choirs and band from Baker Middle School will give a lunchtime concert at 12:15 p.m. May 23 at the Baker County Courthouse lawn, 1995 Third St. The community is welcome.

Opera party at the Geiser Grand Hotel

BAKER CITY — Soprano Jordan Bowman returns Tuesday nights to the Geiser Grand Hotel to belt out classical opera arias and broadway tunes as she strolls around the tables under the stained glass ceiling in the Palm Court.

She’ll perform opera most Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. through Aug. 8. The Geiser Grand is located at 1996 Main St.

Fireworks Fundraiser event held May 19

BAKER CITY — The Friends of Haines are planning the annual fundraiser for May 19. All proceeds go to support the Fourth of July fireworks show.

This year’s dinner and auction will be at Lefty’s Taphouse, 1934 Broadway St., Baker City. Tickets are $23 and available at Lefty’s, Haines Sell-Rite Store, Tropical Sun and by calling Alita, 541-403-2142 or Garla, 541-403-0969.

The evening includes a steak dinner and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by the live auction at 7:30 p.m. led by auctioneer Wayne Overton.

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