QUICK TAKES: Jan. 10, 2018

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Eagle Cap Extreme runs through the Wallowas

Oregon’s only Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifier will return to the Wallowa Mountains this Jan. 17-20.

The Eagle Cap Extreme has been described as challenging, fun and drop-dead beautiful by participants and fans alike. This all-volunteer race receives high marks for professionalism and for being very well run.

The race focuses on making the mushers’ experience as safe, comfortable and fun as possible. The mushers and their dogs really love their fans, especially all the school kids that make a special field trip to see the event.

The event starts with morning vet checks at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 on Main Street in Joseph. Afternoon checks begin at 1 p.m. in Enterprise. The vet checks are a fun way to meet the mushers and interact with the dogs. They are free and open to the public.

Spectators can then join the mushers at a community potluck at the Joseph Community Center at 6 p.m. Jan. 17.

The two-day race starts the next day, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Fergi Ski Area, about 9 miles southeast of Joseph. Fans can line up on the side of the starting chute to root for their favorite team.

Race start parking is provided nearby, with a shuttle starting at 10:45 a.m., or prepare for a 5- to 10-minute walk on a plowed road to the Fergi Ski Area. The race start is also free and open to the public. There will be a banquet on Saturday evening. For more information, visit www.eaglecap-extreme.com.

Discounted tickets are available for subscribers

LA GRANDE — Subscribers of The Observer have early access to discounted concert tickets.

Eastern Oregon University’s music department and Chamber Choir will present “Life is a Highway,” featuring “music that takes you places.”

Subscribers can come to The Observer office, 1406 Fifth St., La Grande, to purchase tickets for $6 each during this special presale. The regular ticket price is $8.

The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 3. The concert will be presented in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall on EOU’s campus.

Jan. 16  Brown Bag Lunch includes music

JOSEPH — The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will host its next Brown Bag Lunch event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16. This special musical Brown Bag will feature Lauren Guthridge on the great variety of oboe reeds that she makes for her own instrument. She is a wind symphony player in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington orchestras. Guthridge has a master’s degree in music from the University of Arizona, playing oboe and English horn.

Brown Bag is a free event that features informal presentations and discussions on at least the first and third Tuesday of each month.  Brown Bag events always begin at noon, and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy as they listen. For more information, visit www.josephy.org.

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