QUICK TAKES: April 11, 2018


Mike Surber plays solo show Friday in Baker

BAKER CITY — Mike Surber will play his solo act, “Dear Mr. Henshaw,” starting at 8 p.m. April 13 at AJ’s Corner Brick Bar and Grill, 1840 Main St. There is no charge for admission.

“I play drums with my feet while playing guitar and harmonica, so it’s got kind of a one-man-band feel,” he said of the show. “I sing mostly originals, with a handful of creative covers sprinkled in.”

Surber still plays with the band Sons of Guns, based in Seattle. The band is recording a new album later this summer. He lives in Eugene and is also a frontman for a three-piece rock band called Fast Man, which will be releasing an album this fall. Between projects with his bands, Surber tours as a soloist and is working on new material. In addition to Baker City, he’ll play in Hood River, Pendleton and La Grande.

Surber graduated from Baker High School in 1998. He lived in La Grande for several years
before moving to Eugene in 2013 to pursue his music career.

Spring Fling square dance is April 13-15

BAKER CITY — The Elkhorn Swingers square dance club will host the annual Spring Fling April 13-15 in Baker City. The featured caller is Darin Keith of Nampa and the featured cuer couple is Debbie and Paul Taylor of Cle Elem, Washington.

Since 1979, Baker City’s local square dance club has hosted a dance-filled weekend each spring. The event welcomes square and round dancers from throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and beyond. This year’s event will again be held at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St. The weekend will kick off Friday with pre-rounds at 7 p.m. followed by a mainstream dance at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, workshops will begin at 10 a.m. in both round and square dance. Saturday evening will be the featured dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. with pre-rounds, followed by squares at 7:30 p.m., and then the Mainstream dance from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The weekend will close out with a Phase V Round Dance workshop Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

Weekend registration is $27.50 for singles or $55 for couples. Those who want to attend only the dances can do so for $10. Workshops are $5. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Chuck Hoover at 541-524-9306 or Esa Murrell at 541-524-9386.

Nature’s Pantry presents Individualized Nutrition

LA GRANDE — EOU Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Science Kyle Pfaffenbach will discuss individualized nutrition at 6 p.m. April 26 at Nature’s Pantry.

Everybody responds to diet and exercise a little differently. Come gain information that can help you find the nutrition and fitness plan that’s right for you. The cost is $10, half of which will benefit EOU student research in physical activity and health. An organic fruit smoothie is included. Register at Nature’s Pantry or call 541-963-7955.

Volunteers needed for Arts for All preparation

LA GRANDE — Art Center East is seeking help to prepare for the April 20-21 Arts for All festival:

  • Cutting and counting flyers into bundles of 30 for backpack folder distribution to each school in Union County
  • Poster distribution in Cove, La Grande, Island City, Union, Imbler, Elgin and Summerville
  • Arts for All participant bag filling and sticker placement
  • Fish print banner cutting and gluing

Email darcy@artcentereast.org or call 541-624-2800.

Central Elementary School auctions student artwork to raise funds

LA GRANDE — Central Elementary School’s PTO will host an art auction and night of entertainment from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 19.

Food from Side A Brewing will be available for purchase. There will also be live music, activities for kids and free dessert.

In addition to auctioning the student artwork, the event will include a piano raffle, live auction and a silent auction with locally donated art pieces, event tickets, art classes and more.

Central Elementary School is situated at 701 H Ave., La Grande.

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