Umatilla High School is looking toward the 2022-23 school year and developing improved connection between the school and its families.

It is planning Umatilla High School Family Night on Friday, May 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Umatilla Marina, 1710 Quincy Ave. The event is intended to make connections between parents of UHS students, the students themselves and high school administrators, teachers and staff.

Marisa Gonzalez, who teaches health, physical education and weights at UHS, is spearheading the event.

Family Night will include carnival games, a basketball tournament, a taco truck, music and information tables about UHS activities.

All ninth through 12th grade students/families are invited. For more information, call Umatilla High School at 541-922-6525.

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The Boardman Chamber of Commerce shared a message from the family of Ryan Neal, former executive director for the Port of Morrow.

“The family of Ryan Neal has been touched deeply by the outpouring of love, care and concern after our loss,” family members said, according to the chamber website. “Thank you for reaching out, we have been uplifted by hearing from each and every one of you.”

A celebration of life will be held outdoors Saturday, May 7, 3 p.m. at the Marker 40 Golf Club, 78873 Toms Camp Road, Boardman.

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First Thursday is back. This year, it falls on Cinco de Mayo, which means that Hermiston is ready for a fiesta.

The Hermiston Downtown District invites visitors to a fun shopping experience in and around Hermiston’s downtown area, Thursday, May 5, 4:30-7 p.m.

Shops and restaurants are planning to have specials, refreshments and a district-wide drawing for a gift basket.

The event is hosted by Bella Grace Boutique, 158 E Main St, Hermiston.

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Would you like to receive free books for your child from birth to age 5? The Hermiston Public Library is partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide this service.

You can visit to sign up your children. Each child will receive one free book in the mail every month to keep. The first title will be the children’s classic, “The Little Engine that Could.”

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Be an orc, wizard, elf paladin or anything else you want to be in Dungeon’s & Dragons. The Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave., is teaming up with a local game store, Tolarian Table Tops LLC. They will be hosting a short campaign for new players at the library Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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School will not be out for summer — not for everyone, anyway. The Hermiston School District announced its elementary summer school program’s classes are June 22 to August 5, 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Visit the district’s website to register.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center menu for Thursday, May 5, is chicken cordon bleu, baked potato, vegetables and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, May 10, is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and dessert.

In-house meals will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m. People planning to dine in are asked to call by 11 a.m.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery in Hermiston, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call before 11 a.m. Meals are $5 and can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

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The Boardman Senior Center is open for dine-in lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon at 100 Tatone St. Meals are $4 for seniors and $5 for others. Take-out lunches are available by calling 541-481-3257.

—Hermiston Herald

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