Free food will be available to fill empty bellies on Christmas Day for the Community Fellowship Dinner. Volunteers will prepare heat-and-serve dinners Saturday, Dec. 25, available for pickup outside Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to volunteers, it will be just like the recent Thanksgiving meals, except the main course will include baked ham with the roast turkey. They may also serve green beans instead of kernel corn.

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While waiting for your food to digest, you should probably start thinking of ways to burn off extra calories consumed during the holidays. Start making plans to participate in the Hermiston Resolution Run. It is Saturday, Jan. 1, 9-11 a.m. with the starting point at the Riverfront Park parking lot.

Participants can walk, jog or run the 3.1 mile Oxbow Trail. People may, instead, choose some other distance. One thing to keep in mind — there are no aid stations on the course. Water is only available at the finish line, where runners will receive some high fives. Also, there is a photo booth.

This event, which is sponsored by local runners and walkers, is free. T-shirts will be available for purchase.

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Do you know of any special people or businesses in Boardman? If so, you can nominate them to be honored. The Boardman Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for favorite Boardman businesses and community members to be honored at the 2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet. Be quick, though, as the nomination deadlines is Jan. 15.

For information about nominating, email the chamber at

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It’s not too early to start shopping for a coat to donate. A new youth winter coat, purchased at, is the cost of participation in the Polar Bear Plunge. Buy a coat, then drop it off at the Umatilla Head Start, 1371 Third St., Umatilla.

The event is Jan. 8, 12-2 p.m. It takes place at the Umatilla Marina Swim Beach, 1710 Quincy Ave.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is closed Thursday, Dec. 23. The menu for Tuesday, Dec. 28, is baked chicken, 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.

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