Due to the Fourth of July holiday, next week’s Hermiston Herald will be delivered Tuesday, July 3. Be sure to read it for information about area Fourth of July activities (information will also be available at www.hermistonherald.com later this week). The Herald office will also be closed on July 4 so our staff may enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

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Hermiston’s festival street is now open. Drive by city hall on Northeast Second Street to check it out, or attend a ribbon-cutting for the new street at 1 p.m. on July 14 during Funfest.

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Get ready to party before Stanfield’s Independence Day celebration. Tickets are on sale for the annual Stanfield Fourth of July Steak Feed fundraiser.

The event, which features music by Hired Guns, is Tuesday, July 3 from 6-9 p.m. at Bard Park. The cost is $20 for adults or $10 for a child’s hamburger meal. Tickets are available at Main Street Market, 225 S. Main St., Stanfield. In addition, beverages will be available from Hermiston Brewing Company.

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A handful of local students graduated with the 10th class of the Oregon Connections Academy, which held a ceremony June 9 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Area students turning the tassels with the class of 2018 included Breanna Bayer, Riley Miller and Maximus Neel, all of Hermiston, and Patrick Burch of Umatilla. These students are among more than 370 graduating high school seniors who have now joined a growing alumni base of Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s largest virtual school. Members of the class of 2018 received nearly a million dollars in scholarship awards, and a majority of the graduates have plans to further their education or start a career.

ORCA served nearly 4,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the state this school year. Enrollment is now underway for ORCA’s 2018-19 school year. For additional information about the tuition-free online school, visit www.oregonconnectionsacademy.com or call 1-800-382-6010.

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Applause is in order for Rogers Toyota of Hermiston, as they were recently presented with a President’s Award from Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

The award is given to Toyota dealerships across the United States that exhibit an exceptional work ethic. The dealerships are recognized for achieving high standards of performance in all facets of the automotive dealer profession, including vehicle and parts sales, service and customer satisfaction.

Rogers Toyota is located at 1550 N. First St. For more information, call 541-567-6461 or visit www.toyotaofhermiston.com.

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A 12-week course on anxiety and depression recently began at Calvary Apostolic Center.

The faith-based series offers ways to overcome emotional obstacles while creating a healthier community and relationships with others and God. There is no participation fee.

The sessions take place on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Apostolic Center, which meets at Agape House, 500 W. Harper Road, Hermiston. The lessons are presented by a variety of professionals and mental health providers.

For more information, call 310-678-0264 or search Facebook.

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