This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teachers around the state are rallying this week to shine a spotlight on the need for more funding for schools. While some teachers are choosing to walk out of their classrooms, teachers in Hermiston are planning a “walk-in” on Wednesday by inviting government leaders to visit the school Wednesday morning and hear firsthand from educators about what is needed to fund their classrooms.

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The Northeast Oregon Home Builders Association Home Tour is scheduled for May 18. The tour includes four homes built by local builders who “have lived in Hermiston most of their life and like giving their customers the best home possible.”

One of the homes was built by Hermiston High School students for their student home building class. Pictures of the homes on the tour and a map of the tour will be available starting May 14 at www.neohba.com.

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The public is invited to a disaster service volunteer response training.

Presented by the American Red Cross, the event provides information on how volunteers can learn to help in disasters. The training is Thursday, May 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 214 S.E. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton. The group meets the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, call Don Tombleson at 541-276-9222.

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As the weather warms up, the Oregon Marine Board is encouraging people to be safe in the water.

Would-be boaters can visit www.oregon.gov/osmb to see a map of boat launches in the state, pump stations, facility closures, safety information, registration information, regulations and more.

The marine board asks anyone going out on the water to never boat alone, to not boat while intoxicated, to make sure everyone onboard is wearing a properly-fitted lifejacket, to take breaks when tired and to be courteous in sharing the waterways with others.

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Local youths are invited to give back during a Teen Community Service activity coordinated by the Hermiston Public Library. Teenagers are invited to join the fun by playing board games Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. with residents at Sun Terrace Assisted Living, 1550 N.W. 11th St. For questions, call the library at 541-567-2882.

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It’s almost time to get into gear for the ACE Car Show. Sponsored by the ACE Automobile Club of Echo High School, there are nearly two dozen vehicle classes to enter. The event is Saturday, May 25 with registration beginning at 9 a.m. in downtown Echo. For more information, contact rsmith@echosd5.org, 541-376-8436 or search Facebook. Also, watch for a story in the May 22 Hermiston Herald.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is now serving meals five days a week (see A7). The menu for Thursday is turkey and dressing, vegetable or fruit and dessert. Friday is soup or salad with half sandwich and dessert. Monday is salad bar and dessert. Tuesday is roast beef, potatoes and gravy, vegetable and dessert. Next Wednesday is dinner salad, roast beef sandwich and dessert.

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