The city of Hermiston and Hermiston Kiwanis Club are teaming up to bring Kiwanis Kid’s Day to Butte Park on Saturday.

The free family event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, with prizes, games, entertainment and other activities.

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The Ready 2 Learn program recently turned the page with a $3,000 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation. The program supports early literacy in public libraries throughout Eastern Oregon.

The grant money will be used towards monthly incentives for program participants. Children who use their Ready 2 Learn library card are entered into a monthly drawing to win early learning books and toys.

Michelle Munro, a Ready 2 Learn volunteer, said the program began in 2013 to help children learn the skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten. Public libraries in Umatilla and Morrow county are Ready 2 Learn participants. They offer programs for children starting at birth and provide education to parents about the importance of reading and playing with their children.

For more information, visit, search Facebook or stop by your local library.

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Parents with students in kindergarten through sixth grade can receive help with homework at the Umatilla Public Library.

Carole Deich is available each Thursday from 4-5 p.m. to answer questions or provide assistance. The local resident has more than 19 years of teaching experience. The library is located at 700 Sixth St., Umatilla.

For more information, call the library at 541-922-5704.

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The Irrigon Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new home and new director.

Their previous offices were recently sold to a new owner and they are looking for office space to rent in Irrigon.

The group has experienced rapid growth over the past few years, jumping from six members to about 70. The increased revenue means the chamber can afford to hire a part-time director to spend about 20 hours a month answering phones and emails and organizing chamber events.

For more information about applying to the director position or for tips on available office space, call Phyllis Danielson at Stokes Landing Bed & Breakfast at 541-922-3857.

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The menu for the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center on Thursday is beef stew, salad and dessert. Friday is salad bar, garlic bread and dessert. Monday is build your own tacos and dessert. Tuesday is ham and yams, vegetable, fruit salad and dessert. Next Wednesday is tuna salad sandwich, salad and dessert.

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