The City of Umatilla is hosting a ribbon cutting at Kiwanis Park on Sept. 6, 2019 at 1 p.m. to celebrate improvements made to the park.

The ceremony will include remarks from mayor Mary Dedrick, city manager David Stockdale and others, followed by refreshments.

The improvements to Kiwanis Park were spurred by a survey that the Umatilla High School Youth Advisory Council undertook on behalf of the city’s parks and recreation committee. The survey found residents most wanted to see improvements to Kiwanis Park.

Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation contributed an $18,000 grant for new playground equipment and Hermiston Kiwanis donated $7,000 for lights at the basketball court. The city of Umatilla paid for the addition of a second basketball court.

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On page A11 of today’s Hermiston Herald you will notice a column by EO Media Group’s new regional sports editor, Ronald Bond.

Bond will help coordinate coverage of sports in Eastern Oregon, allowing sports reporters and staff photographers stationed in Hermiston, Pendleton, La Grande, Baker City, Enterprise and John Day to work together to maximize the company’s coverage of high school and college sports in the area.

He is starting by overseeing the ”Kickoff” magazine, a preview of high school and Eastern Oregon University football teams in the region, which will be inserted into next week’s Herald.

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Do you have special skills or talents?

If so, Hermiston Parks & Recreation might be interested in providing an opportunity to teach a class or program to share your expertise with others. Whether it’s photography, crafts or cooking, your skills might provide an opportunity to earn some extra income while teaching others.

For more information, contact Brandon Artz at bartz@hermiston.or.us or 541-667-5018.

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With summer winding down, the Hermiston Church of the Nazarene is gearing up to resume a special church service for children.

KidzOwn Worship will begin Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. It’s held in the church’s ministry center, 1520 W. Orchard Ave. Geared for kids age 4 through those entering fifth grade, the program features worship, lessons and fun age-appropriate activities.

For more information about church activities and programs, contact 541-567-3677, hermistonnaz@gmail.com or visit www.hermistonnazrene.org.

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The menu for the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center for Thursday is oven-baked chicken, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, fruit salad and cake by Sun Terrace. Friday is build your own tacos and dessert.

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