Ditch the cell phones and iPads and join Screen-Free Week activities in downtown Hermiston. The public is invited to participate in a learning picnic, interactive games, enjoy healthy food samples and kids can make a bouquet.

The event is Thursday from 4:30-7 p.m. on East Main Street, Hermiston. People who fill a passport card for activity participation can enter to win a prize.

The event is organized by the Oregon State University Extension Service. For more information, contact Angie Treadwell at 541-567-8321 or angela.treadwell@oregonstate.edu.

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Members of Altrusa International of Hermiston recently enjoyed a royal time. With their annual spring brunch falling on Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, the group decided to add a crowning touch to their April 21 celebration. The decor featured everything from English telephone booths to British flags and a life-size cardboard cutout of the queen. Many of those in attendance shared about taking trips to England, as well as donning crowns and practicing the queen’s wave.

In addition to having fun, Altrusa clubs around the world are active in service projects in an effort to create better communities. To learn more about becoming involved, contact the local group via hermistonaltrusa@gmail.com, www.districttwelve.altrusa.org or search Facebook.

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As part of an Earth Day project, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Service Unit 22 worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean-up a pond in West Park at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge.

Participants from Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler counties worked on the April 21 project — cleaning up the area, planting coyote willows and cottonwood trees, and removing invasive Russian olive trees. Afterwards, they traveled to Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco to hear a presentation about the life of trees.

In addition, More than 80 people, including from Boardman and Irrigon, participated in activities at Camp Arrowhead, located near Stevenson, Washington. They worked on trail restoration and planted trees, including a Douglas fir, mountain hemlock and a Western red cedar to commemorate Earth Day and celebrate 70 years of outdoor skill-building, friendships and appreciation for nature at Camp Arrowhead. Allie Roberts, GSOSW outdoor program manager, said thousands of girls have participated in activities and made memories at the camp.

For more information about local Girl Scouts programs, contact Sarah Shipe at 503-977-6861, sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org or visit www.girlscoutsosw.org.

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It’s a good weekend to party in Hermiston, with Cinco De Mayo and bull riding at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, a late model race at the Hermiston Raceway on Saturday night and beautiful weather in the forecast.

Hermiston police will be out and about, too, conducting DUII patrols through an Oregon Impact grant.

Capt. Scott Clark reminded locals and visitors alike through the Hermiston Police Department’s Facebook page to be safe and responsible (and that DUII applies to legal and illegal drugs as well as alcohol.)

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The Arc Umatilla County was recently rolling in the dough, raising $1,850 during a bowling tournament at Desert Lanes in Hermiston.

Twelve teams, including 60 bowlers, participated in the April 21 event. After two games totaling 1,937 pins, the top team was Focus, which included Zaaron Allen, Selena Allen, Jerry Vaughan, Steve Hoffman and Richard Hoffman. Coming in second was the Hole-in-1 team with 1,559 pins. A team representing Desert Lanes placed third and Jilli’s Silly Bowlers came in fourth.

The evening also included a raffle featuring a quilt donated by The Arc president and tournament co-chair Michele Keitzke. Also, multiple businesses and individuals supported the event with team and lane sponsorships.

A nonprofit organization, The Arc advocates on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The majority of the money raised from the tournament will be utilized to provide an inclusion summer camp, said Kristi Smalley, The Arc vice president and event co-chair.

For more information about The Arc, call 541-567-7615 or visit www.facebook.com/arcofumatillacounty.

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