Shopping locally for gifts becomes a lot easier in November and December when crafters, artists, bakers and more set up their offerings at holiday bazaars across Eastern Oregon. Read more

It’s been more than 35 years since Elton John recorded with Stevie Wonder and that’s clearly way, way too long. But the wait is over: The legends join on the new gospel-flavored song “Finish Line,” enlivened by Wonder’s trademark harmonica and John’s piano work. It’s a victory lap of a song. Read more

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ECHO — There is a corn maze and pumpkin patch, yes, but Gina Tyhuis sees this regional attraction as an opportunity for education as well. Read more

STANFIELD — Hayrides, carnival games and a Haunted Library will take over Bard Park in Stanfield on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the annual Fall Festival. Read more

I’ve been in and out of this trend for several years now, and am back into it because of the results it’s given me in the past, and the need for those results again: the ketogenic diet. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Students returned to the Eastern Oregon University campus on Sept. 20 for the 92nd academic year, and Homecoming is right around the corner with several events, including the traditional parade on Friday, Oct. 8. Read more

When the coronavirus was ramping up in 2020, I searched online for something to explain just what the virus did to the human body. That’s how I happened upon the works of German animation studio Kurzgesagt — German for “in a nutshell,” or something similar. Read more

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BAKER CITY — Get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest and support Crossroads Carnegie Art Center with a drive-thru event on Saturday, Oct. 16. Read more

On a whim, I bought my dad a Smith-Corona Coronamatic 2200 typewriter for his birthday. The intent was to have him write down the fantastical stories he had lived through — from captaining a fishing boat through Panama while warplanes bombed ships to the time spent in an impromptu shelter of… Read more

LA GRANDE — Art Center East is more than a gallery or a place to shop before the holidays. The center’s programs allow you to make art within its walls or at home; provide platforms for sharing poetry and prose and a weekly exchange to share puzzles; and connect children with nature and science. Read more

WALLOWA COUNTY — The Wallowology Discovery Center’s weekly nature walks might be just the thing to lighten resurging pandemic blues. Even wearing a face mask, a hike in the fresh air and natural beauty of Wallowa County is sure to brighten an otherwise disheartening day. Read more

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SUMPTER — With a flea market, train rides and an outdoor concert, Sumpter is serving up lots of activity for Labor Day weekend. Masks are required indoors and outdoors in large gatherings. Read more

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ELGIN — The Eagle Cap Excursion Train season picks up again this fall, beginning with exciting train robberies performed by the Gold Rush Bandits Sept. 4 and 5. Read more

My favorite author has got to be Leon Uris. His book “Exodus” I read after learning the book’s movie theme on the piano and I wanted to know what it was about. I saw the movie but, like they often say, the book is so much better. At more than 500 pages, it goes into much greater detail. Read more

HAINES — The (intentional) devastation of the demolition derby is back to raise money for the Haines Stampede Rodeo. Read more

David Crosby gets by with a little help from his friends, including Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, on “For Free,” a deeply felt and expertly conceived album that drops just shy of Croz’s 80th birthday. Read more

I often find myself binging one podcast series or another, and right now it’s “Home Front” from NPR’s Rough Translation. “Home Front” is about the cultural and communication gap between those who have served in the military and those who have not, otherwise known as the civilian-military divide. Read more

You can thank the pandemic for John Mayer’s eighth studio album. He has said he wrote the songs to wrap listeners in the sonic comforter of soft rock. If you don’t like soft rock, you can blame the pandemic for one more thing. Read more

Narratives, fiction and nonfiction are often concerned with the path to success, but it’s often what happens after that offers a far more compelling story. Read more

UNION COUNTY — The community is invited to tour small farms, orchards and producers this weekend for the second Union County Farm Crawl. Read more