La Grande businesses organize Shop Hop to encourage shopping local

LA GRANDE — A number of La Grande businesses have organized a “Christmas in La Grande Shop Hop” Dec. 6-7, offering shoppers incentives to locally invest their holiday shopping dollars. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and 10 am. and 4 p.m. Saturday, stop and shop at participating vendors to be entered to win a gift basket valued at more than $250. The shops also will be offering giveaways, sales and treats.

The participating businesses are: Dainty Jewell’s Apparel (3009 Blue Mountain Dr.), Fitzgerald Flowers (1414 Adams Ave.), Kneads Bakery (1113 Adams Ave.), Le Bebe Cakes & Lucy’s Marketplace Boutiques (1101 Washington Ave.), LUSH Boutique Salon (1011 Adams Ave.), Real Deals La Grande (1108 Adams Ave.), Red Cross Drug & Gift Shop (1123 Adams Ave.) and Rosewood Cottage (1414 Adams Ave.).

Attention businesses: join the Union County Holiday Decorating Competition

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural county-wide Holiday Decorating Competition. Prizes (including energy credits from OTEC) and trophies will be awarded for the best home in each town, best business, best street/neighborhood and best town (based on number of contest participants). Judging will be based on uniqueness of design and creative use of lights and decorations; maximum energy efficiency; presentation (color coordination, balance, overall attractiveness); and implementation and use of holiday-spirited theme. Judging from the street will take place Dec. 18-20. Entry in the competition must be completed by 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Entry/nomination forms are available at or by calling 541-963-8588.

SCBGP is now accepting applications for the 2020 funding year

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for project ideas as part of the U.S .Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for 2020. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for-profits and local government agencies in Oregon. Funding for Oregon’s program is contingent upon federal funding for the SCBGP.

Specialty crops are defined as commonly recognized fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops. Oregon ranks in the top 10 nationwide in production of specialty crops. For the 2020 SCBGP request for proposals, ODA has a single-phase process known as the grant proposal application. ODA is requesting 15-page grant proposals from applicants describing their proposed projects. Proposals should be submitted online and must be received by noon (Pacific Standard Time) Jan. 31, 2020.

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