Of the Baker City Herald

Want to see a herd of Rocky Mountain elk up close and personal?

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own candles or pull sticky taffy into an edible piece of candy?

From bluegrass to kids crafts, swimming to skiing, there really are things to do in Baker City over the holiday break.

Music jam at Haines

On the fourth Saturday of every month, bluegrass musicians and those who just like to listen gather at the Haines Elementary School to play old-time, Celtic, swing, folk and gospel.

Admission is free.

For more information, call Jon Clement at 523-3536 or Ken Kilgore at 856-3357

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Interpretive Specialist Nancy Harms will offer a variety of hands-on craft activities for children at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center from Dec. 27-30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

The crafts include growing crystal gardens, making a checkerboard, creating a wreath, dipping candles and pulling taffy activities familiar to children from the 1800s.

Participating children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Admission to the center is $1 per person.

For more information, call the Center at 523-1843.

Ski Anthony Lakes

Ski Anthony Lakes will be open every day through Jan. 4.

On Jan. 3, the resort will host a moonlight cross country ski.

More information is available by calling 856-3277 or check the Web site at

Horse-drawn elk viewing tours

Susan Triplett and Alice Trindle will offer addition wagon rides at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area, located seven miles west of North Powder.

Their hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, plus special tours on Friday, Jan. 2.

The tours will continue at the same hours on weekends through Feb. 29.

For more information, call 856-3356 or visit their Web site at

Carriage tours through town

Want to take a slower ride through town, maybe check out some Christmas lights?

Ron Colton plans to regularly hitch up his horse to provide rides through town in his white carriage.

For reservations and rates, call Colton at 523-5701 or 519-7150.

Special hours at Sam-O Swim Center

The Sam-O Swim Center will hold special Christmas vacation open swims through Jan. 3

The pool schedule is:

o Dec. 27, Dec. 29 and Jan 3: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

o Dec. 30 and Jan 3: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no open swim on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve because the pool will close at 1 p.m.

It will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.