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In the news today:

  • A Warming Shelter For La Grande
  • EOU Wins and Award
  • Daddy Daughter Dance
  • Funny Shakespeare Returns to La Grande

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Hi La Grande Alive. In the news today, La Grande gets a warming center, EOU gets a high honor, and Shakespeare gets an encore, only on your weekly Newsish…

La Grande gets a warming center

LGA TV La Grande Oregon - Weekly Newsish RoundupIt’s cold outside, La Grande Alive. It’s the time of year for extra layers, starting your car an hour earlier, and spending your nights curled up in a blanket binge watching your favorite Netflix original TV series.

But not everyone has these luxuries. Though we may not see it, homelessness is a real problem right here in La Grande, even when it’s this cold. And with the weather like it is, a group of concerned citizens have started a warming shelter at Zion Lutheran church for people who don’t have someplace to cuddle up at night.

The warming center is open every night from 7pm to 7am at Zion Lutheran Church. There’s a warm place to stay, some basic food and hygiene necessities, plus the pleasure of good conversation and some late-night camaraderie people wouldn’t get sleeping on the streets. They also have clothes washing vouchers plus ways people can take a hot shower.

LGA TV La Grande Oregon - Weekly Newsish RoundupNow, Cami Miller is the brains behind the operation. And coming herself from a past of poverty and addiction, she said that now that she’s out of that place she has a heart for people who are just down on their luck.

Now, you might be saying, stop enabling these people! A little cold will do them good! Get them inspired to get a job, or something like that. And while it is true that sometimes a few uncomfortable nights is what is needed to get people moving, recent studies, said Jen Goodman, have shown that, actually, a warm bed might be all the difference in getting someone back on their feet.

Now, if you’re interested in learning more about the warming station, contact the Union County Local Community Advisory Council or Zion Lutheran Church. If you need a place to stay for the night, show up at the church at 7pm (and no earlier!).

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EOU gets a high honor

Breaking news! EOU is named “Oregon’s Rural University” in Salem last week. This is a high honor and allows access to a great level of prestige. Also, the Daddy daughter dance was held at the Blue Mountain Conference center this last weekend. 250 attendees included old, stale dads with absolutely no dance moves and adorable young ladies on their arms. It’s a wonder they let hairy, ugly creatures like us produce such adorable offspring? Oh, and also, this just in, Bobby Kavanaugh is still a little weird.

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Do you like shakespeare?

Will doing really bad shakespeare — Shut up!

LGA TV La Grande Oregon - Weekly Newsish RoundupWell, if you don’t, you might actually like Shakespeare as portrayed by Kenn Wheeler and Sam Shown. These two along with their small crew of about four or five are taking The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Abridged on tour and it’s a romp, they said, perfect for those people who may not enjoy Shakespeare that much otherwise.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is a play that makes all of shakespeare’s plays funny. The play references every Shakespeare play and it goofs off with all of them. There’s men playing women, Hamlet as kind of a funny guy, plus a bunch of other comedic elements that bring all the Bard’s works together in laughter.

LGA TV La Grande Oregon - Weekly Newsish RoundupThe play was first performed by Kenn and Sam last year at Eastern Oregon University and people loved it. And so they decided to take it on the road to many of the high schools around Eastern Oregon.

But now they need a little bit of extra money to keep it on the road. So this weekend they’re having a single encore performance, Saturday at 7pm in the Mackenzie Theatre, in La Grande to raise money for the tour. The show is six bucks, so if you didn’t get to see it last year when they performed it, you can certainly see it this year and for cheap too!

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And that’s your weekly Newsish Roundup! Shelters, Dances, and Shakespeares, can’t get a better news program than that. One more big shout out to our sponsors.

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