BlazersThe Portland Trail Blazers and Moda are partnering for the second annual Rip City Relay, a week-long journey around the state of Oregon and southwest Washington that concludes at the Moda Center in time for the team’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 29.

This year, La Grande will mark the starting line for the relay. An entire day of events are scheduled, and everyone who participates in the festivities will be encouraged to sign a banner as a symbol of their involvement.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

 9 a.m. Relay Tip-Off – Birnie Park (“C” Ave. near 6th St., La Grande, OR 97850)
Mayor Pokorney, Moda and Trail Blazers representatives launch this year’s relay with opening ceremonies in the park.

9 a.m. Community 101 – Imbler High School (6th & Esther Ave., Imbler, OR 97841)
Through classroom-based program Community 101, The Trail Blazers Foundation will give a $5,000 community grant to the school. Throughout the school year, students will learn about their community’s needs and which organizations are addressing them. In May, they will give the $5,000 grant to a deserving nonprofit that is helping their community thrive.

10:30 a.m. School Assembly – Greenwood Elem. (2300 N. Spruce St., La Grande, OR 97850)
Trail Blazers personalities take over a school assembly for an hour of flair, fanfare and fun.

1:30 p.m. PE Class Takeovers – Imbler Elem. (6th & Esther Ave., Imbler, OR 97841)
Trail Blazers camp coaches take over PE classes to teach local kids how to play like the pros.

4 p.m. Rip City Fair – Moda Offices (909 Adams Ave., La Grande, OR 97850)
Fans are invited to this free community gathering featuring fun for the whole family, including the opportunity to interact and play basketball with Trail Blazers personalities.

Meet The Newest LGMSD Board Candidates

It’s election time here at La Grande Main Street. Every year during our Annual Banquet, new board members are elected to sit on the Board of Directors for a 3 year term. We would like the community to Meet Our Candidates! La Grande Main Street members can vote for 5 of the candidates for the 2015-2018 term. Ballots can be printed off from the above link, and emailed to, or mailed to:

La Grande Main Street
118 Depot Street
PO Box 3321
La Grande, OR 97850

Downtown Trick or Treat

Downtown Trick or Treat Form


With Halloween right around the corner, we are starting to organize our Annual Downtown Safe Trick or Treating. The event will go from 4-6pm on Halloween Day. Businesses or community groups are encouraged to participate! If your business or group is not located within the closed street section of downtown (4th and Adams to 4th and Greenwood), then please fill out the above Downtown Trick or Treat Form and return them to the La Grande Main Street office.

Some ideas to promote your business or organization: 
1. Staple coupons or information sheets to candy you’re passing out.
2. Come up with a fun game or educational activity for the kids. Their prize for playing your game: candy!
3. Organize an activity that gets the whole family involved. This is a great time to educate parents on what your store, or your non-profit group brings to La Grande. 
4. Do you have an upcoming sale or event? Promote it to families that are downtown on Halloween day.

Liberty Theater Work Day Sign Up

Liberty Theater
It’s an exciting time for La Grande with so much happening downtown! The amount of restoration going into existing business expansions, facade restorations, and downtown entertainment venues shows how much our community cares about the life of our downtown core.  

If anyone in the community is willing to put in some work to help the downtown revitalization movement, the Liberty Theater Foundation is organizing a work day this Saturday, September 20th from 8:30am-noon. Sign up here!

Downtown Handicapped Parking

Parking here in La Grande is always a hot issue. Many people don’t know that if a person has a handicapped placard, they can park anywhere without restrictions. That’s right. The downtown two hour restrictions don’t apply to handicapped drivers as long as you have your handicapped parking placard.