By Courtney Millsap
“There is nothing to do.”
I have heard that too many times while living in La Grande. Yes, I have been guilty of uttering that statement too. However, that was before I became enlightened.
Before I became involved with KEOL-FM, the campus radio station, I barely knew about the things happening around town. My entertainment on a Friday night was grocery shopping or wandering around Wal-Mart. How exciting! Now, I am informed to the wonders that La Grande offers.
There is always music at Ten Depot Street Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. “Ten Deep” is not the only place with live music, though. The others are not necessarily regular or free, but they are a great adventure and a guaranteed fun time.
The Stage Door Theatre usually has at least one musical event every month. They have the Comedians Doing Comedy show monthly as well. Primos Pizza and the Riviera Center offer music on an irregular basis, yet they are generally different musical genres than Ten Depot Street and The Stage Door offer.
Not looking for just music? Want dancing without the pesky tables and chairs? The Maridell Center has country swing dancing every Thursday. On top of that, their regular activities include: mini-golf, laser tag and roller skating. The Art Center at the Old Library also offer dancing, generally a different style every week, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Looking for something that gets you outside and active? There are several parks within walking distance from campus. Some, such as Riverside and Pioneer parks, are bigger and perfect for games with friends. If you want to go for a hike without leaving town, head up Deal Canyon. Veteran’s Memorial Pool allows EOU students with a valid school ID to swim for free at certain times.
Want something that stimulates you intellectually? La Grande has two different bookstores that offer a wide range of books. Looking Glass Books is smaller with a similar book selection as any big name store. The Archives has used books galore. You might have to dig a bit, but that’s part of the fun. They will often have what you are looking for, or at least something comparable.
Don’t forget the on campus offerings from Eastern Student Entertainment and the Center for Student Involvement. Many student clubs often have at least one event or meeting each week. Plus, there is a giant calendar in the Student Leadership Zone where you can keep up with monthly events. If you get involved, you will never have a chance to be bored.
If you’re not interested in leaving the warmth of your home, find a new hobby. Check out The Hobby Habit for a good selection of hobby and craft supplies, board games, role playing supplies and card games. They also offer Friday Night Magic and Saturday game night most weekends.
If none of these options stimulate your interests, there is always the alternative of watching a movie. ESE even offers discount tickets to movies at The Granada on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month. While you are downtown, rent a movie from The Peanut Gallery to take home and enjoy after your film at the Granada.
It is fairly simple to find something to do here; all one has to do is keep eyes and ears open to find events around town. Like” local businesses and organizations on Facebook to get updates. Visit La Grande Life online. Look in the newspaper. Actively search for events of interest; don’t wait for them to come to you.
So, don’t be offended if I walk away the next time someone tells me “there is nothing to do” in La Grande.