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Ontario’s Four Rivers center weathers string of cancellations amid COVID shutdown

Tanya Navarrete, marketing director at Four Rivers Cultural Center, hands out masks and care kits at the center. The April 18 event was a collaboration of the center, Matsy's Restaurant, Ontario Community Church and the volunteer group Mask Ontario Save Our City. (Yadira Lopez/Malheur Enterprise)

ONTARIO – As COVID-19 continues to decimate the local events calendar, Four Rivers Cultural Center has been particularly hit.

The center recently called off the popular Live After 5 concert series in the summer. More than 25 events have been canceled or postponed at the cultural center since it closed its doors two months ago.

“We haven’t made any money since March 16 when we closed,” said Matt Stringer, center executive director.

The decision to cancel Live After 5 came as the cultural center considered social distancing guidelines, safety . . .