• The band Smooth Avenue will perform this Wednesday at Live after 5 In the Garden at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario. The music is on from 5 to 8 p.m., with dancing and refreshments.

The summer concert series continues July 11 with the Emily Stanton Band.

• The public is invited to a retirement open house for Malheur County Planning Director Alvin Scott from 1 to 4 p.m. next Monday, July 2. 

The festivities will be in the County Clerk’s Conference Room at the Courthouse in Vale. 

• The Four Rivers Community Foundation will cook up “short stacks for a tall cause” from 8 to 11 a.m. July 4. The breakfast will be at the Ontario Fire Department, and tickets cost $8 at the door. Veterans and children under 5 eat for free.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, hash browns, and beverages.

• Traditional dancing, food and arts will be offered July 14 at the Japan Nite Obon Festival at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The fun begins at 5 p.m. There will be Taiko demonstrations, Obon dancing, games for the children, and more.

• The Malheur Watershed Council’s July 17 meeting will move to the Experiment Station, Ontario. There will be a barbecue at 5 p.m., with a tour of wildflower seed research plots at 6 p.m., and the council meeting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

• It will be 5 O’clock Somewhere in Paradise July 27 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and are available at 4rcc.com.