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by: ©2006 ERIK FERNANDEZ, Oregon Wild encourages winter adventurers to strap on the snowshoes for a hike in Mount Hood National Forest next month.

Dec. 20

• Snowshoes, Snow Caves and Snow Tracks, three-day youth excursion on Mount Hood, part of TrackersNW Youth Winter Programs for 2006, continues Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, ages 14 to 19. To register, visit www.trackersnw.com.

• Lunch with the birds, noon to 1 p.m., Jackson Bottom naturalist teaches how to identify waterfowl and other birds, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway, Hillsboro. Spotting scopes, binoculars and field guides provided. Meet at the north viewing shelter next to the Clean Water Services treatment plant on Oregon Highway 219 south of Hillsboro. Call 503-681-6278.

• Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4505 E. 18th St., Vancouver, Wash. Experience a candlelit walking meditation on an 11-circuit Chartres labyrinth. Accompanied by live harp, $5-$10 donation. For information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 503-233-2026, ext. 4.

Dec. 22

• All-Abilities Ski, Methow Valley Christmas Ski Trip, through Dec. 26, celebrate the holidays in Methow Valley in the North Cascades; sponsored by the Oregon Nordic Club. Cost is $195 members, $222 for nonmembers (includes single membership). Call 503-452-7432 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on Methow Valley, visit www .mvsta.com/ski.html.

Dec. 23

• Winter Solstice Paddle, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 N. Marine Drive. Bring your own kayak or canoe and personal flotation device. Meet at the parking lot on North Marine Drive. Advance registration required; call 503-283-1145 or e-mail franko @hevanet.com.

Dec. 25

• City Repair's Village Building Convergence 7 Core Meeting, join key organizers of the Village Building Convergence 2007 to plan the 10-day natural building and permaculture event for May, 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., City Repair headquarters, 2122 S.E. Division St. Call 503-235-8946.

Dec. 29

• All-Abilities Ski, New Year's Eve at Black Butte, throughDec. 31, celebrate the new year at a home at Black Butte Ranch. Sponsored by the Oregon Nordic Club, it costs $185 for members ($212 nonmembers, includes single membership). Call 503-644-4994 or e-mail ritamc2 @verizon .net.

Dec. 30

• 2006 Portland Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 503-226-3842 for locations and information.

• Noontime Rides, short, fast bike ride sponsored by SHIFT, meets at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Southeast Yamhill Street and Broadway. Call 503-228-5222.

• All-Abilities Ski, Yellowstone National Park Dream Ski Trip, through Jan. 7, featuring a snow-coach ride to Old Faithful and a stay at Mammoth Hot Springs. Sponsored by the Oregon Nordic Club, it costs $525 for members ($552 for nonmembers, includes membership). Includes six-night lodging. Call 503-452-7432 or e-mail scheinman@comcast .net.

Jan. 1

• Kerns Neighborhood Potluck, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Common Grounds Wellness Center, 2926 N.E. Flanders St. Emphasis on local, healthy food and interesting conversation. Visit www .kernspdx.com.

• Naturalist Skills Community Night, learn naturalist skills, meet people, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 3945 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Visit www .cascadiawild.org or call 503-235-9533.

Jan. 3

• Lunch with the birds, noon to 1 p.m., Jackson Bottom naturalist teaches how to to identify waterfowl and other birds, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway, Hillsboro. Spotting scopes, binoculars and field guides provided. Meet at the north viewing shelter next to the Clean Water Services treatment plant on Oregon Highway 219 south of Hillsboro. Call 503-681-6278.

Jan. 4

• Portland Peak Oil presents Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., St. Francis Church Dining Hall, 1183 S.E. Pine St. Visit www.metro-region.org for information.

Jan. 6

• Fix-It Fairs, sponsored by the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Self Enhancement Inc., 3920 N. Kerby Ave. Call 503-823-7222 or visit www.portlandonline.com /osd.

• Arbor Lodge Park work party, 9 a.m. to noon, join in a new effort to replace the use of pesticides in parks with weeding. Sponsored by Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. Snacks, gloves and tools provided. Meet at Arbor Lodge Park, North Bryant Street and Greeley Avenue. For information, call 503-423-7549.

• Gabriel Park swale planting, 9 a.m. to noon, join the Friends of Vermont Creek planting native and ornamental plants in a roadside swale, Gabriel Park, Southwest 45th Avenue and Vermont Street. Sponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation. Bring water and sturdy shoes; tools and training provided. Call 503-823-7016 or e-mail marissa.dorais@ bes.ci .portland.or.us.

• Keller Woodlands restoration, 9 a.m. to noon, ivy removal and native plant restoration, Keller Woodlands, Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard. Sponsored by Three Rivers Land Conservancy. Gloves, tools and snacks will be provided. Volunteers must be able to work on uneven terrain. For registration and location directions, call 503-699-9825 or visit www.trlc.org/news-events.

• Lair Hill Park work party, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., replace the use of pesticides in parks with weeding. Sponsored by Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. Snacks, gloves and tools provided. Meet at Southwest Second Avenue and Woods Street. For information, call 503-423-7549.

• Pruning class and work party, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Pier Community Garden, North Iris Way and Barr Avenue at Pier Park (north of Fessenden Street). Learn how to prune common fruit trees. Sponsored by Portland Community Gardens. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves and pruning tools. Call 503-823-1612 or e-mail comgardens @ci.portland.or.us.

• Snowshoe hike, three-mile hike in the White River Canyon, Mount Hood National Forest, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Oregon Wild. Appropriate for all skill levels. Space is limited, reservations required. Call 503-283-6343, ext. 202, or e-mail ef@oregonwild .org.

Jan. 7

• Sewallcrest Park work party, 10 a.m. to noon, replace the use of pesticides in parks with weeding. Snacks, gloves and tools provided. Meet at Southeast 31st Avenue and Market Street. Sponsored by Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. For information, call 503-423-7549.

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