Looking to recycle your tree from the holidays?

Still looking to recycle that Christmas tree?

Metro provides a listing of local drop-off sites within Clackamas County and the rest of the metro area.

Locally, sites that continue operation include:

n George Rogers Park, corner of McVey Avenue and State Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6, $5 for green and flocked trees; $2 for wreaths, swags and garlands, Girl Scout Troops 250/500.

n City of Lake Oswego West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6, $5 for green and flocked trees; $2 for wreaths, swags and garlands, Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 432

n Also available in Clackamas County: Metro South Transfer Station, 2001 Washington St., Oregon City, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, $9 for green and flocked trees (multiple trees can be dropped off at yard debris rate - call Metro Recycling Information for details); wreaths, swags and garlands free with tree.

According to Metro, 'it is important to remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other materials that are not part of the original tree. Most trees are ground up as part of the recycling process; foreign material can ruin a chipping machine. Also, nonorganic materials aren't good for a compost mixture. Some groups or businesses do not accept flocked trees.'

Christmas wreaths and swags can be recycled with trees. Most recyclers ask that all frames and wire be removed.

Do not bring yard debris to nonprofit groups that are collecting trees.

Need assistance? Call Metro Recycling information at 503-234-3000.

Senior living is focus of ACC program on Jan. 13

A program to help senior citizens decide their best option for living will be held on Jan. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

Titled 'To Move Or Not To Move: Lifestyle Options for Seniors Living in Lake Oswego,' the program will answer many questions about what decisions seniors should make.

The program is quite timely, as Lake Oswego's population ages, and more and more housing options become available, including continuing care, active retirement, geriatric care management, in-home help, assisted living and staying at home.

Businesses are emerging that specialize in assisting individuals and their families in assessing needs and determining the best choice for them.

The program is designed for both seniors and their families who would like to learn more and also meet with those in the community providing services.

Elder law attorney Geoff Bernhardt will moderate a panel of experts, and representatives of various communities and businesses will be available to answer questions.

Senate candidates to speak at Women Democrats forum

The Willamette Women Democrats Speakers Forum begins 2008 with a presentation by U.S. Senate candidates Jeff Merkley and Steve Novick on Jan. 9 at Oswego Lake Country Club.

Merkley is currently Oregon's Speaker of the House, serving his fifth term representing Portland's Dist. 47. Before returning to Oregon from Washington, D.C. in 1991, Merkley was an analyst in the area of military technology and arms treaties for the Department of Defense and strategic nuclear weapons for the Congressional Budget Office.

Novick has been active in citizen action successfully fighting Bill Sizemore's Measure 91 and Howard Rich's Measure 48 to defend adequate funding for essential public services such as schools, health care and public safety. Earlier Novick worked in the Justice Department's Environmental Division bringing successful lawsuits against polluters, including the Love Canal case.

The monthly Speakers Forum will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Oswego Lake Country Club. Light refreshments are served. Tickets are $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations should be made through Patricia Rovainen at CM Bookkeeping at 503-656-4445 by Monday, Jan. 7.

The Willamette Women Democrats is a volunteer organization that provides a forum to educate citizens on issues and candidates, to endorse the issues and candidates that best reflect the progressive principles of the Democratic Party and to encourage women to seek elective office. Everyone is welcome.

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