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Learn to be a master recycler

Washington County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program and the Portland Master Recycler Program are teaming up to offer an eight-week master recycling course.

Training will take place at the Washington Street Conference Center, 225 S. First Ave. in downtown Hillsboro, every Wednesday from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26, 2014. Classes run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There are also two half-day Saturday field trips on Jan. 11 and Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topics include thoughtful consumption, recycling markets and processes, hazardous household products, composting, green building and deconstruction. The course is a blend of professional presentations, peer group discussion and project development.

To become a master recycler, participants must attend all sessions and then volunteer at least 30 hours to share what they learned with neighbors, coworkers and the community.

Tuition is $50, and applications are being accepted now through Dec. 15. Call 503-846-8609 for information.

NAMI fundraiser set in Hillsboro

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Washington County will host a fundraiser at 6 p.m., Saturday Nov. 16 at the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, 527 E. Main St.

Portland musician Michael Allen Harrison will perform, and there will be a live art auction featuring several well-known Portland artists, as well as art donated by NAMI members.

NAMI of Washington County is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that is open 365 days a year to provide a safe and supportive environment for youth, adults and families impacted by mental illness.

NAMI provides services to approximately 300 individuals every week.

For more information, see namiwash.org.