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Windermere funds Girls Inc.

Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group Inc. recently presented a check to Girls Inc., a Portland area nonprofit organization that works to empower girls to lead economically independent lives. Girls Inc. will use the $2,500 to provide after school programming to low-income girls at risk of substance abuse, violence and poverty. The programs, or Girls Groups, are led by trained Girls Inc. facilitators.

New tree care brochure available

To assist Oregonians in caring for their trees, a new, full-color brochure outlining the specifics of quality tree care is available from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forest program.

The brochure, “An Oregon Homeowner’s Guide to Tree Care,” is chock-full of information landscapers, gardeners and homeowners will find useful. It outlines the steps to successful tree planting, explains why tree topping is a bad idea and also includes a pruning primer section with tree pruning diagrams and tips. A section about when to hire a professional arborist is also included.

The brochure can be downloaded from oregon.gov/odf/urbanforests/docs/FINAL_UCF_HomeownersGuide.pdf or a hardcopy can be ordered by calling 503-945-7386.

Free garden classes offered

Al’s Garden Center is offering free gardening classes on a variety of topics during the month of February. The classes are taught at several Al’s locations, including the Sherwood store, 16920 SW Roy Rogers Road. The classes are taught by staff members as well as experts from the Oregon Orchid Society, Master Gardeners and the Portland Rose Society.

Learn more online at als-gardencenter.org.

January is National Radon Action Month

January 2014 has been declared National Radon Action Month according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during the January awarenss drive.

Radon is a naturally-occuring, invisable and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes containes high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.

To learn more visit public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/RadiationProtection/RadonGas/Pages/index.aspx. Short term test kits can be ordered from the American Lung Association at secure3.convio.net/ala/site/Ecommerce/1358901603?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&product_id=2301&store_id=1741

Get your free crapemyrtles

Residents of Oregon can receive five free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.

“These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Oregon with a splash of color for much of the year,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Members will experience pink and red flowers in the spring, green foliage in the summer and a mix of red, orange and yellow during autumn.”

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to 5 Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. Oregon residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.

Reforestation workshop planned for local forest owners

OSU Extension Service is offering a reforestation workshop titled “Plant Your Trees Right!” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1. The workshop is presented by OSU Extension Service in cooperation with Port Blakely Tree Farms at their Molalla tree farm property, 31644 South Grimm Road, Molalla.

The workshop includes an informal classroom session covering the basic steps in tree planting and concludes in the field where participants learn about different kinds of planting tools, proper seedling handling and storage, planting techniques and protection from animal damage. Participants are advised to dress for the weather, bring lunch and something to drink.

Cost is $20 per family. Advance registration is required and can be completed by calling the OSU Extension Service at 503-655-8632.



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