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Register for Community Leaders Breakfast

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce will present its 2015 Community Leaders Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14811 Kruse Oaks Drive in Lake Oswego.

The theme of the event is “A Community Connected” and features Scott Lazenby, city manager of the City of Lake Oswego; Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Heather Beck; and Gary M. Stein, editor of The Lake Oswego Review.

The event opens with networking and coffee from 7 -7:30 a.m., followed by a full breakfast and program from 7:30-9 a.m.

Registration fee is $25, which includes breakfast. Register online at lake-oswego.com or by calling the chamber at 503-636-3634.

LO Chamber to hold awards dinner

“Celebration of Excellence” is the theme of the 2015 Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce awards dinner and auction. The gala will be held March 18 at Oswego Lake Country Club, 20 Iron Mountain Blvd. in Lake Oswego.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are also availabe at $80 each. For details, contact the chamber office at 503-636-3634 or email Sean@lake-oswego.com.

Tree-planting workshop offered

Oregon State University Extension Service is offering a workshop for woodland owners called “Plant Your Trees Right!” The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest, 16750 S. Broadway Road, Oregon City.

This reforestation workshop includes an informal classroom session covering tree planting, site preparation, seed sources, nursery availability, tree seedling types, proper seed handling and storage, as well as care and maintenance and protection from animal damage.

A professional tree planter will demonstrate tools and techniques and answer questions. A variety of tools and seedling stock types and species will be provided; participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, because a significant portion of the workshop is outdoors, and to bring lunch and something to drink.

Advance registration ($20 per family) is required. Refreshments and information materials will be provided. Call OSU Extension Service at 503-655-831 or email Jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu for a registration form.

Basic forestry class offered

Oregon State University Extension is offering a course called “Woodland Management: A Basic Forestry Short Course from Feb. 10 to March 7 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The five-session course is for those just beginning to take care of a woodland property. It also serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training.

Topics to be covered include assessing property; understanding tree biology and forest ecology; tree planting, care for established forests and weed control; safety, tools and techniques; timber sale logistics; and laws and regulations.

Glen Ahrens, OSU extension forester for Clackamas, Marion and Hood River counties, will instruct the course with assistance from July Woodward, forestry educator at the Oregon Garden.

Sessions will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings (Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 3), plus a field session from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Advance registration is required. Cost of the course is $40 for one participant or $50 for two or more participants from the same family. Registration deadline is Feb. 3.

To register, call 503-655-8631, email jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu or register online at secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/832.

Bank to build in Lake Grove

First Citizens Bank is constructing an 8,600-square-foot branch at 15700 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego. The site is the former home of Pacific Lumber; that store and a storage building are being demolished to make room for the new bank, which will feature an English Arts & Crafts design. No completion date has been announced.

Mingo receives Governor’s Award

Clackamas Community College instructor Andy Mingo received the Governor’s Award for Innovation recently for his work educating students for careers in the rapidly growing film industry in Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber presented the award at the Oregon Film & Television Office’s annual awards event.

Vanillawood receives award

The Lake Oswego-based interior design/build company Vanillawood has been awarded “Best of Houzz” by Design by Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design.

Vanillawood is led by the husband-and-wife team of James and Kricken Yaker, who focus on using detailed organic and green building materials as well as contemporaty finishes to create spaces that are perfect for entertaining and lounging together as a family.

“Our motto is ‘Design, Build, Live,’” said Kricken Yaker. “We design and build it, and you live in. We love what we do and it shows in our work. We are thrilled to receive this prestigious Best of Houzz Award.”

For more information about Vanillawood, visit vanillawood.com or visit their retail store at 16354 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Osewgo.

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