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Master Gardeners meeting to focus on native plants

The Clackamas County Master Gardener chapter will hold a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie. Guest speaker will be Linda Hardison, director of Oregon Flora Project, who will introduce the audience to many Oregon native plants, including naturalized and exotic species. She will share information about how these plants flourish in the area, demonstrating the biodiversity of Oregon.

Hardison has been director of OFP since 2005. OFP houses the Oregon Plant Atlas, which consists of more than 540,000 records of plant distribution in Oregon. Its extensive photo gallery is a valuable resource for identifying native plants. The meeting is free.

FolkTime breakfast to focus on whole health

FolkTime Inc., a nonprofit that works to support those who share the experience of living with mental illness through peer support and community activities, will hold its eighth annual breakfast. The theme of the event is Whole Health from the Physical and Mental Perspectives.

The event takes place from 7:30-9 a.m. March 3 at Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon St., Portland.

Keynote speaker is Robin Rose, who will share information to help the audience understand how the brain works, how to think clearly and how to communication effectively.

Immediately following Rose’s presentation, a panel will lead a discussion on the benefits and roles of Intentional Peer Support in building community resiliency, fostering inclusiveness and recovery.

Learn more at folktime.org or call 503-238-6428.

Get free redbud trees in February

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring. Anyone from Oregon who joins the Foundation in February will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather warms.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for American campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Eastern Redbud Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb., 68410 by Feb. 29 or visit arborday.org/february.

Food as Medicine symposium set for Feb. 13

The third annual Food as Medicine Symposium, a community event sponsored by the National College of Natural Medicine, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the college, located at 049 S.W. Porter St. in Portland. Keynote speaker Sally Fallon Morrell, M.A., founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, will speak on Nourishing Traditional Diets, the Key to Vibrant Health. Other lecturers include Deanne Minich, Ph. D., speaking on Photonic Nutrition: In-lightened Eating in the 21st century and Jo Robinson talking on Eating on the Wild Side-the Missing Link to Optimal Health.

In addition, a Food as Medicine Marketplace will be held.

Tickets are $100 each and include lunch, lectures and swag bag. Register online at foodasmedicineinstitute.com or call 503-552-1555.

Attend Heart and Soul walk

The Labyrinth Group at Marylhurst University is sponsoring Heart and Soul: A Valentine’s Labyrinth Walk from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Flavia Hall on campus. The public is invited to attend the event.

The walk is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.

The Labyrinth Group is a student organization of Marylhurst University. It works to raise awareness of the labyrinth as a tool for healing and well-being and to build community through use of the labyrinth by Marylhurst students, staff and faculty and the wider community.

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