Swap some seeds
Robinwood Community Garden is hosting a seed swap Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your uneeded seeds and tubers to share and trade. Lettuce starts and perennials from the garden will be for sale. Robinwood Station, 3706 Cedaroak Dr., West Linn.
Hanson to perform at folk festival
West Linn husband-and-wife team Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen present a concert for the Portland Folk Music Society on Friday, Feb. 19, at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison St. in Portland. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit: portlandfolklore.org/concerts.php. Acoustic guitarist Hanson won a Grammy Award in 2005 for his contributions to the Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar CD. Vocalist Pedersen was Young Audiences National Artist of the Year in 2009.
The concert will feature a mix of traditional ballads, blues, jazz standards, originals, and eclectic pop.
Mark will also perform a number of his composed fingerstyle instrumentals, which have played on Martha Stewart Living and American Idol, among other programs.
Detect and avoid tax fraud
The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file early and electronically, if possible, and to immediately report suspected identity theft. Oregon, other states, and the IRS have seen significant increases in the filing of fraudulent tax returns, often using stolen identities and fictitious W-2s as a way to try and claim refunds. To report potentially fraudulent activities or to flag your account for possible fraud, go to our website at oregon.gov/dor and click on Report Fraud or Identity Theft under Get Help at the bottom of the homepage. You can also call 503-947-2000.
Nominate a standout female veteran
The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year Award. This distinct award recognizes three woman veterans who exemplify service as a veteran and as an outstanding member of the Oregon community.
Selection criteria focus is on the nominees achievements in support of veterans, her commitment to women veterans issues, and as a citizen in service of her hometown, the State of Oregon, and the United States of America. Submissions from both the veteran and non-veteran community are encouraged.
The nomination form must be submitted online or in writing by March 4. The awards will be presented and recognized at the 2016 Oregon Women Veterans Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016. Nomination forms are available online at surveymonkey.com/r/WVCNomination or by contacting ODVAs Women Veterans Coordinator.
Help keep Oregon beaches clean
On Saturday, March 26, thousands of Oregonians will mobilize across the state to scour beaches for wayward litter and debris washed in from winter storms. Presented by AAA Oregon, the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SOLVE welcomes families, schools, business groups and volunteers of all ages to join together in clearing the entire Oregon Coast of trash. Register at one of 45 beach cleanup sites at solveoregon.org or by calling 503-844-9571, ext. 332.