by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Approximately 100 Lake Oswego residents participated in the Backyard Habitat certification program last year.

Backyard Habitat certification program enters second year

The Friends of Tryon Creek are kicking off the second year to promote naturescaping, wildlife stewardship, sustainable storm water management and invasive species removal through its Backyard Habitat certification program.

The Friends of Tryon Creek in partnership with the city of Lake Oswego, the Audubon Society of Portland and the Columbia Land Trust launched the Backyard Habitat certification program in Lake Oswego last year. Approximately 100 Lake Oswego residents participated. This program provides assistance and incentives to residents with small lots — an acre or smaller — who seek to restore native wildlife habitat to their backyards.

For a number of years the Friends of Tryon Creek have taught “Landscaping for Conservation” workshops with similar goals: To reduce water use and the need for fertilizers and pesticides while providing a healthy yard with lots of habitat.

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Visit “Aging in Place” seminar at Scott Director’s Furniture

Scott Director’s Furniture will host an “Aging in Place” luncheon and seminar for seniors from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 6. Presenters from the Hermanson Design Group will teach seniors to live comfortably, independently and safely in their own homes.

The design group’s designers and craftsmen specialized in the field of aging.

Scott Director’s Furniture offers an assortment of furniture including sofas, loveseats, chairs, reclining chairs and power operated lift chairs, along with a full array of accents, chests and lamps. The store will also feature vignettes that allow seniors and their families to visualize how their homes will look with furniture that is scaled for aging in place.

Scott Director’s Furniture is located at 9340 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton. To reserve a seat, call 503-517-0698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit

Home Builders Foundation trap shoot raises funds

Close to 250 people gathered at the Portland Gun Club on Sept. 6 for the eighth annual Home Builders Foundation (HBF) trap shoot presented by Parr Lumber.

Expert and novice shooters, sponsors and volunteers came together with a common goal to build hope and homes and rebuild lives. The event raised more than $29,000 for the foundation’s shelter development program, which builds and repairs homeless shelters throughout the Portland metro area.

“This event continues to grow,” said Keith Steffen, HBF trap shoot chairman. “It shows me a bit of the heart of our building community. In these tough but rebounding times, it is terrific to see new shooters, old friends and the contractors, suppliers and others donate time, materials and talent to a worthy cause.”

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