Urban weed control workshops offered

Are you frustrated by stubborn weeds in your yard or garden? The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a free homeowner workshop Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to teach you the tips and tricks you need to remove weeds.

The event is cosponsored by the Four County Cooperative Weed Management Area, with support from the Western IPM Center. Participants will learn about integrated pest management to combat invasives. The class will focus on control methods including cultural, mechanical, chemical and biological control methods to target the least favorite plants invading your urban homestead.

This event will feature Dominic Maze, Portland invasive species coordinator, and Samuel Leininger, WeedWise program manager for Clackamas SWCD. They will discuss how to identify, eradicate and prevent your common garden weeds.

The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located at 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. For more information, visit

Home Builders Association enhances shelters

The Portland Home Builders Foundation recently launched its one-day volunteer blitz to help clean up, paint and perform minor repairs on Portland area nonprofit agency buildings serving the homeless.

Teams of volunteers from the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland painted facilities in the Painting a Better Tomorrow project on Nov. 10. The seven-year project is a joint effort of the home building community and the generosity of Miller Paint, Rodda Paint, Bank of the West, Amy Roloff Charity Foundation and the Randall Charitable Trust.

The Home Builders Foundation was established in 1997. Their mission is to build transitional shelter for families in need and provide construction-related educational opportunities for youth in need.

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Home Builders Association honors leaders

The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland will honor outstanding service in the industry and install their 2013 president and new board members at their annual Builders Ball on Dec. 1.

This year’s ball will support the HBA’s foundation, The Home Builders Foundation’s HomeAid project for the Goose Hollow Family Shelter.

The HBA’s annual achievement awards review nominees on the basis of leadership in the industry, membership involvement and community service. The honors for this year include locals:

Builder of the Year — Jeff Smith of JT Smith, of Lake Oswego, for showing excellent professional leadership at the HBA’s signature event, the NW Natural Street of Dreams as well as the Ultimate Open House and Reverse Trade Show.

Associate of the Year — Sherry Jordan of The Northwest Coaching Group, of Lake Oswego, for her extensive leadership on HBA communications, catering and education and her unflagging participation in HBA events and community volunteer opportunities.