Looking for a new and interesting way to earn some extra money? Clatsop Community College offers two workshops in April that may start you on a new career.

Mystery shopper

Mystery shoppers are used by many local businesses to evaluate their customer service skills. Learn how to make money as a mystery shopper at a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Clatsop Community College.

Class participants will learn how to mystery shop and acquire jobs quickly. The workshop will also cover paperwork required, negotiating rates, scheduling shops, what to do and not do, and how to keep records for taxes. Mystery shopping allows people to choose their own hours while shopping at local businesses.

Cost for the course is $40 and advance registration is required by calling (503) 738-3346.

Lavender grower

Growing lavender commercially is becoming popular as demand for lavender products increases. Lavender is known for its fragrant and soothing aroma and is easy to grow in the Northwest. Commercial lavender grower Susan Harrington of Hansville, Wash., will present a one-day workshop, "From Soil to Sachets," 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the Clatsop Community College Art Center.

Harrington owns and operates Labyrinth Hill Lavender Farm, specializing in numerous products she sells via the Internet, farmers' markets in Washington and through direct sales to Northwest resorts and hotels.

The workshop will demonstrate what it takes to grow lavender, including varieties, planting instructions and soil amendments, lavender products and tips on how to start your own lavender growing business. Each participant will receive a four-inch lavender plant and a class workbook. Those interested in learning how to grow lavender for their own personal use are welcome.

Cost is $39 and registration is required by Friday, April 16 by calling (503) 738-3346.


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