Saturday, Nov. 9• Sea Resources Watershed Learning Center and Salmon Hatchery in Chinook, Wash., holds an Open House and Barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Come celebrate the salmon's return, and peruse the center's grounds featuring many native plants and trees. Registration is requested, (360) 777-8229. The center and hatchery are located at 70 Houchen St.

• The Berry Botanic Garden in Portland offers a class with erosion control professional Dawn Hottenroth to discuss strategies for mitigating or preventing erosion control problems. Whether the construction of your new home has left you with a bare, steep slope, or over time a troublesome erosion problem has wrought havoc in your yard, properly selected plantings or other site measures can offer the perfect solution. Bring photographs or survey information of your property and receive site specific advice. The session is from 10 a.m. to noon and costs $15. To register, call (503) 636-4112, ext. 22, with credit card (MC/VISA) and expiration date.

Wednesday, Nov. 13• The Clatsop County Extension Service holds a three-day Wildlife Stewards training, through Nov. 15, to teach local educators and community members how to take an area of land and turn it into a wildlife habitat. Classroom curriculum is included. The fee of $55 includes registration, lunches and handouts. The time is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and the classes are held at Rilea Armed Forces Training Center. For more information, call (503) 325-8573.

• Portland's Berry Botanic Garden presents a session with Rick Dillhoff, of the Evolving Earth Foundation, who will talk about Oregon's botanical history. Dillhoff will share his slides and knowledge in a journey through our botanical past. Learn what paleobotany, the study of fossilized plants, has to teach us about the climate of the past 50 million years. The class is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the fee is $10. To register, call (503) 636-4112, ext. 22, with credit card (MC/VISA) and expiration date.

Ongoing and upcoming• The Clatsop County Master Gardener program graduates its Class of 2002 Nov. 21. The dessert event takes place at 7 p.m. in the Port of Astoria meeting room. For more information, call (503) 325-8573.

• Clatsop Community College offers gardening courses this fall for the ENCORE - Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education - program. Four classes will be offered on different gardening topics, to be announced, to students ages 50 and older. The cost is $50. For more information, call (503) 338-2506.

• The Clatsop County Master Gardeners work in their Demonstration Garden at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on the third Saturday of each month. The start time is 10 a.m. - if the work day is rained out, plan to attend the following weekend.

• A class, "Flower Arranging at Christmas," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14, at Clatsop Community College. The session covers wreaths, ornaments and arrangements. For more information, call the college at (503) 325-0910.


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