Saturday, Nov. 1• Raintree Nursery in Morton, Wash., celebrates November by offering discounts on its potted fruit trees each Saturday. For more information and directions, go online to or call (360) 496-6400.

• Ethnobotanist and expert basketry artist Margaret Mathewson is back by popular demand at the Berry Botanic Garden in Portland, this time offering a two-day workshop on "Willow Backpack Making." Learn the craft of European wicker basketry while making a sturdy willow backpack Saturday and Sunday. Use colorful winter branches of seasoned willow and dogwood to produce this basket in the techniques of twining and French and English randing. Straps and lids may be added later. The fee is $100 to $115, which includes materials. For more information, contact The Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave., Portland, OR 97219 or call (503) 636-4112. The e-mail address is

Friday, Nov. 7Al's Garden Center, 1220 N. Pacific Highway in Woodburn, holds its third annual Evening of Lights to usher in the holiday season. The fest is from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (503) 981-1245.

Ongoing and upcoming• The Organic School Garden Awards Competition, sponsored by the Rodale Institute, seeks to inspire youth to garden organically and to promote regenerative gardening practices. The entry deadline is Oct. 31. The awards range from $250 to a first place Organic Gold Award of $1,000. To register, and for more information, write The Rodale Institute, Organic School Garden Awards, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.

• Clatsop Community College offers a class on holiday flower arranging. The session is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13. The fee is $87, which includes all materials and craft items. Register by Nov. 15. For more information, call (503) 325-0910.

• You can nominate someone who has made a difference through gardening and help them to win a cash prize. The deadline is Dec. 5. For more details, go online to or call (800) 551-5971.

• The OSU Extension Service is recruiting volunteers for the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program, with training to take place in Rockaway Beach Nov. 21-23. 4-H Wildlife Stewards are trained volunteers working in partnership with public and private organizations to assist students and teachers in developing, using and sustaining wildlife habitat sites on school grounds. Applicants must complete an application , complete the training course and be willing to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to a 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member school. For more information, contact the 4-H Wildlife Stewards office at the OSU Extension Office/Clatsop County, (503) 325-8573 or e-mail,


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