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Feast on vegie garden tips at library meeting




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Bruce Molloy from Edible Landscapes will visit the Gympie Library today to present two Edible Landscape workshops.
Bruce Molloy from Edible Landscapes will visit the Gympie Library today to present two Edible Landscape workshops. Contributed

EDIBLE landscaping is a fantastic way to grow food. It involves creating garden spaces that produce a feast for your eyes and of course your tummy, as well as making our home environment more sustainable.

Many of us are familiar with having a vegie garden growing down the back.

They have provided entertainment for young and old, as the plants grow from tiny seeds to strong plants with ripe produce. But gone are the days where they are hidden down the backyard while the roses, violets and other more “pleasing to the eye” plants are displayed in pots and front yards.

Tomatoes, squash, lettuce, peas, cauliflower and their many vegetable cousins are no longer planted out of sight. They now find new homes nestled beside the likes of roses and violets.

The flowers that were proudly displayed can no longer escape harvesting either, with edible varieties added to salads and sandwiches.

Bruce Molloy, director of Edible Landscapes, will visit the Gympie Library to present two Edible Landscape workshops today.

The 10am session is booked out, and limited spaces are left in the 1pm session.

Bruce’s organisation Edible Landscapes helps individuals, groups and communities to increase local food production.

Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics and techniques for creating a sustainable food garden in their own backyard.

They will also learn about permaculture principles and how they relate to their home, as well as design ideas which make the most of backyard space, resources and time.

They will find out how to use every nook and cranny to create a beautiful and delicious edible landscape.

Participants will also be given money saving and sustainability tips, and techniques to produce an abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits as well as maintenance and pest management systems. Bookings are essential.

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Barreling down in Ballardvale; Traffic, speed spark safety concerns for neighbors

Watching the traffic on Tewksbury Street in Ballardvale is a little like watching a NASCAR race: It’s an accident waiting to happen.

An elderly man jogging along the edge of the asphalt one morning last week forced one car to pull over the double-yellow line into the oncoming lane of traffic — while on a hill.

A woman in a minivan, slowing to a safe speed of 30 mph, was tailgated and honked at by someone driving a Subaru station wagon who was obviously in a rush.

Delivery trucks of all shapes and sizes hurtled down the road, headed from Ballardvale center toward Tewksbury. Other trucks, some loaded with huge logs and others towing landscaping trailers, went the opposite direction.

During a two-hour stretch last Thursday morning, a reporter and photographer for The Andover Townsman stood at the end of the driveway at 93 Tewksbury St., watching firsthand as trucks, cars, joggers, dog-walkers, children, school buses and bicyclists tried to share the 18- to 20-foot wide road.

It wasn’t pretty.

Residents of the roughly 1-mile stretch of road between Ballardvale center and the Tewsksbury town line say life has become unbearably hazardous.

Over the last decade, neighbors say they have pleaded with town officials to do something, anything, about the road — to no avail.

”We’ve been working on this for 11 or 12 years,” Dianne DeLucia of 86 Tewksbury St. said

Finally, in April, DeLucia and a dozen neighbors penned a letter to town officials highlighting the dangers of the busy thoroughfare.

According to the letter, trucks that are too large and too heavy are fracturing the asphalt. Storm drains are depressed by the constant beating of 18-wheelers. A water main recently broke. When two cars are passing, the letter said, there is no room for pedestrians.

”On more than one occasion, people have come within mere inches of being hit by speeding vehicles,” they wrote. “Families do not allow their children to walk to the ice cream shop in Ballardvale during the summer months for fear of them being hit.”

The letter was addressed to Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski, with copies to state Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover; state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover; former Police Chief Brian Pattullo and police safety officer Charles Edgerly.

”When we first sent the letter, we didn’t get one response,” DeLucia said. A week or two later, she said, she ran into Lyons and pleaded with him to do something about the road.

”He said, ‘I’ll stay on it,’” she recalled.

Lyons said he spoke with Selectman Brian Major and then sent a letter to Stapczynski inquiring about the neighbors’ concerns. Soon after, the restive neighbors got a response, and a meeting was called at the Town Offices.

Earlier this month, more than 50 people — armed with photos and anecdotes about how their once peaceful, rural, winding road had become a speedway for trucks and commuters and a safety hazard to residents — packed into the third-floor selectmen’s meeting room, ”The outpouring of people was amazing,” said John Brussard, who lives at 93 Tewksbury St. with his wife and four, school-age children. “There were people there I’ve never seen before.”

People came not only from Tewksbury Street, but also from Chester Street, Yardley Road, Mitton Circle and other nearby streets.

And they all had different concerns.

Speed, visibility among problems

For the Brussards, the issue comes down to the safety of their children.

Last week, while their two elementary school-age daughters got ready for school, Julie Brussard spoke about the dangers of the roadway for young children.

At the start of the year, the bus stop for her youngest daughters — Jacklyn, 9, and Jesselle, 6 — was about 200 yards down Tewksbury Street at the intersection with Yardley Road.

But her husband, fearing for their daughters’ safety if they had to walk along the narrow road, spoke with school officials and convinced them to pick the girls up at the end of their driveway.

Julie Brussard said she’d love to let her older daughters — Casey, 14, and Chloe, 11 — walk to the stores in Ballardvale center, but doesn’t dare.

”When we are waiting at the end of the driveway, we see trucks going by really fast,” Jacklyn Brussard said. “I’ve seen vehicles come to a complete standstill going in opposite directions if there’s a pedestrian or biker. … Even the bus driver has to stop when cars are going by.”

The Brussards’ neighbor, Shital Shah, of 91 Tewksbury St., said she is worried about the late fall and winter months, before the clock changes and it is pitch-dark in the morning. Two streetlights near her home have been turned off as part of the town’s cost-saving measures.

”At night, there is no light,” she said, recalling how a car recently hit a fire hydrant opposite her house one evening.

Making matters worse will be the arrival of snowbanks, which make the road even narrower, she said.

Shah asked the town to turn on the streetlight in front of her house and was told she’d have to call National Grid and pay the electric bill herself.

Room for improvements

At their meeting with neighbors, Stapczynski and acting Public Works Director Chris Cronin told neighbors they can bring a warrant article to Town Meeting next year seeking a new sidewalk, something the residents were open to.

”Everybody who lives here says, ‘Take 5 feet off my front yard,’” Shah said. “It would be a great improvement.”

Police safety officer Charles Edgerley said police and public works employees have conducted studies and found that the average speed is around 40 mph, too high for such a road.

But state law prohibits the town from erecting a speed limit sign, so for now, neighbors will have to rely on a “Thickly Settled” sign, which is meant to imply speed limits of 30 mph or less.

Another option is to make Tewksbury Street a “truck exclusion” zone, meaning trucks of a certain size would no longer be allowed to use the road. Instead, they’d have to go up Andover Street to Dascomb Road to get to Interstate 93.

That’s the option DeLucia is hoping for, although several neighbors interviewed would be happy with a sidewalk.

Matt Strong, the owner of Forever Green landscaping company at the Tewksbury end of Tewksbury Street, said his drivers are advised to go slow.

”We’ve always gone slow,” he said. “We talk about it every year.”

But he said he has seen large trucks cut through the neighborhood, and that some vehicles — including cars — often go too fast. Strong said he supports the idea of widening the road.

”It’s not a big road,” he said, adding that he views himself and his company as “a steward of the street. I’m always looking after it. Many of the people on the street are our customers.”

Stapczynski said Tewksbury Street is scheduled for repaving and some widening in 2014 or 2015.

The work, he said, would be done in conjunction with water utility work, drainage improvements and the natural gas company upgrading service in the area.

He called the meeting with neighbors productive and positive, adding that plenty of opportunity for widening and sidewalks exists.

”A lot of good ideas came out of it,” he said.

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IC residents check out streetscape plans

IC residents check out streetscape plans


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The Iowa City community is helping officials envision a scene change to the downtown streetscape and public spaces in hopes of creating a more cultural and unique environment.

During the second of three public meetings at the Sheraton Hotel, community members, business owners, city officials, and consultants gathered Wednesday evening in hopes to gain the public’s opinion on new architecture for the pending look of downtown spaces.

“I’m just trying to visualize everything,” said Iowa City resident Margaret Felling. “The changes that could be in store are really amazing and very pedestrian-friendly.”

At the event on Wednesday there were dozens of different posters presented with various rendering ideas and community members were invited to comment on them and place markers on their favorite ideas.

“Tonight is about showing some initial ideas, getting some feedbacks, and refining those plans for a future date,” said Geoff Fruin, the assistant to the city manager.

Fruin said the cost will be distributed based on the importance of necessary improvements needed for the streetscape. The public will decide what it wants changed, then officials will start collecting estimations and gathering the necessary funds. He said there are currently not estimations on the cost of the project.

Proposals included enhancing the corridor, adding greenery, paving entrances, accommodating bicycles, adding shelter bike parking, and upgrading accent and festive lighting.

Felling said the new additions could make a more welcoming and family-friendly downtown.
Officials are also proposing environmentally friendly infrastructure plans. A water-conserving landscape proposal would use all rainwater in the downtown area. The water would be reused through rainwater harvest and bioretention.

Robert Satter, a community member of Iowa City and former landscape architect for the original Pedestrian Mall landscaping 30 years ago, also found the additions of downtown could be a positive advancement.

“Storm water reusing is a very interesting concept,” he said. “The architecture and landscape of the new streetscapes has a design beyond the original Pedestrian Mall, but its time is due.”

Other residents at the meeting embraced different plans.

“I really like the area on Clinton Street where they want to create a more pedestrian safe crossing,” said University of Iowa graduate student Sam Sturtz. “With implementing all of these different aspects, it will build a more cohesive community to bring more people in.”

Bill Nusser, the president of the Downtown District, also said they want to create a harmony between the unique culture of Iowa City while developing it into a new and cleaner environment for families and friends to enjoy.

“We are trying to balance the Iowa City we know and love versus the Iowa City we would love to see,” Nusser said.

He said some of the improvements would be remodeling alleyways, compacting garbage cans, and establishing more comfortable walkways for everyone.

Fruin and other Iowa City officials analyzed 18 different landscaping firms before settling on Genus, based in Des Moines, and StudioINSITE, based in Denver. The firms worked together to create Wednesday’s proposals.

Brett Douglas, one of the head directors of the Genus landscaping team, said he hopes he can help create elements in Iowa City without taking away its unique characteristics.

“We are trying to use a selective editing process to build on the development of Iowa City,” Douglas said. “It’s a fun city to work with and great city for public space.”

Nancy Bird, the executive director of the Downtown District, said the information presented really helps people understand a specific framework to all of these distinct areas of Iowa City.

“People are really intrigued about the what the possibilities really are, and this is the first time people are really seeing them,” she said.

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Native plant talk at Washington Oaks

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, is offering a two hour program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 to teach participants about the benefits of using native plants in landscaping.

Join Renee Stambaugh, local Florida native plant expert and owner of Native Plant Consulting and Native Gardens Nursery, and discover how you can welcome more wildlife into your yard just by planting a few native plants. This sit-down program will be all about using native plants in home landscaping.

Native plants will also be available for purchase.

Participants may wish to bring cameras, water, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Meet next to the Visitor Center. The program will be included in the regular park entrance fee of $2 per person on bicycle, $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $5 per vehicle, up to eight people.

For more information, call 386-446-6783; Florida

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Woodlands Landscaping Solutions provides water-wise info on Sept. 28

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (September 18, 2013) – Great gardens begin in the fall! From native perennials and shrubs to cool season veggies, fall is the ideal time to plant. Moderate temperatures and warm soils encourage root growth that continues into winter and through spring. By summer, plants are well established and better able to handle East Texas heat and seasonal drought.

Just in time for fall planting, The Woodlands Landscaping Solutions event, on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, spotlights native and well-adapted plants, herbs and vegetables for southern gardens. Offering sage tips for yard and garden, this free, how-to event focuses on achieving an attractive, easy-care landscape that conserves water.

Explore the hottest trends in water-wise landscaping—rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation—with Montgomery County Master Gardeners. Woodlands Joint Powers Agency shares how to program and troubleshoot your irrigation system for optimum efficiency.

Develop your green thumb with demonstrations about plant propagation and backyard composting. Ailing plants receive a free diagnosis and prescription at the Plant Clinic. Sickly or pest-damaged plants should be transported in a plastic baggie.

The vegetable gardening guru, Ben van der Pol, will reveal how to grow your own vegetables from seed, as he shares what, when and how to plant. Open-pollinated seeds, vegetable starts, culinary herbs, olive trees and blueberry plants will be for sale at the The Herb Cottage.

Invite nature to your landscape with habitat gardening and the plants that attract birds and butterflies. Texas Bluebird Society, Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reveal the basics. Nature’s Way Resources will offer hard-to-find understory trees, shrubs, vines and perennials. Discover heirloom bulbs for hot landscapes with Chris Wiesinger, the Bulb Hunter.

Whatever the gardening challenge, Woodlands Landscaping Solutions has the answer! The event is organized by The Woodlands Township with sponsorship by Montgomery County Master Gardener Association, The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N., Hilton Garden Inn and Waste Management. For more information, please visit or call 281-210-3800.

Photo: From irrigation techniques to butterfly gardening and growing vegetables, Woodlands Landscaping Solutions on Saturday, September 28 spotlights water-wise methods with free booths, demonstrations, plant sale and give-a-ways. 

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Garden Calendar: Learn water-wise landscape techniques, see them in action

AFRICAN VIOLETS: Three Dallas African violet clubs will host a sale, featuring named plants, gesneriads and leaves for propagation. 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas. 903-356-2540.

AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM: The fall festival features more than 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash that form the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village. Family activities also are planned. 8525 Garland

WATER-WISE LANDSCAPE SEMINARS: Dallas Water Utilities offers free seminars on Saturday with Dallas landscape designer Bonnie Reese. Attendees will receive a copy of Reese’s Common Sense Landscaping. The 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. session will cover water-wise landscape design. The 1:30 to 5 p.m. session will focus on ideal plants for North Texas. Mountain View College Performance Hall, 4849 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas. Advance registration requested.

SMARTSCAPE TOUR: The self-guided tour of Coppell gardens showcases Texas SmartScape techniques. Also included are medians the city has landscaped as examples to mimic on your own property. The landscapes employ native and adapted plants. 9 a.m. Saturday. Starting at 8:30 a.m., maps will be available at Helping Hands Garden, 255 Parkway Blvd., Coppell. A bike route also is mapped. Free.

FALL FLOWERS: Learn how to create a burst of festive colors to welcome fall in your flowerbeds and containers. 10:15 a.m. Saturday. All Calloway’s Nursery locations.

TREES AND FALL PRUNING: Learn the top trees for our region and how to plant and maintain them. Also get tips on how, what and when to prune during the fall season. 11 a.m. Saturday. Get a guided tour through Covington’s gardens for fresh ideas on Texas-tough plants that will add color, interest and beauty to your landscape and will thrive in our heat and drought conditions. 1 p.m. Saturday. Covington’s Nursery, 5518 Bush Turnpike, Rowlett. Free.

CACTI AND SUCCULENTS: Learn how to cultivate them in home and garden. Class will cover the origins of species, cold-hardiness, growth habits, planting instructions, water requirements, general care and how to use these plants in your garden. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Redenta’s, 5111 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington. 817-451-2149.

GARDEN ED: North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, offers the following events.

Landscape design, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, $80.

Chicken sale, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Mosquito control, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Free.

Edible landscaping, 2 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Composting, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free.

ROSES: This workshop will introduce new varieties and offer tips on pruning, fertilizing and more. Marshall Grain Co. 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Worth location, 2224 E. Lancaster Ave. 1 p.m. at Grapevine location, 3525 William D. Tate Ave. Free.

HERBS: Author and crafter Amber Royer will discuss herbs and chocolate at the monthly meeting of the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Redbud Hall, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Free.

TEXAS WILDSCAPES: The Indian Trail Chapter of the Master Naturalist program will offer a lesson on how to define wildscapes, their values and more. 6 p.m. Monday. Red Oak Public Library, 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak. Free. 972-415-4596.

HEIRLOOM ROSES: The Dallas Area Historical Rose Society’s meeting will include a discussion on the historical park in Farmers Branch. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers Branch Recreational Center, 14050 Heartside Place. Free. 972-620-1131.

DROUGHT-TOLERANT GARDENING: Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson at Texas Discovery Gardens will talk about how to grow plants on only the typical amount of rainfall received in North Texas. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Stacy Furniture Community Room, 1900 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free.

SUCCULENTS: Cebolla Fine Flowers is offering a course on succulent designs in containers. Succulents and tools will be provided. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 5610 Maple Ave., Dallas. $75. Advance registration required. 214-369-7673.

ARBORETUM CLASSES: The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, plans the following events. Advance registration is required. 214-515-6500.

Plants and practices for sustainable home landscapes, 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28, $27.

Creating color in fall and winter with Bram Franklin, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 28, $27.

SCARECROWS: Clark Gardens invites you to help create one of the largest displays of scarecrows in Texas. Clark Gardens will provide the scarecrow body, and guests add decorative touches. Scarecrows will be displayed through October and can be built through Sept. 30. 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford. Free. For more information or to schedule a time for a group to build scarecrows, call 940-682-4856 or go to

EARTH-KIND LANDSCAPE DESIGN: The course will teach Earth-Kind Landscaping, which has a positive environmental impact. It includes classroom programs and outdoor lab sessions. A personalized landscape design consultation also is included. Oct. 4-6. Texas AM AgriLife Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. Advance registration required. $295 per household. 972-952-9248.

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Historic tips on gardening

HORTICULTURALISTS in Stroud can take a glimpse back in time and find out about ancient methods at a historical talk next week.

The Historic Gardener will be visiting Oakridge Lynch to give a talk at 7.30pm at the village hall on Early Gardening Methods, on Wednesday, September 25.

The Historic Gardener has been giving talks, demonstrations and re-enactments on gardening all over the country on all periods, from the Romans to the Victorians.

John Loosley of the Oakridge History Group said: “We are very lucky to be able to book a talk by the popular Historic Gardener, who comes highly recommended.”

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Florida gardeners share tips for fall vegetable gardens ? what are yours?

I’ve been looking on the sunny side this summer, which hasn’t been hard. Plenty of sunny.

Plenty of rainy, too.

Whacking and weeding weekly through the hottest months of the year is great exercise, right? (Don’t answer that.)

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No hurricanes, no drought — really, I’m not complaining. But, come Sunday . . . hello, autumn!

I look forward to the end of steamy days and the beginning of my favorite time of year for growing vegetables. I plant lettuce (so easy and SUCH a money saver), beans and a few tomatoes. This year, I’m also looking for katuk, a leafy shrub with delicious, protein-rich leaves. I discovered it in Tanja Vidovic’s North Tampa garden back in February and it has been on my mind ever since.

I learn so much from gardeners like Tanja that I asked them to share their favorite fall veggie-growing tips. They had lots, so expect another batch next month.

I was touched by all the people who took time to write down and email me their best advice. When I said as much to Joe Parr, director of horticulture at Busch Gardens, he answered, “Gardeners ARE the best! Tell everyone!”

So I am. And you are.

Let’s start at the beginning

This early in the season, keep a close eye on seedlings. If they don’t come up, you have time to plant more! This is also a great time to root plants from cuttings.

Good plants to start now: broccoli, green beans, strawberries, tomatoes.

Tanja Vidovic, urban farmer, North Tampa (Tanja can introduce you to tasty, Florida-friendly perennial vegetables you’ve never heard of. She’ll host a garden tour and plant exchange at 10 a.m. Oct. 4. For details, email or visit the Tampa Gardening Swap group on Facebook.)

Grow easy, grow collards

Plant a few collards among your full-sun flowers. They don’t need fertilizer and they grow for months. If they get bugs, sprinkle flour on the leaves and the bugs will take off!

Peggy Sherman, Forest Hills, Tampa

Dig in to good dirt with raised beds

Healthy soil is absolutely essential! Start now. Pick a sunny spot. Cover it with a sheet of black plastic to smother existing weeds and cook weed seeds. Wait a couple of months, then pile on 4 inches of compost or composted manure and work it into the soil.

In the meantime, use raised beds to start a garden now. Use 10-inch-wide planks or bricks to form the frame. Cover the existing dirt with a few layers of newspaper as a barrier against weeds and fill with healthy soil or a soilless mixture.

Joe Parr, director of horticulture for Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, Temple Terrace gardener

Now read this: no weeds with a layer of newspaper

I haven’t pulled a weed in 20 years. Here’s my secret: A single layer of newspaper.

Lay strips of newspaper between rows of seedlings so no soil can be seen. Pile organic material, such as coastal hay, on top of the paper to weigh it down. Your plants grow; weed seeds die.

Fun tip: Balance a broom straw perpendicular to your watermelon stem. When the straw turns and points to the stem, the watermelon is ripe. (A partial turn means it’s not quite ready.)

Robert Bowden, executive director of Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, Orlando; author of Guide to Florida Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Know before you grow

Don’t trust the planting guides on the backs of packaged seeds. They’re usually not accurate for us. Instead, consult the Extension Service Almanac. (In the Tampa Bay area, do a Google search for “Hillsborough extension almanac” (or other such regional search) and the month you’re interested in.)

Plant above-ground crops now and root crops and greens last. You’ll be surprised by the veggies that can take cold weather — even a freeze. Those include lettuce, collards, carrots, radishes and onions.

Add dolomite, also known as “agricultural limestone,” to your soil. It provides calcium and magnesium, which are essential to a healthy garden.

Always water in the morning, NEVER in the evening. This will help prevent fungus.

Greg Shell, owner of Shell’s Feed Garden Supply Inc., Tampa, Odessa gardener

Sow your own way

Start your own seedlings. Plant large seeds like corn, squash and beans directly in the soil. Start smaller seeds in little pots and transplant when they’re 3 inches tall.

Using seeds allows you to choose from countless varieties: spicy carrots, oak leaf-shaped lettuce or squash that looks like a UFO. Find them in printed or online seed catalogs.

Brittany Hickman, urban farmer who blogs at, Forest Hills, Tampa

UF/IFAS proves invaluable

If you’re not sure what to plant, or how to grow vegetables in Florida, the University of Florida/IFAS provides lots of free information in a searchable database at

Lynn Barber, UF/IFAS extension agent, Lithia gardener

If you’ve got fall veggie-growing tips to share, email Join the chat at Diggin Florida Dirt on Facebook. Follow @DigginPenny on Twitter and more local gardening stories at

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Gardening tips for the French garden in September – Guide 2 Midi


Gardening tips for the French garden in September

General Jobs in the garden

  • All bedding should be fed and dead headed this month to try and extend the season as long as possible.  Dead head hanging baskets and containers as well as Penstemon, Dahlias and Roses, which should then continue flowering until the frosts of November.
  • Mulches can be added around the garden in September to help overwinter vulnerable plants, or simply to stop weeds and help the new roots grow.
  • Now that the lawn has slowed down a little, it is a perfect time to feed and strengthen the grass for the winter months.
  • September is a good month to work in the pond.  Cut back/remove any old foliage, clear blanket weed and if necessary remove some of the silt.

Jobs in the Vegetable/Fruit Garden

  • Due to the rather odd weather this year, some crops in the veg garden have done badly, but for others bumper crops have been produced.  Continue weeding and cropping in the veg.  Help pumpkins and squashes by removing foliage that might be covering the fruits.
  • It is possible to plant several types of broad beans to supply an early Spring harvest next year. 
  • Consider covering any of the brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, Brussels etc) you  have grown as they start to develop.  They take a long time to grown and it would be a shame to lose them now to birds, so close to maturity.
  • Any potted soft fruit plants can be planted now.  Prepare a deep trench for planting with plenty of compost , allowing the roots to develop through Autumn/Winter for bumper crops next year.

Planning Ahead

  • Hardy annuals (Alyssum, Antirrhinum, Calendula, Campanula, Cosmos and Nicotiana for example) can be sown now for early colour next Spring.
  • It is now time to consider planting bulbs for Spring colour.  If you are worried about mice eating the bulbs, puff a couple of sprays of liquid paraffin over the soil once the bulbs are planted.  Plant Hyacinths and Amaryllis now for forcing, to produce flowers for Christmas.
  • Foxgloves, wallflowers and Violas (Pansies) will soon appear in the shops for planting out to give winter and Spring colour in the garden.
  • Start to plan any tree and shrub planting that you might want to do this year.  Autumn (the best time for planting) is fast approaching and whilst the ground is moist, it is a good idea to turn the soil now, before any future planting.


This article was kindly provided by Gary McArthur of Kingdom Vegetal Garden Cantre, who will be happy to offer further advice.







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Gardening tips, concerts, plays: Oregon City and Canby events


Pioneer Community Choir:  The group enjoys singing popular
standards with a few serious choral numbers for variety. Open to new
singers through Oct. 11. Rehearsals weekly 10 a.m.-noon Fri, Sept.
6-Nov. 8; with performances Nov. 15-Dec. 13. Pioneer Community
Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City; $30 dues for fall term; Melinda Beyers, 503-381-9827 or

Family Story Time Hour: All ages invited to pursue new
adventures with story-teller Missy. Weekly 11 a.m. Fri. Oregon City
Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City; free; or 503-657-8269

brooksrobertson.jpgView full sizeBrooks Robertson performs Sept. 19 at the library.
Concert: Features finger-style guitar player, Brooks
Robertson. 7 p.m. Thu, Sept. 19. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John
Adams St., Oregon City; free; or 503-657-8269

Healing Garden Gala:
Children’s Center will host its second annual Healing Garden Gala on
Thursday, Sept. 19, at the clinic at 1713 Penn Lane in Oregon City. This
premier Clackamas County event allows community members throughout the
region to unite on behalf of abused and neglected children.

reception and open house style tours will begin at 6 p.m. and will
feature heavy appetizers and a hosted bar. Beginning at 7:30 p.m.,
guests will enjoy a live program with speaker Jessica Farmer, volunteer
and community advocate, and special guest Steve Dunn of KATU Channel 2

Presenting sponsor is Airstream Adventures Northwest, and
gold sponsors include Warn Employee Community Impact Project and NW

Tickets cost $100 each and tables of 10 are available
for $1,000. Receipt of RSVP and payment by Sept. 5 ensures your seat at
this event. Register online at

 If you
would like to attend the gala or support the event as a sponsor, contact
Shauna Lugar at 503-655-7725 or

Barbara Peschiera, executive director, Children’s Center


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Oregon/Washington Memorial Garden is the eighth memorial for the
National Organization for Parents of Murdered Children in the United
States and is the only one in the northwest.

Oregon City and the Greater Portland Area Chapter of Parents of
Murdered Children are proud to announce the completion of the
Oregon/Washington Memorial Garden located in Mountain View Cemetery.
This is the eighth memorial for the National Organization for Parents of
Murdered Children in the United States and is the only one in the
Northwest. It will be a beautiful place for anyone who has lost a loved
one or child due to homicide.

Parents of Murdered Children
invites all interested parties to attend the dedication of the
Oregon/Washington Memorial Wall and the National Day of Remembrance for
Murder Victims.

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murder victims and others will be remembered in a special ceremony
hosted by the Greater Portland Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered
Children Sept. 25 in the Mountain View Cemetery.

This special event will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 in Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St., Oregon City.

the dedication ceremony, lunch will be hosted by Beavercreek
Cooperative Telephone and the Greater Portland Area Chapter of Parents
of Murdered Children Inc.

–Scott Archer, Oregon City community services director


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Mount Hood Exploration:
This summer when Lake Oswego writer Jon Bell came upon a 1968 Tucker
Sno-Cat at the city’s antique car show, he was enthralled to find an
out-of-season relic of Mount Hood’s past so far below its snowy grooms.

presents tales and images illustrating Mount Hood’s history in a free
evening program at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Museum of the Oregon Territory
in Oregon City.

Bell is the author of “On Mt. Hood, A Biography
of Oregon’s Perilous Peak.” Like his 2011 biography of Mount Hood, Bell
is steeped in every aspect of the mountain, from its influence on the
development of snow-moving technology to its rich geological and
cultural history. He applies himself to exploring its facets both as a
mountain climber and a historian.

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free program is recommended for all ages, and takes place at Clackamas
County Historical Society, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. More
information: 503-655-5574 or

–Roxandra E. Pennington, Clackamas County Historical Society

Clackamas Repertory Theatre concludes its ninth season with “The 39
Steps,” a madcap farce adapted by Patrick Barlow from John Buchan’s
novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film.

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Shanafelt (from left), Jayne Stevens, James Sharinghousen and Travis
Nodurft in the Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s production of “39 Steps.”

turned “The 39 Steps” into a farce by having four actors play all of
the 151 characters in Hitchcock’s thriller. One actor plays the hero who
is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game of espionage and the lone
actress plays three characters, leaving the remaining two actors, Clown 1
and Clown 2 to represent a 147 characters, a variety of heroes,
villains, men, women, children and the occasional inanimate object.

lectures, “Hitchcock Talk,” with Ernie Casciato, take place an hour
before performances every Saturday and two Sundays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19-Oct. 6, in the Osterman
Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets range from $12-$26 and
may be purchased at or by calling 503-594-6047. The
low-price preview is Sept. 19.

–Clackamas Repertory Theatre


New Student Experience Orientation: Designed to help first
time students get acquainted with the campus, connect with faculty and
current students, learn about academic programs and extracurricular
activities, and become familiar with critical resources to be a
successful student. Free pizza lunch. Participants can earn one free,
transferable credit (register through myClackamas at
for CRN# 24302). 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri, Sept. 20. Randall Gymnasium,
Clackamas Community College, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City; free;
admissions and recruitment office, 503-594-3284 or

Social Media Mondays: Trevor Dodge, a Clackamas Community
College instructor, will lead a discussion on Pinterest. If you have a
laptop or other digital device which you’d like to practice on, bring
it. 7 p.m. Mon, Oct. 7. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St.,
Oregon City; free; or 503-657-8269

Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness: Clackamas Fire
District #1 will be onsite providing education on fire safety and
prevention in observation of National Fire Prevention Awareness Week.
9-10:30 a.m. Tue, Oct. 8. Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St.,
Oregon City; free; 503-657-8287

Willamette Falls Festival: Hosted by
the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, the event celebrates the
area’s heritage, culture and outdoor recreational opportunities through
activities that include a We Love Clean Rivers Benefit Dinner,
fireworks, live music, artisan farmers market, tribal cultural
demonstrations, a fun-athlon with a 5K fun run, paddle and bike events,
Plein Air artists and RiPPLe Artist demonstrations, a heritage parade,
jetboat rides, industry tours, heritage trail tours, and Geocaching.
Proceeds benefit We Love Clean Rivers. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sat, Oct. 5; 8
a.m.-1 p.m. Sun, Oct. 6. Clackamette Park, 1955 Clackamette Drive,
Oregon City; free;

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Food Preservation Classes: The Extension
Service is offering a variety of food preservation classes this summer. The
classes are staffed by experienced volunteers who provide instruction and hands-on
opportunities for participants to practice safe food preservation techniques
and build self-confidence and skills.

The schedule continues with:

  • Tuesday,
    Oct. 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: All About Apples
  • Saturday,
    Nov. 9, 9 noon: Introduction to Pressure Canning

is required. Cost is $30 per class, with the exception of the Fermented Pickles
classes, which are $35 each. Fee includes instructional packet, recipes, and
sample product to take home. The classes will be held at the OSU
Extension annex, 200 Warner Milne Road in Oregon City. To register and for other information, call 503-655-8634
or visit

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60th Eastside Birthday Bash: Features the Ellen Whyte Plus
Sized Band. 9 p.m. Sat, Oct. 19. Trails End Saloon, 1310 Main St.,
Oregon City; $10 cover charge;‎ or Ellen Whyte at
Medicare 101 Presentation: Certified SHIBA counselors will
give an extensive overview of Medicare and the most recent changes.
Questions encouraged. 2-4 p.m. Mon, Oct. 21. Pioneer Community Center,
615 Fifth St., Oregon City; free; 503-657-8287


haggart2.jpgView full sizeCheck out the sky at the Haggart Observatory located in Clackamas Community College.

Sky Viewings: The Rose City Astronomers is offering monthly public sky viewings at the Haggart Observatory at Clackamas Community College.

free viewings begin around sunset and continue until about 11 p.m.,
weather permitting, on the following Saturdays: Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28.

The Haggart
Observatory, located at the Environmental Learning Center, offers views
of the night skies through 24-inch and 13-inch Newtonian reflector
telescopes. Viewings are free during the astronomy club’s Public Nights.

Space in the observatory is limited, and viewers may at times
have to wait to look through the telescope. If the weather is uncertain
during the day of the event, call 503-594-6044 after 3 p.m. for a
recorded message announcing if the viewing will be held or canceled.

For more information, contact Diana Fredlund, Rose City Astronomers media director, at media@rosecityastronomers.


End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Oregon City)
and Oregon City Visitor Information Center
at 1726
Washington St. is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily from Sept. 3-30; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu-Mon (closed Tue-Wed) from Oct. 1-May 31.

Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors, $5/children ages 4-17
(children 3 under are free, as well as military personnel)

For information on new
education programs, exhibits and events, school/group reservations, volunteer
opportunities and more, visit

Clackamas Mineral and Gem Club Meeting: Visitors welcome.
Monthly 7-9 p.m. third Tue. Zion Lutheran Church basement, 720
Jefferson St., Oregon City; $12 annual dues, or $15 family, plus
optional $10 newsletter subscription; or Bea Settle, 503-631-3128
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Hill (right), coordinator for the McLoughlin Memorial Association,
gives a bobbin lace demonstration at the McLoughlin House. Victorian
handcraft demonstrations are offered from noon to 4 p.m. on the second
Saturday of each month, except for December and January, at the museum
at 713 Center St. in Oregon City.

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations:
Visit the website for theme. Monthly noon-4 p.m. second Saturday.
McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City; free; or 503-656-5146

Oregon City Saturday Farmers Market:
Farmers and vendors
sell local produce, flowers, plants, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, bread,
pastries, nuts, honey preserves, hummus, soaps, lotions, wood crafts,
and hot and cold food and drinks. Features live music, cooking
demonstrations and a Kids Power of Produce Club. Debit, SNAP and WIC
accepted. Weekly 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, through Oct. 26. Clackamas County
Public Services Building, Parking Lot, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon
City; free admission; or Jackie
Hammond-Williams, 503-734-0192, or

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For teens:

Teen Wii Night: Grades
6-12 invited to play a Wii game and eat free snacks. 6:30-8
p.m. Thu, Sept. 5 and Nov. 7. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon
City; free; or 503-657-8269

For adults:

Beginning Line Dancing:
the basics and simple dances. No partner needed. Weekly 1-2 p.m. Mon.
Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St.; 50 cents per class;

Busy Bees:
Have fun making crafts, sewing
quilts and aprons, and creating other items for fundraisers. Weekly 9
a.m.-noon Mon. Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St.; free;

Intermediate Line Dancing: Learn the latest and traditional steps. No partner needed. Weekly noon-3 p.m. Tue. Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St.; 50 cents per class; 503-657-8287

Dance Lessons:

The Bachelors ‘N’ Bachelorettes Square and Round Dance Club offers
lessons weekly 7-9 p.m. Tue. The club for singles and couples also hosts
dances weekly 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wed. Abernethy Grange, 15745 S. Harley
Ave.; $5 per lesson (first lesson free); or Gene
or Patricia Neils, 503-829-8529

Knitting and Crocheting:

Learn basic stitches and share tips. Bring your own needles and yarn.
Registration required. Weekly 10 a.m.-noon Wed. Pioneer Community
Center, 615 Fifth St.; $20 for four sessions; Janice Tipton,

Chrysalis: Women Writers: Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels
through discussions of their work. Weekly noon-2 p.m. Wed. Clackamas
Community College, Literary Arts Center, Rook Hall, Room 220, 19600 S.
Molalla Ave.; free; 503-594-3254


Clackamas County Chapter of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): Visitors welcome. Monthly 7-9 p.m. fourth Tue. Atkinson Memorial Church, 710 Sixth St., Oregon City; free; 503-887-4556

CASA 101 Volunteer Orientation:

Child Advocates, Inc. is recruiting volunteers to serve as Court
Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for foster children. Informational
meetings offered monthly 6-7 p.m. first Wed. Mt. View Professional
Building, Suite 203, 101 Molalla Ave., Oregon City; free; or Linda Rinnan, CASA manager, 503-723-0521 or

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group:
Share feelings, thoughts and experiences to better cope with and manage
the shared problems of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Monthly
1-3 p.m. the second Thu, except Nov. 22. Pioneer Community Center, 615
Fifth St., Oregon City; free; Diana Miha, 503-317-2245 or

Grief Support Group: The Bristol Hospice “Build a Bridge of Hope”
support group, facilitated by Joanne Petrie, a chaplain, is a chance
for people to share feelings and receive support from others who are
experiencing grief. Contact Bristol Hospice volunteer Marilyn Fergus,, for more information. Monthly 1:30-3 p.m. the
second and fourth Thu. Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St.,
Oregon City; free

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Group:
A recovery support group just for persons with mental illness
regardless of their diagnosis. Meetings offer a flexible and casual
environment without an educational format, and no registration or
enrollment obligation is required. Weekly noon-1:30 p.m. Wed. Stewart
Community Center, 1002 Library Court, Room 15, Oregon City; or
503-344-5050 or


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Master Gardener series: Are you new to gardening or an experienced hand?

following workshops at the Canby Public Library have something to offer for everyone:

  • Tuesday,
    Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. –
    Fall maintenance in the garden.
    Fall is a good time to add new plantings, move or transplant shrubs and
    perennials, and mulch your garden.
  • Tuesday,
    Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. –
    Fall and winter gardening.
    Learn how to extend the growing season, and to enjoy fresh vegetables all
    year long. See which vegetables will grow and produce during fall and
  • Tuesday,
    Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
    Seed saving. Learn the
    fundamentals of saving seeds. Once you are familiar with these concepts
    you can easily and successfully save just about any seed you want.

Participants may come to one or all workshops free of
charge. Classes are presented by OSU Master Gardener volunteers of Clackamas
County.  The library is at 292 N. Holly St. For more information, call 503-266-3394 or visit

Saturday Game Day: Games and activities for families. 2 p.m. Sat,
Sept. 21. Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., Canby; free; or 503-266-3394

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Grape-stomping Festival: The 31st annual event features
grape-stomping contests, food and music by the Original Donaumusikanten,
an eight-piece German band from Bavaria. Noon-6 p.m. Sat-Sun, Sept.
21-22. St. Josef’s Estate Vineyard Winery, 28836 S. Barlow Road,
Canby; $10, includes souvenir glass and tasting; or 503-651-3190
History Book Group: Read and then discuss “A People’s
History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and
Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution” by Peter Irons. 4 p.m. Wed,
Sept. 25. Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., Canby; free; or 503-266-3394

CaseyMacGill.jpgView full sizeThe Casey MacGill Trio performs Sept. 26 in Canby.

Concert: Decades of music collide as multi-instrumentalist
and vocalist Casey MacGill leads his trio in a program of classic
American swing and popular songs. Hosted by Live On Stage, Inc., and the
Canby Community Concert Association. 7:30 p.m. Thu, Sept. 26. Richard
R. Brown Fine Arts Center, 721 S.W. Fourth Ave., Canby; $25, or $20 in
advance for ages 14 and older; free to others; or Diane Brown, 503-266-9574

Family Night: Music by Grupo Condor. 6:30 p.m. Thu, Sept. 26.
Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., Canby; free; or 503-266-3394GupoCondorPromo2011.jpgView full sizeGrupo Condor performs Sept. 26 at the Canby Public Library.

“Catch the Wave”: Cascade Harmony
Chorus performs in preparation for an international competition in
Hawaii in November. 7:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 28. Richard R. Brown Fine Arts
Center, 721 S.W. Fourth Ave., Canby; $28 general; or 503-266-7464

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Conversation Project: Join Mark Cunningham for a
thoughtful conversation about the future of reading in “From Print to
Pixels: The Act of Reading in the Digital Age.” 6 p.m. Tue, Oct. 1.
Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., Canby; free; or 503-266-3394


Grief Release: Hosted by Bristol Hospice, the course
encourages unhurried healing to bring life back into focus from the blur
of pain, confusion and bewilderment caused by loss. Provides practical
step-by-step support as a road to restoration. First class is mandatory.
Weekly 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 2-9.
Country Side Living, 390 N.W. Second Ave., Canby; free; Joanne Petrie,


Canby Saturday Market: Vendors sell produce, flowers,
plants, food, and arts and crafts. Weekly 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, through Oct.
27. Canby Cinema 8 parking lot, 252 N.E.
Second Ave., Canby; free admission; or 503-680-5088 or
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Bridge Games:

Card game for senior citizens. Weekly 1 p.m. Mon, except holidays. Canby Adult Center,
1250 S. Ivy St., Canby; free; or 503-266-2970

Line Dancing for Beginners:

Wanda Matlock teaches senior citizens the basics. Partner not required.
Weekly 1-2 p.m. Mon, except holidays. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby; free,
but donations appreciated; or 503-266-2970

Line Dancing:
Wanda Matlock teaches senior citizens some advanced steps. Partner not
required. Weekly 1-2 p.m. Tue and Thu. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy
St., Canby; free, but donations appreciated; or


Practice English or Spanish and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere.
Weekly 10:30 a.m. Mon (except Sept. 2 and Nov. 11). Canby Public Library, 292
N. Holly St., Canby; free; or 503-266-3394

Tuesday Evening Dinner: Senior citizens can
make new friends while eating a free dinner. Weekly 5-7 p.m. Tue. Zoar
Lutheran Church, 190 S.W. Second Ave., Canby; free;
or 503-266-4061

Canby First Friday:
Monthly 5-8 p.m.
first Friday. Join participating merchants in downtown Canby for
family-friendly activities, dining, wine and shopping discounts.

Handiwork Group: Senior
citizens socialize while producing craft projects. Weekly 10 a.m. Tue.
Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby; free; bring your own project
supplies; or 503-266-2970

Pinochle: Card
game for senior citizens. Weekly 1 p.m. Tue and Fri. Canby Adult
Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby; free; or
Yoga Fitness: Erin Hancock teaches the class for senior
citizens. Weekly 1:15 p.m. Wed. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St.,
Canby; free, but donations appreciated; or

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Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Adults
invited to snack on free popcorn and tea while watching a movie. Visit
website for titles. Weekly 1 p.m. Wed. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy
St., Canby; free; or 503-266-2970


For information, visit or call 503-266-4021.

Planning Commission: Monthly 7 p.m. second and fourth Monday in Canby
City HallDevelopment Services Office, Council Chambers, 155 N.W. Second

*Canby City Council: Monthly 7:30 p.m. first and third
Wednesday in Canby Development Services Office, Council Chambers, 155
N.W. Second Ave.

*Urban Renewal Agency: Monthly 6 p.m. second
Wednesday in Canby Development Services Office, Council Chambers, 155
N.W. Second Ave.

*Canby Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: Monthly 7 p.m. third Tuesday in Canby City Hall, Conference Room, 182 N. Holly St.


Kiwanis Club of Canby:

Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization of individuals who want to
improve their communities. Weekly noon-1 p.m. Mon, except holidays. Old Town Hall,
Cutsforth’s Thriftway, 225 N.E. Second Ave., Canby; $7-$10 for lunch; or Nancy Murphy, 503-266-6048

Rotary Club of Canby:

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business,
professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as
Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical
standards in all vocations and help build goodwill around the world.
Weekly 11:45 a.m. Fri. Old Town Hall, Cutsforth’s Thriftway, 225 N.E.
Second Ave., Canby; no-host lunch;

Canby Chamber of Commerce: Network
while eating lunch. Reservations recommended. Monthly 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
first Tue. Old Town Hall, Cutsforth’s Thriftway, 225 N.E. Second Ave.,
Canby; $12-$15; Canby Chamber of Commerce, 503-266-4600 or by email to

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