More News: Get coffee with a commissioner, Involvement committee takes applications.

COURTESY PHOTO - Fire crews worked to tackle the Eagle Creek blaze.The Clackamas County Master Gardener chapter will host a presentation on future environmental changes in the Columbia River Gorge caused by the Eagle Creek Fire last fall.

The program will be from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

John Bailey, an expert in the managing of growth, composition and health of our forests, will lead the discussion on how citizens can use the forests more sensitively and the greatest risks facing the gorge in the next few years.

For more information, call 503-653-8100.

Get tax help at Gresham Library

Trained AARP volunteers will help filers with their taxes at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7 through April 11. Those wanting the free help are asked to bring photo identification, documented proof of Social Security number, last year's return and any current tax documents. Registration is required, call 503-988-5123.

Get coffee with a commissioner

East Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann will host two constituent coffee sessions in February to allow people to discuss their pressing issues.

The first event is at Stark Street Espresso Bar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 26729 S.E. Stark St., while the second will be at Café Delirium, 308 N. Main Ave., at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Involvement committee takes applications

The Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement is currently accepting applications for a vacancy on the Community Involvement Committee.

The group consists of 15 volunteers from across the county who advise on timely, equitable and inclusive civic participation in county policy, and facilitate communication between the public and county government.

The opening is for an at large member, open to residents of Multnomah County who have been nominated by an incorporated community organization.

Visit to complete the application by no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Email your nomination letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gresham offers mediation training and workshops

The city of Gresham is offering mediation trainings that are open to anyone in the community:

• Basic mediation training class — participants will learn how to help others resolve conflict and gain valuable communication and problem-solving skills. The 48-hour training can be used in the workplace, home and community. The class also allows anyone interested in becoming a community mediator to meet the state training requirements.

Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 9, and the course will be held in March on various dates.

• Conflict management — a 16-hour training that includes skill development in communication, listening and conflict resolution. Residents seeking training for social work may take this course for credit. No prior experience is needed. The training will run from March 1 to 3.

For more details on both classes and applications to participate, visit

Get a jump on spring landscaping plans

Gardeners of all levels are invited to a free presentation on ways to incorporate Phlox and Cornus into the garden.

The program, hosted by the Columbian Garden Club, will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Corbett Fire Hall, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

One of the easiest perennials to grow, Phlox brings long lasting, mid-summer color to the garden and is known for its vanilla-clove fragrance. Cornus, which is part of the dogwood family, grows in shrubs or small trees, best recognized by its blossoms, berries and distinctive bark.

For more information, call 503-695-2658.

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