Awakening Faith-Reconnecting program offered

The Returning Catholic Ministry at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church invites inactive and semi-active Catholics to join in discussion of their faith through the Awakening Faith program. Structured to invite conversation and bonding between people, the program is intended to help participants connect, learn and grow in their faith.

The Awakening Faith program will begin April 23 and continue through May 28. Four additional sessions will be held June 4 to 25. Sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church’s parish center.

For more information, call Irene Boone at 503-636-3125 or Margaret Jamison at 503-635-2915.

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish is located at 650 A Ave. in Lake Oswego.

Composting educational series offered

OSU Extension, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Western SARE Program are co-sponsoring Agricultural Composting Resource and Education Series (ACRES), a two-day hands-on workshop to be held April 24 and May 1. The course is designed for agricultural professionals and agricultural composters.

The workshop will be held at Oregon State University’s new Agricultural Composting Facility at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora. Participants will learn about different composting methods, facility design and location, environmental and regulatory concerns, equipment for agricultural composting , developing compost recipes, using compost and more.

Registration is $90 per person and includes lunches and resource material. Register online at

Treatments for osteoporosis to be discussed

Jessica M. Evans, a naturopathic doctor, will lecture on living well with osteoporosis at 2 p.m. April 23 at Providence Mercantile Fitness Center, 4015 Mercantile Drive in Lake Oswego. She will discuss both conventional and naturopathic approaches to treatment. The lecture is free, but seating is limited. To register, call 503-216-6606.

Mark the calendar for Spring Garden Fair

The Clackamas County Master Gardeners will present its 30th annual Spring Garden Fair May 3 and 4 at the Clackamas County Event Center, 694 NE Fourth Ave., Canby. The event features a special Little Red Wagon contest, door prizes, the popular 10-Minute University classes, exhibits, vendors and much more.

Admission to the fairgrounds is $3; those 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Parking is free and ATMs are available onsite.

Learn more at

Earth Day Great Ivy Challenge planned

Volunteers are needed for the Earth Day Great Ivy Challenge to occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Hwy. 43 in West Linn. Participants are to meet at the covered shelter at 9 a.m. and should bring water, dress for the weather in layered clothing, sturdy shoes and work gloves.

Register online at

Don’t be a financial fool

In an effort to highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining health financial habits and outline the serious consequences that may be associated with a lack of understanding, April has been officially recognized by the United State Senate as Financial Literacy Month since March 2004.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and CBS want consumers to be financially “in the know.” In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the state Division of Finance and Corporate Securities has produced 13 videos to help Oregonians with basic investing information.

During the month of April, follow BBB on Facebook for daily financial tips about earning, saving, protecting assets, spending and borrowing.

Additional resources are available from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission and Better Business Bureau.

Clackamas County Cultural Coalition seeks new members

Vacancies exist for volunteer service on the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition. Citizens with interest and experience in local arts, heritage, humanities, tourism and related businesses are invited to apply. Application deadline is 5 pm May 1. Application and more information about the Coalition may be accessed at

The coalition meets quarterly, and members serve three-year terms. The coalition provides oversight for the County Cultural Plan’s goals and funding priorities, and guides the Community Cultural Participation Grant process. The plan may be accessed at

Coalition administration is provided by Clackamas County Arts Alliance staff Cheryl Snow, Elizabeth Klein and Suzi Anderson.

Plant sale set for April 24

Lake Grove Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26 in the Wizer’s mall, 330 First St. in Lake Oswego.

General Tree Service to celebrate Arbor Week

General Tree Service has announced the recipient of its Tree Preservation Grant for 2014. The grant was awarded to Milwaukie High School and will be used to provide pruning consisting of crown cleaning and thinning to two large Atlas cedars in front of the school.

John Landon of General Tree Services says the trees are magnificent examples of the species and are assumed to have been planted shortly after construction of the high school in 1925. The trees are showing some effects of growing in an urban environment; one of them recently lost several large limbs and both will benefit from a thorough, professional pruning.

General Tree Service crews performed the pruning April 10, during Oregon Arbor Week.

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