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Attend Caring for the Caregiver Workshop tonight

A workshop on Caring for the Caregiver will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 29, at Mountain Park Rec Center, 2 Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego.

The free workshop will be presented by Rev. Christine Green. Learn more by calling 503-750-9795.

Get tickets for Kruse Way Rotary’s Sounds Concert

Kruse Way Rotary is hosting its 12-annual Rotary Sounds Concert fundraising event Oct. 5 at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. The theme of this year’s event is A Havana Experience; the event begins with wine and Cuban-inspired hors d’oeuvres prepared by Stafford Expressions at 5:30 p.m. The spirited Cuban music of Melao De Cuba and an oral auction being at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by calling 503-784-1693.

Proceeds from the event will enable Kruse Way Rotary to support their charitable causes, including Children with Cancer; Candlelighters; programs for at-risk youth; high school scholarships and programs that work to break the chain of poverty in Uganda.

Fruit preservation methods to be taught

The Oregon State Extension Services and the Providence Milwaukie Hospital (PMH) Community Teaching Kitchen are teaming up to offer a basic fruit preservation class titled “Preserving Fruits 101.” The class will be offered twice: from 9 a.m. - noon Oct. 5 and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at the new PMH Community Teaching Kitchen, located at 10202 S.E. 32nd Ave., suite 101 in Milwaukie. Both classes will be taught by experienced OSU volunteers who will provide instruction and hands-on opportunities to practice safe food preservation techniques. Participants will learn different methods to preserve Oregon-grown apples and pears, including canning, freezing and drying.

Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited. The fee is $30 and includes educational materials, recipes and sample product to take home. Limited scholarships are available. For more information and to register call 503-655-8634 or visit extension.oregonstate.edu/Clackamas/.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Donna Marie Drucker

Drucker named director of Cotillion

Donna Marie Drucker of Lake Oswego has been appointed director of the National League of Junior Cotillions for the Multnomah and Clackamas County Chapter in Oregon.

The purpose of the NLJC program is to give students instruction in ballroom dance and practice in the social courtesies needed for better relationships with their family and friends. Students actively develop life skills through role-playing, skits and games. The social behavior component ranges from rules of conversation to formal and informal table manners, and more.

To learn more about NLJC, visit nljc.com or call Drucker at 917-968-4089.

Master Gardeners to host plant evaluations

Clackamas County Master Gardeners will present Neil Bell, Oregon State University Extension Community Horticulturist on Oct. 10 in Milwaukie.

Bell will speak on Northwest plant evaluations and share what works well with minimal effort. The program is free and open to the public.

Bell set out to identify certain shrubs suitable for un-irrigated landscapes in the Willamette Valley. Since 2000, he has conducted several studies of landscape plants for drought tolerance and cold hardiness at the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Station.

His method for evaluation is harsh by home garden standards: Plants are not watered, sprayed or pruned for the duration. Under these conditions, they are rated for growth, flowering and hardiness. The goal is to provide information on plants suitable for low-input landscapes in the Willamette Valley and other areas west of the Cascade Mountains. Bell is highly experienced in diagnosis of plant problems and pruning of ornamental plants, and has co-authored publications on water-efficient landscape plants, soil amendment and mulch use.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie.

Circle of Strength fundraiser set

The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center will host the 15th-annual Circle of Strength fundraising brunch Oct. 22. Funds raised help pay for mental health services for low-income women and children in the Portland and Vancouver, Wash., area.

Guest speaker will be Marcy Cottrell Houle, co-author of “The Gift of Caring: Saving our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare.”

The Circle of Strength event exists to help bring focus to the shortage of professional, affordable counseling and psychiatric medication management available to women and children. An agency of Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, Circle of Strength has provided therapy, medication management and educational classes for 30 years. All donations to NCC are tax deductible.

The Oct. 22 event will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at Riverside Golf and Country Club, 8105 N.E. 33rd Drive in Portland.

Tickets for the brunch are $40 and can be purchased online at nwcounseling.org or by calling 503-253-0964.

— The Review, Tidings