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Attracting birds to gardens is topic of Master Gardener meeting

Clackamas County Master Gardener chapter will learn about birding and how to attract birds to the garden, during a meeting to be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Guest speaker will be Linda Beutler, a renowned gardener, author, professional florist, instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College and curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm.

Free grieving workshop offered

Those in the process of grieving are invited to be part of a bereavement program to start in January.

Join others in an exploration of how tending grief with an open heart holds the potential for transformation and summons one to a renewed sense of wholeness, characterized by peace, hope and strength. The seven-week program will be held by hospice worker Laurabeth Ragozzino in partnership with Palliative Care Partners.

The free workshop will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10 through Feb. 21 at the Juanita Pohl Center, 8513 S.W. Tualatin Road, Tualatin. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to pre-register by Jan. 3 by calling 503-290-6108.

Audio-visual presentation on meditation to be held

“Demystifying Meditation,” Surja Tjahaja’s audio-visual presentation on mindfulness meditation, will be shown at the Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and again at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St., at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

The presentations are geared toward those who are curious about the practice and the scientific research explaining its effectiveness in reducing stress and promoting health and happiness. The events will include a guided meditation and a question-and-answer session.

Tjahaja, who lives in West Linn, leads weekly mindfulness meditation classes in West Linn, Lake Oswego and Milwaukie.

Learn more about the presentations and the weekly sessions online at mindfulnessmeditation.us.

Donations sought for Art Throb benefit

Art Throb, a gala dinner to benefit the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, will be held Feb. 14 in the Hawthorne Room on the Marylhurst University campus, 17600 Pacific Highway. The event marks the 15th anniversary of the Arts Council’s award-winning public art program, the Gallery Without Walls. Intended to become a highly anticipated, annual event, the evening will include a silent and oral auction, dinner and dancing.

All funds raised will go towards education and outreach initiatives to expand the Gallery Without Walls docent tour program, the Arts Literacy partnership with Lake Oswego Public Schools as well as K-12 schools in the surrounding regions, and exhibitions and workshops at the 510 Museum and ARTspace.

The Arts Council is seeking donations of goods and services for the event. For details, contact Executive Director Nancy Nye at 503-675-3738 or email nyenancy@ci.oswego.or.us.

TRAG Gallery has gift solutions

Three Rivers Art Guild (TRAG) presents Rusty Brown as its Artist of the Month.

Brown works in wood and focuses on Celtic designs to create home décor pieces in a variety of sizes, including ornament sized pieces.

Brown’s art, as well as that of other TRAG members, is exhibited and for sale at the TRAG Gallery, 507 Seventh St., in Oregon City. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Brown donates 10 percent of his proceeds to the Highway of Pennies for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

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