Greater Portland Iris Society wishes for you to mark your calendar for our Late Show.

 

Sunday May 10th

Portland Nursery, 90th Division, Portland Oregon

10 am - 4 pm

Admission: Free

http://greaterportlandirissociety.org/events  

October 6, 2018 Clackamas Oregon Master Gardners Fall into Gardening – October 6, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12 noon, Milwaukie Center (5540 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, OR) 1 0-Minute University™ talks • Educational displays • Free pH Soil Testing • Ask a Master Gardener Clinics  https://clackamascountymastergardeners.org/10-minute-university/ 

Federal Agency 2018 Fee Free Days:

  • National Park Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), April 21 (First Day of National Park Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • Bureau of Land Management: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • U.S. Forest Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 10-11 (Veterans Day Weekend)
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), October 14 (First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day, you must be a veteran, an active and reserve component service member, or a family member to be granted a fee waiver)
  • Bureau of Reclamation: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)

Here are special events and places to go, some with activities and programs on fee-free days. Before you visit, be sure to check with the public lands location to see if they participate.

 
 
Less is More: Getting to One Can of Garbage a Year 
 
*Northwest Earth Institute is offering another opportunity to help yourself and the planet. The Drawdown EcoChallenge runs April 4-April 25. Here’s a teaser about it:

 

 The Drawdown EcoChallenge is offered in partnership by Project Drawdown and Northwest Earth Institute's EcoChallenge. Together we're taking action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. Stretch your limits, earn points, and compete for prizes...like a video call with Paul Hawken for the winning team! Take the challenge and see how three weeks of action add up to a lifetime of change for you and the planet.

*The Center for Earth Leadership is once again offering Earth Day in Music and Song on Friday, April 20th. They invite you to set aside this special time to celebrate our remarkable planet. The program includes instrumental and vocal performances, meditative singing, poetry, and candle lighting.   http://www.earthleaders.org/    

 

*For those of you who would like to have a deeper understanding about sustainability, Betty Shelley is offering to host a discussion group to read Northwest Earth Institute’s newly-revised coursebook, Choices for Sustainable Living. Here’s a brief description: Sustainability is a complex and somewhat contradictory concept, but at its best represents the hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. provides participants with a powerful opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and envision a sustainable world from individual, societal and global perspectives.  Betty can be reached via e-mail,