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Spring 2011 Sense of Place Classes and Other Events of Interest

Saturday, March 26
Weeds, Neighbors and Cinnamon Rolls- Neighborhood Cost Share Program Workshop

8:00 - Noon Camas Center for Community Wellness 1821 N. LeClerc Rd, Usk, WA

The Pend Oreille County Weed Board's Neighborhood Cost Share Project provides assistance to landowners for controlling their noxious weeds. The workshop agenda includes information on specific pest control for rodents (pocket gophers, voles and ground squirrels); expert advice on calibrating spraying equipment; herbicides for site specific weed control and weedy grass control; and how the cost-share programs works. Class participants will receive their 2011 NCS application early! 3 Pesticide Applicator Credits available. Please call (509) 447-2402 or email jrice@cahnrs.wsu.edu to pre-register No registration charge this year, thanks to sponsorship by Kalispel Tribe Department of Natural Resources, Centaurea Inc., and Wilbur-Ellis Company.

Tuesday March 29
Gardening with Native Plants

6:30 to 8:30 pm, Sacheen Lake Fire Station #32, 6131 Hwy 211, East of Newport. Instructor: Dixie Chichester, WSU Pend Oreille Extension

The list of advantages of gardening with native plants is extremely long. Learn about the native plants of Pend Oreille County and how to incorporate them beautifully into your yards and landscapes. Registration $5, or free to Little Spokane watershed residents! Call 447-2401 or email cpogson@pendoreille.org to pre-register

Thursday, April 14
Installing a Drip Irrigation System

6:30 to 8:30 pm, The CREATE Place, 900 W. 4th, Newport. Instructors: Dave Cassel, WSU Pend Oreille Master Gardener and Dixie Chichester, WSU Pend Oreille County Extension

Tour the WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden to inspect its water-saving, drip irrigation system then learn how easy it is to plan and install a drip system of your own. Registration $5, or free to Little Spokane watershed residents! (Dress accordingly for short outdoor tour.) Call 447-2401 or email cpogson@pendoreille.org to pre-register

Thursday, April 14
Field Trip: Private lands and wetland restoration: Incentives for farmers to diversify

9:30am * Meet at Camas Center for Community Wellness, 1821 N. LeClerc Rd, Usk, WA

This field trip opportunity will give landowners of working farms and ranches the chance to see how other landowners in the Valley have increased the diversity and quality of wetland and other related habitats on their properties, and received financial and other benefits. Staff from Ducks Unlimited and the Kalispel Tribe will take landowners on a tour of completed restoration sites in the Valley and discuss financial incentives and the process of undertaking a habitat restoration or enhancement project on private lands. Field trip is on April 14th, and we will meet at the Wellness Center in Usk at 930am. Call Tina Blewett of Ducks Unlimited to register (509) 534-1455.

Saturday, April 16 (tentative date)

HANDS-ON! Shoreline Planting /Bank Stabilization Workshop

The public access boat launch area on Gregg's Road (located on the east side of the Pend Oreille River, approximately 10 miles north of Newport) has been selected to be a water trail and bank stabilization demo site. This year, eroding portions of the bank will be treated using two different "soft" bio-engineering techniques that will also improve wildlife habitat and gradually shade out a thick stand of invasive reed canary grass. Take part in a hands-on workshop planting willow and dogwood cuttings this spring, and come back in the fall to watch some re-sloping, participate in coir fabric placement, and help with more planting. Both workshops will include information about how to assess eroding sites, choose a bank stabilization method, develop a site design, and fill out necessary permits. You will learn how and where to obtain plant cuttings and rooted stock, and get a hands-on introduction to tools and planting methods. Instructors include Sandie Durand, Cascara Consulting; Bart George, PUD; Todd McGloughlin and Mike Lithgow, Pend Oreille County Community Development Department; Brittany Davidson, EWU; Jeff Lawlor, WA Department of Wildlife; Sharon Sorby, Pend Oreille County Weed Board; Carol Mack, WSU Extension; and WSU Extension Master Gardeners. This project is made possible through a partnership between Pend Oreille County and PUD, with cuttings supplied by the Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department. Call (509) 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu to be placed on a participant list to be contacted with more information as we get closer. Weather and river level will dictate the exact timing of these workshops.

Saturday, April 30
Eleventh Annual WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Doors open 9 AM Stratton Elementary School Gymnasium 1201 W. Fifth Street, Newport

Master Gardeners have put their plant growing expertise and enthusiasm to good use this spring. There will be veggie starts, herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and berries for sale, as well as a great raffle. Proceeds are used to fund a long list of educational projects, including a college scholarship available to students pursuing careers in horticulture or related fields. Come to the plant sale, support local volunteers, and get your garden off to a great start.

Pend Oreille County Centennial Events

Pend Oreille County celebrates 100 years as a county this year! All year long events will be happening in the County with a Centennial theme, starting with a reenactment of the charter signing on June 1. For ongoing information about Centennial events, go to http://pendoreilleco.org/about/centennial.asp

David Thompson BiCentennial

Two hundred years ago, in 1811, David Thompson reached the Pacific Ocean, adding the Columbia River as the final leg of the fur trade highway between Montreal and the Pacific. His route across the Rocky Mountains would be used for the next fifty years by fur trade brigades. This year, the David Thompson Brigade www.2011brigade.org will celebrate by paddling voyageur canoes 1200 miles along David Thompson's historic route from present day Invermere, British Columbia, to Astoria, Oregon. They will be camping in Oldtown June 15, and on the Kalispel Reservation June 16, before paddling to the portage at Tiger on June 17. Watch for special events as they travel through our area.

July 8-10
Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival

8th annual festival, at Newport City Park. www.povlavenderfestival.com/

July 15- 17
Washington Butterfly Association Conference

The Washington Butterfly Association will be holding the state conference in Newport this year. Evening presentations by nationally-known experts will highlight our local species, and field trips will provide a great chance to net, look, and release. The public is invited and families are welcome! For registration information as the event nears, visit www.naba.org/chapters/nabaws/conference.htm .

Sunday, August 7
Pend Oreille County Garden Tour

Join WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners for the 20th annual garden tour, celebrating 100 years of great Pend Oreille County gardens. Dinner and Tour registration information will be available at www.pendoreille.wsu.edu/mg