Upcoming events of interest.

Corvallis Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours”
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Hosted by Garland Nursery

Storytime with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 20, 2014 • 10:30am (Gresham)
Al's Garden Center

Young children are invited to come listen while Mrs. Claus reads some of her favorite holiday books. Parents and grandparents, bring your cameras to capture the holiday memories! Cost: Free.
Registration: Registration is not required. Speaker: Mrs. Claus!

Kids Club: Flower Pot Reindeer Bell Ornament
Saturday December 20, 2014 • 11:00am
Al's Garden Center (Gresham)

Celebrate the holiday season by making a cute little reindeer ornament. After we are done with our craft, join us for cookies and punch to celebrate another great Kids Club year! Cost: $5 per child.
Registration is required. Register online at, or call the store you would like to attend: Woodburn 503-981-1245, Sherwood 503-726-1162, Gresham 503-491-0771.

Christmas Photos
Saturday & Sunday, December 20 & 21, 2014 • 11:00am-1:00pm
Farmington Gardens

Bring your camera for that special Christmas photo.

Terrarium Building Workshop
Saturday, December 20, 2014 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

From lush greenery to mini desert scenes, terrariums provide an oasis of plant-filled fun! Join terrarium fanatic Angelina Ponce for this hands-on workshop where you will build your own little ecosystem in a glass container! Angelina will walk you through step-by-step, discussing terrarium "ingredients", lighting & moisture requirements, and choosing the right plant combinations for a healthy, thriving terrarium. She will also give great tips for how to use different container styles and decorative additions to spice up your little green scene.

Materials fee of $30 payable to the cashier before class.
Please bring gloves and pruners if you have them. Limited to 12 students.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden with Tiffany Garner
Sunday, December 21, 2014 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

Creating a miniature world fit for a fairy or two is a great way to get in touch with your creative, playful side, and can make a wonderful gift! Tiffany will lead the group in this hands-on class and help you design, accessorize, and learn how to properly care for your enchanting world. Choose between an indoor or outdoor fairy garden. Students are free to bring their own decorative items to incorporate into their fairy’s garden, as well as shop our splendid and varied offerings.

Materials fee of $30 payable to the cashier before class.
Please bring gloves and pruners if you have them. Limited to 12 students.

Christmas in the Garden
Thru December 21, 2014
The Oregon Garden

Christmas in the Garden is an award-winning event featuring a traditional Christmas Market and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest each Thursday-Sunday, from November 28th to December 21st, 4:00pm-9:00pm.

Christmas in the Garden

Upon arrival, you will enter the Garden and board the Holiday Express, where you will be whisked to the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest. Here, you can:

Enjoy a traditional German Christmas Market, where you can find the perfect holiday gifts from artisan vendors selling hand-made goods, sip gluhwein and other adult holiday beverages, listen to festive holiday music & carolers, take in the smells and tastes of holiday foods, warm up next to fire pits, take photos with Santa, who will be visiting regularly and walk among lit vignettes and through 300,000 Christmas lights in the forest, including a glowing, 9 foot tall Leg Lamp!

Poinsettia Recycling
Friday, December 26-Monday, January 12, 2014
Al's Garden Center (All Locations)

Bring your holiday poinsettia in and we’ll recycle it for you, plant, soil, pot and all! You will also receive a coupon for a 30% discount on a fresh, new houseplant. Cost: Free. Registration is not required.

Thru January 4, 2015
The Oregon Zoo

It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoos' annual winter festival ZooLights, returning this year with a new train route taking visitors through a never-before-seen light experience.

Members: Free; Adults (12–64): $10; Seniors (65 and up): $9; Children (3–11): $7
2 and under: Free; Group Discounts available.

Sunday - Thursday: gates open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: gates open 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Grounds remain open an hour after gates close.
ZooLights is closed December 10, 24 and 25.

Classes: Science and Art of Plants
Wednesdays, January-March, 2015 • 9:00am-4:00pm
Polk County

Discover the science and art of plants using research-based and sustainable gardening practices. Each program is tailored to different climates, soils and local needs of individual counties.

Registration deadline: December 12th, 2014
For More Information...
Contact the OSU Extension Service Polk County at 503-623-8395
or email:
Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 503-623-8395.

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