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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:00pm
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Bug Basics 101 and 102: Learn the basics about bugs at two courses designed to teach the fundamentals of insect identification, life cycles and life styles to professionals, amateurs, gardeners and youth.

Bug Basics 101 and 102, offered as a continuing education course through the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension, will help students identify insects in their business, home and garden.

Classes, taught by Sharon Collman and Dave Pehling, include slide presentations, labs with live and preserved specimens, displays, references and handouts. An option of obtaining professional credits is available.

Bug Basics 101 is at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bug Basics 102 is at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 18, 9 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 22.

Future workshops build on these basics, providing additional opportunities to learn to identify and manage common pests of crops, nursery and landscape plants, homes or gardens and to recognize beneficial insects or to gain proficiency in methods of monitoring and managing insects.

Each course is $25 and includes materials, or is $10 per WSU continuing education credit.

For registration and information, call 425-338-2400.

Adult tour guides needed: The Washington Park Arboretum is seeking guides to lead outdoor tours for its Adult Tour Program.

Tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Guides are asked to commit to two shifts per month for a period of six months.

Each year, the Arboretum’s Adult Tour Program serves more than 1,000 visitors.

Those interested can attend an orientation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27.

For information, call 206-543-8801 or e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu.

Free workshops: The Arlington Garden Club offers a series of workshops during its monthly meetings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

The workshops, “How To Turn Your Thumb Green,” cover a range of topics. On March 11, club member Priscilla Johnson discusses how and when to divide perennials. Horticulturist Michelle Clark presents a two-hour program on do-it-yourself garden design on April 8.

Workshops are held at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave. NE, Arlington. A $2 donation is requested.

For information, call 360-403-7769.

Saplings School Program training offered: Washington Park Arboretum is offering training for guides in its Saplings School Program.

Program guides lead Kindergarten through 12th grade-aged children in the outdoor environmental and science education program at Washington Park Arboretum.

Programs are offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 through 1:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Sapling guides are asked to commit to one three-hour shift each week for 10 weeks in the spring.

Each spring, the Saplings School Program serves more than 2,000 students throughout the Puget Sound area.

Those interested can attend an orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 13.

For information, call 206-543-8801 or email uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu.

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