Learn how to compost those fall leaves, kitchen waste and other organic matter at a free composting and waste reduction workshop Oct. 10.
The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Kennewick branch of the Mid-Columbia Library System, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.
Participants will learn about recycling, proper disposal of hazardous wastes and how to compost yard and kitchen waste. Registered participants will receive a free composting bin and book for attending. Seating is limited.
For more information or to register, call 735-3551.
Native Plant Society to meet Thursday
The Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 120 of the CIC Building at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, Richland.
Featured speaker will be Jenny von Reis, assistant professor of botany at Columbia Basin College.
She will talk about "Biological Soil Crusts of the Columbia Basin Shrub-Steppe."
For more information, go to www.wnps.org/cbasin.
Orchid Society to meet Oct. 20 in Kennewick
The South Central Washington Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Edison Elementary School, 201 S. Dawes, St., Kennewick.
For more information go to www.scworchidsociety.org.
Koi & Pond Club to elect new officers Tuesday
The Mid-Columbia Koi & Pond Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Carmen Stafford and Gunar Rieksts, 3905 South Waverly St., in Kennewick.
They will be holding elections for club officers and setting an agenda for next year. For more information or directions, call 586-6465.
The club also will be holding a meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Beaver Bark & Rock in Richland.
Featured speaker will be Bryan Bobbett who will discuss what things you can do to shut down your pond for the winter.
Members should bring a favorite dessert to share. Coffee, water, plates and utensils will be provided.
Learn practical choices for making a green home
Joshua Piven has diagnosed many of us with a case of eco-anxiety.
It's a fear of making the wrong choices, brought on by the complexity of environmental issues and the intimidation wrought by well-meaning but strident eco-activists.
It can make us afraid to do anything at all, he says.
But Piven thinks our planet's fate is too important to give up on. So instead of preaching, he seeks to bring humor and creativity to environmentalism in This Green House: Home Improvements for the Eco-Smart, the Thrifty, and the Do-It-Yourselfer (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $15.95)
The book offers practical, doable and mostly inexpensive methods for living lighter on the Earth.
Readers learn everything from green cleaning methods to making charcoal from coffee grounds.