News Briefs: Sunday, January 11, 2009

Geology course at library begins on Jan. 21

KINGMAN - "The Nature of the Earth: An Introduction to Geology," a 36-lecture course presented on DVD, begins at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Mohave County Public Library-Kingman, 3269 N. Burbank.

Each lecture is 30 minutes long, with a short discussion between each lecture and an intermission. Weathering, Soils and Clay Materials, and Climate and the Type of Soils will be covered this month.

The lectures are held the third Wednesday of each month as part of the Mohave County Gemstoners' Education Program for all ages. Call Nan at (928) 846-0927 or Donna at (928) 263-1480 for more information.

Red Cross seeking volunteers for 2009

KINGMAN - The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Kingman Foundation Building, 2985 E. John L. Ave.

In addition to discussing disaster response in the area, the Red Cross wants to introduce community members to the humanitarian organization and recruit more volunteers to strengthen the new team. Red Cross volunteers were on the scene of 52 disasters in Mohave County last year, helping 61 families, including 68 children.

The Red Cross provides free training. To learn more about the Grand Canyon Chapter, visit www.arizonaredcross.org or call (800) 842-7349.

Horticulture conference in Havasu is Jan. 29

LAKE HAVASU CITY - The 5th Annual Lower Colorado River Horticulture Conference starts at 8 a.m. Jan. 29 in the Nautical Inn Resort, 1000 McCulloch Blvd., in Lake Havasu City. The workshop is sponsored by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Conference topics include: Desert Integrity, How to Care for Plants in Our Landscapes, Botany 101, From Seed to Shade, Cycads in the Desert Landscape and more.

Cost of the conference is: $85/$88 by credit card and includes lunch and breaks for the day. Registration and check-in is from 7 to 8 a.m., with programming from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and/or registration, contact the University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension at (928) 753-3788.