News Briefs: Wednesday, January 13, 2009

KINGMAN

Parents and other members of the community will have a chance to get a look at the new White Cliffs Middle School at 3550 Prospector Street when the school holds a dedication and open house today.

The dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting will take place in the school's cafeteria at 3:30 p.m., with guided tours set to run through 6 p.m. Both students and administrators will offer the tours, which will go over various new features of the completed campus.

LAKE HAVASU CITY

World-renowned horticulturalist and author Mary Irish will be making a presentation in Lake Havasu City on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the 6th Annual Lower Colorado River Horticulture Conference at the Nautical Inn Resort.

Irish was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from Texas A&M University.

She worked for many years in the field of horticulture and horticultural communications, specializing in gardens and plants of the Southwest.

She served for 11 years as director of Public Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. In that position, she was actively involved in the introduction of new plants in the Central Arizona area.

She is currently an author, educator and consultant.

If you would like to attend the full-day conference on Jan. 28, call Administrative Assistant of the University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension Vicki Coombs at (928) 753-3788 to register by credit card (cost $40 prior to Jan .15, after is $55 and includes breakfast, breaks and lunch) or if you would like to come only to hear Ms. Irish speak at 3:45 p.m., you may pay $10 at the door.

For more information, contact Vicki at (928) 753-3788.