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APPLE ORCHARD TREE ADOPTIONS AVAILABLE

Applications for the 2019 Adopt An Apple Tree program at the Curran Apple Orchard Park in University Place are now available. Tree adoptions are a great gift as well as giving people a wonderful way to support a community park and a chance to enjoy delicious apples in the fall.

People who are interested in adopting an apple tree have two options:

  • Pruning Adoption (available from December through April)
  • Orchard Supporter Adoption, which is available all year.

Pruning Adoptions are available for $45 and are reserved for people who commit to prune, thin, harvest and clean up windfalls from their tree according to orchard guidelines. Free pruning classes and trained volunteers are available to help and provide guidance.

Orchard Supporter Adoptions are available for $70 and are perfect for people who want to support the orchard and enjoy the harvest but are unable to participate in tree care. Trained volunteers will take care of the trees for people choosing this option.

All tree adopters are entitled to the harvest from their trees in the fall. Adopter names will appear on their trees. While people who adopted trees in 2018 have first priority for the 2019 season, there are usually ample trees to choose from with the majority of trees being Gravenstein, Golden Delicious and MacIntosh.

The Curran Apple Orchard Park is a seven-acre working apple orchard with more than 250 apple tree located at 3920 Grandview Dr. in University Place. CORE (Curran Orchard Volunteer Enthusiasts) is a volunteer group that sponsors the Adopt A Tree program, pruning parties, summer concerts and the annual Cider Squeeze.

Everyone is welcome to attend CORE meetings, which occur on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the UP City Hall Complex, 3715 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place.

For more information and to download a Tree Adoption application, visit www.curranappleorchard.com.

 

TCC SCHOLARSHIP, TUITION WAIVER APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Planning to attend Tacoma Community College during the academic year that starts in Fall 2019? Apply for a TCC Foundation Scholarship. The application process runs from Jan. 1 to March 31.

The TCC Foundation awards more than $450,000 per year to hundreds of students. TCC awards one-year tuition waivers to students from local high schools. Current high school seniors who plan to attend TCC next year are invited to apply online at www.tacomacc.edu/about/foundation/foundation-scholarships.

 

CURRAN APPLE ORCHARD ANNOUNCES WINTER EVENTS

Learn a new skill and help take care of a unique apple orchard park in University Place. Join a free night pruning class taught by master gardener/arborist Robert Sweet on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the United Church in University Place, located at 3912 Grandview Dr. W.

Participants in this class, sponsored by Curran Orchard Resource Enthusiasts (CORE), will get an overview of proper pruning techniques for apple trees. Interested people can then practice their skills at the upcoming Pruning Parties at the Curran Orchard, located at 3920 Grandview Dr. W. Free pruning parties take place on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 27.

Trained volunteers and master gardeners will be on hand to provide guidance. Wear old clothes and bring loppers, hand pruners and saws if available. Help is also needed hauling branches to the dumpsters. Great for community service hours. Refreshments provided.

Learn about mason bees at a free lecture by Curran Orchard mason beekeeper Rick Mercier at the UP Library on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Many times more effective than honey bees, blue orchard mason bees are also totally nonaggressive. They are easy to care for and are our very own native Pacific Northwest native bee. These are the same bees used to pollinate the Curran Orchard and have proven to substantially increase the crop yield.

CORE meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the University Place City Hall complex. For more information and to confirm meeting locations, visit www.curranappleorchard.com or email apples@curranappleorchard.com. Everyone is welcome to attend!

 

 

REGISTER NOW FOR NO SUN FUN RUN

We’re making a resolution to get active in 2019. Let’s start off with a fun run (or walk), even if there’s no sun!

Rain, hail, sleet or snow, the “No Sun Fun Run” will take place no matter what weather our South Sound winter provides on Jan. 19 at the Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail, South Hill Puyallup.

The beautifully forested 5K Fun Run starts and finishes at Heritage Recreation Center ball fields, located off 128th Street and 94th Avenue. The route takes runners along the scenic Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail, through South Hill Park, and then back to the finish line. The 5K course is very flat and stroller friendly, while the 1-mile course is perfect for younger children and runners/walkers who are new to the fun run circuit. This run is non-competitive and is chip timed. All ages and abilities are welcome.

The race starts at 10 a.m. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $30/person race morning. Tech T-shirts are an additional $17 while supplies last. Each participant will receive a numbered race bib and swag bag.

More information and complete event details are available by visiting the Parks website at

www.piercecountywa.gov/1256/No-Sun-Fun-Run.

 

TCC WINS CHILDCARE GRANT AFTER APPEAL

An unexpected holiday gift arrived for the student parents of Tacoma Community College’s Early Learning Center (ELC) in the form of belated approval for a Department of Education (DOE) grant application. TCC recently learned that the Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was awarded after first being denied. Starting October, the grant will provide the ELC with $286,400 over the next four years, or about $71,000 a year. The funds will subsidize childcare for up to 50 students, more than half of the 88 students in the ELC.

The DOE reversed their initial rejection of the grant application after TCC Grants Manager Walter Chien noticed an inconsistency in the scoring process and filed an appeal. Senator Patty Murray’s office wrote a letter of support for the grant and the ELC. Chien learned of the decision this week after a DOE representative called to tell him they had approved the appeal and would award the grant.

“The ELC will use this grant to help up to 50 TCC student parents already living on a budget that is stretched too thin to be able to afford child care so they can stay in college and complete their education,” said Chien. “Thanks to Senator Patty Murray for supporting TCC’s efforts to secure this important grant for the first time.”

The CCAMPIS program is designed to make quality child care services more affordable for low-income college students who are also parents with young children. That description fits many TCC students, whose median age is 26, and Early Learning Center Program Manager Renee Hernandez-Greenfield thanks everyone involved for their efforts in securing the grant.

“Thank you all for your support in this undertaking,” wrote Hernandez-Greenfield. “It’s an opportunity to share and highlight the dedication that our community college and our state places on access to quality child care. We thank you for your advocacy of our families, children, us and our work!”

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