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OCCIDENTAL: Learn to prune vines, fruit trees at workshop

Learn the best way to prune your fruit trees and vines during a free workshop Jan. 19 at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.

The workshop will cover the basics for small, diversified fruit tree orchards, starting with tools and tool safety and moving into the benefits of pruning, basics cuts and the art of pruning. The class will include a walk around the orchards at OAEC with a discussion of the different types of fruit trees and how to properly prune each one.

Examples include apples, European and Asian pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries and grapes.

9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35. If it rains, the workshop will move to Jan. 27. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. For information, visit Oaec.org or call 874-1557 Ext. 101.

SANTA ROSA: Rose Society offering free pruning workshop

The Redwood Empire Rose Society will give a free hands-on demonstration on rose pruning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

The demonstration will be at the society's garden, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, email ruthbrown@sbcglobal.net.

SONOMA: Learn to cure olives in free workshop

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