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Homework: Society to discuss fatal rose disease at Mt. Lebanon Library

| Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Rose Society and the Mt. Lebanon Library are sponsoring a program, “Rose Rosette Disease: A Tsunami in the Rose World?” presented by Mark Windham, professor of ornamental pathology at the University of Tennessee.

The program will be at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Mt. Lebanon Library, Lower Level Room A, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

Rose Rosette Disease has the potential to destroy the rose industry and drastically reduce the use of roses in landscape. There is no cure for this disease, which is carried by airborne mites.

This program will provide information on the etiology, spread and current control methods to best limit the impact of this plant virus.

Rockler offers woodworking classes

To help holiday gift makers get an early start, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in Pittsburgh is offering hands-on, “Make & Take” project classes throughout October.

The class series is especially well suited for beginners or those with limited woodworking experience. Class size is limited, and children under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Projects include: Oct. 2, custom knife; Oct. 9, ice cream scoop, pizza cutter or bottle opener; Oct. 16, bottle caddy; Oct. 23, decorative wooden luminary.

Classes, which will be two to three hours long, cost $25 or $35 plus materials. Instruction will be provided by the store's expert woodworkers and teachers. The store is at 7402 McKnight Road, Ross.

Details: 412-364-7751 or rockler.com/retail/stores/pa/pittsburgh-store

Mother Earth News offers fair at 7 Springs

The annual Mother Earth News Fair will be held from Sept. 23 to 25 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion.

More than 150 workshops from leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading and livestock, green building and natural health are planned, along with deals from regional and national exhibitors that feature sustainable products and services.

Demonstrations will feature topics ranging from hands-on seed saving to building mud houses to heritage breed livestock.

The fair activities will be open from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

Details: motherearthnewsfair.com/pennsylvania/

Where's Doug?

• On Sept. 24, Tribune Review home and garden editor Doug Oster will emcee the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. The nationwide tour showcases environmental films that inspire action. Details: 412-488-7490, ext. 105, or prc.org/filmfestival2016

• At 11 a.m. Sept. 30, Oster will be at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden presenting “How to Grow Your Own Garlic.” He will cook Super Garlic Sliders With Garlic Aioli for all participants. The event is free, but registration is required. Details: 412-241-0411 or pennhillslawnandgarden.com

— Staff and wire reports

Send Homework items to Features in care of Sue Jones, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; fax 412-320-7966; or email sjones@tribweb.com.

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