Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
MARCH 11, 2009

Garden Club and Co-op
Calling all giddy gardeners and lovers of landscaping!

Are you interested in:
  • Flower and/or vegetable gardening
  • Landscape maintenance and planning
  • Composting
  • Yard plant identification
  • Container gardening
  • Water features
  • Transplanting
  • Plant and Tool Swaps
  • Sharing garden expertise
  • Help with special garden projects
  • Sharing a tiller
The Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Garden Club and Co-op will have an organizational meeting at the March 15 Arboretum Open House. We will meet at the Arboretum Classroom Shelter at 2pm. Contact Valerie Marcil at if you are interested in participating.
See for more information.

CANDO Gardens Work Day, Saturday, March 14
Please contact Valerie Marcil (738-0682, 331-1138, for more information.

USC Belser Arboretum Open House, Sunday, March 15
The year has been an unusual one, weather wise. January was very dry; February was very cold. The plants in general were greatly delayed in leafing out and blooming, giving quite a wintery appearance to the City. A transformation of the garden scene has occurred in the past week after the deluge of three and a half inches of rain for most of the Columbia area on the February 27-March 1 weekend, followed by 70 degree+ and 80+ daytime temperatures most of the following week. All this promises an exciting Open House on March 15 from 1-4 pm. Read more at

Spring Lawn Aeration Co-op Deal
Mark Gill of Spring Green Columbia has agreed to provide core aeration for Sherwood Forest for $55 per lawn. The aeration will be done in April or May. Excess thatch build-up and compacted soils are two major influences on the health and growth of your lawn. Core aeration can help reduce thatch and relieve compaction to provide a greener and healthier lawn. Contact Mark at 256-2444 to get your name on the list. You can also contact Mark through his web site at Dont' forget to mention you are in Sherwood Forest!

Telephone Book Recycling
Telephone book recycling drop off locations will be available February 1 - March 15, 2009. See for those locations.

City of Columbia News
The City of Columbia has several upcoming events:

A Community Police Recruiting Program
Chief of Police Tandy Carter is having a community recruiting program Thursday, March 19 at 7pm at the Capitol Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle. For more information, call 545-3509. The meeting is open to all and will focus on how to recruit potential officers among your family, friends and neighbors. See for more information.

Neighborhood Watch Identity Theft Workshops
The Columbia Police Department and Iron Mountain are sponsoring workshops on Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30pm and Saturday, March 21 at 2pm at Police Headquarters, 1 Justice Square (Lincoln and Washington Streets). Free shredding service will be provided. Topics will include Neighborhood Watch programs; identity theft prevention; home, car and personal safety; and how to deal with and report crime. Call 545-3020 or email to register. See for more information.

NACA "Save the Dream" Tour Comes to Columbia
At Congressman Clyburn's invitation, NACA will bring its extraordinarily successful "Save the Dream Tour" to the Carolina Coliseum Friday March 13 through Monday March 16. NACA counselors will be providing Individual counseling to home owners regarding mortgage restructuring. Lenders will be on site and may be able to provide immediate service. Certain financial records will be required. To register visit or call 888-302-NACA (6222). For more information, see

American Dream Home Buying and Living Green Conference
Richland County is inviting residents to attend the 2009 Living Green conference featuring personal finance expert and Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary. The event will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 9am to 2pm at Northeast Richland High School. Seminars will cover budgeting and credit management, home buying, and energy efficient and ecologically friendly options. See for more information. Or call 576-2065, email

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