Maybe you'd rather pull weeds

Get your hands dirty in the morning and get a free meal and some entertainment for the effort today in an event organized by several government agencies.

The Pulling Together Initiative, a community weed-pulling event, is set from 9 to 11 a.m. at locations from Ashland to Gold HIll. The free barbecue lunch and music follow at Hawthorne Park in Medford.

The effort will help clear up weeds and will teach volunteers which weeds are menacing and how to keep them from taking over.

To take part, head to one of these sites:

— Ashland: North Mountain Park, 620 Mountain Ave.

— Central Point: Bear Creek Greenway. Meet in parking lot across from the Pilot Station.

— White City: Denman Wildlife Area, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters, 1495 E. Gregory Road.

— South Medford: Jefferson Nature Center in Harry and David Ballpark on South Pacific Highway.

— East Medford: Prescott Park on Roxy Ann Peak off Hillcrest Road.

— Rogue River/Gold Hill: Valley of the Rogue State Park off Interstate 5.

The event is sponsored by the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon State University Extension, North Mountain Park Nature Center, Forest Service, county Roads Department, ODFW, Seven Basins Watershed and Rogue Valley Council of Governments.

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