Trees to hug

We love trees in the spring for the blossoms and in summer for their shade, but the time of year that they get everyone talking is autumn. To mark the beauty of fall foliage time, the Arbor Day Foundation is giving 10 “autumn classics trees” to anyone who joins the nonprofit group this month. The free trees are part of its Trees for America campaign, to promote environmental stewardship.
Included are trees known for their autumn displays: Two sugar maples, two red maples and one each of scarlet oak, sweetgum, northern red oak, silver maple, white flowering dogwood and Washington hawthorn.
The trees – 6- to 12-inch seedlings – will arrive at the right time for planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, and are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced. (All trees come with planting instructions.)
To become a foundation member and receive your trees, send $10 to Autumn Classics Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Oct. 31 or join online at

Build your blog

Bloggers can get professional advice, along with networking opportunities, at the first WordCamp conference for WordPress users in Buffalo on Oct. 20. According to a press release, the conference is open to all – bloggers, site developers and designers, and WordPress enthusiasts.
The Buffalo WordPress Meetup Group is organizing the event, with talks and workshops for all levels. Planned speakers include John James Jacoby (@JJJ), lead developer of BuddyPress; Adrian Roselli (@aardrian), co-founder of Algonquin Studios; Joe Rozsa (@trailertrashus), creative director of Trailer Trash Design; Aaron P. Smith (@aaronpsmith), digital media guru; and Sam Hotchkiss (@HotchkissWeb), WordPress consultant. Find the complete schedule at
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in Lyons Hall, on the west side of Main Street on the Canisius College campus; programs run through 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 (which includes continental breakfast, light lunch and a T-shirt), also available through the website.