Events coming up this weekend

As always, post a comment or send me an e-mail if I’ve left out any important event.

Democratic candidates, please e-mail me about your upcoming public events and/or fundraisers, so that I can include them in these posts.

Thursday, July 17:

Democracy for America is holding another one of its “Night School” sessions, this time featuring Professor George Lakoff:

Ever wonder why simply stating our positions on the hot button issues isn’t enough to win votes? Or why Democrats who try and adopt conservative stances on issues usually lose their elections even in conservative districts?

Professor George Lakoff has the answers and will show us how to frame the solutions during the next Night School. Thursday, Professor Lakoff will be our special guest trainer; highlighting specific thinking points from his new book “The Political Mind” and teaching the framing progressives need to know to win. Join us “Live from Netroots Nation” at a special time: 5:30pm Eastern.

The Political Mind with George Lakoff

Thursday 5:30pm Eastern Time

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR NIGHT SCHOOL NOW!

More information from Democracy for America is after the jump.

Rob Hubler will be at the Decatur County fair in Leon at 6:30 pm.

Friday, July 18:

Rob Hubler will be at the Carroll County fair in Carroll at 1:00 pm.

Hubler will be at the Crawford County fair in Denison at 3:15.

Hubler will be at the Mills County fair in Malvern at 6:15.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is holding its Statewide Convention on Friday and Saturday at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (10th and Walnut). The keynote speaker on Friday night will be John Nichols, writer for The Nation magazine. Tickets for the Nichols event can be purchased for $15 in advance or for $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Iowa CCI at 515-255-0800 or visit www.iowacci.org.

For more background on Nichols, read this diary posted by Whitney. To register to attend ICCI’s convention, click here.

Saturday, July 19:

ICCI’s convention continues all day at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. A particularly interesting workshop on how to win the battle over clean elections reform will be led by State Representative Pam Jochum.

The Iowa Renewable Energy Association is holding a Residential Solar Photovoltaic Workshop at the Des Moines Botanical Center from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It costs $100 for I-Renew members and $150 for non-members, with an optional $11 lunch. Click here for more information, or read the whole e-mail announcement from I-Renew after the jump.

Rob Hubler will be at the Buena Vista County fair in Storm Lake at 1 pm.

Hubler will be at the O’Brien County fair in Primghar at 3 pm.

Polk County supervisor Tom Hockensmith is holding the 6th Annual Hockensmith Family Picnic from noon to 3 pm at Doanes Park, Shelter #1, 451 S. Pleasant Hill Blvd. $10 per person – or – $25 per family. Directions from E. University / Hwy 163: Go South on Hickory Blvd., West on Maple Dr., then South on S. Pleasant Hill Blvd.

Sunday, July 20:

Rob Hubler will be in the Monona County fair parade in Onawa at 10 am.

Hubler will be at the Pottawattamie County fair in Avoca at 3:15 pm.

Ever wonder why simply stating our positions on the hot button issues isn’t enough to win votes? Or why Democrats who try and adopt conservative stances on issues usually lose their elections even in conservative districts?

Professor George Lakoff has the answers and will show us how to frame the solutions during the next Night School. Thursday, Professor Lakoff will be our special guest trainer; highlighting specific thinking points from his new book “The Political Mind” and teaching the framing progressives need to know to win. Join us “Live from Netroots Nation” at a special time: 5:30pm Eastern.

The Political Mind with George Lakoff

Thursday 5:30pm Eastern Time

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR NIGHT SCHOOL NOW!

Howard Dean called Professor Lakoff “One of the most influential thinkers of the progressive movement.” Lakoff’s 2004 book “Don’t Think of an Elephant” taught progressives how to take back the message and expose Republican framing. He changed the way people speak about the issues and now he’s taken it to the next level with his new book.

We’ll be spending an hour with Professor Lakoff as part of this special Netroots Nation edition of DFA Night School.

Night School is DFA’s interactive online training program. Every month Night School brings top campaign experts right to your home at absolutely no cost to you.  Simply visit www.democracyforamerica.com/lakoff to sign up and get the info you’ll need to listen to the program live Thursday afternoon or listen to the recording on your own time.  As always, Night School training will be accompanied by a slideshow that you can view from your computer.

Join Professor Lakoff and me at Netroots Nation and learn the secrets of the Political Mind.

-Matt

Matt Blizek, Training Director

Democracy for America

P.S. In case you weren’t with us in 2006, George Lakoff joined us for a memorable Night School about ‘Framing the Election’.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER “Fall Session 2006 – GOTV Skills” ON DVD and help us keep Night School free to everyone!

Now is the time to put Renewable Solar on your home

Let I-Renew show you how!

Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) will present our Residential Solar Photovoltaic Workshop on Saturday, July 19 at the Des Moines Botanical Center.   This highly informative workshop will fill up quickly so register early.

Leading the workshop is Dennis Pottratz of GO SOLAR, Iowa’s first nationally certified installer. He will bring his expertise to explain the benefits of residential solar energy, a viable home energy option.  He will cover the basics of photovoltaic panels, on-grid and off-grid system design, project cost, and installation essentials.   While intended for the do-it-yourselfers as well as building trade professionals, this workshop will be enjoyed by anyone interested in moving from home energy conservation to home energy creation.

For More information visit: http://www.irenew.org/workshop…

This Workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center.

When:

Saturday July 19, 2008 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Where:

Des Moines Botanical Center, Levitt Room

909 Robert D Ray Dr

Des Moines, IA 50316

909 Robert D R

Cost:

$100 I-Renew Members;

$150 Non-Members;

Lunch optional at $11

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