If you know of an event I’ve left out, please post a comment or send me an e-mail (desmoinesdem AT yahoo.com).
Monday, February 23:
From Iowa Global Warming:
February- Leadership for Coal and Climate
A chance for informed and concerned citizens to take concrete action.
This is your Invitation:
An Iowa Activist Evening
Iowa Global Warming Offices
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
505 5th Avenue Suite 333
Please RSVP (515) 244-3113 firstname.lastname@example.org
Implemting ICCAC Recommendations
How we can stop the Marshalltown Plant
Send your voice to Washington
Get High Speed Rail Service to Des Moines
Screening of “Fighting Goliath” A short film about the fight for coal in texas. Food and film snacks will be provided.
Sponsors: Sierra Club, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Global Warming Campaign, Sierra Student Coalition.
There is a PFLAG meeting featuring One Iowa regional organizer, Ryan Crane, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 309 W. Main St. in Decorah, 7 pm.
Wednesday, February 25:
Friends of Iowa Midwives is having its lobby day at the state capitol from 10 am to 3 pm. To register, or for more information, email email@example.com, or click here:
Thursday, February 26:
From One Iowa:
As Iowa Goes So Goes the Nation Symposium: Varnum v. Brien and its Impact on Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples
Sponsored by the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice and featuring a keynote by Dan Savage
University of Iowa School of Law, Iowa City
Click here for more information or to register.
Someone post a diary afterwards to tell us how Dan Savage did!
From the Center on Sustainable Communities:
Leadership Forum on Sustainable Building With Marc Richmond Thursday, February 26, 2009, 9:45am – 2:00pm
LOCATION: Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge, 2500 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines.
PROGRAM: As Iowa’s leading resource on sustainable building education, COSC is conducting a Leadership Forum with Marc Richmond for Iowa’s business leaders, community leaders, state agency leaders, and policy makers. The session will define the key components of sustainable building and illustrate strategies for building sustainable communities based on national models.
You will find more information at www.icosc.com.
Friday, February 27:
The symposium on Varnum v Brien continues at the University of Iowa law school.
Saturday, February 28:
Democracy for America is holding its acclaimed Training Academy in Des Moines on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1. Click here for more details. Iowa blogger noneed4thneed will be there!
The Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a “sustainable living seminar” for “everyone interested in gardening, landscaping, conservation, and the environment” at DMACC from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. I put the full agenda after the jump–looks like a great program.
Saw this on the Sierra Club Iowa Topics list:
Plymouth Church UCC, Des Moines, Green Team will sponsor the showing of the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?” after the Saturday evening Service (service 5:30-6:30) on February 28. “This 2006 documentary film explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, the Californian government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology.” Admission is free. Plymouth Church is located at the corner of 42nd and Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines. The church is 2 blks south of the 42nd St exit of I-235. The Green Team has a new blog on the Plymouth website: plymouthgreen.org where they discuss “our own struggles with adopting a greener lifestyle and welcome your comments.” Plymouth Church is a Cool Congregation.
February 28, 2009 Backyard Conservation~
A Sustainable Living Seminar
A seminar for everyone interested in gardening,
landscaping, conservation, and the environment.
February 28, 2009 9:30am-2:30pm
Des Moines Area Community College
Building 7 – Conference Center
2006 South Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
or $30/couple from same household
Lunch and refreshments included!
9:00 a.m. Registration, Exhibits, & Refreshments
9:30 Welcome & Introduction to Sustainable Living
10:00 Featured Speaker–Eileen Robb
11:00 Breakout Session 1
11:45 Lunch & Exhibits
12:45 Breakout Session 2
1:45 Breakout Session 3
Featured Speaker, Eileen Robb
Conserve Your Piece of the World and
Your Peace of Mind
Eileen Robb is the co-host of Gardening Today
on 1040 WHO Radio on Sundays from 10 to noon.
She has degrees in Agricultural Science and Plant
Pathology and a PhD in medicine and is a retired
Internist. In addition to working in her own gardens,
Eileen volunteers as a Polk County Master Gardener.
She strives to practice conservation and sustainability
in her gardens and likes to encourage others to do the same.
11:00 am Sessions
1. Backyard Stewardship through Landscaping
Doug Adamson, Landscape Architect, RDG
How does your property affect our ecology? Learn
how to investigate your yard for clues on where to
implement landscaping practices that create beauty
and sustainability. Transform your own backyard
into a more sustainable, eco-sensitive landscape.
2. Snakes on a Plain
Curtis Eckerman, DMACC
Have you ever seen a snake in your yard? Did you
know what kind it was, where it came from, or if it
was poisonous? Learn the answers to these questions
about snakes, their reptilian relatives, and their
distant cousins, the amphibians, found in Iowa and
in your very own backyard.
3. Turning your Backyard to Habitat
Danielle Wirth, Drake Univ. ENSP, DMACC
Your backyard can be Iowa’s field of dreams: If you
build it, they will come. Who are you planting for?
Using native plants to turn your yard into habitat.
Learn about restoration ecology and methods being
used to manage and improve habitat for a variety of
native plants, animals, insects and more!
12:45 pm Sessions
4. Pondless Water Features
Chris Thompson, Just Add Water
Relax at home by a babbling brook or a bubbling
rock birdbath. Find out about water features to fit
your lifestyle. Learn about a variety of low maintenance
water features that provide ambience and fun
for your yard and garden. These features can also
manage rainfall and can be used to harvest water
for reuse in your landscape.
Weston Wunder, Landscapes by Design
Adding elements like paths, walkways, decks, patios and walls can add interest and appreciation to a landscape. Learn about site preparation, material selection, and design considerations for various hardscape components.
6. Attracting Backyard Birds
David Loney, DMACC
Whether you’d like a family to set up a household for the summer
or simply want birds to stop by from time to time, there are a
number of simple things you can do to make birds welcome in your
backyard. Learn some ideas to provide food, water, and/or
shelter for our feathered friends.
1:45 p.m. Sessions
7. Rain gardens and better lawns made easy Paul Miller and Jennifer Welch, Polk SWCD
Managing water on your property can be fun and
easy to do. Plus, it provides many benefi ts for your yard!
Learn more about rain gardens- where to put them in
your yard, what to look for, how to build one, what to
plant. Also learn about how to improve your soil quality,
making your lawn more beautiful and sustainable.
8. Get Edible Landscapes Growing for You
Craig Dilley, DMACC
Thinking about how to have healthy fresh fruits and
vegetables this summer? Not ever had a garden?
Get started into fruit and vegetable gardening or
improve upon your skills. Come learn how to design
the right garden for your yard. Make the most of
your yard and garden space and have the convenience
of fresh, healthy, local food at your table.
9. Whats bugging you?
Curtis Eckerman, DMACC
Did you know that roughly 73% of all animal species
are insects? Insects are so numerous yet are often
the most overlooked organism. You will learn how to
tell the difference between beetles, bugs, bees and
other insects. Learn the proper methods for catching
and preserving insects for your own collection.
Learn why insects are so important to us and to our
future. Come start a hobby and a journey of discovery
in your own backyard.
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Late registrations and walk-ins welcome for additional fee of $5/person.
Please make checks payable to:
Polk Soil & Water Conservation District
Send registration and payment to:
1513 North Ankeny Blvd Ste 3
Ankeny, IA 50023
515-964-1883 ext 3
Sponsored by: Polk Soil and Water Conservation District
1513 North Ankeny Blvd Ste 3
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
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