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March eNews: Celebrate Earth Month; Inspired to Dance ; Native Plant Orders Due March 31

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In this issue...
Green Living: Film Festival Reflections
Walking the Talk: Inspired to Dance
Connect to Action: Native Plant Orders Due March 31
April Showers and Flowers: Celebrate Earth Month
Keeping it REEL: Tapping Maple Trees

GREEN LIVING

One Earth Film Festival Reflections
by Sally Stovall

 

Everywhere I go people start telling me about the film showing that they attended: “It was a really well-done documentary film and a fascinating story” (participant at Haymarket Brewery showing of Lost Rivers). “This was the best post-film discussion that I have ever participated in” (executive producer of Arise at Trinity UCC). “Do you think the main message of the film fest is to go outside?” (9-year old participant at showing of Field Biologist at the Good Earth Greenhouse). “The professor that teaches soil science was so pleased with the film that he says he may start using it in his classes” (Triton College showing of Symphony of the Soil). 

Continue reading for more details.

WALKING (and DANCING) THE TALK
Columbia College Students Create Dance
Inspired by One Earth Film Fest

 

Do you two-step with your trash? Rhumba with your recycling? Conga with your compost?  We guess you don't. But students at Columbia College Chicago created their own original trash-inspired moves for a One Earth Film Festival screening of Trash Dance on Sunday, March 9. The result was anything but disposable. Their dancing reflected the grace, dedication and pride of the workers who haul our garbage every day.

Read more details from this story.

CONNECT TO ACTION
Pre-Order Your Plants from Wild Ones and Pick up May 17


Gardening with natives has never been easier, thanks to West Cook Wild Ones. For the next two weeks, you can order all of those hard-to-find natives that will make your yard come alive again with birds, bees, butterflies, and unique flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs – then drive by and pick up your plants at Dominican University in River Forest on May 17.  This year, West Cook Wild Ones has a brand new Shopify site with gardening tips, photos, and descriptions of how and where to use each plant, along with notes on the species that will be attracted by the leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds.  Plan your garden today,


Learn more about this effort here.
 

APRIL IS EARTH MONTH

Get Outside and Celebrate
 

Clean up the Des Plaines River, recycle your old electronics, or learn more about composting this April in honor of EARTH MONTH.  Opportunities for action, education, and fun are legion in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.  Peruse the events below, and be sure to check out the calendar for even more opportunities.

Earth Hour
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28
Worldwide
Join with millions across the planet by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour in honor of Earth Hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. This worldwide movement symbolizing our commitment to the earth started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, with World Wide Fund for Nature.

Read more details from this story.

As creator of the One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections believes in the power of film to inform, inspire and transform. Our Keeping It Reel feature curates short videos and feature-length film trailers that focus on a variety of sustainability and environmental issues that affect us all. You will find in this feature not only a variety of topics but also a variety of approaches to the topic, including factual, inspirational, light and humorous, personal stories and public advocacy. 

Here is this month's selection:
Tap your own maple trees for syrup or even brew maple beer. Deb's Big Backyard shows two local tappers in action:

 

 

Upcoming Community and Regional Events


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 20, and 21, Good Food Festival and Conference at University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago. Admission fees vary. Information here.

Sunday, March 22, 1-5 p.m.  
Chicago Tree Project Bus Tour at the Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave., in Oak Park. Sculptor Margot McMahon will guide this tour of dying trees given new life through art.  Refreshments follow. Cost is $28 per person. Register here.

Sunday, March 22, 2-4 p.m. 
Forest Park Community Garden Seed Swap at St. John's Church, 305 Circle Ave., in Forest Park. Swap seeds and listen to author LaManda Joy. Admission is free as long as you RSVP in advance here.

Sunday, March 22, 1-3pm,
Faithful Citizen Workshop, Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park,  Learn more about the legislative process in Illinois and opportunities to move environmental legislation in 2015. Register here.


Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Winter Farmer's Market at Euclid Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave., in Oak Park. Enjoy local produce as well as coffee and waffles from the 206 Food Truck parked outside. Admission is free.  More information here

Saturday, March 28, 7-10 p.m.  Band of Farmers Talent Show at the Hideout, 1354 W. Waubansia, in Chicago. They define talent broadly and top it off with a farmers' fashion show. Admission is $15 or $5 with a stub from the Good Food Festival. More here.

Saturday, March 28,8:30-9:30 p.m. Earth HourTurn off all non-essential lights in collaboration with millions worldwide to honor planet earth and signal the beginning of Earth Month in April.

Tuesday, March 31.
Native Plant Sale Deadline. West Cook Wild Ones is taking orders for native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees from now until March 31, for pickup on May 17 at Dominican University in River Forest.  Order here


Tuesday, April 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Green Tuesdays: The State of the Environment at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. An annual public lecture series presented by the Village of Oak Park.

Wednesday, April 8, 8:30-10 a.m. 
Women in Green Breakfast at Wishbone Restaurant, 1001 W. Washington Blvd., in Chicago. Sponsored by Women in Green and the Environmental Council. Kim Wasserman and Hanh Pham will speak representing enviorrnmentlists of color.  Admission is $14.50 for a full breakfast. Register by April 2 at this link.


Saturday, April 11, 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Great Paint Exchange and Give-Away at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd., in Oak Park. Dispose of unwanted paint in the morning and pick up free paint in the afternoon. Learn more here.

Tuesday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Green Tuesdays: Environmental Potpourri at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. This will focus on native plants, pesticide avoidance, gardens, and the backyard composting/organics collection program.

Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Make a Difference Day, at River Forest Park District Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Work in teams or with families to clean up the Des Plaines River, followed by lunch and prizes. Learn more here.


Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Clothing and Apparel Collection, at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd., in Oak Park. The Epilepsy Foundation will collect clothing of all types in any condition as well as housewares and furniture. More here.

Tuesday, April 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Green Tuesday: Talk About Trees, at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. This will focus on the village urban forestry programs and the updated parkway tree inventory.

Wednesday, April 22,
Earth Day Rally for Clean Jobs & Climate Action, Springfield, IL, buses leaving from Chicago, River Forest and other suburban locations.  Join hundreds of people from a coalition of environmental organizations to advocate for legislation that will promote clean jobs and climate action.  Sign up for a bus here.

Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m., Festival Choice Film Showing. Columbia College, Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor, Chicago. 

Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Back to the Future Earth Fest, at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd., in Oak Park. Games, vendors, food trucks, and entertainment, all with a view to learning more about sustainability. Learn more here.

Tuesday, April 28, 7-8:30 p.m. 
Green Tuesday: Storm Water Management; Rain Barrels, at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. An annual public lecture series presented by the Village of Oak Park.

Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Recycling Extravaganza, at River Forest United Methodist Church, 7970 Lake St., in River Forest. Drive through the parking lot to drop off electronics, scrap metal, batteries, prescription medications (no liquids) and miscellaneous items.  Apparel of all types in any condition will also be accepted. More here.

 

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