Sept. eNews: Only 9 Days Left to Order Native Trees & Shrubs, Volunteers Needed, Energy Focus for Green Guides

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Last 10 Days to Order native trees and shrubs!  
Pre-ordering ends Sept 18.  

Browse the
 Wild Ones Shopify site
and order trees and shrubs that create beauty
for you and much needed habitat for wildlife.
Pick up your order on Sept. 24, from 
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park.

 Fall is an ideal time to plant because our long Midwest 
winter gives plants lots of time to build roots before
bursting into bloom in the spring. 

Just Added! Good Earth Greenhouse will sell native
grasses and flowers at the pickup site on Sept. 24.

For useful information about transporting trees and shrubs,
planting guidelines and other details visit: 
or contact or 773-315-1109.


Volunteer for Native Tree & Shrub Sale Sept. 23 and 24

Ditch the gym and get oudoors! Looking for a volunteer opportunity for you or a community service experience for teens? Select a volunteer slot that fits your schedule and work with nature-loving people to help expand native habitat in our area. Sign up here today!

Walk Down the Green Carpet

Enter a 3 to 8 minute film about energy, food, waste, water or open space/ecosystems in the Young Filmmakers Contest. You just might win big cash prizes and even have money to give away! For students in grades 3 through college. Winning films premiere at the One Earth Film Festival in March.


Fall Green Guides Gathering

Just in time for winter -- learn about $-saving energy conservation opportunities for your home, including free energy audits for Green Guides. Attend at the time of your choice: Wednesday, Oct. 26: 10 a.m. OR 7 p.m. at Oak Park Public Library's Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Come and bring a friend! Learn more here.

Monarch Migration Events
The spring and fall migration of Monarch butterflies is considered a phenomenon of nature because the Monarch travels farther than all tropical butterflies--up to 3,000 miles! Three upcoming local events will teach more about these regal insects and offer us ways to help the Monarch survive and thrive.

Immediate Opening for
Development Coordinator

Seeking Develoopment Coordinator with at least 2 years proven experience
to raise funds for Green Community Connections with primary emphasis on
the One Earth Film Festival. Job description details here.
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.  

Here is this month's selection:



Upcoming Community and Regional Events

Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. drop off, noon to 12:30 p.m. pick up, Oak Park Conservatory Fall Perennial and Garden Tool ExchangeDrop off potted and labeled perennial plants and garden tools at the Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park, but enter from Clarence. Return later the same day to pick from the plants and garden equipment donated by others. Note: cannot accept plain hostas or orange daylilies due to overabundance. More here.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Beginning Birding for Families, at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest, in Oak Park. Learn the basics of birding: silhouettes, field marks and calls. Bring binoculars for a short walk through Austin Gardens to practice your new skills. Cost is $20 for resident families and $30 for non-resident families. Register here.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 to 7 p.m., LemonAID Stand Fund-Raiser, on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest. Live entertainment, food and lemonade will raise funds for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation). More info here.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 to 7 p.m., Building Green Lecture Series, at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest, in Oak Park. Learn the best ways to save energy and be environmentally friendly, whether you are building a new home or making improvements to your old home. Cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Register here.

Photos below by Kris DaPra.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 to 7 p.m., Midwestern Native Grasses, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Explore the most common and popular native grasses, the difference between ornamental cultivars and natives, and good selections for your home. Each participant will take home a small nursery starter container. Cost is $25 for residents and $38 for non-residents. Register here.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Fall Preparations:Clean Up, Seed Collecting/Storing, and Expanding Beds, at Dominican University, The Priory, 7200 W. Division St., Room 259, in River Forest. West Cook Wild Ones Vice President and butterfly gardener Stephanie Walquist will discuss what to do in the fall to make next year even more beautiful and full of life. Sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones. More here.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 12 to 5 p.mBerwyn Historical Society Bungalows and More Tour, beginning at 1401 Grove Ave., in Berwyn. See how older bungalows have been preserved and updated for modern living. Tickets are $25 and are available here.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.mIllinois Solar Tour, to
ur any or all of over 50 homes and businesses in Illinois that are using renewable energy. This is a free tour to generate interest in solar and other forms of renewable energy. Two homes are in Oak Park: 1101 S. Wenonah and 613 S. Lombard. Register to attend the tour here.

More events at Forest Preserves of Cook County as well as Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.

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