April eNews: Celebrate Earth Day at "Just Eat It"; Green Earth Revival; Green ProAction Cafe #2; Wild Ones Conference; A Shady Deal

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In this issue...
Green Living: Award-Winning Film
Walking the Talk: A New Kind of Revival
Connect to Action: Move From Ideas to Action
Wild Ones Conference: Meet Trish Beckjord
A Shady Deal: Oak Park Named Arboretum


Celebrate Earth Day With Us at "Just Eat It"

See One Earth Film festival's 2015 Festival Choice Winner "Just Eat It," followed by a panel discussion with local experts.  This City of Chicago official Earth Day event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Columbia College, Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, Chicago. This event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.  

After the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with local experts:

Continue reading for more details.

Register Free for "Just Eat It"


Earth Revival Kicks Off with Rev. Otis Moss III

To renew and deepen the commitment of the faith community to care for God’s creation, Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park will host an “Earth Revival” weekend. Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, will be the guest speaker focusing on “Love God, Live Green and Liberate All”  from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1. The community is invited to join in this energizing and inspiring program followed by refreshments and conversation.
Rev. Moss says, “It is our moral obligation to fight injustice and inequality by cutting pollution and bringing good, clean energy jobs to every community.” Moss graduated from Yale Divinity School and the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has taught courses on the “Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context.”

Join us for Green ProAction Cafe #2 on Monday, May 4

Join the conversation as we move from ideas to action projects that will help shape a healthy and resilient future for our community!

We will build on the good work we achieved at the first Green ProAction Café in February. At that meeting, 80 people gathered to share ideas in eight different working groups, on topics ranging from creating a native plant corridor to federal climate action. The ProAction Cafes are intended to increase the number and diversity of residents who engage in dialogue and collaborative action to build a healthy and resilient community.

The second Green ProAction Café will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Oak Park Main Library at 834 Lake Street. We invite all residents who are interested in helping to weave a strong fabric for the Oak Park and River Forest communities. We hope to have people who came to the first café as well as new participants.  Please invite your neighborhood groups, block clubs, congregations, school-based groups and neighbors in your apartment complex. 
Reserve Your Spot at ProAction #2

 Wild Ones Native Gardening Conference 

Sneak Peak with Presenter Trish Beckjord

West Cook Wild Ones will present Living Landscapes: A Native Gardening Conference and Native Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., in River Forest.  As keynote speaker, renowned author Doug Tallamy ("Bringing Nature Home") will share his ideas on how we can reverse the decline in birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife by creating islands of habitat in our own backyards. 

Read more details from this story.

Register for Native Gardening Conference

A Shady Deal 

Oak Park Earns Arboretum Status

Now when Oak Park residents step outside, they will have the pleasure of knowing they’re taking a stroll in an officially designated arboretum.
The Morton Arboretum announced the accreditation recently in a letter to the village from its president and CEO, Gerard Donnelly. Based in Lisle, The Morton Arboretum created the program that gives municipalities arboretum status “to encourage knowledge, experience and resource sharing among keepers of tree-focused public gardens,” a message posted on the village’s website says.

Oak Park’s accreditation is unusual in that it’s for the entire Village, not a defined area such as a park.

Find the rest of the story here.

Upcoming Community and Regional Events

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, Ill., 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 "Just Eat It" at Columbia College, Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor, Chicago. Voted best film by audiences and an esteemed jury. Panel discussion with local experts will follow. Reserve your free tickets.

Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, "From Billions to None," a film about the disappearance of the Passenger Pigeon, will air nationally on the PBS World/Create Channel (11.3 in Chicago).  This documentary was a One Earth Film Festival selection for 2015. Look for show times here.

Saturday, April 25, 9-11 a.m., Soil Prep and Cool Weather Crops, led by Sugar Beet Schoolhouse at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park. Learn to aerate and amend soil using natural compost and fertilizer. Register here.

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.

Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Garfield Park Conservatory Grand Re-Opening Family Day Celebration. Yoga in the morning and tumblers, dance and musical performances in the afternoon.  More information here.

Monday, April 27, 7-9 p.m., Soil Prep and Cool Weather Cropsled by Sugar Beet Schoolhouse at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park. Learn to aerate and amend soil using natural compost and fertilizer. Register 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.

Thursday, April 30. Deadline to order native plants from the
 Forest Preserve of DuPage County for pick up in Oak Brook between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. For those who choose not to order ahead, visit the sale Friday, May 8, or Saturday, May 9. Order here.

Friday, May 1, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 2, 1-4 p.m. 
Earth Revival, at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park. Friday evening, Dr. Otis Moss III will speak; green workshops for congregations and individuals will take place Saturday. Register here.

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.

Monday, May 4, 7-9 p.m.
Pro-Action Cafe.  Dive more deeply into the issues by picking up the conversation where we left off in February. Register here.

Friday, May 8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Native Plant Sale from Forest Preserve of DuPage County, at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., in Oak Brook. More information here.

Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Living Landscapes: A Native Gardening Conference, sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones, held at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Author Doug Tallamy will speak, and seven workshops with native plant experts will be on offer. Register here. Volunteering at the conference will grant you free admission. If this interests you, sign up for specific tasks and times here.


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