March eNews:  Native Plant SaleFilm Fest Recap; Get Ready for Earth MonthFilm Fest Photos; Upcoming Events.

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Green Living: Native Plant Sale
Community Profile: One Earth Film Fest 2014
Connect to Action: Earth Month in Oak Park
Photos from 3rd Annual One Earth Film Festival
Upcoming Community and Regional Events



Local Native Plant Sale by Wild Ones

submitted by Pamela Todd

We’re excited to announce West Cook Wild Ones' first Native Plant Sale in partnership with Possibility Place. There are a wide variety of forbs, grasses, sedges, bushes, and trees to choose from at economical prices - and they’ve been selected based on the community's feedback.

Whether you'd like to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators or find unique plants for shade, sun, rain gardens, or clay soil, you’ll have many options to choose from. All profits go to help Wild Ones bring compelling speakers and support their outreach to schools.

The West Cook Wild Ones event is presale only - you must order by April 1. Get more information and the order form.


One Earth Film Festival Expansion Opens New Doors

The third annual One Earth Film Festival was the biggest and best one yet! Originally conceived and launched by Green Community Connections in Oak Park and River Forest two years ago, the One Earth Film Festival has grown dramatically in a short time. Festival organizers, volunteers, resource persons and attendees have made connections and formed new partnerships, opening doors for ongoing growth and development of the Midwest’s Premier Environmental Film Festival.

This year we expanded the volunteer-run film festival into 10 new communities. In Berwyn, River Grove and eight Chicago locations—from the North Side to the South Side, with Austin, Garfield Park and 3 universities and colleges in between, nearly 2,500 people saw 30 films in 28 locations the weekend of March 7-9, as well as at eight pre-Fest screenings.  See the full recap article.

THANK YOU to those who attended the 2014 One Earth Film Festival. We are collecting your feedback in order to gauge community interest in various sustainability topics and to improve future programming for the Festival.  If you did not complete a paper copy of the survey at each film you attended, please take a few moments to record your feedback here.

Perhaps you didn’t get to see all the films you’d hoped to during the Festival.  If that’s the case, please refer to our list of featured films, with information and links describing whether and how you might be able to obtain a copy to watch. Some of the films may be available via a Netflix account, or at your local library, for example. We found these films to be incredibly inspiring, and hope you will too! See the film resource list.

Finally, a festival of the size and scope of One Earth Film Festival takes an enormous amount of work and coordination by many people.  Green Community Connections–an all volunteer organization–would like to thank all the volunteers involved with One Earth Film Festival 2014. 

Participate in Oak Park's Upcoming Earth Month Events


The Village’s fifth annual celebration of green living — Earth Fest — is scheduled for Sat., April 26, in the LEED® Gold-certified Oak Park Public Works Center. This year’s event will highlight green block party planning, eco-friendly businesses, local chefs and restaurants, games and activities for children, items for sale and entertainment. In addition, Recycle Alley is back by popular demand, with drop-off boxes for prescription glasses, hearing aids, rechargeable batteries, cell phones and old blue jeans. Start gathering your unwanted items now!

Vendors sought for Earth Fest…Deadline is March 21st

Learn more about Earth Fest

Green Tuesdays in the Village is an annual free series on environmental topics and issues specifically relevant to the Village of Oak Park. This year, Green Tuesdays will focus on the 2014 Earth Day global theme of Green Cities.  The events, sponsored by the Oak Park Environment & Energy Commission, will be held at the Oak Park Public Library, 7:00 – 8:30pm on Tuesdays in April starting on the 8th. 

Learn more about Green Tuesdays

Photos from One Earth Film Festival 2014

Upcoming Community and Regional Events

Food Too Good to Waste:  Oak Park families being sought for 2-month program to learn ways to reduce food waste and save money by using recommended strategies.  Call now for more information or to sign up for the program:  708.660.9909 ext 7.

Start Your Seeds: Sat., Mar 22, 9:00-11:00am. Experience the satisfaction of growing vegetables and flowers that you have started from seed. Learn the basics of seed selection, light, and moisture requirements, growing medium and transplanting. Take home a flat of seeds, which you have sown! Oak Park Conservatory.

Climate Change and Renewable Energies: Our Scenarios Sun., Mar 23 & 30. Join the last two sessions of a seven-session course. Attention will be given to ways to overcome a variety of hurdles to more adequately face a growing planetary crisis. Chicago Community Mennonite Church.

Weekday Nature Walk: Tue., Mar 25, 1:00pm. A casual nature walk to explore the scenic trails surrounding Trailside Museum, River Forest. Free.

Beekeeping in Oak Park: Sat., Mar 29, 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn about how to properly arrange and select a location for bees, obtain a permit, purchase equipment, order honeybees and a queen, and become a beekeeper in the Village of Oak Park. Oak Park Conservatory.

Winter Farmers Market: Sun., Mar 30, 8:30am-1:00pm.  St. Giles Catholic Parish, Oak Park.

Green Drinks: Prosperous Pathway to a Sustainable Future: Wed., Apr 2, 6:30-8:30pm. Triton College Sustainability Center will host their inaugural Green Drinks program. Room B-223 of the Student Center on Triton’s main campus in River Grove.  Free. 

Meet Author Jeanne Nolan: Wed., Apr 2, 7:00-8:00pm. Author of "From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation". The Book Table will sell books.  Oak Park Public Library.

Green Tuesday Series: Tue., April 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00pm, Oak Park Public Library. Free.

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