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March eNews: Join the Green Guides Gardening FairBecome a Birder; Plant Veggies and Natives; Object to Fast Fashion; Why Your $8 Shirt is Costly

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GREEN LIVING

Big Year Birding Competition

By Lisa Biehle Files

Calling all new and experienced birders! The Big Year Birding Competition, sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, began March 1, and ends December 31. This is not a competition about stamina or skill, but about getting outside, observing wildlife, and convincing as many friends as possible to get involved.

There are two primary goals:

  1. Join the Thatcher Woods Tanagers Team or create your own team or call your closest preserve to find out about other teams. Whichever teams acquire the most new birders during the year will win prizes.
  2. Observe wildlife at your closest preserve and then enter as many bird species as possible into your preserve’s eBird hotspot. The teams with the most bird species recorded will be rewarded too.

Find out about more birding adventures.

Morning Bird Walks on April 1, 9, 15, and 29 
and Birding Field Trip on April 16.

DETAILS HERE.

WALKING THE TALK
Karen's Garden Provides Space to Grow

By David Holmquist

On April 2, to mark the beginning of the season, the Oak Park Area Edible Gardening Cooperative will launch a unique community garden project dubbed “Karen’s Garden.” Oak Park resident Allen Green has graciously made his yard available to members of the Cooperative as a shared space for growing food and creating native habitat, at 213 Thomas St., in Oak Park.

The launch event will be an all-day affair and will include:

  • A joy-filled work session to prepare the yard for spring planting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • A seed-starting workshop and “swap” of seeds and seedlings, beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Introductions and discussions of plans for the operation of Karen’s Garden for the coming year.

Read more about this garden prep and seed swap.

Green Guides Spring Gathering and Mini Resource Fair
10 a.m.
or 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park

 

Happy Spring!  Green Guides in every neighborhood are pitching-in for a greener, healthier, more resilient community.  The Green Guides Spring focus is on gardening.  Join us for a mini gardening resource fair and gather resources to share with your neighbors on edible and native gardening.  Learn more about Green Guides here and RSVP for the Green Guides Gathering here.

Wild Ones West Cook
Springtime Native Plant Sale


Lure birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden by purchasing native plants through West Cook Wild Ones this spring. Order in advance, from now until April 15. Sale takes place on May 14, at Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church parking lot, on Washington St., one block east of Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park. Bring boxes and bags to carry home pre-ordered plants as well as those purchased the day of the sale.

Forbs and grasses are available for this spring sale, and trees and shrubs will be available in the fall. West Cook Wild Ones members receive a discount when they order; enter the code MEMSAVE10. Search for the right plants according to your conditions: sun, shade, dry or wet at this link.

CONNECT TO ACTION
Tweet or Post During Fashion Revolution Week
 

By Laurie Casey

One Earth Film Festival’s film, “The True Cost,” inspired us to look for ways to act, and we found Fashion Revolution Week (April 18–24), a week of activism designed to build awareness about the true costs of fashion, including social injustice and environmental degradation.

Will you join us? Two easy steps:
1. Take a picture of the tag of your favorite clothing.
2. Tweet or post it to the fashion brand or store’s social media account with the hashtag: #WhoMadeMyClothes


Fashion Revolution Week is held each year on the anniversary of the collapse of the Bangladeshi garment factory, Rana Plaza, where more than 1,000 workers were killed. The group’s goal is to “create a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.”
 

Find links here with more information.

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:

Fast fashion may mean you pay $8 for a shirt, but someone else pays the cost in exploitation.
 

Upcoming Community and Regional Events


Sunday, March 20, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Focus on Batsat The Priory, Room 259, Dominican University, in River Forest. Naturalist Sara Rose will share her expertise about bats. Sponsored  by West Cook Wild Ones. Learn more here.

Tuesday, March 22, 10 a.m. OR 7 p.m., Green Guides Spring Gatheringat Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Learn about edible gardening and native plants in order to share this info with your neighbors . RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mosquito Abatement Community Forumat Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Bob Holub of DesPlaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District will join Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb to discuss the potential impact of spraying and the risks of acquiring mosquito-related illnesses.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 24, 25, and 26, all day, Good Food Festival, at UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., in Chicago. Celebrate good food--local, sustainable, humane, and fair--at the Good Food Festival & Conference. Family Farmed would like to offer you a 50% discount to Saturday at the Good Food Festival & Conference. Simply follow this link to register at 50% off (advance registration required). More here. 


Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m., Biking in the Forest Preserves, starting at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Get maps and learn about new trails and biking adventures. More here.

Tuesday, March 29, 1 p.m., Spring Nature Hike, beginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Enjoy a guided spring nature hike in the scenic forest preservesMore here.

Wednesday, March 30, 12:30 p.m., Climate Change, COP21, and Our Futureat Triton College, A Building, the Library, Room A-321, 2000 Fifth Ave., in River Grove. Marke Mesle from Climate Reality Project will speak and Adrian Fisher, Triton sustainability coordinator, will moderate the discussion with the audience. More here.

Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m., Go Fly a Kite Workshop, at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Harness the wind's energy by making and flying kites. For kids 6 to 12 with adult. Register by April 1 by calling 708-366-6530 by April 1. Materials fee is $5. 

Sunday, April 3, 1:30 p.m., "Symphony of Soil" screening, at North Riverside Library, 2400 S. DesPlaines Ave., in North Riverside. Reserve your seat by signing up online or calling 708-447-0869. Hosted by West Cook Wild Ones and Friends of the North Riverside Library.

Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m., Green Tuesday--Village Environmental Initiativesat Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. This will focus on green programs available to Oak Parkers.

Sunday, April 10, 2 to 4 p.m., Chicken Farming at Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Jennifer Murtoff shares her expertise with raising chickens in Oak Park. This workshop is for beginners or those with minimal experience. Cost is $25 for residents and $38 for non-residents. Register here.

Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Green Tuesday--Group Workshop Discussionat Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. There will be a group discussion on a topic to be announced.
 


Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Changing Flora and Fauna of the Chicago Regionat Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Rd., in LaGrange Park. Sponsored by Save the Prairie Society. Admission is $20. Members and volunteers are free. Joel Greenberg, a noted author and researcher will be speaking. To register, go here. 

Friday, April 15, Native Plant Sale Pre-Order Deadline. Sponsored  by West Cook Wild Ones. Learn more here. See article above.

Saturday, April 1610 a.m. to noonUrban Veggie Gardeningat the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Each participant will create a raised vegetable garden to take home with conservatory vegetable plants. Cost is $50 for residents and $75 for non-residents. Register here.


Sunday, April 17, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Native Orchids with Kathleen Garnessat The Priory, Room 259, Dominican University, in River Forest. Sponsored  by West Cook Wild Ones. Learn more here.

Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m., Green Tuesday--Big Data in the Villageat Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. There will be a panel discussion on how Big Data, the Internet, and engaged citizenry can link towards a transitional village.

Thursday, April 21, 4 to 7 p.m.Outdoor Art Workshop, at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest. Create art inspired by nature with a creative reuse focus. For all ages. More here.

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Village Earth Festat the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd., in Oak Park. Oak Park's annual celebration of green living. Booths for recycling eye glasses, sun glasses, hearing aids, rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. Earth Day Woodland Walkbeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Take a guided walk to enjoy the many wonders of our Earth. Families welcome. More here.

Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m.Replacing Ash Trees, at the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Learn all about excellent replacement trees for ash from Kim Ellson from the University of Illinois Extension. Please register by 4/1 by calling 708-366-6530.

Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m., Green Tuesday--State of the Environment in 2016at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. The village will give an annual report of performance metrics on energy, materials, information and costs.

Friday, April 29, 1 p.m., Weekday Wildflower Walkbeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Take a guided walk to learn about the life and lore of our local spring wildflowers. For adults and teens. More here.

Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m., Spring Wildflower Walkbeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Take a guided walk to learn about and view the delicate blossoms of our woodland wild flowers. More here.

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