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GrassrootsAction GreenEvents Calendar & related notices
(a service of the Eco Media Center & the Center for Sustainable Living)

[OCT/NOV '09] events & beyond - Table of Contents:

*Special Notices -

*[Prksvol] - Options & events
*EcoReport radio news show
*CSL ArtsWeek Benefit: Trashion Refashion Show - Call for Entries
*HCHP - Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan
*Rooms for rent at 80-acre organic farm, in historic farmhouse
*[Bloomington Community Bike Project] - Call for volunteers

>OCT 2009<

10/17 ~ LGG host 'Food, Inc.' screening @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater
10/17 ~ Bloomington Peace Action Coalition (BPAC) - rally/march in INDY
10/18 ~ 'Food, Inc' screenings at Buskirk-Chumley Theater
10/19 ~ B.E.A.D. Advisory Committee monthly meeting - City Hall @ NOON
10/19 ~ "Is God Green?" screening/discussion @ IUPUI in the Lilly Auditorium
10/19-11/2 ~ Mother Hubbard's Cupboard - multiple notices & events
10/21 ~ Green Drinks w/Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability @ IU
10/21 ~ BPAC rally on the Square & film screening @ MCPL Auditorium
10/22 ~ John Blair presentation in SPEA Atrium (Coal on Campus)
10/23 ~ 'FRESH' documentary - LGG screening/discussion @ Boxcar Books
10/24 ~ International Climate Action Day - Bloomington350 events
10/24 ~ B-TOP - International Climate Action Day rally, march, and fair
10/24 ~ Sycamore Land Trust volunteer work day - The Cedars
10/26 ~ MHC class - 'Food As Medicine: Making a Medicinal Soup' workshop
10/28 ~ Bloomington Kitchen Incubator - Open House @ the Eco Center
10/29 ~ Local Growers Guild (LGG) 2nd ANNUAL HARVEST DINNER
10/30 ~ Sycamore Land Trust Annual Celebration @ Monroe Cty Convention Ctr
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>NOV 2009<

11/2 ~ Garden Planning 101 - Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (MHC) workshop
11/12-11/14 ~ Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities Simply Living Fair Wellness Expo
11/14 ~ Sycamore Land Trust volunteer work day - Pizzo Preserve
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*SPECIAL NOTICES:
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[Prksvol] Parks & Rec has multiple events & volunteering options each month:

For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities, please visit the web page at http://bloomington.in.gov/parks/ _______________________________________________

*EcoReport local radio news show

airs Thursdays @ 11:AM on WFHB

submissions:

WFHB (streamed online - wfhb.org)
Main 91.3 FM
Bloomington Downtown 98.1 FM
Ellettsville 106.3 FM
Nashville 100.7 FM _______________________________________________________________________

CSL Press Release:
Please pass on to all of your friends that might be interested in participating in this event.
The Trashion/ ReFashion Show
Call for Entries
TRASHION = fashion, jewelry and accessories created from used, thrown-out, found and re-purposed elements.
REFASHION = fashion, jewelry and accessories re-worked from used clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Are you artistic?
Do you recycle?
Are you a fashionista?
Do you like to play dress up?
Do you like to play with trash?
Do your clothes make a statement?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be a Trashionista.
Sign up to enter the juried Trashion/ ReFashion show, to take place on Feb. 20th, 2010 at the Bloomington Convention Center.
Deadline for entries is December 1st, 2009. All ages welcome.
Contact us at:
An ArtsWeek event and a benefit for the Center for Sustainable Living
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The Center for Sustainable Living
323 South Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-8796
www.simplycsl.org
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HCHP - Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

Dear Commonsense Hoosiers,

Rescission is the practice of canceling a health insurance policy after someone gets sick. It is immoral, a scandal, and is a growing issue in the national health care debate. We need our HCHP members to be on the lookout for any examples of recission you may know of in the Hoosier state. If you are aware of any cases, please contact Julia Vaught right away.

Keep those cards and letters coming! Don't stop now. Keep contacting your elected representatives. The debate is happening now.
Dr Rob Stone, PNHP Indiana Coordinator, Director Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan (www.hchp.info)
Email:
Phone: 812.369.6414

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan
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*City of Bloomington passes Green Building Ordinance

Authored by Council Members Isabel Piedmont-Smith and Dave Rollo in collaboration with City staff, the ordinance commissions energy-efficiency analyses on 15 City buildings and mandates they be brought up to LEED-Silver standards, assuming construction costs be offset by savings within a 10-year period. It also ensures that future City construction be built to LEED-Silver standards.

For more information, please visit http://bloomington.in.gov/documents/viewDocument.php?document_id=3788; ________________________________________________

Rooms for rent at 80-acre organic farm, in historic farmhouse

Hi CSL -Do you have a forum for posting rental ads?

We are looking for renters at our organic farm and though that the CSL
would be a great place to find like-minded people.

If you are able to post or pass along the ad below, we'd appreciate it!

If not, no problem!

Thank you,
Heather Reynolds
Strangers Hill Organics

Rooms for rent at 80-acre organic farm, in historic farmhouse
 6.5
miles from downtown Bloomington

$300/month + 1/3 utilities
3 bedrooms (1 existing tenant)
Potential for gardening, farm employment, small livestock partnership
Contact: stranger@strangershillorganics.com


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The Bloomington Community Bike Project is in need of volunteers! With summer on we're having our annual increase in activity at the shop, but many of our core and knowledgeable volunteers are out of town or have other things in their life that need to be done. We're putting out a call to new volunteers, either knowledgeable or interested in becoming knowledgeable about bikes. The bike project is a great place to learn and teach bike mechanics, repair and maintenance. There are a lot of tasks that need to be done around the shop including working on shop bikes, shop organization and sorting, and helping BP patrons with their bike problems. In addition, we could also use some behind the scenes help with book keeping, e-mail answering and a variety of other potential tasks.

If you're interested in volunteering or have any questions feel free to just show up at our regular shop hours: Monday and Wednesday 6-9pm, Saturday 12-3pm, and Sunday (Ladies night) from 6:30-8:30pm. Or e-mail us at Bloomington.Bike.Project@ gmail.com
We are also always accepting usable donations!

Community Bike Project
214 N. Madison St.
Bloomington, IN 47404-3961
Zoe (765) 491-7960 (primary contact)
Chris/Joel (812) 323-8621 (alternate contacts)
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Activism Calendar:
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>OCT 2009<
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10/17 ~ 'Food, Inc.' screening @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Sat, October 17, @ 5pm & 7 pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Free to Bloomingfoods member-owners.

The Local Growers Guild is hosting a screening of the film “Food, Inc.” which exposes the nation’s food industry on Saturday, October 17th at 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The film is free to Bloomingfoods member-owners.

In 'Food, Inc.', filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) and Polyface Farm's Joel Salatin, this movie may not be appetizing, but it IS important.
~See Sunday 10/18 entry for further screenings...
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10/17 ~ Rally and March Against the Afghanistan War ~ Indianapolis
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition (BPAC)
Indiana Peace, Veterans, and Faith Groups Speak Out Against War in Afghanistan

Rally and March Against the Afghanistan War ~ Indianapolis
Saturday, October 17, 2009
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
American Legion Mall
Meridian Street & St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

You are encouraged to participate in this Peace rally and march along with people from across central Indiana and beyond!

Greater Indianapolis for Change, a multi-partisan grassroots organization and the October 7 Coalition, a group made up of several peace, faith, and veterans groups from across Indiana, will host a rally and march in Indianapolis, as part of an ongoing nationwide effort to change U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The Indianapolis rally and march is one of more than 40 events occurring on October 17th as part of a National Day of Local & Regional Actions Against the Wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. (http://october17.org/)

The October 17th rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDST)

Speakers include: Erin Polley (AFSC), Lori Perdue (CodePink), Shehzad Qazi, David Pilbrow (North Meadow Circle of Friends), Timothy Baer (Bloomington Peace Action Coalition), Rev. Ajabu, Dave Lambert, and Harry Targ (Lafayette Area Peace Coalition).

Music provided by David Rovics (http://www.davidrovics.com/index.php)

Following the rally, those in attendance will march around the Mall and Monument Circle.

Some banners and signs will be available. Please bring appropriate signs calling for Peace for Afghanistan and Iraq and ending war and military occupation.

Sponsored by the OCTOBER 7 COALITION: Hoosier Peace Coalition, Greater Indianapolis For Change, American Friends Service Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, Earth House, CodePink, Women In Black, AWARE Urbana-Champaign, Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, Terre Haute Stop War, Jobs With Justice, 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, Columbus Campaign for Arms Control (Middle East Peace Committee), and Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

For more information, please visit: http://www.greaterindianapolisforchange.org or e-mail:
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Since the 2001 U.S. invasion, more than 1,450 coalition troops, including 873 U.S. soldiers, have been killed in Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed, wounded, and displaced. According to the National Priorities Project, taxpayers in the U.S. have paid $228 billion for total Afghanistan war spending since 2001.
See:
National Priorities Project
http://www.nationalpriorities.org/
Afghan Civilian Casualties
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_casualties_of_the_War_in_Afghanistan_(2001-present)
U.S. & Coalition Casualties
http://www.icasualties.org/
Jobs for Afghans – The Alternative to War
http://www.jobsforafghans.org/
Rethink Afghanistan
http://rethinkafghanistan.com/
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10/18 ~ 'Food, Inc.' SUN screenings @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater
**Food, Inc screening at Buskirk Chumley Theater - Sunday, Oct 18

4:30p - 5:15p (before first screening)
6:30p - 7:15p (between screenings)
8:30p - 9:15p (after second screening)

In 'Food, Inc', filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) and Polyface Farm's Joel Salatin, this movie may not be appetizing, but it IS important.
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10/19 ~ BEAD Advisory Committee October Meeting
Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District

Monday, October 19th @ Noon, in the McCloskey Room, City Hall.

Learn about current BEAD projects and network with other BEAD partners. The public is invited.

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10/19 ~ “Is God Green?” screening & discussion @ Lilly AUD/IUPUI
On Monday, October 19th, the documentary film “Is God Green?” will be shown at the Lilly Auditorium at IUPUI at 6 p.m.
The film focuses on the divide among Evangelical Christians in how they view the current debate on climate change. A panel discussion will follow the film.
If interested, you may contact Eric Hamilton: erichamilton@peacenhugs@hotmail.com
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10/19 thru 11/2 ~ Mother Hubbard's Cupboard classes, workshops & events
Greetings and Happy Autumn,
I wanted to make sure everyone knew we were in the final stretch of the MHC 2009 garden season, and would love to see you at an upcoming event. We'll be winterizing and doing Fall Gardening including broadcasting cover crop, turning compost piles, sheet mulching, harvesting salad crops and more! Be sure to check out our upcoming classes, I think a lot of you will be interested in the Garden Planning 101 class MHC is offering through People's University, please let me know if you have any questions. On a personal note, I would like to add a shout out for the Permaculture Design Course being offered in town, I am a graduate of the course myself and it was one of the most informative and important courses I have ever taken. If you are interested in learning new ways to live and work "outside the box" (in your garden and beyond), it is an incredible opportunity! Keep reading for details.

Join MHC in the gardens--
End of the season weekday garden work dates in the MHC Gardens:
Monday, October 19th 3pm-5pm Harmony Garden
Tuesday, October 20th 5pm-7pm Crestmont Garden
Wednesday, October 21st 5pm-7pm Banneker Garden
Monday, October 26th 3pm-5pm Harmony Garden
Tuesday, October 27th 5pm-7pm Crestmont Garden
Wednesday, October 28th 5pm-7pm Banneker Garden

Saturday Fall Garden Workdates include:
Saturday October 24th 1pm-3pm Crestmont
Saturday October 24th 3pm-5pm Banneker

Upcoming MHC Classes:
Contact Stephanie to register at or 355.6843.
Garden Planning 101
Monday, November 2nd 2009 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Banneker Kitchen, $6 in-city/$7 non-city.
Those seed catalogs will soon arrive. Learn how to plan a productive four-season garden before you order your seeds. Participants make 2010 garden maps with emphasis on crop rotation, companion planting, soil building, and cover cropping. This class is offered through People's University. To register visit People's University website through City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Website, or through the Winter Program Guide.

Food As Medicine: Making a Medicinal Soup
Monday, October 26th 7pm-8:30pm
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Conference Room
1010 S. Walnut two doors south of the pantry
"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"! This is a popular quote, but how many of us know how to put that philosophy into practice? Join Bloomington Naturopath Scarlett Winters and you will learn how to use herbs, spices and foods to optimize health and wellness.

Community Updates:
---Weekend Permaculture Design Class
Last-Minute Registrations Welcome!
Announcing Bloomington's First Weekend Permaculture Design Class This Fall and Spring!
Permaculture is an ecological system of design, embodying a philosophy of positive action and grassroots education. It aims to restructure society by returning control of resources for living, including food, water, shelter and the means of livelihood to ordinary people in their communities.
Weekends in Bloomington
Oct 16-18, Oct 30- Nov 1, Nov 13-15, 2009, Feb 19-21, March 5-7 2010
Course Runs Friday evenings, Saturday all day and Sunday afternoon
$750 (Includes materials and Saturday lunches)
Contact Rhonda Baird at or call 812.323.1058
Class Begins Oct 16, But Spots Remain- Call Today!
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Stephanie Solomon
Assistant Director
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
1010 S. Walnut Ste. G
Bloomington, IN 47401
812-355-6843
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10/21 ~ Green Drinks Bloomington w/Bill Brown @ Upland Brewery
~Green Drinks Bloomington, an informal social networking event for people who are interested in making a greener world, hosts networking meetings every month to share ideas, discuss, debate, and make new friends and business connections.

~The next Green Drinks Bloomington will be held at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company on Wednesday, October 21st from 5:30 to 8:00 PM ($5 suggested donation).
Some food provided.
~Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability at Indiana University, will be speaking from 6-6:30 about what has been learned about Indiana University Campus Sustainability and highlighting progress and areas where more work remains to be done.

This will be the last Green Drinks Bloomington for 2009. The first one in 2010 will be on the 4th Wednesday in January. For additional information, contact Marcia Veldman, Green Drinks Bloomington, 812-988-4956. For an evite, email .

If interested, you may visit www.greendrinks.org for more information.
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10/21 ~ Demo on Square & Film Screening @ MCPL
“Peace for Afghanistan and Iraq! Bring the Troops Home Now!”
Demonstration on the Courthouse Square

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monroe County Courthouse Square
Intersection of Walnut Street and Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

As U.S. wars continue into the ninth year, U.S. generals are asking for tens of thousands of troops more to be sent to Afghanistan, and the U.S. Congress has approved President Obama’s request for another $128.2 billion more for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as a part of a $625 billion military appropriations bill.

Eight years of war and military occupation has not brought peace or stability for the people of Afghanistan or greater security for the United States.

U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq must end now!

You are invited to gather at the Monroe County Courthouse Square to call for “Peace for Afghanistan and Iraq!” and an end to the U.S. military occupations there.
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RETHINK AFGHANISTAN
Film Showing in Bloomington

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Monroe Co. Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

The Real War film series presents the Bloomington premiere of RETHINK AFGHANISTAN, a new film by Robert Greenwald, just released this month.

RETHINK AFGHANISTAN is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding the war. The film raises critical questions about Afghanistan and U.S. involvement, informing the public and challenging policymakers in Congress and in the Obama Administration.

RETHINK AFGHANISTAN is perhaps the most important film made about Afghanistan since the October 2001 U.S. invasion.

http://rethinkafghanistan.com/

Sponsored by the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, The Real War film series is free to all and will continue to be shown on the third Wednesday of each month.
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10/22 ~ John Blair presentation in SPEA Atrium
Thursday, October 22 in the SPEA Atrium beginning at 7:00 PM
President McRobbie-
I will be brief.
I am a 1971 Business School grad (BS-Business Economics and Public Policy) who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for News Photography, seven years later.
Since that time, I have devoted much of my life to educating people in southwest Indiana about the significant economics and health issues that we endure in this part of the state due to the high concentration of coal electric plants that exist here. In fact, this is the largest concentration of coal fired capacity in the world and includes several of the largest plants in North America.
I have been invited to share my knowledge about this situation with IU students, faculty and citizens of Bloomington in a presentation slated for Thursday, October 22 in the SPEA Atrium beginning at 7:00 PM. Since, there is now student opposition arising against the coal plant on campus, I thought your attendance at my presentation would be timely and germane to the overall discussion. Therefore, I would like to personally invite you to attend.
No RSVP is necessary but I do hope to meet you there if possible.
Thanks,
John Blair
800 Adams Avenue
Evansville, IN 47713
812-464-5663
Check out the Valley Watch website at: http://valleywatch.net
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10/23 ~ FRESH Documentary - LGG screening @ Boxcar Books
Join the Local Growers Guild in this very exciting night to view the documentary 'FRESH', produced and directed by Anna Sofia Joane.
Friday, October 23 at 7pm at Boxcar Books located at 508 E. 6th Street in Bloomington. Discussion will follow the screening.

Synopsis of the movie from the official website, www.freshthemovie.com:

"FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy."


http://localgrowers.org/
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10/24 ~ International Climate Action Day - Bloomington350 events
BLOOMINGTON 350: INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE ACTION DAY
October 24, 2009 is the INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE ACTION DAY with events planned in over 100 countries and people all over EARTH taking action to demand that leaders take bold steps to address climate change. 350 ppm is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. To learn more or connect with the international movement, go to www.350.org.
Bloomington 350 has created an ambitious program of events related to climate change spanning 350 hours leading up to the International Climate Action Day, including speakers, films, a running event and a party for 350 volunteers.
To volunteer, contact Michael at 333-2296. For a full listing of 350 events, go to http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2009/10/09/earth.qp-7980060.sto
The event culminates in a rally on Saturday, October 24 at Noon at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, followed by a parade at 12:30 pm from the Market to Third St. Park.
Music, speakers, art and action will be found at the park between 1 and 6 pm.
To volunteer, contact Michael at 333-2296. For a full listing of 350 events, go to http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2009/10/09/earth.qp-7980060.sto
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10/24 ~ Bloomington Transportation Options for People
International Climate Action Day rally, march, and fair, October 24th, NOON at Farmer’s Market and 1-6 pm at 3rd St. Park

On October 24th, people in over 150 countries will be taking action to show support for reducing carbon dioxide to 350 ppm—the level scientists believe is safe. Let’s put Bloomington on the map with our strong turnout! We want to have as many people as possible in a big picture on the steps of City Hall before we march to the park.

If you are planning to come, will you please RSVP to ?

However, if you don’t RSVP, COME ANYWAY—and bring your friends, your family, and your friends’ families. There will be activities for children organized by the Project School, short speeches, music, artwork, and more.

For the march from the Farmer’s Market to the park (roughly 12:30-1:00), we need to stick to the sidewalks and OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNS—please don’t get the organizers in trouble. And if you want to march as a group within the larger throng, look for me—I’ll be introducing Mayor Kruzan at City Hall and I’ll have a B-TOP sign when we gather to march. I’ll bring a few other transportation-themed signs too for anyone who wants them—feel free to make your own also.

See www.350.org and http://www.350.org/node/7219 for more info.

Elizabeth Venstra
Vice-President, Bloomington Transportation Options for People

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10/24 ~ Sycamore Land Trust volunteer work day - The Cedars
Sycamore Land Trust has outdoor volunteer opportunities coming up, helping care for our nature preserves. On Saturday, October 24th from 1 until 4 p.m. there will be a volunteer workday at The Cedars where volunteers will help rake off a walking path through the woods. If interested, you may RSVP by October 19th to .
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10/26 ~ Food As Medicine: Making a Medicinal Soup
Monday, October 26th 7pm-8:30pm
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Conference Room
1010 S. Walnut two doors south of the pantry
"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"! This is a popular quote, but how many of us know how to put that philosophy into practice? Join Bloomington Naturopath Scarlett Winters and you will learn how to use herbs, spices and foods to optimize health and wellness. _________________________________________________________

10/28 ~ Bloomington Kitchen Incubator - Open House
The Bloomington Kitchen Incubator will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 pm in the Caldwell Eco Center @ 323 South Walnut (near PIP printing & Rhino's).

Are you a butcher, baker, or specialty food maker who is interested in starting a food business? Come and learn about the Bloomington Kitchen Incubator, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of new food businesses. We support food entrepreneurs in the production of fresh and preserved foods with an emphasis on turning local abundance into higher value specialty foods. Our services go well beyond providing access to a licensed commercial kitchen. Specialized business support includes finding seed capital, navigating complicated health code requirements, developing appropriate packaging, sourcing ingredients, and distributing the end products.
We are here to strengthen the local food economy by helping create local food processors and producers. We work closely with the Small Business Development Center, SEED Corp, and the Local Growers Guild to provide business support and connections to local food markets. We connect our members with commercial kitchen facilities, primarily working with Middle Way House and their new commercial kitchen facility in downtown Bloomington (scheduled to open in April 2010).
Come to our open house to learn more about what we do, the services we offer, and how to become a member. There will be a short (20-minute) presentation followed by plenty of time for questions. Refreshments will be provided.

~This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the development of new food business and would like to provide support for food entrepreneurs.
~At the open house you will learn more about the services they offer and how to become a member.
~If interested in attending, please RSVP Maggie Sullivan at 812-345-1592 or by email at .
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10/29 ~ Local Growers Guild - 2nd ANNUAL HARVE$T DINNER
Join us for an elegant, 5-course meal featuring locally grown food, prepared by talented chefs. Five local chefs are paired with local growers to present this one-of-a-kind event celebrating the abundance of Indiana's fresh, in-season foods.
Diners will enjoy a delicious five-course meal, meet other locavores and hear participating growers and chefs share their thoughts about the ingredients and preparation of each spectacular locally-grown course.
>100% of proceeds benefit the Local Growers Guild. Vegetarian meals are available on request. Every course will be paired with a wine and a beer, generously donated by Upland Brewery & Oliver Winery.
>Tickets are $68 for members and $75 for non-members with 10% discount for table of ten and are on sale now at Upland Brewery, Bloomingfoods & Wandering Turtle Art Gallery. Last year, this event was sold out and people were turned away at the door. Get your tickets before they sell out!
>For more information, contact or call 812-340-9400.
MENU:
* Local Vegetable Antipasto with house-made flatbread
* Butternut squash soup with roasted poblano relish and capriole cheese crostini
* Local greens topped with thinly sliced beef and served with a berry vinagrette
* Meat Entree: Grilled pork loins served with roasted potatoes and apples, topped with a cider reduction
* Vegetarian Entree: Winter squash croquettes served with a roasted red pepper reduction over a bed of local wheat berries
* Apple cobbler with vanilla and apple butter ice cream served with Brown County Coffee.
For more information, contact
or call 812-340-9400.
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10/29 ~ Sycamore Land Trust Annual Celebration Dinner @ BMCCC
The Sycamore Land Trust is hosting their Annual Celebration Dinner and Membership Meeting on Friday, October 30th from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. The theme of the event is “A Butterfly Banquet” honoring the migration of the monarch butterflies. Attendees will learn about Indiana’s butterflies and be introduced to the organization’s work.
You may visit www.sycamorelandtrust.org to reserve tickets or
contact John at: 812-336-5382 for more information.
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>NOV 2009<

11/2 ~ Garden Planning 101

Upcoming MHC Classes:
Contact Stephanie to register at or 355.6843.
Garden Planning 101
Monday, November 2nd 2009 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Banneker Kitchen, $6 in-city/$7 non-city.
Those seed catalogs will soon arrive. Learn how to plan a productive four-season garden before you order your seeds. Participants make 2010 garden maps with emphasis on crop rotation, companion planting, soil building, and cover cropping. This class is offered through People's University.
>To register visit People's University website through City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Website, or through the Winter Program Guide.
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11/12-11/14 ~ 4thAnnual "Simply Healthy:Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair and Wellness Expo

The 4th Annual "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair and Wellness Expo is set to take place November 12-14th, 2009. This years keynote presenter is Diana Leafe Christian, Editor of Communities Magazine and author of "Creating a Life Together: Practicle Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities" and" Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community". The event creates an opportunity for Bloomington and nearby areas to work together as we share and examine ideas and resources that can be nurtured to create healthy, sustainable "green lifestyles". It is a goal of Simply Healthy Conveners to educate and inspire through the exploration of some of the many possibilities available locally and beyond that can be utilized to support becoming healthier, more sustainable communities.
This year's focus is on "Living Simply Well, Community Building, Eating Local and Eating Healing Meals". Activities feature workshops, speakers, exhibitions, the 2nd annual Local Food Dinner prepared by Middle Way Food Works,a full service catering business owned by Middle Way House, a Community Conversation with Diana Leafe Christian, Lucille Bertuccio, of the Center for Sustainable Living, Marcia Veldman, Farmers Market Director and other community leaders will be moderated by Marti Crouch, a consultant on the relationships between biotechnology, agriculture and the environment. Other events include activities for children and a Healing Sound Concert presenting a variety of musical talents, poetry and storytelling!
Everyone who participates in this event, wether a presenter, advertiser or sponsor, does so to help their community move toward a greater degree of health, stability and wellbeing. "Simply Healthy" is a benefit to present populations planting seeds to be nurtured as gifts for generations to come.
Kick off "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair on Thursday:
> Thursday, November 12 with an evening Keynote presentation from Diana Leafe Christin speaking on "Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They're Doing, Why They're Important" with over 400 photos, this presentation shows how ecovillages worldwide integrate aspects of ecological, economic, and social/cultural/spiritual sustainability:
> On Friday, November 13th enjoy the 2nd annual Local Food Dinner featuring produce and products from local growers and and producers.
> Wake Saturday morning and you will have to decide to head over to take in the Vendors located in the Showers building beside the Bloomington Farmers Market, do some shopping for your favorite fall produce, then head off to any number of workshops before the 4:00pm moderated Community Conversation. Let all of the events of the day settle in as you take your seat for the 7:00pm Healing Sound Concert.

This event is Sponsored and supported by: Indiana Holistic Health Network, Center for Sustainable Living, Middle Way Food Works, HART ROCK's Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts, The Good Life Alternative, Local Food Bloomington, Green Dove Network, Inc., Wandering Turtle Art Gallery, City of Bloomington, IN Commission on Sustainability, Quilter's Comfort, Indiana Living Green Magazine, White Rabbit Copy Services, and others.

http://www.simplyhealthyfair.net

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11/14 ~ SLT volunteer work day - Pizzo Preserve
Sycamore Land Trust has an additional volunteer opportunity to be held Saturday, November 14th from 1 until 4 p.m. Volunteers will eradicate invasive plants and pick up trash at the Pizzo Preserve. Interested volunteers may RSVP by Novembmer 9th at .