- SD Gardeners + Planning Circle!
Hey Sustainers! We will be spiking a bed with buckthorn splits, wheelbarrowing mulch, sowing seed, and more! At 10AM, we will break from gardening to have a follow-up planning discussion about our Southern expansion's design. This is your opportunity to contribute ideas! All are welcome to visit, even if you can't stay the whole day. The Sustain DuPage Gardeners grow food communally (all responsibility and abundance is shared equitably) in Wheaton, Illinois with regular hosting of cooking nights. We are at the mercy of the weather forecast, so please check the event for potential cancellations. No previous skill is necessary! Please wear clothes you can ruin, close-toed shoes, and your reusable water bottle! Go to www.sustaindupage.com/gardeners for more information!
- Sustain DuPage Concert Fundraiser!
"Something Different" is a group who formed in 2014 as a way to show the versatility of the Native American Flute. Pat Smith and Karen Tlusty-Rissman play flutes to the accompaniment of John Rissman’s skillful guitar, ukulele, bouzouki and didgeridoo. Their compositions include blues, ballads, Latin, Middle Eastern and other musical genres. It is their greatest joy to share original music that celebrates all cultures, aaaaaand... they are putting on a fundraiser concert with FIFTY PERCENT of funds raised going directly toward Sustain DuPage's mission of creating opportunities to learn and live DuPage sustainability culture! Sustain DuPage's own David Bravos will be opening the set with some of his quirky and moving musical stylings, and ANOTHER Sustain DuPage volunteer, Jackie Harris, will also be singing a song from her new original album! $20 ticket at the door- see you there DuPagers!
- Squirrelnest: All Volunteer Meeting!
Sustain DuPage Organizers and Sustain DuPage volunteers (as well as anyone else who wants to attend) are invited to participate in this meeting to review what we think is working well with Sustain DuPage as well as ways that we can see potential new growth! This is our opportunity to discuss workflow, group process, visions for transformation, project and event proposals, other community events, or anything else that comes to mind. If you'd like to add to the agenda for the meeting, you can find it here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tLsYiVNC8yeM2Of-rMO_BKlf_R5Y0xhM0g-ziXJ-Tyw/edit?usp=sharing)
- SD Creators' Meeting
Hi Creators! Bring your ideas and/or help generate new ones for Earth Day! Our theme is Easy Sustainability. We are starting small and building steam! Join us! The Sustain DuPage Creators are artists and artisans using sustainable art and artisanry to communicate environmental values and philosophy. No previous skill is necessary! Go to www.sustaindupage.com/creators for more information!
- Protectors Planting Workday
We will be meeting at the Sustain DuPage Victory Garden (on the Theosophical Society grounds in Wheaton) for this workday. The plan is to plant approximately 100 trees and shrubs. These woody natives will then be protected and mulched for the growing season ahead. With extra time we will continue buckthorn control. Wear clothes that can be muddied and are weather appropriate. Join us with a friend for camaraderie and a vegan snack. *Overnight snow cancels - RSVP requested*
- SD Turners Meeting!
We will discuss the book “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn, a thought-provoking novel on the world and humanity’s place in it! The Sustain DuPage Turners host regular reading group discussions focused on sustainability literature like books, articles, essays, and poetry. We hope to hone our critical dialogue skills to strengthen our community understanding and progress. You’re welcomed to attend even if you didn’t read. Go to www.sustaindupage.com/turners for more information!
- Protectors (Makeup) Clearing Workday
During this makeup workday (from January 26th) at the Theosophical Society we will be putting the cut buckthorn to bed...PERMANENTLY! This organic strategy involves covering and mulching around the stumps for one growing season; no herbicide required. If there is still snow we can "prune" some more woody invasives. Join us for camaraderie and a vegan snack. *Overnight snow cancels - RSVP requested*
- "Starry Skies in West Chicago?" Presentation!
PRESENTED BY: The West Chicago Environmental Commission in partnership with Sustain DuPage (sustaindupage.com) BACKGROUND: This presentation is geared to raise awareness of the impact of artificial light, and present available lighting methods that are efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible. SPEAKER: Drew Carhart is a board member of the Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting, where he specializes in environmental issues and lighting engineering. He is an avid amateur astronomer, and works at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.