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New Meetup: Mar[masked] Arlington Green Living Expo near Ballston Metro

From: Philo C.
Sent on: Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:22 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Washington DC Environment Meetup Group!

What: Mar[masked] Arlington Green Living Expo near Ballston Metro

When: Saturday, March 20,[masked]:00 AM

National Rural Electric Cooperative
4301 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
ACE: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment
volunteers are still needed, according to web site

Green Living Expo! Saturday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, near Ballston Metro. Looking for practical ways to green your lifestyle? Join us for Arlington's first Green Living Expo! The expo will feature businesses and organizations with products and services focusing on energy conservation, solid waste reduction, eco-friendly transportation, green home remodeling, sustainable landscaping, and healthy homes. The event will also include seminars, a raffle, and children?s activities. Organized in partnership with the Arlington County Fresh AIRE and Community Outreach Programs. More information: or[masked]-6427.

Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Saturday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Chain Bridge. Join ACE for the annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Meet at N. Glebe and Chain Bridge Roads. For more information or to register, email or call[masked]-6406.
Other Local and Regional Events

Contact the sponsoring organization for information and to register for the events listed below.

Tripling Citizen Success in Stopping Bad Development. March 14, 2:00 p.m. Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., 2nd fl. meeting room, Rockville. How does a home or property owner fight an over zealous developer who intends on eliminating wetlands, scenic creeks, and other native plant and wildlife habitats; create stormwater runoff and pollution; and build high-density housing developments, shopping centers, and impervious surfaces? Richard Klein, president and founder of the Community & Environmental Defense Services (CEDS), describes a new approach known as politically oriented advocacy that triples the rate at which citizens win land use and environmental battles. RSVP soon by email or phone[masked]-6985.

Environmental Film Festival! March 16 - 28. Washington, DC. 18th Annual Festival, 56 Venues, 155 Films, 25,000+ Filmgoers. For more information please visit the Festival's web site.

Spring Science Symposium & Public Forum Sunday, March 21, 1 to 4 p.m. George Mason University Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center Meeting Room E. Be Part of the Future of Chestnut Restoration Research. Co-hosted by The American Chestnut Foundation and Department of Environmental Sciences & Public Policy. Speakers: Dr. William MacDonald, West Virginia University (Hypovirulence and Blight), Dr. John Scrivani, Director, Virginia Chapter TACF (Surviving American Chestnuts, How Many, Where, and Why?) and Dr. Norman Bourg, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Oh Deer! A Darwinian Dilemma). Sign Up for campus tour of George Mason's surviving chestnuts. Space is limited, RSVP by March 15 to: [address removed].

"Does Time Outside Make Us Healthier?" Monday, March 22, 6:00 p.m. at the GMU's Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), Arlington campus. On "World Water Day" a new Alliance of Environmental Educators, "NoVa Outside," will launch with this highly interactive and free event. Featuring George Mason University Prof. Laurie Harmon, Program Coordinator for Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies plus "World Cafe"-style small group activities and networking opportunities for all participants.

Rain Gardens for Homeowners Workshop. Saturday, March 27, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312-1428. Come to this workshop to learn how to locate and design a rain garden for your yard. The workshop will include information on design, plant selection, and maintenance. An optional rain garden tour at the park will be included. Sponsored by Arlington County, Northern VA Soil & Water Conservation District, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and Green Spring Gardens Park. Workshop fee is $20. More information here. Call Green Spring Gardens to register at 703.642.5173.

The First Flora of Virginia in two and a Half Centuries. Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. Meet the Associate Director of this exciting project, which will describe more than 3,500 plant species in 200 families and feature 1,400 captioned, scaled, and botanically accurate illustrations. Learn about the team that?s doing the work and see some of the magnificent illustrations. If you are a botanist, educator, naturalist, student, natural resources professional, or any citizen who?s interested in plants of the commonwealth, the Flora of Virginia is being created with you in mind. Free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Virginia Native Plant Society at[masked]-5173.

Film Screening: "Community of Gardners". Saturday, April 17, 2:00 p.m. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Produced by local filmmaker Cintia Cabib. The documentary explores the vital role of seven community gardens in Washington, D.C., not only as sources of fresh, nutritious food, but as outdoor classrooms, places of healing, centers of social interaction, and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods. The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with Cabib.

Community Book Discussion: ?The Memory of Old Jack? by Wendell Berry. Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. A community discussion of the Arlington Reads 2010 featured title, ?The Memory of Old Jack,? a classic novel that sees truth and integrity in the land through the eyes of an aging farmer in 1952 rural Kentucky. Win a copy of the book by visiting

Author Talk: Novella Carpenter, ?Farm City: The Education of An Urban Farmer?. Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. Novella Carpenter has restaged the American agrarian dream in an abandoned Oakland, California lot, raising fruits, vegetables, bees and even pigs and goats in a neighborhood known as ?GhostTown.? Her critically acclaimed ?Farm City??featured on ?best book lists? from Oprah to the New York Times?spreads the gospel of home-grown food and the empowerment it brings.

Project Learning Tree K-8 Curriculum Training. Saturday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This award winning environmental education program will be offered at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204. The training is free. Registration begins March 22. Click here for more information or contact Arlington Parks and Rec at[masked]-4747.

Spring Farm Festival. Saturday, May 1. A day in the country for the entire family. Each spring the Alice Ferguson Foundation opens its gates to the public for the annual Spring Farm Festival. Enjoy the view, the natural areas, and the lively barnyard that is a "living laboratory" for thousands of children each year. More information.

A Conversation with Wendell Berry. Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. In a rare public appearance, literary legend, essayist, poet and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry visits Arlington Public Library to discuss his life?s work and vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil. It was Berry who declared ?eating is an agricultural act,? inspiring today?s movement toward safer, healthier, locally produced meals and sustainable living. Berry?s classic novel ?The Memory of Old Jack? is this year?s Arlington Reads featured title.

Free! Invasive Plant ID Advanced Training Series. Open to all. Please be appropriately dressed. You may want to bring pen, paper, and camera to document things. To ensure that you get a notice in the event of inclement weather and we have to postpone or cancel, please make sure to register to [address removed]. Registrants can also call[masked] to check Jenn's voicemail message for updates.

* Friday, March 5th, 1-3 p.m. @ Long Branch Nature Center. Led by Alonso Abugattas & Jenn Truong
* Friday, April 2nd, 10am-12p.m. @ Meet at Belle Haven Picnic Area to join Friends of Dyke Marsh. Led by Erik Oberg & Jenn Truong
* Friday, May 7, 1-3p.m. @ Location TBA. Led by Greg Zell & Jenn Truong

Invasive Plant Removal Events. Help protect our watersheds and keep Arlington County parks beautiful. There are several monthly invasive plant removal events sponsored by Arlington County Invasive Plant Program. For more information and to register, email Jenn, call[masked], or visit (search for "invasive"). See a map of these locations.

* Second Saturdays @ Lacey Woods (Mar 13)
* Second Sundays @ Gulf Branch (Mar 14)
* Third Saturdays @ Tuckahoe Park (Mar 20)
* Third Sundays @ Long Branch (Mar 21)
* Fourth Saturdays @ Benjamin Banneker (Mar 27)
* New! First Tuesdays @ Zachary Taylor Park (Apr 6)

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