Friday, April 10, 2009

LSN news in Living Color!


April 9, 2009

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dedicated to learning how to live lightly and sustainably


Community Announcements

This week, you'll find detailed information on the following events:  
  • TODAY  April 9: Climate Change Book Discussion
  • April 11: Fruit & Shade Tree Identification Walk
  • April 12-13: First Freecycle Free-for-all
  • April 13: EcoLiteracy Book Club Meets
  • April 18: 9th Annual Earth Day Parade
  • April 18: 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration
  • April 18: 2nd Annual Read-, Sing-, Speak-, Act-, Dance-Out for Earthcare.
  • April 29: VEGLawrence April Vegan Potluck

Also Below: Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!

* Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP) is looking for new board members

*   Read-OutSing-OutSpeak-OutAct-OutDance-Out for EARTHCARE!  It's TIME TO SIGN UP, EARTHLINGS!

*  Are you an experienced gardener?  The LSN-SLUG is looking for you!  

* Join the Local Food Wikki!

* Contribute to LSN Outreach Efforts


Thursday, April 9, 2009, 6pm discussion; 7:15 film
Climate Change Book Discussion Group Meeting
Spencer Museum of Art
FREE and open to the public


The Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum of Art are sponsoring the second of a four-part book discussion and film series, in conjunction with the museum's spring exhibition, Climate Change at the Poles. Participants will meet at the museum at 6 pm for the book discussions, which will be led by KU faculty and staff members. A film will follow at 7:15 pm.



Apr 9               The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future by Richard Alley. Discussion leader: Stephen Ingalls, Associate Director – Administration, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). Film: Encounters at the End of the World


May 14            Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming by Chris Mooney. Discussion leader: TBA. Film: Art from the Arctic


The films and discussions are free and open to the public.



Contact: Maria Butler, Community Relations Coordinator

Lawrence Public Library

785-843-3833, ext. 123


Saturday, 11 April 2009, 10:00am-Noon
beginning at 9th & New Jersey St.

Walk with the Lawrence Fruit Tree Project through neighborhoods and learn the identification features of fruit and shade trees.  The LFTP Lawrence Fruit Tree Project works to establish community orchards, and to teach growth and care for fruiting trees and shrubs.  They also are setting up a fruit tree register to list existing neighborhood trees that are underutilized, so they can be cared for and harvested.  LFTP spreads trees, knowledge and skills.  

The tree identification walk will begin at the site of their first project, six fruit trees at New York School Fruit Tree Project at NY School   Several experienced growers will lead the walk and answer questions.


Sunday and Monday, April 12 & 13, 2009

First Freecycle Free-for-All!

1101 Mississippi, lot 94

Attention Freecyclers!:

On April 13th we will hold the first "Freecycle Free-for-All" in lot 94 of
the KU campus stadium parking lot (1101 Mississippi St.) from noon until
5pm. Our goal is to increase awareness of our group while furthering the
group's mission to repurpose otherwise-discarded items.

On April 12th, lot 94 will be available for people to drop off their
Freecycle goods. Please bring Freecycleable items that would be
particularly useful to college students (some suggestions would be: plates,
bowls, flatware, small televisions, room decorations, portable furniture
like beanbag or folding chairs, music CDs, micro-refridgerators, etc).
Collection will begin at noon on April 12th and continue until the sun
sets. All items collected will be made available to patrons of the
"Freecycle Free-for-All" on April 13th and any items left unclaimed at the
end of the event will be taken to either the Social Service League or to

If you have a truck that could be used to haul these items and/or the time
to volunteer at either the drop-off or at the event itself please contact
Andrew Stanley at


Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7pm

The Ecoliteracy Book Club

Lawrence Public Library Gallery 

We are an informal group participating in monthly reading and discussion of books relating to environmental or ecological issues. Join our discussions in person or online at  Sponsored by the Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP!) a project of the Kansas Area Watershed Council.  

For this meeting, we'll discuss  Big Coal: the Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future by Jeff Goodell.  Joining us for this meeting will be Sarah Hill Nelson from Zephyr Energy. 

All future meetings will be held on t
he second Monday of the month.  Here's what's coming up.

April 25:  Community Field trip to Bowersock Mills
May 11:  The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki, Amanda McConnell, and Adrienne Mason
June 8:   Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
July 13:  Coming Home to Eat by Gary Nabham 


Saturday, April 18, 11am

9th Annual Earth Day Parade

location below

The City of Lawrence announces the 9th Annual Earth Day Parade.  The parade will start at Buford Watson Park and run down Massachusetts Street between 7th Street and 11th Street.  It will end at South Park.

If you are interested in participating in the Earth DayParade, please contact KU Environs at .  You can also register for the Parade by clicking on the following link: .  

The Parade registration deadline is Wednesday, April 8th!


Saturday, April 18, 11:30am - 4pm

9th Annual Earth Day Celebration

South Park, gazebo area

Lawrence will hold its 9th annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in South Park (downtown near 11th & Massachusetts).  Admission is free.  Come enjoy the live music, food, and children's activities.  People of all ages can learn from the exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more environmental topics.  

This event is brought to you by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor at the Earth Day Celebration in South Park, please visit  to register by using the new online Registration Form.  If you are unable to submit the registration form from our website or have any questions regarding the Celebration, please call 832-3030 or send a request to .


Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8am to 8pm

2nd Annual Read-, Sing-, Act-, Dance-Out for Earthcare!

The western half of South Park

Last year’s Earthcare event was a tremendous success. Oread Friends Meeting along with KU Environs, Ecumenical Christian Ministries, and the Haskell Student Wetlands Preservation Organization is going to do it again. For our second annual event celebrating all of those in our community working for a sustainable environment, we are joining the planners of Earth Day for the Read-Out. It will begin at 8:00, the morning of April 18, in the western half of South Park, and continue until 8:00 pm. We invite anyone—old and young, alone or in groups—to read, sing, speak, act, dance, make music, or perform in any way to sign up for a 10-minute slot in this 12-hour, marathon event on Earthcare.  

You are encouraged to read from any work related to the environment, sing any song related to the environment, speak, dance, act, or perform about any aspect of the environment which concerns you. We hope that you will act alone or organize your friends, family, or members of your community to perform. Please sign up by email by April 10, indicating the time during which you or your group would be able to participate. 

If you do not want to perform, please do come to Earth Day and stop by on April 18 at any time during the day to listen or to observe! If you have any questions, let us know. Thank you! 

To sign up or for more information, please contact Beth Schultz at Thank you! We look forward to seeing you.


Wednesday, April 29, 6pm

VEGLawrence April Vegan Potluck

ECM building, 1204 Oread

Fun, food, and friends VEGLawrence vegan potlucks are here to provide a way to get together to share friendship, food, recipes, information, and good times. Everyone is welcome.

Find out more atMeetup 
and at  


Hope to see you there, Judy Carman


Let's Collaborate!

The Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP) is seeking new board members.

The Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP) is seeking engaged and enthusiastic individuals to serve as board members. LEEP is  a newly established non-profit organization committed to enriching the Lawrence area environmental education landscape through a cooperative, community approach.  LEEP embraces a multi-generational, multi-faceted approach to learning and community building.

Current LEEP projects include coordinating the Ecoliteracy Book Club ( and seasonal community field trips related to current environmental issues. The LEEP Board meets about once a month for planning with increased involvement around events.  The attached press release provides more details about LEEP.

For more information, please email us at


Are you an experienced gardener?  
LSN-SLUG, Support for Local Urban Gardeners, is looking for you!  
If you are an experienced food gardener, and you would be willing to share your knowledge and skills with others, we have an opportunity for you! Contact us to find out how you can help others start growing food gardens. Please contact Jessi at < >. 


Last year's Read-Out, Sing-Out, Speak-Out, Act-Out, Dance-Out for Earthcare was a tremendous success. Oread Friends Meeting, KU Environs, Ecumenical Christian Ministries, and the Haskell Student Wetlands Preservation Organization are doing it again.

It will begin at 8:00, the morning of April 18, in the western half of South Park, and continue until 8:00 pm. We invite anyone—old and young, alone or in groups—to read, sing, speak, act, dance, make music, or perform in any way to sign up for a 10-minute slot in this 12-hour, marathon event on Earthcare.

For more information and to sign up by March 20, please contact Beth Schultz .


 Are you interested in local food? There's more to it than just being a grower or a buyer. How do we produce enough to support our  local needs? How do we educate elected officials and administrators on the importance of local food to the local economy and global health?
We need your help!
A wiki site has been started to allow many to collaborate on building a local food economy, but a wiki can only be improved by participation from its members. Check it out and join to provide input at .
We hope you'll join us, and invite your friends.

This wiki represents a joint effort of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Rural Center, and local producers. For more information, contact Jim Smith, or Jennifer Smith,


LSN's Outreach Committee is looking for ideas
and organizing events related to vital sustainability topics.  In the past, we've had presenations on topics ranging from "The Benefits of Herbs", "Local Food Producers & Suppliers", "Renewable Energy Breakthroughs", and much more.  If you have a sustainability topic you'd like to learn about, please contact Rich Wenzel at 917-9344 or or Steve Stemmerman at 841-0028.  

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