Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lawrence Sustainability Network Announcements, 18/ October/ 2009

Lawrence Sustainability Network

LSN is an all-volunteer organization
dedicated to learning how to live lightly and sustainably.

Visit our website and join the LSN discussion list www.lawrencesustainability.net

Community Announcements

This week you'll find detailed information on the following events:
October 18, 2009 LSN Eco-Parents Kids Clothing Swap
October 25, 2009 Celebration: 1st Year of Gardening
October 31, 2009 Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event

Also Below “Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!:”
LSN Outreach needs YOU! See how you can help with LSN outreach efforts.

Announcement Details

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 1-3pm
LSN Eco-Parents Children's Clothing Swap
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 2

On Oct. 18th Eco-Parents will be hosting a FREE Children's Clothing Swap at the Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Bldg. 2. The swap will take place from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM and everyone is welcome.

This will be an opportunity for you to bring in old clothes that your children have out-grown or simply can't wear and exchange them for something else. The success of this event depends on having enough clothes and everyone bringing in their old items to swap. We really encourage you to dig through your closets and find some good stuff. The event starts at 1:00 but you can come at 12:30 to check-in. When checking-in we will count the number of items you bring and give you that number of tickets which will be your swap currency. At 1:00 you can start shopping. When you are done simply bring your selected items and tickets to the check out. We'll verify that you are leaving with the same number of items you came with and you can go. If you would like to shop but don't have anything to swap, we will be selling tickets for a nominal fee ($1.00 - 2.00) All proceeds will be used to offset costs for the event. While waiting to shop, those people who check-in early can look over handouts/materials from local environmental and children's agencies.

Here are the rest of the rules:
1. This is a one-to-one swap. In other words, if you bring in 3 items you can exchange them for three other items. If you bring in items but don't see anything you would like to take, you must still leave what you have brought.

2. All items must be in clean, wearable condition. They don't have to be perfect but they do need to be appropriate to wear to school. In other words, don't bring anything you wouldn't let your own child wear.

3. Small items like socks and underwear can be put in quart or gallon-sized ziplock bags and will count as one item. Again, please only bring items that are clean and in good condition. Larger items like coats and pajamas will count as 2-3 items.

4. We will only take boys and girls clothing and shoes - infant sizes through teens. No old toys, strollers, or other baby gear.

5. All items left at the end of the day will be donated to an area community center, school, or other non-profit (Goodwill, etc.). You may not come back to retrieve your old items. Make sure you are ready to part with them before bringing them to the swap.

Also - we are looking for CLOTHING DONATIONS and VOLUNTEERS! If you don't think you can attend but have clothes you are willing to donate, email me and we'll make arrangements to pick them up. We want to have a good selection there for people to choose from. We will also need people to help out the day of the swap. If you are interested, please email me. In exchange for volunteering, you will be able to "shop" before the doors open on the 18th. We will need people there starting at 11:30 to help set up and check people in, to help direct "traffic", and to help tear down after the event.

For more information: amerikag@gmail.com.

Sun. Oct. 25, 2009 at 6pm
Celebrate 1st Year of Gardening!
Faith Community Garden 1020 Kasold (Faith Church)

Potluck, bonfire, hayride for kids, celebration and sharing of 1st year of gardening, "Thank Yous" and pictures sharing
Contact: Harold Berciunas (785-925-0433), hberciunas@sbcglobal.net
ALL INVITED - even if you don't bring food.


Saturday, October 31, 2009 from 9 am to 1 pm (rain or shine)

Free State High School (north parking lot), 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence KS

The City of Lawrence Waste Reduction and Recycling Division invites residents and small businesses to recycle old, unwanted electronic equipment. Electronic equipment may contain hazardous components such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Recycling your unwanted electronic equipment keeps these hazardous components out of the landfill.

Items accepted for recycling: computer monitors, desktops, laptops, keyboards, printers and other peripherals, televisions, copiers, scanners, telephones, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, VHS/DVD drives, and hand held devices. A recycling fee applies for computer monitors ($5) and televisions ($10). Fees may be paid by cash or checks. There are no charges for other electronic equipment.

Electronic recycling will be provided by Extreme Recycling (www.extremerecyclinginc.com), a permitted e-waste recycling and reclamation facility in the State of Kansas. All equipment received will be recycled in accordance to Federal and Kansas Electronic Waste Processing Regulations.

For more information, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

Let's Collaborate!

LSN's Outreach Committee is looking for ideas and organizing events related to vital sustainability topics. In the past, we've had presentations 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 altairfour@hotmail.com or Steve Stemmerman at 841-0028.

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