Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Lawrence Sustainability Network Announcements, 05/Feb/2010

Lawrence Sustainability Network

February 5, 2010
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Below, you will find detailed information on the following events:

Feb. 6: SOS! March to Save Our Neighborhood Schools
Feb. 6: Bob Marley Birthday Celebration and Haitian Fundraiser
Feb. 8: Non-violent Communication Workshop
Feb. 11: Be Water Wise-A Sierra Club Event
Feb. 17: Fresh Grow in Winter Snow?
Feb. 20: LSN Eco-Parents Toy & Book Swap
Feb. 24: Eco-History--Kaw Valley Spirits and Teddy Roosevelt
Feb. 27: Free Seed Fair--Kaw Valley Seeds Project
March 3: Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Emerging Nations
March TBA: Managing your Tallgrass Prairie or Hay Meadow
April 14: Health Care for All?
May 21: Farm to School Lunch--volunteers needed



Saturday, February 6, 2010
SOS March to Save Our Schools
Meet at Liberty Hall at 11am

March for our Neighborhood Schools! Anyone and everyone young and old who support our neighborhoods and our neighborhood schools will want to join us for this demonstration. We will meet at Liberty Hall at 11 and march at noon down Massachusetts to South Park.

Sponsored by Save Our Neighborhood Schools

Learn more about the issue and how you can help at

Saturday, February 6, 2010, 8pm doors open
Bob Marley Birthday Celebration and Haitian Relief Benefit

The Granada, downtown Lawrence on Massachusetts St.

There's a very soulful Bob Marley Birthday/Haitian Benefit Show coming up at the Granada on February 6th. This show will feature some local favorites including Ras Neville & the Kingstonians, and other great local reggae bands, plus genuine Jamaican food! $7 Admission. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. All proceeds will go directly to Haitians in dire need.

More Info on this Haitian Benefit at -


Monday, February 8, 2010, from 6:30-9pm

Non-Violent Communication Workshop
Ecumenical Christian Ministries: 12th and Oread

Learn how to relate compassionately in thought and words. Taught by Vicki Penner.

Register Now! ecmku@ku.edu or call 785-843-4933


Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 7pm

Be Water Wise: A Sierra Club Presentation
Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

The Wakarusa Group of the Sierra Club Presents

Be Water Wise
An Evening with Wakarusa Sierra Club & Friends of the Kaw
This is the preliminary event for the Wakarusa Sierra Club’s “Be Water Wise” season of educational presentations and activities. The evening will focus on local water usages, demanding issues affecting our community, and the importance of conservation. We would like to welcome people of all ages and interests to join us. Bring a laptop (optional) to participate in a special interactive Google mapping activity. Come with friends and enjoy a hot cup of tea and sweets!

Contact: Melissa at wakasierraclub@gmail.com or 785-764-0826

Please spread the word about our Be Water Wise event!!
www.kansas.sierraclub.org wakasierraclub@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, noon-1pm
Fresh Grow in the Winter Snow?

Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

Rita York and the Douglas County Food Policy Advisory Council will present a panel discussion about the possibilities for local food growth and sustainability. What food systems are possible?

A University-Community Forum
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Christian Ministries

Saturday, February 20, 2010, 10am-noon
LSN Eco-Parents Toy and Book Swap
Lawrence Public Library

Toy and Book Swap is Feb. 20th from 10:00 - 12:00 at the Library. We're going to have some great items there for you to check out so clean out the closets and come swap your stuff.

Listed below are the general guidelines for the event. Other consistent guidelines may be added before the swap event. Please keep in mind that we are having separate check-in and check-out times so plan on being there long enough to complete the process. Also, we obviously love kids (why else would we do this?) but strongly urge participants to attend this swap without theirs if possible

Finally, we're still looking for volunteers so if you'd like to help, please let us know. Volunteers will be able to "shop" during the set-up/organize" time so bring your stuff and change it out for something new. As always, if you have any questions, please email.

Kim: ecoparentslawrence@gmail.com or Lauren lauren@sunflower.com.

You can also see the guidelines on our Facebook page - Eco-Parents Lawrence, or on our blog at www.lksecoparents.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, noon-1pm
Kaw Valley Spirits' Influence on Teddy Roosevelt

Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

Dan Wildcat and the Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance present some eco-history. How did Kaw Valley Spirits influence Teddy Roosevelt's conservation attitude beofre his 1910 visit to the Wakarusa Watershed?

A University-Community Forum
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Christian Ministries

Saturday, February 27, 2009 from noon-5pm
Kaw Valley Seeds Project: Free Seed Fair

Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence
by the County Extension Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds

The Kaw Valley Seeds Project will host a Free Seed Fair where heirloom seed collectors can exchange seeds, bulbs and starts with friends. There will be educational displays, activities for children of all ages, local vendors with their wares, music and art.

There is no charge for tables for organizations that would like to offer information about themselves. Local vendors, musicians, and artists are welcome.

Contact Dianna at 785-331-2315 for more information.

Local Seeds for Local Food
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, noon-1pm
The Challenges of Providing Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Emerging Nations

Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

Approximately 2 billion of the Earth's citizens lack access to sanitation and safe drinking water. Craig Adams, Civil Engineering Professor, presents an overview of the scope of the water and sanitation crisis, key technological solutions for developing nations, and the critical need for proper education and for social buy-in within communities.

A University-Community Forum
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Christian Ministries

TBA in March
Managing Your Virgin Tallgrass Prairie or Hay Meadow
Location to be determined

The Grassland Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce this talk on prairie establishment and prairie management. GHF board member, Groundhogs coordinator, and president of Norman Ecological Consulting, Frank Norman will lead the presentation.

Learn the various methods required to manage your tallgrass prairie whether it is in good condition or being overrun by woody vegetation and sericea lespedeza. Topics to be addressed will include tree and shrub removal, herbiciding invasive plants, prescribed burning, and seeding. A handout will be provided that outlines the presentation and provides sources for prairie management publications, potential funding sources, and firms that supply prairie seeds and perform prairie management.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, noon-1pm
Health Care for All?

Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

Dr. Marci Neilsen, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Kansas medical Center, will describe federal health reform and its impact on individuals and families in Kansas. Whether it's called "socialized medicine" or "equality care," the debate is surely leading toward major change in our current health care system.

A University-Community Forum
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Christian Ministries

Friday, May 21, 2010 -- time TBA
Farm-to-School Lunch

Cordley Elementary School
A group of Lawrence residents, chefs, business owners, farmers and parents have joined together to bring the students and staff at Cordley Elementary School an all local, mostly organic, non-processed delicious lunch on Friday, May 21, 2010.

The event is in honor of the amazing Cordley Picnic Shelter that was recently completed and is a tribute to all the wonderful local food producers and purveyors that Lawrence has to offer.
Funding for the event is being supplied by The Kansas Rural Center and through donations from several local businesses. The Art Tougeau Art Car Cruise is also schedule to stop by Cordley during the event. Attendance for lunch is limited to Cordley Students and staff along with several contributors and key individuals, but parents and friends are welcome to stop by and observe the days festivities.


Vegetarian Lasagna with local hand made pasta from 715, Central Soy Tofu, local vegetables and cheese.

Cheese Burger Lasagna with local hand made pasta from 715, Amy's Beef, local vegetables, Alma Cheese and b├ęchamel sauce.

Gluten Free / Dairy Free Lasagna with non-local pasta, Central Soy Tofu and local vegetables.

Whole Wheat Bread Sticks with local Acme organic flour baked at M & M Bakery.

Salad Bar with all local produce including mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, radishes, carrots, strawberries and hard-boiled eggs, served with locally made vinaigrette and ranch dressings.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp sweetened with honey

Iwig Family Dairy Milk
Contact Linda Cottin at cottins@sunflower.com for more information or to volunteer to help.


I am looking for a reliable, committed volunteer to do afternoon chores 5 days a week at Pinwheel Farm in North Lawrence (while I'm at work)...someone who can commit through the end of the school year, at a minimum, so that we have stable help during lambing.

Mainly this would entail observing, feeding and watering sheep, llama, and dogs; monitoring/adjusting the High Tunnel (unheated greenhouse); and feeding the woodstove. Most days this would be about 1/2 to 1 hour of pleasant, low-stress, routine activities. No heavy lifting involved. Mid-March to mid-April there will be more excitement as we start lambing! Additional weekly training time with me would be mornings or Thursday afternoons.

You will be rewarded by lots of learning, close relationships with grateful animals, veggies when available, lamb meat if desired, wool/wool products, and other great giveaways.

Contact Natalya Lowther, 979-6786, natalyalowther@hotmail.com

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

Sustainability requires that we restore biodiversity and environmental health, strengthen relationships within and among human communities, insist on democratic decision-making at all levels of governance, insure social and economic equity for all, and reorient our aims from growth to stability. It means living within our means today and protecting the interests of future generations above all else. LSN supports the efforts of individuals and organizations that work toward these goals.

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