GREEN SCENE (February 28 – March 12, 2012)

As the Winter Beer Fest has come and gone and the Laugh Fest is still a week or so away, you might be wondering how you are going to fill the time in between. Fortunately, there are a slew of green events coming up to keep you entertained and to help you get in the mood for spring.

For those of us who just cannot wait to start working on the yard, The West Michigan Home and Garden Show returns to DeVos Place March 1-4. The Home and Garden Show is a great way to learn about new products, see cool displays and pick up a bunch of free stuff that will probably never leave the trunk of your car. While you are there, make sure to check out one of our rain barrel workshops. Rain barrels are a great way to help reduce stormwater runoff which is the leading source of water pollution in the Great Lakes watershed. You can also rest your feet and listen in to one of our seminars on home energy efficiency. You will learn how to help the environment and save on your home energy bills. For more information about the show and for a schedule of workshops and seminars, visit www.wmeac.org/homeshow2012.

The next time you talk to your mom (hopefully this weekend), invite her out to the kick-off meeting of Moms Clean Air Force. This national organization just started a Grand Rapids chapter and is hosting an informational meeting at Treehuggers on March 6 at 7pm. Treehuggers is located at 947 Wealthy Street. Moms Clean Air Force is an organization committed to fighting for clean air and an overall healthy environment for our children.  Please rsvp to Starla at starla@michiganlcv.org as wine and hors d’oeuvres from Art of the Table will be provided. Also, you don’t have to be a mom to come. Anyone is welcome.

The WMEAC Film Series returns March 7 to The Wealthy Theatre with a screening of Dirt! Dirt is a film about dirt, the ways we as humans have damaged it and what we can do to repair it. The show starts at 7pm but come at 6:30 to check out the Community Gardening and Agriculture Expo in the theatre lobby. After the screening, stick around and listen to a panel discussion featuring Christine Helms-Maletic of the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market, Todd Aschenbach, a Grand Valley State University soil scientist and restoration ecologist, Aaron Snipp, a farmer at the  Blandford Nature Center CSA, and Luke Melski co-owner of Reformation Growers. Click here for more information.

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