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Green Town Conference at Colombia College this Week

GreenTown Chicago – October 13-14 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema at 1104 S. Wabash in downtown Chicago.

With a highly successful event in 2009, GreenTown is teaming up with the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Columbia College Chicago in bringing together inspiring speakers, been-there case studies and actionable ways to make communities greener, healthier and more prosperous.

GreenTown Chicago will feature Philippe Cousteau, Activist and Chief Ocean Correspondent, Animal Planet and Planet Green; Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago (invited); and Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Environment.

The afternoon program at GreenTown Chicago will feature the following tracks: BioCycle, Transportation, Community Design and Building, Food, Green Neighborhoods, Green Infrastructure and Green Jobs. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three sessions of their choice throughout the course of the afternoon.

To register, go to:

Volunteers Needed for Insect Petting Zoo at Creatures of the Night

We are looking for two MGs to assist with the Insect Petting Zoo on October 30 - Creatures of the Night @ GPC. It's a special event where nocturnal animals are stationed throughout the Conservatory to educate visitors on the 'tricks' they perform as adaptations to night life. Extension volunteers will educate visitors on Tarantula, Millipedes, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and Bess Beetles, hand out treats and engage the crowd. Shift time 12 - 3p.m. Contact Nancy at if interested.

Chicago Wilderness Congress

WHAT: The 2010 Chicago Wilderness Congress

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2010

WHERE: University of Illinois at Chicago | The Forum | 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

For more information, or to register:

US Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking your input on the Proposed

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

The dream of a national wildlife refuge in the Wisconsin/Illinois bi-state region is moving closer to reality. Staff members from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting four public meetings this October to seek input from local residents and user groups on the potential refuge. They are also taking comments via their web site.

The proposed Hackmatack NWR includes a variety of rare natural communities, including oaks savannas, tallgrass prairies and emergent wetlands which support sensitive populations of uncommon plants and animals, including a number of grassland bird species. The study area also lies in the whooping crane migratory flyway; whoopers have begun once again to stop over at local natural areas every year.

For those of you who are not close enough to attend one of the meetings, please consider supporting the refuge by commenting through the USFWS project web site,

If you are close enough to attend, the meetings offer members of the public the chance to spend one-on-one time with service staff members to ask questions, offer comments and provide ideas about the refuge. Each open house will be held from 4-8 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 12- McHenry County Government Center Administration Building, 667 Ware St, Woodstock, IL

Wed., Oct. 13- Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 & Harts Rd, North of Ringwood, IL

Wed., Oct. 20- Bristol Municipal Building, 19801 83rd Street, Bristol, WI

Thurs., Oct. 21- Lake Geneva City Hall, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, WI

This is your chance as a Friend of Hackmatack to show the USFWS that there is strong grassroots support for the refuge.

For more information on this project, check out the Friends of Hackmatack website, .

Please pass this message on to your membership and friends!

Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop offered by Gunther Hauk, Chicago, IL and other bee information

Gunther Hauk is speaking at a workshop organized by the Learning Center's partners in Rogers Park on Fri Oct 15. Film showing planned. See info below:


A workshop being offered by Gunther Hauk on Biodynamic Beekeeping in Chicago:

When: October 15, 2-5 pm
Where: Chicago Waldorf School Physics Lab, 1319 W Loyola Ave
Suggested Donation: $25
RSVP's: In advance to

Gunther Hauk, master beekeeper will speak about methods of wholistic beekeeping that turn the beekeeper's role from that of manager of livestock to one of creator of bee habitat. The primary goal must be to enhance the health of the bees, not to harvest honey.There will be practical work involving the Chicago Waldorf School hives.

From Gunther Hauk's Book Toward Saving the Honeybee:

Gunther Hauk is an educator of longstanding and a biodynamic gardener as well as a beekeeper for over 50 years. He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, NY in 1996 where he developed a successful biodynamic part-time training and taught at Sunbridge College. Since then, he has given many organic beekeeping workshops all over the continent. In 2006 he co-founded the not-for-profit organization "Spikenard Farm, Inc." with his wife. They are now located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia . Working to help save the honeybee is dear to his heart.

To see how you can help, visit the website

Tree and Shrub Care

presented by Charlie Miller

from The Care of Trees

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Triangle Center

1763 N North Park Ave

Such topics as proper planting and pruning techniques, soil care, insect and disease management, and choosing the right tree for the right location will be addressed.

Information on the Old Town Triangle Tree Program will be available.

If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like addressed at this program or ideas for future gardening related talks, please email the Triangle at

Sue Gasper

Master Gardener Program Organizer
University of Illinois Extension
3807 W 111th Street
Chicago IL 60655

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