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WGO – JUNE 2011 GFT – Final
Through Sept. 17
Beekeeping Workshop Series
Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW
Certification classes with Les & Heather Crowder held on the Saturdays. Cost: $675 or $100 per class. 505.897.8831, www.fortheloveofbees.com, www.cabq.gov/openspace/visitorcenter.html
June 1, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Tapping Into Ground Source Energy
MCM Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE
USGBC luncheon speaker Matthew Higgins, Energy Engineer. $25 members, $30 non-members, $18 Emerging Professionals. Open to the public. www.usgbcnm.org.
June 8, 14, 11:30 am-1 pm
Energy & Atmosphere Webinar
USGBC-NM series. LEED EB O&M. Earn 1.5. CE hrs. $10 members, $15 non-members. More info: email@example.com. Register at www.usgbcnm.org
June 9, 6-7:30 pm
Natl. Hispanic Cultural Center, Conf. Rm. 113
Planning for October Bioneers’ event. firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10, 6-9 pm
GreenBuilt Tour Kick-off Reception
Corrales (private home)
Awards presentation, live music, food & drink. $30 USGBC member/$35 non-member. More info and to register: www.usgbcnm.org
June 11, 10 am-noon
Cherry Hills Library, 6910 Barstow NE
Principles, plant selection, design strategies, drip irrigation, Water Authority rebate for conversions. Presented by Albq./Bernalillo Water Authority. 505.768.3655, www.abcwua.org
June 11-12, 10 am-2 pm
Chicken Coop and Garden Tour
June 11 – all stops No. of Central Ave., June 12 – all stops So. of Central Ave. Free, family-oriented tour includes gardens and livestock. See what is possible in urban backyard farming. 505.508.0131, email@example.com, www.albuquerquecooptour.com
June 11-12, 10 am – 4 pm
Showcases more than 20 homes in Albq., Santa Fe and beyond, with elements of sustainable design, including solar and wind power, innovative materials and techniques. Guidebooks available. 505.227.0474, usgbcnm.org. Cost: $1 per person, per home.
June 11, July 9, 10 am-noon
Cherry Hills Library, 6910 Barstow NE
Focuses on principles, plant selection, design strategies, drip irrigation, and Water Authority rebate for turf conversion. Presented by Albq./Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. Reservations not required. 768.3655, www.abcwua.org
June 12, 3:30-4:30 pm, July 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Water Smart and Drip Irrigation Classes
Anderson-Abruzzo Intl. Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr.
Water Smart class completion offers $20 credit on water bill. Drip Irrigation class June 12 is 2-3 pm and July 9-10 am. Reservations not required. Presented by Albq./Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. 768.3633, www.abcwua.org
June 14, 11:30 am-1 pm
NM Bio Luncheon
Learn about the latest in biofuels technology. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: www.nmbio.org/news_events/0522081211481171.evnt
June 25, 9 am-4 pm
Upper Cedro Creek Gully Restoration Workshop
Free hands-on workshop with Steve Carson and Bill Zeedyk. Group will build two Zuni bowls, six rock rundowns, 11 one rock dams, four baffles and two log rundowns. Questions: email@example.com, To register: http://quiviracoalition.org/Land___Water/Restoration_Workshops/index.html
July 13, 19, 11:30 am-1 pm
Indoor Environmental Quality Webinar
USGBC-NM series. LEED NC. $10 members, $15 non-members. Earn 1.5. CE hrs. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at www.usgbcnm.org
Saturdays 7-11 am
Los Rancho Arts & Crafts Market
6718 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Handmade items by NM artisans. Music, demos, vegetables and gifts
2010 Edible Gardens ABQ
Help register edible gardens (169 so far) 2011 Edible Garden Tour July 30. Inspire more people to grow some of their own food, support food security and healthy nutrition. email@example.com http://2012abqgardens.ning.com/
Albuquerque Backyard Farms Collaborative
A group of organizers who lead gardening and farming education organizations are coordinating efforts in teaching how to grow and eat healthy foods and herbs, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Groups include: The Gardeners Guild, Mother Nature Gardens, Mid Region Council on Governments, Sunstone Herbs, Albuquerque Backyard Farms, The Source, Girls Gone Green, Transition Towns NM, UNM Sustainability Studies, San Jose Elementary School Gardens, Zia Elementary School Community Garden, and the Albuquerque Chicken Coop Tour. For more info, visit www.abqbackyardfarms.com/ABQ_Collaborative.html
Beneficial Farms CSA
Now accepting members. Weekly distribution at La Montanita Co-op Warehouse, 3361 Columbia Dr. NE. This CSA works with up to 40 regional farms each year, and offers abundant, affordable shares of fresh fruit and vegetables and other local and regionally produced foods year round. All produce is grown with sustainable chemical-free methods.
Rio Grande Community Farm Opportunities
RGCF is a nonprofit, certified organic farm in Albq’s North Valley. Their mission is to connect people, earth, water and wildlife in an urban setting by farming sustainably, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing fresh, certified organic food to diverse populations in Albq.
The RGCF offers many opportunities for qualified volunteers. Programs include: Sustainable farming on 50 acres of Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, Community Garden, Education programs & gardening workshops, Americorps program (farmer training), Share the Harvest (donations to food banks), Farm-to-School (APS), Farm-to-Restaurant, Annual Maize Maze, Wildlife habitat program, Community partnerships and special events. For more info, contact Stephanie Dobbie: 505.256.4343, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.riograndefarm.org
June 1, 5:30 pm, June 4, 2 pm
Healthy Food Cooking Classes
How to shop for and cook organic and local on a budget. Tips on nutrition, meet farmers. Presented by Slow Food SF, Kitchen Angels and the SF Farmers’ Market Inst. $10/class. 471.7780
Cultural Tourism Workshop
Inst. of Amer. Indian Arts CLE
Business promotion & entrepreneurial strategies in Indian Country. Contact Hayes Lewis: 505.424.5701, email@example.com
June 3, 6:30-8 pm
Herbalist Doug Simons Lecture
Wild Oats/Whole Foods Community Space, Cordova Rd.
Free. Info: 360.643.3951, firstname.lastname@example.org
Herbalist Doug Simons Workshop
“The Perch,” Randall Davey Audubon Center
Info and registration: 360.643.3951, email@example.com
June 3 –5
Workshop – What is Truly Mine To Do?
Academy for the Love of Learnings, Seton Village
Recognizing what calls us into action, with founder Aaron Stern and Isoke Femi. When the call to be of service is compelling, can you discern what’s yours to do – and what is not? Working sustainably requires understanding how we are personally touched by our aspirations. A powerful, collaborative experience of opening to yourself, your vision, and inner wisdom. $250. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.995.1860. www.aloveoflearning.org.
June 3, 5-7 pm
Heart Gallery of NM
Gerald Peters Gallery, 1011 Paseo de Peralta
Opening Reception. Portraits of NM foster children waiting to be adopted. Silent and live auction. Free. www.heartgallerynmfoundation.org
National Trails Day
Help the SF Conservation Trust with work on the Windsor Trail from 9-1. To register, go to www.trailsallianceofsantafe.org. 11-2: Outdoor gear raffle at Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works in support of SFCT. 4 pm: Group hike and mountain bike ride. www.sfct.org
Eldorado Area Gardening Tour
Starting point and maps at La Tienda, Ave, Vista Grande
Self-guided tour includes seven private residential gardens and the Eldorado School Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom. Hardscapes, xeriscapes, cactus, native grasses, perennials, water management strategies, planting strategies, trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. Gardeners will answer all your questions. $5 donation to benefit the Outdoor Classroom. JWO1959@aol.com, subject: “Garden Tour Questions”
June 8, noon
Academy of the Love of Learning Tour
LEED-registered, built adjacent to the ruins of Seton Castle. Participants will hear about the Academy’s innovative programming for individuals, community leaders, organizations and teachers. Free. RSVP required. 505.995.1860 of email@example.com, www.aloveoflearning.org
June 9, 6-9 pm
Green Living Project Film Premiere
Jay Etkin Gallery, Artyard – Railyard District
Ecotourism in NM and other global sustainability films. Learn about conservation efforts underway including protection of wilderness areas, wildlife and preservation of traditional cultures. Speaker: Larry Burke, CEO of Outside Magazine. Raffle, live music. $12 donation requested. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenlivingproject.com/santafe11
Goddess Weekend Retreat
Dream Catcher Ranchito Retreat Center
Meditation, Mantra, Gentle Yoga & Transformation with Kamala Easton, Ph.D. 505.983.0108, email@example.com, www.embodyingthegoddess.com
Ampersand Open House
Sustainable Learning Center in Cerrillos
10am to 3pm – volunteer project, 3pm – site tour, 5:30 potluck
Free. Donations appreciated. Come for a couple hours, the whole day, or camp out with the crew and stay Sunday too. 505.780.0535, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ampersandproject.org
June 11, 3-5 pm
Zen Birding Book Talk
Ark Books, 133 Romero St.
Discussion with local author Susan Guyette on kinship with animals, Eastern and Native American spirituality, birdwatching, and the importance of habitat conservation. 988.3709, arkbooks.com
June 13, 12-12:45 pm
Robert Gaylor, Videographer
NM Museum of Art
Gaylor will talk about his work and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
June 13, 6-8 pm
Tim DeChristopher Talk
Greer Garson Theater, SF Univ. of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr.
10 days before his sentencing for bidding against oil & gas developers for sensitive lands, Environmental activist DeChristopher will speak publicly. $10 suggested donation. Info: 505.469.4060, http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/4/environmentalist_tim_dechristopher_found_guilty_of
June 16, 5-7 pm
Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta
A free panel discussion about imagination and education. Panelists include people working in the arts, science, business, and education. This is part of the Lincoln Center Institute’s 2-year project throughout the U.S., culminating in America’s Imagination Summit at Lincoln Center in NYC, July 21-22. Presented by the city of SF Arts Commission. More info: www.SantaFeArtsCommission.org
June 15, 7 pm
An Evening with Djwhal Khul
17 Bisbee Court, Unit B
Kathlyn Kingdon, who has presented Djwjal Khul’s message around the world for 25 years, will offer a free talk on developing inner peace in a chaotic world. The Vajra Flame Foundation: 303.554.9881, email@example.com
June 18, July 16, 23, Aug. 27
Helen Hastings, organic grower and permaculturist. $120 for the series or $45 each class. 505.920.2234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Zero Waste Community Planning
6/24, 7-9 pm: Free lecture on sustainability and green jobs; 6/25, 9:30-4:30: Intro to Zero Waste and Resource Mgmt, workshop; 6/26, 9:30-4:30: Communities and Businesses Building a Zero Waste Economy, presented by Gary Liss. www.carboneconomyseries.com/workshops/zero-waste
July 16, 7 pm
James A. Little Theater
Be Aware Benefit Concert
Author/musician G a b r i e l o f U r a n t i a and the 11 – p i e c e B r i g h t & M o r n i n g S t a r B a n d p r e s e n t C o s m o P o p ( r o c k , j a z z , C e l t i c , w o r l d , m a n t r a , c o u n t r y a n d m o r e) in s u p p o r t of i n t e r n a t i o n a l s t u d e n t s , r e h a b p r o g r a m s , a n d a g r i c u l t u r a l i n t e r n s h i p s at Southern AZ nonprofit ecovillage/farm. T h e c o n c e r t focuses on e n v i r o n m e n t a l , s o c i a l a n d sustainability i s s u e s . Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door + kids price. 505.988.1234, ticketssantafe.org. More info: http://beawaretour.org
June 19, 5-10 pm
Women’s Summer Solstice
Rancho de Las Golondrinas, La Cienega
Hillary Smith, R&B gospel vocalist and her band will headline. $15, Tickets: email@example.com@gmail.com or at Café Ole, 2411 Cerrillos Rd. Booths available. Sponsored by the Albq. Center for Peace and Justice. More info: 316-0512 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25, 9 am
Organic Pest and Disease Control
Milagro Community Garden, Rodeo Rd. and Legacy
Jannine Cabossel, Master Gardener, will share her tips. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Home Grown NM and the Community Garden. info: 473.1403, email@example.com
Community Homesteading Pot Luck
SF Complex, 632 Agua Fria
Monthly event. Grow, raise, cook, preserve, teach, mentor, share. Suggested donation: $5. Presented by the SF Complex and Home Grown NM. More info: 473.1403, homegrownnewmexico.com
Kim Müller Benefit
Rio Chama Restaurant
Hors d’oeuvres, informal dinner from fine area restaurants, raffle and a silent auction to raise funds for the convalescence of Chef Müller, who is awaiting a kidney transplant. Auction donations welcome. www.mullerbenefit.com
Lunafest National Film Festival
James A. Little Theater
Promotes women filmmakers, raises awareness of women’s issues and supports worthy women’s nonprofit organizations including Girls on the Run Santa Fe and Breast Cancer Fund. Raffle drawing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturdays, 4 pm
Green Talk Radio
KTRC – 1260 am
A weekly show with Faren Dancer. At a time when our culture is requiring a major shift in how we relate to the Earth and our fossil fuel-based economy is poised for transition to a renewable future, awareness and knowledge are keys to true sustainability. Each show explores the issues, politics, science, and the evolution of consciousness impacting the balancing of life on our planet.
Santa Fe Creative Tourism Initiatives
Artists and craftsmen who offer workshops and classes within SF County are invited to list their offerings with Santa Fe Creative Tourism at www.SantaFeCreativeTourism.org. See “Get Involved” tab to list. This service is free and provided by the city of SF Arts Commission.
Save A Ton Recycling Campaign
The city of Santa Fe and the SF New Mexican have launched a campaign to double recycling in Santa Fe in one year. Santa Feans score way below state and national averages. For a city with its own recycling facility that envisions becoming a Zero Waste community, we can do better! Find info on the Save A Ton campaign at www.sfnewmexican.com and click on Green Line or on Facebook. Contact Regina Wheeler, SF Solid Waste Director: 505.955.2209 or e-mail email@example.com
Sustainable Growth Management Plan for SF County
Hard copies $20, CDs $2. Contact Melissa Holmes, 505.995.2717 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The SGMP is also available on the county website: www.santafecounty.org/growth_management/sgmp and can be reviewed at SF Public libraries and the County Administrative Building, 102 Grant Ave.
HERE & THERE
June 4, 5-10 pm
Keep the Campfires Burning Benefit
Dragonfly Café, 402 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
Benefit for the summer camp at the Sangre deo Cristo Youth Ranch. 5-7: Wine and hor d’ouvres ($25); 7-10: Dining and presentations (Full evening with 5-course dinner $150/$250 couples) Tickets: 575.737.5859. More info: 575.613.6808, email@example.com, www.localogy.org/camp
Clean and Green Investment Forum
Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA.
Opal Financial Group’s forum will bring together experts from throughout the country to discuss cleantech and greentech. Attendees will represent pension funds, endowments, and trusts, as well as utility companies, federal and state agencies, and energy equipment companies. More info: 212.532.9898, ext. 0., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.opalgroup.net
June 6-10, 9 am-3 pm
Season extension is critical to increase local food system capacity. Students will design and build a greenhouse as a food-growing classroom. Lessons include 4-season growing strategies. $25 fee. 575.770.5670, www.taos.unm.edu.
4th Annual Celebrando las Acequias
Mission Building, Downtown Dixon, NM
Free event on the importance of the acequias as a cultural patrimony, and their role in local food production web, cultural tourism and the local economy. Presentations and workshops with Ron Rael, Dr. Robert Hunt, Dr. Jose Rivera, Dr. Sam Fernald, Lois Ellen Frank, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, Peter Warshall, Catherine Harris, Erin English, Brad Lancaster. Sponsored by Embudo Valley Acequia Assn., Arid Land Inst. of Woondbury University, Center for SW Cultures, Acequia Inst., Earthworks Inst., Cuatro Puertas, Rio Arriba County and NM Acequia Assn. More info: 505.579.4027, email@example.com. For documentation of the 2010 Celebrando, go to: http://aridlands.woodbury.edu/public_programs/celebrando_2010.html
June 11-12, July 30-31
Queen Honeybee Breeding & Rearing Workshop
Two sessions with Mark Spitzig and Melanie Kirby of Zia Queenbee Co. at their home farm. Course designed for experienced beekeepers, covering the complete process from selecting and establishing breeders to the art of grafting and mature harvest of mated queen bees. $200 for one and a half day hands-on practicum. More info: 505.689.1287, www.ziaqueenbees.com
June 11-12, 10 am-4 pm
Rag Rug Festival & Design Collective
Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso Downs, NM
Handcrafted rugs and other home furnishings, fashions and personal adornments. A Women’s Cottage Industries program. Free. 505.983.6155, www.nmwf.org
June 13-18, 9 am-5 pm
Organic Farming Workshop
Learn about compost, green manure, CSA’s, tracking & measuring, soil ideas and non-toxic pest controls while working as interns on a different Taos farm each day. Breaks for discussion and demonstrations. Students will design their own 4-season food-growing plans. 575.770.5670, www.taos.unm.edu
June 15, 30 Application Deadlines
Rural Energy for America Program
USDA grants and loan guarantees for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency systems and renewable energy improvement projects. Renewable energy feasibility study grants and energy audit and RE development assistance grants. Call 505.761.4953 or 505.761.4952, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rainwater Harvesting Workshops
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. is offering an Introductory workshop June 16 and a 2-day Accredited Professional workshop June 17-18. Course descriptions and to register: www.arcsa.org. Questions: 505.577.8899, email@example.com.
June 18, 1:30–3:30 pm
Driving Through Time: A Roadside Geology of Taos
Taos Public Library, 402 Cam. De La Placita
Free lecture by Bill Balsam, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas, Arlington. More info: 575.758.3063 or www.taosgov.com.
June 19, 9 am-5 pm
Zia Pueblo Arts & Crafts Fair
135 Capitol Square, Zia Pueblo, NM
A perfect reason for a drive through the beautiful Pajarito and Jemez plateaus. Silent auction, performances by traditional dancers, Native foods.
June 19, 2 pm
Zia Pueblo Potter Demo
Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo
Ulysses Reid will discuss his pottery method, innovative designs, and do a pottery firing. $5 admission. 505.792.4851, http://home.comcast.net/~friendsofcsm
EcoNest Clay-Straw Building Workshop
Near Pecos, NM
Learn how to efficiently wrap a building with a 12” blanket of dynamic insulation for health, comfort and building longevity. 541.488.9508, www.econest.com
Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability Forum
A cross section of executives and decision makers interested in the LOHAS market segment. Workshops, presentations and networking. www.lohas.com
Na’ashjé’ii Biyiin: Chant of the Spider
Ned Hatathli Museum, Diné College, Tsailé, AZ, Navajo Nation
Lectures, panel discussions, exhibits and film screenings that explore the interconnected spiritual and technical processes of Diné weaving.
Takes place during the 15th Annual Sheep is Life Celebration. Free admission. Fees for workshops. Presented by Diné be’ iiná, Inc. Contact TahNibaa Naataanii, Project Director: 505.406.7428, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.navajolifeway.org
Heart of the West Tour
Cimarron Rodeo, Santa Fe Trail, Taos Pueblo, Las Vegas, Pecos National Historical Park, private Santa Fe tour, a night at the opera (La Boheme), Intl. Folk Art Market early bird ticket. Presented by Cimarroncita Historic Ranch Retreat and Seven Directions Tours. $1,350 includes four nights at the ranch and two nights in Santa Fe. More info: 1.877.992.6128, http://www.sevendirections.net, www.cimarroncita.com
Indigenous Sustainable Communities Design Course
Star School, Flagstaff, AZ.
Hands-on course on traditional agriculture, women in agriculture, organic methods, seed saving, Permaculture, natural healing, water harvesting, land restoration, more. Info: 505.983.4047, Clayton@tnafanm.org.
July 23, 1:30-4 pm
Importance of Acequias: Local Lessons that Serve the World
Taos Public Library, 402 Cam. De La Placita, Taos
Lecture by Miguel Santistevan. Agriculture in the New and Old World. Environmental, cultural and political aspects of acequia survival. Contemporary issues in agriculture, land tenure, and changes in food systems. Free. More info: 575.758-3063, www.taosgov.com
The Art of Seeing, The Way of the Tracker
Circle A Ranch, Cuba, NM
Permaculture designer Joel Glanzberg and tracker John Stokes guide this immersion experience in the art of seeing, a deep exploration of Nature, its patterns and expressions. $250. More info and to register: 505.898.6967, email@example.com
The Heart and Science of Resiliency
Custom hikes, workshops and retreats. Move beyond “bouncing back!” Put yourself on Nature’s side and navigate the turbulence of today’s world into a future worth dreaming into being. Permitted with the USFS since 1989. 505.466.1813, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wildresiliency.com
Raffle for the Rio
Win a week’s trip for two including airfare to Akumal Bay on the Mexican Riveria or Pisac Inn near Machu Piccu in Peru. Tickets are $25 each. Drawing June 23 on KTAO Solar Radio 101.9 FM. Call Amigos Bravos: 575.758.3874 or online at amigosbravos.org.
Vallecitos Mountain Ranch
World class wilderness venue located in one of the most beautiful alpine regions of the Rocky Mtns. Majestic old growth forests, mountain lakes, historic log cabin lodge. Conferences, workshops, trainings and retreats. May 18-22: CLE Mindfulness Training for Lawyers with Grove Burnett. See schedule for all retreats at www.vallecitos.org, 575.751.9613. Available for event and group rentals.
Veterans Green Jobs Academy
Northern NM College, Espanola
Workforce training and specific degree programs to support military veterans in fully accredited academic certificate and degree programs in areas of environmental science related to renewable energy, hazardous materials response, forestry, sustainable agriculture, wildland fire science, construction trades and others. A partnership with the NM Dept. of Veterans Services. For more info, call Dr. Biggs at 505.747.5453 or visit www.nnmc.edu/vetacademy.htm.
NM Green Chamber of Commerce
The NM Green Chamber of Commerce, with chapters around the state, has a business directory that is a great resource for conscious consumers looking for locally owned and environmentally friendly businesses in their area. Contribute to a sustainable future by supporting businesses in your city/town that are striving to be leaders in green business practices. Info: 505.859.3433, email@example.com, http://nmgreenchamber.com/members?page=2
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