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March 1–November 1 – Great March for Climate Action (America)
A growing group of marchers are walking the 3,000-mile path across the country, from Los Angeles, CA to Washington, DC to demand action on climate change. To get involved, call (855) 35-MARCH or visit

Friday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. – Des Moines – Des Moines Onstage, located at 2124 Grand Avenue (next to American Red Cross), recently added a 22.6 kilowatt solar generating facility.  Scheduled speakers include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, Maria Filippone of Des Moines Onstage, Randy Skeie of EcoWise Power, Karmen Wilhelm of Van Meter Inc., Todd Miller of CB Solar, and Steve Falck of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

Friday, June 20, 12:30 p.m.University of Iowa, Iowa City – The University of Iowa opened its solar electric vehicle charging station in 2011 outside the Madison Street Services Building, 640 South Madison Street.  It generates at estimated 70,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.  Speakers include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and Liz Christiansen, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.Cedar Falls – This event will showcase a private residential solar system, installed in 2012, at 1902 West 12th Street.  The system generated 2,329 kilowatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation.  In addition to providing electricity for the home it also charges the batteries of a Chevy Volt.  Learn more about using solar power for transportation during your visit.  For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan at 319-273-7575 or Pat Higby at 319-273-6012.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.Cedar Rapids – The IBEW Local 405, located at 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, installed an 11.1 kilowatt facility that has generated 6,280 kWh since the start of 2014.  Speakers include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, Rich Good of the IBEW Local 405, Tyler Olson of Paulson Electric, Stan Pfoff of Nelson Electric, Emy Sautter of Prairiewoods, and Renate Bernstein, a homeowner with solar electric and solar hot water systems at her home.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m. – Decorah – Guided tour of solar installations and the wind turbine at Luther College in a Luther College van departing from the Decorah Farmers’ Market.  The Farmers’ Market is located next to the Post Office and not far from Decorah City Hall.  For details, contact Jim Martin-Schramm and Stratis Giannakourus at Luther College.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.Independence – There will be a solar open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the home of Joe Olsen, 2003 206th Street, just northeast of Independence, which has a 5.4 kilowatt solar system.  Earlier in the day advocates and vendors will be at the Independence Farmers’ Market, starting at 8 a.m., with a solar information booth.

Saturday, June 21 – 2:00 p.m. – Marshalltown – The Marshalltown Public Library, located at 105 W. Boone Street, installed a 15.7 kilowatt system in 2009 that has generated nearly 100,000 kilowatt-hours in just over 5 years of operation.  Speakers will include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids.  The meeting will take place in the large community room.

June 22-24 - Citizens Climate Lobby National Conference (Washington, DC)
Register now  for this event here.

Solar Works for Iowa, in Cedar Rapids, Saturday, June 21, at 11:00 a.m. – Iowa Climate Advocates and others will be hosting a “Solar Works for Iowa” event on Saturday, June 21, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, at the IBEW Local 405, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, in Cedar Rapids.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the solar panels at the IBEW, to hear from vendors and customers of solar systems, and to learn about the state’s expanded new solar energy tax credits.  This event is free and open to the public.  Other events will be held June 20-21 around the state including Des Moines, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Cedar Falls, Independence, Fairfield, Decorah, and other communities.  For more details, visit

Meet Jack Hatch And Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Saturday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  – Governor O’Malley and Jack Hatch will appear at the home of Steve and Bonnie Sovern, Water Tower Place, 900 2nd St. SE, Unit 506, in Cedar Rapids.  This is a fundraising event and contributions of $25 or more are encouraged.  To RSVP, please contact Rachel Stolba at (319) 533-5702 or by email at

“Inequality For All” Showing Monday, June 23, at 6:00 p.m. – The organization, RESULTS, will be showing the film, “Inequality for All,” at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2424 42nd Street NE, in Cedar Rapids (across from Kennedy High School), on Monday, June 23, at 6:00 p.m.  The film features Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary for the Clinton Administration.  This event is free and open to the public.

Annual Ice Cream Social and Fundraiser, Tuesday, July 15 – Please mark your calendars now for my annual ice cream social and fundraiser.  It will be held on Tuesday, July 15, at the Lagoon Pavilion at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids.  Further details about this event will be announced in the future.


5 Responses to “Events”

  • Glad you’re back into the political ring, which office?
    FYI Republican Rep Jorgensen from Sioux City, want to be a Governor too.

  • May 4 – PedalArt (Des Moines)
    PedalArt is a local show of bicycle inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art.
    Opening reception is Fri. May 4, 5:30-7:00 at the Des Moines Social Club. Admission is always free.

  • President Obama, and Democratic Members of Congress, do not want voter ID to be a requirement to vote because it would most and unfairly impact the elderly, the disabled, and the young and poor. Even if the State handed out free IDs, and came to the door to deliver them to the disabled, making the requirement to show a photo ID to vote is an unnecessary burden on citizens and an abridgement to the right to participate in the democratic process. The deceptive purpose for the GOP’s idea for this is evident in two points: that the poor, ex-felons, and elderly generally vote Democratic, which was a point in a 2003 Republican agenda and with the Branstad administration when his first action as newly (re)elected governor was to overturn Vilsack’s Executive Order which automatically restored voting rights to ex-felons. The second point regards voting fraud. If there was a serious problem of voter fraud in this country, or in the State of Iowa, I might go along with it myself, but that old saw is only a deception; it is just a manufactured issue to detract people from real problems in government and perpetuate pubic fear over a non-issue. The only “problem” with the last election? Republicans could not accurately count votes and tried to minimize the situation when it became publicized, to the embarrassment not only of Mitt Romney, but of the Iowa Republican Party. Need I say more?

  • Ron Paul wouldn ‘t reign in corporations, they would be unregulated, and of course no EPA to bother them. Yeah for dirty energy.

    He would try to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, and diminish aid for public schools. The social safety net would be trashed.

    He wants to abolish income tax which will be wonderful for the 1%.

    His form of freedom means there’s nothing left for us to loose.

    I think he’s in it for himself. I say no thanks.

  • ED: My biggest worry for America is that Obama plans to wreck our economy (for whatever the reason). The only thing he asks for is an increase in spending and to increase the budget. He is now asking for another 1.2 trillion dollars.

    He wants to appeal to the minorities and the needy who want the government to take care of them. He does not want ID at voting booths (we can get a photo ID for people on social security who do not drive – it is not a problem). He complains (to the ears of those who want to hear it) that photo ID is a way that reps can keep the poor from voting.

    There is a lot of propoganda out there and so many who believe it. That is on both sides.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who will not go to DC and get into the same old political groove as all others. Abramoff says that all new congressmen are approached by leadership and told the main thing is to be re-elected so that party will not loose the seat. Then they introduce them to lobbyists who can help them to achieve that.

    DC is owned and run by lobbyists and money. They are basically impersonaters when we see them. I don’t trust any of them.

    The media is as afraid of Ron Paul as DC establishment.

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