Thu, Jan 16 – Green Drinks (Des Moines)
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Peace Tree, 317 E Court Ave. Come for the networking and good drinks, leave learning about two inspiring sustainability projects in Greater Des Moines and Iowa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First 15 arrivals get free drink tickets. Guests under 21 are welcome — root beer is for sale at the bar. Presentation by Kathy Byrnes about the Climate Crisis Parade begins at 7:00 p.m. $1 off all draws until 8:30 p.m. Click here for details.

Tue, Jan 21 – Simon Estes hosts Atlanta Friends of Dr. King in concert (Ankeny)
From 7:00-9:00 p.m. at DMACC, Building 6, 2006 S Ankeny Blvd. Personal friends of Dr. King and his father, Rev. King, Sr., from Atlanta tell stories and sing songs from the Kings’ legacy at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Hosted by Simon Estes, the Iowa opera legend will also sing on the program, and the famed Bridges2Harmony Gospel Choir from Roosevelt HS and the Choirs from DMACC will sing as well. No tickets required. Click here for details.

Thu, Jan 23 – Stop Factory Farms Lobby Day (Des Moines)
From 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E 9th St. Starts at 9:00 at the Wallace Building for a lobby training before heading over to the Iowa State Capitol for rally (10:15-11:00) and lobby day (after 11:00). Lobby for the factory farm moratorium bills, to stand strong for clean water, clean air, and a good quality of life for all Iowans. Click here to share on Facebook. RSVP here.

Sat, Jan 25 – CO2lonization and Indigenous Resistance Art Build (Iowa City)
From 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Public Space One, 229 N Gilbert St. Please join us in celebrating and expressing Indigenous resistance through art. We will be building a moving art exhibit that will be in the Climate Crisis Parade in Des Moines, Iowa on February 1. Community members and general public are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here for details.

Mon, Jan 27 – Understanding White Privilege (Des Moines)
From 6:30-7:45 p.m. at DMPL Franklin Avenue Library, 5000 Franklin Ave. White privilege is a term fraught with tension and misunderstanding. Join us for this non-judgmental, informative look at what it means, how it started, and what we can do about it together. Kevin Gannon, Professor of History at Grand View University, is the presenter. Click here for details.

Fri, Jan 31 – Des Moines Primary Blitz Youth Climate Strike (Des Moines)
At 3:00 p.m. at Des Moines City Hall, 400 Robert D Ray Dr. March from City Hall to the Capitol, with rally at Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave. Youth Climate Strike is staging a series of massive strikes surrounding the primary and caucus process in each state, to place the global climate crisis at the forefront of primary voters’ considerations when casting their ballot. Click here for details.

Sat, Feb 1 – Climate Crisis Parade (Des Moines)
From Noon-3:00 p.m. at Cowles Commons, 300 Locust St. Prior to the Iowa Caucuses, hundreds of national and international media outlets gather in Des Moines. March to the Iowa Events Center to rally the global news media to do a better job covering climate. Click here to share on Facebook. RSVP here.

Mon, Feb 3 – Iowa Caucuses (Iowa)
Caucuses start at 7:00 p.m. More details soon.

W,Th or St, Feb 12,13 or 15 – Turn Your Yard Into Dinner (Des Moines)
Ten monthly workshops during second full week of the month at 735 19th St. Ed Fallon and Kathy Byrnes of Birds & Bees Urban Farm share their knowledge on a year-round urban farming cycle. Also keep in touch through a weekly email update and additional mentoring opportunities. Click here for details.

Sat, Feb 15 – Panel Discussion – Farming Practices in a Changing Climate (Fairfield)
From 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Cambridge Ag Building. Karin Stein of Moms Clean Air Force moderates and hosts. Initial List of Panelists include Dr. John Ikerd, Economist; Francis Thicke, Farmer; Dr. Dietrich Leihner, Agronomist (international perspective); Thom Krystofiak, Co-Founder of Climate Action Iowa. Click here for details.

Mon, Feb 17 – Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon (Cambridge)
From 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Cambridge Memorial Library, 225 Water St. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Sponsored by Cambridge Memorial Library. Click here for details. Contact Jay Robinson at

Sun, Jul 26 – Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon (Okoboji)
At 11:00 a.m. at Arrowwood Convention and Conference Center, 1405 Highway 71. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Sponsored by Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Click here for details. Contact Marilyn McDowell at

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