Wed, Jun 19 – Hearing for Clean Water (Des Moines)
At 7:30 a.m. at Polk County Court House, 500 Mulberry St. In March, Food and Water Watch filed a lawsuit against the state of Iowa for their failure to protect our public waterways as required under the Public Trust Doctrine. At this hearing, the judge will decide whether the lawsuit will go forward, so it’s important that we bring many Iowans to pack the courtroom and show that we have a right to clean water. Press conference will follow. Click here for details and RSVP.
Thu, Jun 20 – 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. Short presentations at 7:00 p.m. $1 off all draws until 8:30 p.m. Click here for details.
Sun, Jun 23 – Iowa Water Festival (Des Moines)
From 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Izaak Walton Leauge, 4343 George Flagg Parkway. The Iowa Water Festival is a fun FREE public event that celebrates Iowa’s waterways and the connection from land to sea, hosted in a refreshing and nurturing atmosphere with related art, music, and educational activities. This festival showcases Indigenous, multi-cultural, and scientific perspectives from a wide array of talented individuals and organizations who share the same concern for clean water. Click here for details.
Sat, Jul 6 – Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (West Branch)
From 6:00-8:00 p.m. at West Branch Friends Church, 116 N Downey Street. The 2-hour exercise traces the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and take actions toward “right relationship.” Resource Kit provided. Suggested Donation: $10. Email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Click here for RSVP.
Sun, Jul 7 – Quaker Indian Boarding Schools: Facing our History and Ourselves (West Branch)
From 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Scattergood Friends School and Farm, 1951 Delta Ave. Native American organizations are asking churches to join in a Truth and Reconciliation process to bring about healing for Native American families that continue to suffer the consequences of the Indian boarding schools. Workshop will be lead by Paula Palmer, who has researched forced assimilation of Native children. Click here or email Jeff at email@example.com for details.
Tue, Jul 9 – Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (Des Moines)
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave. The 2-hour exercise traces the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and take actions toward “right relationship.” Resource Kit provided. Suggested Donation: $10. Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Click here for RSVP.
Mon-Fri, Jul 15-19 – Sustainability Day Camp: Wild Iowa Camp (Pella)
Daily 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Central College. Spend a week venturing outdoors to look for and learn about the amazing critters that call Iowa home. Campers will explore prairies and forests, and wade in streams and marshes. There will be an optional family outing Friday evening July 19 to experience bat netting. For ages 8-12. Transportation to and from Des Moines available. Register here.
Mon-Fri, Jul 22-26 – Sustainability Day Camp: Positive Energy Camp (Pella)
Daily 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Central College. Learn about energy conservation and renewable energy through visiting solar, wind, and hydroelectric power facilities, plus make their own small-scale versions of each. Teams will compete to construct their own energy-efficient model homes. For ages 8-12. Transportation to and from Des Moines available. Register here.
Sun, Jul 28 – Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon (Okoboji)
At 11:00 a.m. at the 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 email@example.com.
Mon-Fri, Jul 29-Aug 2 – Sustainability Day Camp: Fun with Food (Pella)
Daily 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Central College. Campers will delve into food awareness with field trips to area farms and hands-on activities including lessons on gardening, cooking and healthy eating, culminating with a team cooking competition pairing campers with professional staff from Central College Dining. For ages 8-12. Transportation to and from Des Moines available. Register here.