Tue, Apr 23 – Mythbusters: Climate Change Edition – Dr. John Helms (Sioux City)
From 5:30-8:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 2508 Jackson St. Helms teaches chemistry and environmental science at Morningside College. His research ranges from studying the color of the ocean using satellites to characterizing the molecules that make swamp water brown to how increased ethanol production is impacting the amount of ethanol in Iowa snow. Potluck at 5:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Click here for details.

Wed, Apr 24 – Women Caring for the Land Spring Meeting (Forest City)
From 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Titonka Savings Bank, 101 Highway 69 North. Includes a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists, and a field tour. Free registration and lunch. Click here for details.

Wed, Apr 24 – Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown (Hiawatha)
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E Boyson Rd. Free two-hour workshop, with videos and group activities, to learn about a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming from Project Drawdown—-a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that, implemented together, can begin to roll back global warming by 2050. Facilitated by Virginia Melroy, Deb Schoelerman and Sally Hartman. Click here for details.

Thu, Apr 25 – Bold Iowa Climate Bird Dog Workshop (Des Moines)
From 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant St. If you haven’t bird-dogged before and/or you want to hone your skills while networking with others from across the state, this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss our goals and methods. We’ll role-play Q & A scenarios with presidential candidates, and we’ll talk about ways to approach candidates in more informal settings. This is an event for both newbies and old-timers. Click here to register.

Sun, Apr 28 – Iowa City Catholic Worker 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner and Concert (Iowa City)
From 5:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church Hall, 4330 St. Patrick Dr. Music by HomeBrewed rockabilly band. Donated chicken and beef fajitas served. $10/adults, $5/kids, $25/family. There will be a raffle, silent auction, and other opportunities for giving. All proceeds support important renovations to the House of Hospitality and assist the mission of practicing daily the Works of Mercy. Click here for details.

Wed, May 1 – Women Caring for the Land Urban Meeting (Iowa City)
From Noon-3:00 p.m. at ​The Ned Ashton House, 820 Park Rd. Geared toward off-farm, women landowners who own more than 40 acres with some crops. Discussion includes farming, conservation, profitability and positive rural impact. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Click here for details.

Wed, May 1 – James Hansen: Young People’s World, Making Your Future (Decorah)
From 7:00-9:00 p.m. at ​Luther College, 700 Luther Dr. Part of Luther’s Climate Justice Week. Hansen’s lecture will discuss his 1988 Congressional testimony and the ways he continues to use his research to call for action against climate change. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. Free and open the public. Click here for details.

Thu, May 2 – Women Caring for the Land Urban Meeting (Cedar Falls)
From Noon-3:00 p.m. at ​Barn Happy, the Crib building, 11310 University Ave. Geared toward off-farm, women landowners who own more than 40 acres with some crops. Discussion includes farming, conservation, profitability and positive rural impact. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Click here for details.

Fri, May 3 – Science on the Stump (Des Moines)
From 3:30-6:30 p.m. at ​Sussman Theater, Drake University, 2875 University Ave. Explore media coverage of crucial science topics in the Iowa Caucuses and beyond. Help identify which science-based issues should be on the political agenda and how to prompt candidates to take positions on them. Panel discussions will feature Iowa scientists, science observers and activists, and political journalists, with reception following. Click here for details.

Sun, May 5 – Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Rally (Des Moines)
From 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave. Wear red and join us in solidarity as we honor the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with a rally on the National Day of Awareness for MMIW. Raise awareness, stand against injustice and show support! Click here for details.

Thu, May 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. Short presentations at 7:00 p.m. $1 off all draws until 8:30 p.m. Click here for details.

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

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    The Break Free from Fossil Fuels MIDWEST event will take place May 15, 2016 at Whiting Lake Front Park, Whiting, Indiana which is just over the border from Chicago, Illinois. The Rally begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Park Pavilion with a March to the BP Refinery just a few blocks away. The full event details are still pending but will include a water / land blessing as a pre-event that morning and a kayakivist element tbd. Transportation details are still being determined. Some buses are being arranged from Minnesota, Wisconsin, possibly Michigan. We ask that all interested sign up at the website (Please note: as of this writing 3/22, Facebook page has the updated information).

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