Earth Month Events

Join The Watershed Management Group in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Earth Month events include:

See Where Your Food Is Grown

Double Check Ranch at the Walking J Farm

Amado, Arizona

Here’s one to add to your shopping list on March 27 – fresh, natural, locally grown and grass fed beef.  See where your food is grown!  Go directly to the source!  The Walking J Farm (a member of Arizona ’s Double Check Ranch family) is located in Amado, just an hour south of Tucson .

Join us for this perfect afternoon with the cattle in the pasture, the chickens in their “tractors” and a rapidly expanding garden – all at the Walking J Farm.  Host Jim McManus, owner of the Walking J Farm, will lead a walking tour

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  TOUR FEE $10.  For inquiries and reservations, contact LocalFoodConcepts@comcast.net or call 520.395.0663.

A Conversation with Bryn Jones

Woods Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

(West side of 1st Avenue, just south of Prince)

The March meeting of the Sustainable Tucson Working Group on Food & Agriculture will continue our series of programs featuring local leaders in food and agriculture. Bryn Jones, Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH will join us for “A Conversation with Bryn Jones.” We’ll first hear the story of Native Seeds/SEARCH, then have an open conversation with all who join us for this unique opportunity. Be prepared to participate. Free.

For further information: Lori Ryder at 520-440-6940

Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy

The University of Arizona’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is sponsoring the special presentation of SIZZLE: A GLOBAL WARMING COMEDY at The Loft Cinema on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. Writer-director Randy Olson (FLOCK OF DODOS) and UA faculty members will do a Q&A with the audience following the screening.

Tickets on sale at The Loft; General Admission $8.00; Students/Loft Members $5.00.

SIZZLE is a unique hybrid of three genres – mockumentary, documentary and reality – that Variety called, “an exceedingly clever vehicle for making science engaging to a general audience.” It is the only U.S. movie that presents both sides of the global warming issue and is more timely than ever given the rocky waters the global warming movement has recently hit. Dr. Olson, a marine-biologist (Harvard)-turned-filmmaker (USC), also wrote the new book, “Don\’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style.” After the Q&A, he will do a book signing in The Loft’s lobby.

The SIZZLE screening is a highlight of the UA School of Earth and Environmental Sciences’ (SEES) first annual EarthWeek, March 29-April 2, a celebration of student research in the earth and environmental sciences. Karl Flessa, director of SEES and head of the UA department of geosciences says, “It’s all about science and communicating science. Randy’s participation demonstrates that science isn’t just important, it’s important and fun.”

The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
520-795-0844/www.loftcinema.com

For more information: gbg@email.arizona.edu

Cyclovia Tucson

Cyclovia will give Tucson folks the chance to enjoy our great weather, see neighbors, friends and people from throughout Tucson, and get a little exercise – all on city streets that will be closed to car traffic and open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters and all other forms of natural movement.

Motor vehicles are detoured from the route allowing everyone the freedom to enjoy the outdoors – safely. It isn’t a race, parade or competition. Instead, it’s a chance to enjoy Tucson from a new perspective, get some exercise and have some fun. Walk your dog, roller skate, blow bubbles. Have fun because during Cyclovia, the world stops for you.

Read a recent Arizona Daily Star article here:

For more information visit: www.cycloviatucson.org

To learn more about this event and how to get involved, please attend the event open house, on Tuesday, March 30 from 5:30pm to 7pm, at the Northwest Neighborhood Center at Mansfield Park, 2160 N. 6th Avenue.

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Put it on the map!

Dear Community Friends and Partners:

The first print edition of the Green Pueblo Map showcasing our community’s favorite “green” places and spaces will be available later this year.  If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to “make your mark” on the map by nominating your favorite sustainable sites at www.greenpueblomap.org . Please also encourage your friends and colleagues to participate.

Nominations are being accepted in more than 30 categories, including community gardens, solar sites, recycling centers, re-use shops, public parks, scenic vistas, rainwater harvesting locations, and historical sites.  It takes only a minute to nominate a site and you do not have to provide any personal information other than a zip code.  Once a site is nominated, it will typically appear on the website within a month.  A selection of sites will also appear on a printed version of the map.  If you want your site(s) to be considered for the printed map, please submit your nomination(s) by April 1, 2010.

The Green Pueblo Map is a free, community-based mapping effort.  The on-line map is constantly evolving and reflects the community we are all creating together.  Residents are encouraged to visit www.greenpueblomap.org at anytime to help identify and explore the features that promote sustainable living and which makes our region such a special place to live.

Pima County, the City of Tucson, and The Inner Connection are organizing the Green Pueblo mapping effort.  However, the project is part of a much broader, international green mapping initiative that began in New York City in 1995, and has since spread to 55 countries.  For more information, please visit www.greenmap.org .