2014 Sierra Club Events Calendar
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March 7-9, Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center. Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, with over 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing. Sierra Magazine, the River Touring Section, and Sierra Club - John Muir Chapter's Outings programs will be sharing space at this year's event.
March 8, “Down the Drain” Madison Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour , 9:20-11:00 AM, 1610 Moorland Road, Madison. Have you wondered what happens to the water that goes down the drain? Come find out as our Water Sentinels team (and you!) tour the local sewage treatment plant. Arrive at 9:20 AM and check in with Liz Wessel. This tour will include some steps and will not be wheelchair accessible. RSVP to Liz Wessel, 608-238.9934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 12, Community Rights Workshop, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, the Ark, 401 E Jefferson St, Viroqua. Nationally recognized activist, organizer, and lecturer Paul Cienfuegos (PaulCienfuegos.com) will lead a workshop that covers the history of corporations; the rise of community rights' ordinances; &local frac sand mine and factory farm impacts and regulations. This event will include a special emphasis on what can be done in Wisconsin's Driftless area, and opportunties for networking and open discussion. Seating is limited, prior registration is required, and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 - $20.00. For more information or to register, contact Forest Jahnke at (608) 632-2183 or email@example.com.
March 14-15, Midwest Environmental Advocates and Family Farm Defenders present the Land+Water+Seeds=Food Conference at the Umhoefer Building and Lange Center, UW Baraboo in Sauk County, 1006 Connie Rd, Baraboo, WI. featuring Driftless author David Rhodes, The Value of Nothing author Raj Patel, and others. Check here for more information and register today! We hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 22, 2014, World Water Day Workshop, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, First Unitarian Society, Courtyard A&B, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Join the Madison Water Sentinels Team, a joint project of the Sierra Club Four Lakes Group http://www.4lakes.org/ and the First Unitarian Society http://fusmadison.org/ for a World Water Day workshop on water ethics and key questions for freshwater in our region. Case studies will be used to build our understanding of our own individual water ethics and what we value. We will break into smaller groups to work through some core questions like: Is water a public good, or a private right? Who decides? If water is a common good, which needs are of highest value, who decides? If it costs money to clean and provide water, who pays? What about those who have no means to pay? Who is responsible for cleaning up the messes of the past? Do species other than humans have rights to clean, abundant water? The event will conclude with a discussion on possible actions we can take in our community. Please RSVP with Liz Wessel, 608.238.9934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, Spring Election There is a lot at stake in this spring’s election, from important local ballot questions to races for mayor, city council, and county executive. Polls are open from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM on April 1, and you may register at the polls on election day. Find your polling place online at: https://myvote.wi.gov/, or vote early until 5:00 PM the day before the election at your local municipal clerk's office: http://gab.wi.gov/clerks/directory
April 3, Tar Sands Rally and Public Hearing, 1:00 PM, Capitol and Lowertown Areas,
121 7th Pl E, St. Paul, Minnesota. Join us as we stand up to protect the Great Lakes region by saying no to the proposed Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline expansion. We need all hands on deck to send an overwhelming message: our lakes, rivers, and climate are too valuable to sacrifice in the name of corporate profits. After our 1pm rally, we'll march together to the final public hearing on Alberta Clipper at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Our friends in Minnesota are depending on Wisconsinites to testify at this hearing and help them make the case that the climate change and water impacts of expanding Clipper vastly outweigh any perceived benefits! If you don't want to testify, help us pack the audience. Our numbers are powerful. Tell your friends, sign up to attend on the official Alberta Clipper rally website or on the Facebook event page today, and email Elizabeth Ward for more information about round trip bus transportation that is being organized from Wisconsin!
April 14, Conservation Congress Spring Hearings, 7:00 PM. Make plans to attend a hearing in your county, which allows you and thousands of other Wisconsin citizens to vote on proposed fish and wildlife rule changes, Conservation Congress advisory questions, Conservation Congress Delegates, and to submit resolutions for future rule changes. Click here for meeting locations and click here for a link to the 2014 questionnaire. You can also check our Muir View newsletter for an article from Madison Audubon's Karen Etter Hale on key questions that will be taken up at this event, & check this website (the Chapter has not yet taken a position on any of the ballot questions).
April 19, John Muir's Birthday and Wilderness Act Celebration, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, John Muir Memorial Park,
N1383 CR-F, Montello, WI. Join the WI Friends of John Muir, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Marquette County Healthy Communities, and the Sierra Club to celebrate John Muir’s Birthday, the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and Earth Day! This multi-location event includes a morning litter clean-up, hike, John Muir exhibit, children's concert with the Prairie Sands band, birthday cake, and more! Look for more details on this and other Wilderness Act celebrations on the Wilderness 50th website, and RSVP to let us know you'll join us for all or part of the celebration today!
April 22, Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Earth: To Be Determined, featuring actor Rosario Dawson, author China Mieville, and others. Register today! We hope to see you there.
June 20-22, Midwest Renewable Energy Association Fair, 7558 Deer Road, Custer, Wisconsin. Register today! We hope to see you there!
July 31, Enjoy a Madison Mallards Game and Support the Sierra Club: Come one, come all to a fabulous Madison Mallards baseball game – the perfect summer family activity! The Mallards are partnering with Sierra Club for one of their Community Connection nights. Your $15 ticket gets you a seat at the game, a FREE Mallards baseball cap (a $20 value by itself), and a donation to support the Sierra Club's local conservation work. We have our own section of the stadium, so you’ll get to meet area Sierra Club members and mingle with our friends from H&H Solar Energy, who will be on hand to enjoy the game and answer any questions you have about our popular Solar Homes partnership! We may even get the rare chance to visit with the Sierra Club's Southeast Gateway Group – as our opponent will be the Kenosha Kingfish! The game starts at 7:05 pm. Please and buy your tickets today using this link, and share it with your friends: www.mallardsgroups.com, and input the password “sierra.”
August 12 Partisan Fall Primary
September 27, Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Act Celebration, Bayfield, Wisconsin, Details TBA.
October 10-12, Sierra Club Autumn Assembly, Details TBA.
November 4 General Election