Living Green Events for November
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INVITING WILDLIFE TO YOUR OWN BACKYARD – Create a wildlife friendly landscape to help restore lost habitat.
Read our November Sustainability Savings Tip to learn about
- Monarch Waystations
- Rio Salado Audubon Center
- Million Pollinator Challenge, and more.
~ SUSTAINABILITY NEWS ~
Mesa honors Veterans with parade and benefit concert. The East Valley Veterans Parade returns to downtown Mesa on Veterans Day, Saturday Nov. 11. This year's parade has the theme "Honor and Remember" and will include about 100 parade entries…
City celebrates a century of safe, reliable energy. The City of Mesa has a reason to celebrate: its provided safe, reliable electric and natural gas service to its customers for 100 years. In honor of this milestone, a series of utility box artwork was unveiled today at Mesa City Plaza, with all six locations now available for viewing by the public…
Air bubbles in water due to treatment plant maintenance. Areas east of the Loop 101 to Val Vista and north of Baseline Road may experience subtle cloudiness in their water through January. Cloudy water can result when the Water Resources Department temporarily switches from surface water to well water to perform routine treatment plant maintenance…
Public review & comments sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for proposed Falcon Tech Center project. The City of Mesa is seeking approval of an Airport Layout Plan change for Mesa-Falcon Field Airport for the proposed Falcon Tech Center project. A Draft Environmental Assessment has been prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed…
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Sat. Nov. 9-11, MESA MUSIC FESTIVAL. Talk about exciting... the Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in Arizona. With performances by over 200 artists from around the world, this music and arts festival celebrates the culture of Downtown Mesa. This year Randy Jackson (American Idol fame) will be headlining workshops for bands to get acquainted with the music industry, followed by two days of free live music and much more!
Sat. Nov. 11, CIDER CORPS, located at 31 S Robson in Downtown Mesa will have an Open House to promote their new business, and will be serving around 10 different ciders after the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Mesa. Food trucks and sliders by Worth Takeaway will provide a great pairing with the craft brews.
Sat., Nov. 18 from 2:30-4 p.m. BEEKEEPING BASICS. Beekeeper, John Phillips, explain his work with bees and his honey harvest, demonstrates the equipment he uses, and will offer honey tasting samples. FREE at Mesa Main Library, 64 E 1st Street.
Sat., Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to Noon HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENT at the Center Street Facility, 2412 N. Center St. Collection events are scheduled 4 times each year to collect paints, oil, pesticides, batteries, CFLs, prescription drugs, tires, electronics and appliances.
# MESA URBAN GARDEN (MUG) NEWS! #
(Located at 212 E. 1st Ave.)
Composting and Food Waste Prevention will take place at the garden on Sat. Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Presentations and demonstrations by Mesa Urban Garden staff and Mesa Community College students. More details to come.
- It’s still a great time to plant your fall/winter garden! Beds Rentals are available! Contact Laurie.
- Mesa Urban Garden is now a registered Monarch Waystation.
- Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/MesaUrbanGarden or check out their new Instagram account.
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STAY IN THE GAME WITH WAYNE – that’s Water – Use It Wisely’s "Wayne Drop" while he helps you tackle high water use – especially if you have grass. This fall he is helping with overseeding tips, taking out your grass, use of artificial grass (turf) and more. With less maintenance and extra time on your hands, enter the contest, and you could win an ENERGY STAR 55” LED Smart TV. Contest ends Nov. 12 so enter now!
ADJUST YOUR TIMER! If you haven’t adjusted your clock in a while, now is the time to do so. Water needs for plants are about half as much as they were in June. Check out these step-by-step instructions to reprogram your timer. See our watering recommendations for November.
GREEN HOME BUYER'S GUIDE. Are you looking to buy a new home? Check out this guide from the City of Scottsdale.
Healthbrary AVAILABLE at Mesa Public Library Electronic monitoring blood pressure cuffs and FitBit Charge HRs are available for checkout at the Mesa Main Library. Healthbrary items were donated to the Mesa Public Library by the Mayo Clinic.
ORGANIC BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL is our Mesa Green Business feature this month. For a natural and wholesome preschool experience, check out this nature- and play-based preschool providing a healthy environment where children are free to play and get dirty away from media and technology. Gardening activities and healthy foods are part of the half day and extended day programs available. Tours available.
Can it be RECYCLED? Pizza Boxes. I know, I know, this one can cause many household debates. The problem is that the grease that soaks into the bottom of the pizza box causes issues with paper fiber separation during the recycling process. Do you sneak yours into the recycle barrel anyway? In reality, this does more harm than good, as it contaminates the recycling load and sorting facility staff have to take time to pull out problem materials. Solution: Cut or tear out the soiled portions of the box and recycle the rest. Also, encourage your favorite Pizzeria to use liners.
` ` PROGRAMS BY OUR CLOSE NEIGHBORS ` `
- URBAN FARM U, located in Phoenix is in the midst of their Fruit Tree Education program. There are still classes available on growing and pruning fruit trees.
- GREEN BUILDING LECTURE SERIES: The City of Scottsdale offers free programs that demonstrate energy/resource efficiency, healthy, and environmentally responsible building practices. The Dec. 7 program is Solar Energy & Storage Battery Systems where you will get updates on rooftop solar, learn about the latest energy storage technologies and more. 7-8:30 p.m.
- BIRDS N' BEER at the RIO SALADO AUDUBON CENTER takes place every third Thursday at 5:30 (program at 6:30). Craft beer, wine and snacks available while enjoying an entertaining and enlightening presentation on wildlife. Meet other professionals who care about Arizona’s beautiful natural spaces. The Nov. 16 program is all about wildlife photography with Nathaniel Smalley.
- US Green Building Council Arizona State Conference: Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe.