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Living Green Events for January

Post Date:01/04/2018


GOOD LOCAL FOOD IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK – Reduce your food miles with gardening, CSAs and Community Gardens.

Learn about Mesa Urban Garden and classes below.

Seed Library: Mesa Public Library along with Garden Pool created a Seed Library for library card holders. Check out three seed packets each month for free. Find them at Mesa Main and Red Mountain Branch.

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RECYCLE YOUR USED FRYER GREASE! Are you wondering what to do with the oil left over from frying your holiday turkey? Fire Stations in Mesa are now collecting the oil year round to turn it into biodiesel. Visit here for locations and information.

GREEN BUSINESSES IN MESAER2 (Electronic Responsible Recyclers) at 730 E. Southern is a full-service electronic recycler - offering secure data destruction and zero-landfill impact - where they refurbish and remarket usable electronics and recycle end-of-life equipment. Companies can contact them for pickups and individuals can drop off items (electronics only – not appliances) at the retail store (same address). They will only charge for drop offs of DLP or CRT TV’s and monitors. Don’t miss their retail store for great deals on TVs, computers and more! They also have a job opening.


Jan. 20: EAST VALLEY CITRUS CLINIC University of Arizona faculty and Master Gardeners and industry experts teach you all about citrus and more from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Greenfield Citrus Nursery in Mesa. Learn about all aspects of growing citrus, fruits and nuts in the Valley. Rain or shine. Tasting table and 102 citrus varieties on display.

Jan. 27: 18th Annual Historic Home Tour in Mesa. The tour will showcase homes in the Wilbur and West 2nd Street historic districts with other special stops. The ticket price is $20. Tickets are available online.

Feb. 3: Ride-in-Movies at the Park. Ride your bicycles or walk and join us for FREE movies in the park. The February movie (Despicable Me 3) takes place at Red Mountain Park and starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket.

Feb. 10: Household Hazardous Waste Event from 8 a.m. to Noon at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur. Accepted items include paints, oil, pesticides, batteries, CFLs, prescription drugs, tires, electronics, appliances and more. Thank you for helping us to keep hazardous items out of the landfill.

Did You Know that Water – Use It Wisely has a calendar of local workshops on water wise landscaping and other ways to save water? Check out what’s coming up!


Located at 212 E. 1st Ave., Mesa Urban Garden’s mission is to inspire sustainable urban living through education, community involvement and creative cooperation. Bed rentals are available or you can also sponsor a bed. Harvests from sponsored beds are donated to United Food Bank in Mesa. Contact Laurie for bed rental info. These classes are coming up:

  • COMPOST, MULCH & ROCK, Jan. 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Catherine, The Herb Lady will talk about use of mulches in your garden, including ‘patience mulch’, but there will also include a garden book swap and seed bank giveaway.
  • HANDS ON FRUIT TREE PRUNING WITH CLAUD CLUFF, Jan. 27 from 9-11:30 a.m. Learn how to trim different fruit trees, how it differs from trimming shade trees, and how it can increase fruit production. Registration, $15, proceeds donated to MUG and Trees Matter.
  • SHADE TREE PRUNING 101 with STEVE PRIEBE, Feb. 3 from 9-11:30 a.m. Learn simple basics for proper pruning to keep your shade trees healthy and beautiful. This class will consist of one-hour of classroom instruction followed by 90 minutes of outdoor instruction at MUG. Registration, $15, proceeds donated to MUG and Trees Matter.

Learn more at or at their Instagram account.


  • There's still time to TREEcycle! Mesa’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs through Jan. 14. Collected trees are taken to the Salt River Landfill and chipped into nutrient-rich mulch.
  • Citrus Collection at Food Banks: United Food Bank will accept citrus donations, but only in large quantities. Learn more.  
  • BRING YOUR LANDSCAPE FROM DRAB TO FABULOUS! Water – Use It Wisely has a complete video series showing the steps to take to install or renovate your landscape. See the DRAB to FAB Backyard Rehab page.
  • Attention HOAs, Multifamily Properties & Commercial Properties: Are your water bills eating up your budget? Does your property need some updates? Tired of fixing outdated irrigation equipment? Mesa Water Conservation is offering up to $12,500 in incentives for irrigation equipment updates and grass conversions. Learn more!
  • Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Chimineas, OH MY! Did you know that smoke from residential burning at night causes some of the highest levels of particulates that cause the biggest health issues? Learn when it’s NOT OK To burn at Sign up for alerts so you’ll know just when the time is right to light your fire.
  • 2018 Fuel Economy Guide - If you're shopping for a new car, the Fuel Economy Guide will help you compare and choose vehicles that save money at the pump and pollute less. The chart shows annual savings! You can see annual fuel cost and see how better mileage can help you make a few more car payments each year.


  • Holiday cards: Simple, paper or cardstock cards can go into the blue barrel, as can the envelopes. Cards with glitter, non-paper embellishments, or foil must go into the regular trash. 
  • DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN YOUR BLUE BARREL PLEASEOld holiday lights  Electric cords | Plastic bags - These items bind up sorting equipment at the recycling facility.


  • GREEN BUILDING LECTURE SERIES by City of Scottsdale:  Feb. 1, Living an Edible Landscape Life. Get the details and see the spring program schedule.
  • HOW TO GROW THE PERFECT TOMATO IN THE LOW DESERT, is offered on Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. by UofA Master Gardeners. Taught by Carol Stuttard, one of AZ’s most knowledgeable gardeners.
  • Registration IS Now Open for SRP’s 11th Annual Water Conservation Expo! Sat. Mar. 3, at SRP’s PERA Club. SRP water and power customers can purchase a SMART controller, attend a class and learn from exhibitors. This year they are two controller options to purchase, 1. Rain Bird ESP-SMTe for $50 ($330 value) or 2. Rachio Smart controller, Wi-Fi enabled for $50 ($250 value). Expo is free but you must register to reserve a controller to purchase! Oh, and Dave the Garden Guy will be there, too!


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