Living Green Events

iMESA COMMUNITY GARDEN NEWS!
Exciting progress continues through a non-profit organization called "Mesa Urban Garden" or MUG for short! Get details at www.MesaUrbanGarden.com.
 
Sign Up Now to Learn About Hip Veggies  - Feb. 23 from 1 to 2 PM., Cooking with He(ART): It's Not Hard to Use Chard with Marisa Hall. Did you know Rainbow Swiss Chard is beautiful, delicious, and is easy to grow? Artist Marisa Hall will teach you how to grow, harvest, and make pesto with this vibrant vegetable. Where does the art come in? Hall will be selling art imprinted bags featuring Rainbow Chard. This class will be held at Mesa Urban Garden, 212 E. 1st Ave. It is a family-friendly event costing $10 per adult and $14 per family.  Contact Hip Veggies at (623) 486-0737 or info@hipveggies.com.
 
Grand Opening on Jan. 26 Soggy but Successful! There was a great turn out from the community despite the (wow, is it ever going to stop raining) weather. Even Council members Dave Richens and Dennis Kavanaugh stopped by. The event produced some very happy raffle winners and many purchased beds for spring gardening. ASU Design students displayed plans for raised garden beds for the physically impaired and a very cool rooftop design for the ramada. They are now looking for donations or sponsors to help with construction. If you have ideas or would like to contribute, please contact Ryan@mesaurbangarden.com.
 
READY TO START YOUR SPRING GARDEN? It's time to plant, so sign up NOW for a garden-ready bed at Mesa Urban Garden. Soil and irrigation are already in place. No back-breaking work or tilling needed. Print off a Garden Bed Rental Agreement, fill it out, then contact Ryan Winkle to meet onsite and find your garden bed location. Too Easy!
 
WISH LIST Mesa Urban Garden is looking for a temporary small storage shed until a permanent shed can be built. If you have something available that you'd be willing to donate, please contact Ryan@mesaurbangarden.com.
 
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BONUS TIPS
Fri., Feb. 8-Sun., May 26. WEATHER OR NOT: ART WITH ATMOSPHERE - This art exhibit takes a colorful look at weather, including rain, storms, clouds, wind, snow, lightening and more. Your family will enjoy creating breathtaking tornados, delivering weather reports, and experiencing the thunderously amazing Glow-in-the-Dark Weather Room. At the Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson, Mesa, AZ. For more information (480) 644-2468 or AMY Exhibitions.
 
This Sat., Feb. 9, 8 AM to Noon. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event sponsored by the City of Mesa to provide an opportunity for the proper disposal of products including paints, batteries, fluorescent lights, tires, prescription drugs, electronics and more. There is no cost to take advantage of this event. East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St. Mesa, AZ. For more information, call City of Mesa Customer Service at (480) 644-2221 or visit www.mesarecycles.org.
 
Thur., Feb. 21, 6 PM. Free Community Cinema Film Screening, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights by Bonnie Boswell. Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As executive director of the National Urban League, he took the struggle for equality directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. LOCATION: Mesa Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Building, Dobson Lecture Hall, One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ.
 
Sat., Feb. 23, 8 AM to Noon. SHRED-A-THON - Document shredding will be offered by the City of Mesa. 5 box limit per household. Center Street Facility, 2412 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ. Visit www.mesarecycles.org.
 
Are you looking for a landscaper? A great new website directory of Smartscape trained professionals is now available. Smartscape graduates have 20 hours of specialized professional landscape training that emphasizes sustainability and stewardship of natural resources in the maintenance of beautiful urban environments. This program is sponsored by the City of Mesa Water Conservation and other Valley cities. Contact a Smartscape graduate today! Smartscape training also starts on Feb. 19.
 
Are you wondering what to do in your landscape after the frost? Check out our Monthly Landscape Watering Reminder bonus tips!
 
The City of Mesa Library provides a great list of Living Green and sustainable books including topics on solar, energy efficiency, gardening and more. 
 
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IT'S SPRING! MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE GREAT MARCH EVENTS!
Sat. March 2, 8 AM to 1 PM. READY TO SAVE WATER AND MONEY? Attend SRP's 6th Annual Water Conservation Expo. Get a SMART controller (yes, it's so smart it adjusts itself for the season) at an amazing discount of $50 plus tax (retail value $290). But wait, there's more! Attendees will also get a free water-saving showerhead and a desert plant! The Expo focuses on water management, stewardship and conservation. Classes on "smart" controllers, and Xeriscape design and maintenance will be offered. Mesa Conservation staff will be there. Learn more at Together We Conserve.
 
Sat., March 9, 7 to 11 AM. One for Water 4-Miler and Family Festival is a fun race that offersLeaky Loo McFlapper something for everyone - a fast course, desert scenery, great prizes, swag, food, and a unique "tank chaser" to beat a running toilet.  Whether you're a runner or prefer to walk the course, this professionally-timed 4-mile loop run promises a unique blend of the traditional race with some distinctive moments. Following the race and awards ceremony, a Family Festival with food, kid's activities, mascots, leak-fixing demos, music, and more will top off a memorable race day. Join us to help raise awareness for fixing leaks and encouraging water efficiency in our homes, landscapes and businesses!  At Rio Vista Community Park, Peoria, Arizona. Mesa Conservation staff will be there. More information and registration, visit www.fixaleakweekaz.com.
 
March 13-17 spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity will provide an immersive environment to celebrate the work of amazing, creative people and to discover the creative thinker inside every visitor!  The event will take place at the Mesa Arts Center during Spring Break.
 
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GREEN OPPORTUNITIES BY OUR CLOSE NEIGHBORS!
The City of Scottsdale offers a free Green Building Lecture Series that demonstrates energy/resource efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible building practices.  See their spring program schedule.
 
Green Revolution: A Green-themed Exhibition from the Smithsonian - Until May 25 Tempe is one of the lucky few to play host to Green Revolution, a green-themed exhibition from the Smithsonian. The Tempe exhibition is a collaborative project that combines the arts and sciences while teaching community members about "going green" in Arizona. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ. More information.
 
 
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