Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Calendar of Events

Sunday Creek Public Meeting

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 PM
Sunday Creek Offices
Glouster, Ohio

Monthly meeting of the Sunday Creek Watershed Group. The meeting will open with a potluck and end with a presentation. Contact Sunday Creek coordinator Kaabe Shaw with questions (shaw@sundaycreek.org).

Be Wild, Go Native

Thursday, March 26
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Mulberry Community Center
Pomeroy, Ohio

Rural Action is helping to sponsor this conference on native plants which is being facilitated by OSU Extension. At the conference, speakers and workshops will explore benefits that the growing of native species offer to farmers. For more information, contact OSU Extensions in Meigs county (740.992.6696) or email them (kneen.1@cfaes.osu.edu).

32nd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference
March 27 – March 29
Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, Ohio

This year’s conference will feature keynote and plenary session speakers; papers and panel presentations; reports on academic research and community practice; workshops; roundtable discussions; presentations of art, craft, and film; along with exhibits and displays – all highlighting Appalachian Ohio. Rural Action's executive director Michelle Decker will be giving a presentation at the conference called "The Art of Building Networks," along with Connie Freeman from CARN and Sarah Watling from CAN.

You can register for the conference at: (www.appalachianstudies.org/conference)

Huff Run ODOT Clean-Up

Saturday, March 28
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Huff Run Offices
Mineral City, Ohio

As part of their Adopt-a-Highway program, Huff Run will be helping to clean up portions of State Route 800 with the Ohio Department of Transportation. For more information, contact Huff Run coordinator Maureen Wise (maureen@ruralaction.org).

Conversation Café
Sunday, March 29
Federal Valley Resource Center
Stewart, Ohio

In conjunction with Global Conversation Week, Rural Action and Kathy Jacobson will be hosting a Community Conversation in Stewart, Ohio to discuss outreach in the Federal Valley Watershed as well as many other topics. For more information, contact agriculture coordinator Tom Redfern (tomr@ruralaction.org).

Vehicular Electricity
Tuesdays & Thursdays March 31 – June 11
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hocking College Logan Campus
Logan, Ohio

Hocking College will be offering what promises to be an amazing class from their Logan campus. Learn the basics of vehicular electrical systems – including traditional, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Basic electrical theory will be discussed, as well as introductions to the reading of wiring schematics and wiring repair.

The cost of the class is $400, and it is worth 3 credit hours from the College. The class size will be limited to 12 people, and the registration deadline is March 30. For additional information on this class and others offered, or to register, contact the Hocking College Energy Institute (740.380.9315) or email them (mowery_a@hocking.edu).

The Adventure Auction
Saturday, April 4
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Hocking College
Nelsonville, Ohio

Break away from the every day with Rural Action’s second annual Adventure Auction fundraiser. Attendees will enjoy delicious food from Purple Chopstix and music from jazz trio Las Cuerdas. There will be silent and live auctions throughout the evening, featuring exciting travel packages, donations from local businesses, tickets to concerts, and much more!

Seating is limited - so get your tickets today (www.adventureauction.org/tickets).

For more information email our event coordinator Calaina Goodyear (cgoodyear@ruralaction.org).

Energy Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 7
5:30 PM
The Ridges – Building 22
Athens, Ohio

Monthly meeting of Rural Action's Energy Committee - all are welcome to attend! For more information, contact committee chair Scott Miller (millers1@ohio.edu).

Growing Healthy Food Systems from the Ground Up
April 14 – April 15
Stonewall Resort
Roanoke, West Virginia

This April, the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) is hosting a gathering of food producers, associations, networks coordinators, intermediaries, and agencies to focus on sustainable agriculture practices that accelerate the development of local and healthy food systems. This will be a hands-on, best-practice sharing event with lots of discussion and roundtables. The goal is to build on the work of those who attend, provide an opportunity to share what others know, and begin looking for ways to strengthen collaborations.

You can contact CAN’s coordinator Sarah Watling at MACED (swatling@maced.org) for more information on the conference.

Produce Auction Orientation
Thursday, April 16
1:00 PM
Chesterhill Produce Auction Site
8380 Wagoner Road
Chesterhill, Ohio

Rural Action will be assisting with a workshop for farmers and sellers in preparation for the opening of the Chesterhill Produce Auction this year (May 14). For more information, contact Bob Fedyski (bob@ruralaction.org).

Workshop for Women Landowners

Saturday, April 18
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
360 East State Street
Athens, Ohio

The Ohio Division of Forestry will be holding the Third Annual Workshop for Women Landowners, with this year's theme "In Tough Times, You Can Count on Trees." This year's workshop will focus on money-making and money-saving strategies. There will be a field trip, so dress appropriately. For more information, contact Terrence Hanley (740.589.9909).

Huff Run Rain Garden Presentation
Tuesday, April 21
6:30 PM (5:30 PM)
Huff Run Offices
Mineral City, Ohio

Huff Run will be holding their monthly meeting from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Following the meeting, the Tuscarawas Soil & Water Conservation District will be giving a presentation on the benefits of “rain gardens” – planted depressions that capture stormwater and help prevent run-off. For more information, contact Huff Run coordinator Maureen Wise (maureen@ruralaction.org).

Trimble Land Lab – Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 22
9:00 AM

Sunday Creek, Trimble High School, and the Appalachian Ohio Alliance will help to celebrate the opening of the Trimble Land Lab in the Trimble Community Forest. The Trimble Land Lab is a joint effort between the afforementioned organizations that will provide environmental education benefits to Trimble High School students. More information on the festivities TBA – contact Sunday Creek coordinator Kaabe Shaw with any questions (shaw@sundaycreek.org).

Sunday Creek & Monday Creek Joint Meeting
Wednesday, April 22
6:30 PM
Sunday Creek Offices
Glouster, Ohio

Sunday Creek and Monday Creek will be holding a special joint meeting at the Sunday Creek offices to welcome special speaker Dr. Stan Gehrt (from Urban Coyotes). For more information, contact Sunday Creek coordinator Kaabe Shaw (shaw@sundaycreek.org) or Monday Creek coordinator Mike Steinmaus (mcrp@mondaycreek.org).

Huff Run Clean Sweep
Saturday, April 25
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Huff Run Offices
Mineral City, Ohio

The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Project is partnering with the Sandy Township Trustees to help clean up litter in the area – especially along county roads in the area. For more information, contact Huff Run coordinator Maureen Wise (maureen@ruralaction.org).

Working Woodlands in Federal Valley

Saturday, April 25
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Broadwell Hill Learning Center
Stewart, Ohio

Rural Action workshop being held through funding from Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). For more information, contact Tom Redfern (tomr@ruralaction.org).