Descriptions of activities & events

Friday April 15 

SECIA Open House 1170 Como Ave SE #302 4:30-6pm

Stop by and check out our new office space, enjoy light refreshments, & pick up some free green cleaners!



Saturday April 16

Accord Community Garden Opening Como & 15th (SW Corner) 10am-12pm

Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Clean Up 930am-12pm

Annual city event to pick up trash at different parks around the city No pre-registration required!  

For more info & to find a location near you visit www.minneapolisearthday.com

Community Supported Agriculture Fair Seward Co-op 11am-3pm

Learn about different CSA programs & select a farm that best meets your needs!  For more info visit www.seward.coop/2011-csa-fair

Talmage Crossing Garden Median Clean Up Talmage & 21st 12-2pm

Meet community gardeners for a quick trimming of old plant material, trash pick-up, & determination of what perennials are returning well! 

Tools and gloves will be available for volunteers.



Sunday April 17

Patch a Window Screen Monday

Patch a window screen today so you can have the windows open ~ open air is better than running the AC!

2011 Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K Lake Harriet 9am

www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1016



Monday April 18

Mending Monday

Mend a pair of pants instead of buying new ones!  Stop by the SECIA office for a mini sewing kit to help you get started!



Tuesday April 19

Tire Pressure Tuesday Omar’s Auto Como & 21st Aves SE

Check the pressure on your car or bike tires ~ save energy & carbon by making sure they are at optimal pressure!

Stop by Omar’s for free air!



Wednesday April 20

Children’s Art Class for Earth Day Van Cleve Park 4:30-5:30pm

Van Cleve Park & the Minneapolis Institute of Arts partner to offer an art class that will connect ideas about preserving the environment and art! FREE, ages 6-12, for more info visit www.minneapolisparks.org

Decay Fungi and Biofuels: How a Rot Got Hot Lecture U of M St Paul Campus 12-1pm

Jonathan Schillin, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, lectures on research in wood-degrading fungi, the global carbon cycle, and the fungal approach in industrial bioprocessing.

FREE! Open to the public, no registration required! For more info, visit environment.umn.edu/news_events/events/frontiers.html

IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus 



Thursday April 21

Take the Bus Thursday
      Ride the bus or train to somewhere you normally wouldn’t!

Sustainability Film Series Bell Museum 7-9pm

Showing of documentary film Windfall, followed by panel discussion.  More info at www.mspfilmsociety.org/sustainability



Friday April 22 Earth Day

Frugal Friday

Be frugal today – Try not buying anything for one entire day!

Compost Bin Workshop Van Cleve Park 2-5pm

Come learn how to build & manage a compost bin& learn about what can be composted! Building materials provided (while they last)!

Plus enjoy free snacks & showing of the film FRESH!

Contact Liz with questions:  justx027 AT umn.edu

Night Sky-Gazing Tate Lab of Physics (Roof) 8-10:30pm

U of M Astronomy Dept will have a short educational presentation, followed by telescope viewing!  

Open to the public, for more info visit www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/pubnight/



Saturday April 23

Kasota Ponds Annual Cleanup & Willow Planting 9am-12pm

Help other volunteers clean up Kasota Pond wetlands & plant Sandbar Willows! For more info & to register visit sapcc.org/kasota/cleanup

Volunteers meet in parking lot W of Hwy 280, S side of Energy Park Dr



Sunday April 24

Start Seeing Wildlife in Your Backyard

Make an inventory of birds & other animals seen in your neighborhood.



Monday April 25

Plant Something

Plant something today!  Stop by the SECIA office to pick up some free seeds to get you started! (Call before you stop in: 612-676-1731)



Tuesday April 26

SECIA Environmental Committee Meeting Van Cleve Park 7pm

Join SECIA for the monthly Environmental Committee Meeting

Como Corner Garden Time Como & 22nd 6:30pm

Green on the Screen SAP United Methodist Church, 2200 Hillside Ave St. Paul 7pm

Screening of The Turning Point, A Return to Community, with refreshments beginning at 6:45pm and a discussion to follow the film



Wednesday April 27

kNOw Waste Wednesday

Try to create as little waste as possible for the entire day! Stop by the SECIA office to pick up a small bag to keep track of any waste you generate (that is not recycled)

Experiences in Dealing with Climate Literacy in Minnesota Lecture U of M St Paul Campus 12-1pm

Lecture by Mark Seeley, Climatologist/Meteorologist, Extension, on success, failure, and recent partnerships in climate adaptation planning.

Free! Open to the public, no registration required! For more info, visit environment.umn.edu/news_events/events/frontiers.html

IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus 



Thursday April 28

Buy Local Thursday

Shop locally!  Check out the SECIA website for more info on local businesses: http://secomo.org/drupal/index.php?q=bizdirectory



Friday April 29

Night Sky-Gazing Tate Lab of Physics (Roof) 8-10:30pm

U of M Astronomy Dept will have a short educational presentation, followed by telescope viewing!  Open to the public, for more info visit www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/pubnight/



Saturday April 30

GrowBarrel Building Workshop Van Cleve Park 10am-12pm

GrowBarrels are an easy-to-use, portable, self-watering container garden. Containers, soil, plants and building supplies provided.  We will be re-using recyclable juice and soda containers for this project, so bring 15-20 empty, two-quart (or larger) beverage bottles. For more info & to register fill visit www.comogreenvillage.org 




Sunday May 1

Annual Como Clean Up Van Cleve Park 12-2pm

Join other volunteers to clean up the neighborhood!  Supplies & map of clean up areas will be provided, along with lunch to follow the hard work!  Contact James for more info: secomo AT secomo.org



Monday May 2

Sign Up for HourCar www.hourcar.org

HourCar is a car sharing program located at Van Cleve Park

Use promo code SECOMO 2011



Tuesday May 3

Tree Identification Tuesday Van Cleve Park 4-5pm

Learn to identify common trees in your neighborhood!

Sustainability Film Series The Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre 7-9pm

Showing of Truck Farm with panel discussion to follow.  More info at www.mspfilmsociety.org/sustainability



Wednesday May 4

Sign Up for Wind Energy

It's a good time to sign up for 100% of your power to come from wind turbines in the State of MN via Xcel's Windsource program!

For more info, visit www.xcelenergy.com/Minnesota/Residential/RenewableEnergy/Windsource_



Thursday May 5

Thrifty Thursday

Try shopping at a secondhand store today! Visit the SECIA website for more info on local thrift stores!



Friday May 6

Friend's School Plant Sale MN State Fair Grandstand 9am-8pm

For more info, visit www.friendsschoolplantsale.com

Night Sky-Gazing Tate Lab of Physics (Roof) 8-10:30pm

U of M Astronomy Dept will have a short educational presentation, followed by telescope viewing!  

Open to the public, for more info visit http://www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/pubnight/



Saturday May 7

Living Green Expo MN State Fair Grandstand 9am-6pm

Turn values into actions by learning about products, services, & resources that promote a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle!

For more info, visit www.livinggreenexpo.mn

Friend's School Plant Sale MN State Fair Grandstand 10am-6pm

For more info, visit www.friendsschoolplantsale.com



Sunday May 8

Make Your Mother’s Day Gift/Card

Instead of buying something this year, try making a card or gift for your mom!

Friend's School Plant Sale MN State Fair Grandstand 12pm-4pm

For more info, visit www.friendsschoolplantsale.com

Living Green Expo MN State Fair Grandstand 9am-4pm

For more info, visit www.livinggreenexpo.mn



Monday May 9

Buy Organic

Buy organic products today! Visit the SECIA website for local co-ops!



Tuesday May 10

MIMO Free Store Pick-Up Day Como Neighborhood 10am-4pm

Schedule donation pick-ups online at www.comogreenvillage.org 

Wednesday May 11

Recycle Your Old Cell Phone

      Find a list of drop-off locations at www.hennepinatoz.org/azguide/item/18



Thursday May 12

MIMO Free Store Kick-Off! University ReUse Warehouse 8am-8pm

Stop by for the first day of the MIMO free store

MIMO Bike Ride to the ReUse Warehouse Van Cleve Park 4:30pm

Meet at Van Cleve Park at 4:30, Group bike ride leaves at 5 to head to the ReUse Warehouse for the first day of the MIMO Free Store

Sustainability Film Series Bell Museum Auditorium 7-9pm

Green Screen: A collection of the best environmentally focused films skillfully crafted by students at the University of Minnesota

More info at www.mspfilmsociety.org/sustainability



Friday May 13

Spend “Unplugged”

Try to spend the day unplugged from electricity & power!  Use candlelight instead of lamps; go outside instead of watching TV or using a computer!



Saturday May 14

Rake Your Yard & Compost the Leaves

MIMO Free Store University ReUse Warehouse 10am-2pm

Talmage Crossing Garden Time Talmage & 21st 12pm-2pm

Talmage Crossing Garden spring planting & maintenance 



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