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November 2016

Water, Prairies, & Climate Change: Iowa’s Environment in Historical Perspective

November 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Old Capitol Museum, Senate Chamber, 21 N Clinton St.
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
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Iowa has been called the most radically transformed environment in the U.S. How has this transformation affected Iowa, the Midwest, and beyond? What will the future bring as climate change influences Iowa? How has Iowa contributed to climate change? Author Connie Mutel and UI School of Urban and Regional Planning Director Chuck Connerly talk about their mutual interest in the history and future of Iowa’s environment and its connections to global climate change. Click here for more information.

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Women Caring for the Land

November 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stanhope Library, 665 Iowa St.
Stanhope, IA 50246 United States
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Women Caring for the Land incorporates a women-only, peer-to-peer informal discussion alongside an afternoon visit to see and discuss conservation practices in action. As estimates indicate that women now own or co-own nearly half the farmland in the Midwest, many wonder whether they are doing all they can to improve soil and water quality while maintaining high agricultural productivity. Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Women landowners who attend this meeting will…

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2016 Iowa Organic Conference

November 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - November 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
University of Iowa Memorial Union, 125 North Madison St.
Iowa City, IA 52245 United States
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The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program invites you to experience the 16th Annual Organic Conference on Sunday evening, Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 14 in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The conference will feature roundtable discussion and an organic luncheon, as well as information from keynote speaker Fred Iutzi, President of the Land Institute. Workshops on a wide variety of organic crop and livestock topics will also take place. For conference details,…

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December 2016

1000 Friends of Iowa Annual Meeting

December 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cherry Glen Learning Farm, 3989 NW 94th Ave.
Polk City, IA United States
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1000 Friends of Iowa invites you to join us Saturday, Dec. 3, for our 18th annual meeting. The annual meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cherry Glen Learning Farm in Polk City, IA. We’ll start with a tour of the farm, followed by great speakers, including organic farmer and soil fertility scientist Dr. Francis Thicke, plus hands-on workshops and a free screening of the documentary Dirt! The Movie. Click here to register! For more information, contact kfoi@1000friendsofiowa.org 

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Stand with Iowa December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Polk County Court House, 500 Mulberry St
Des Moines, IA United States
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Stand With Iowa December 15th! Iowa Needs You! CALLING ALL WATER PROTECTORS & PIPELINE FIGHTERS FROM ACROSS THE MIDWEST Stand up for Iowa! Protect our soil, water, health, climate, and future. Join with pipeline fighters and water protectors from across the Midwest on Thursday, December 15th in Des Moines, Iowa. We will stand with Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition partners Iowa Sierra Club and BOLD Iowa at their day in court. Together, we will stand for the Missouri, Des Moines, South…

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AARP’s The Missing Middle

December 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Des Moines University Olsen Center, 3200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA United States
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Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Join AARP and the volunteer and community leaders of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Initiative for the fourth annual report to the community, featuring special guest Daniel Parolek. A national thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, Mr. Parolek will speak on the concept of Missing Middle Housing. He'll address how these types of developments are helping to meet the growing demand for age-friendly housing and walkable urban living. Please RSVP at: http://aarp.cvent.com/events/aarp-iowa-age-friendly-greater-des-moines-ia-12-16-16/event-summary-1a2414b2e88a4096b8060a25d11c66a9.aspx

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Show your support for Des Moines Sustainability Taskforce at City Council!

December 19, 2016 @ 4:30 am - 7:30 pm
Des Moines City Council Chambers, 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA United States
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In August, the Des Moines City Council met to set priorities for 2017 for the city's  strategic plan. One of the priorities that the council identified at the workshop meeting was the creation of a sustainability task force. The taskforce was the idea of a group of Des Moines area organizations, including 1000 Friends of Iowa. the purpose of the task force is to help the City of Des Moines achieve a 5 star rating with Star Communities Network -…

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Benefit Show to continue help for Water Protectors

December 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Bogg’s Hull Ave Tavern, 834 Hull Ave
Des Moines, IA United States
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$5

Benefit show at Bogg's Hull Ave Tavern all proceeds will go to help Mississippi Stand. Des Moines Live presents: Agrinex https://www.facebook.com/Agrinex.Black.Metal/ Primal Breath https://www.facebook.com/Primal-Breath-118844914853353/ Curseword https://www.facebook.com/curseworddsm/ Still Shine Railroad https://www.facebook.com/still.railroad?fref=ts Ghostbusters 8pm  -$5 suggested donation that goes directly to Mississippi Stand. -A BATTLE WAS WON BUT THE WAR IS FAR FROM OVER! We won at Standing Rock but still have water protectors with Mississippi Stand who badly NEED OUR HELP and are working RIGHT HERE IN IOWA! Their legal fund…

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January 2017

West Des Moines Public Meeting on Veterans Parkway and Bike Trail

January 4, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Des Moines City Hall, Council Chambers, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA United States
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The City of West Des Moines is holding a public meeting for landowners and other stakeholders to give input on possible alternative routes for the proposed Veterans Parkway expansion. The expansion of this up-to-six lane highway will have a serious impact on the Great Western Bike Trail and greenway, and on neighboring land owners. To see the proposed alternatives - follow this link.

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Best Development Awards Ceremony

January 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Iowa State Capitol Building First Floor Rotunda, 1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA United States
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Free

Join us Thursday, January 19 at the Iowa State Capitol Building to recognize this year's winners of 1000 Friends of Iowa's Best Development Awards! The ceremony will start at noon and will be located in the first Floor Rotunda. Lunch will be provided before the ceremony begins. The Best Development Awards recognizes communities, businesses and individuals who are doing development with sustainability in mind. These are projects that show us there is a better way to do things and these…

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