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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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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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Beekeeping classes

January 24, 2017 @ 6:00 am - February 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Cherry Glen Learning Farm, 3989 NW 94th Ave.
Polk City, IA United States
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Cherry Glen Farm will be hosting Beekeeping classes--each class includes hands-on activities.  We also host on-site field days                                   If an adult attends one child can attend free                                   Tuesday evenings, Jan.24-Feb. 28; 6:00-8:00 PM                                    Saturday mornings, Jan…

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April 2017

People’s Climate Movement Des Moines

April 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Iowa State Capitol West Terrace, 1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50319 United States
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On Saturday April 29, Iowans from across the state will join together at the People’s Climate Rally in Des Moines, IA to stand up for good jobs, environmental justice and clean energy. At the same time Iowa will take a stand to oppose the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan, the expansion of fossil fuels, and the weakening of provisions that support renewable energy, equity and creation of good jobs. Though the focus of the event is serious, there will…

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June 2017

Shirm/Stephenson Prairie Remnant Tour Sunday June 25 3:30 pm

June 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Shirm/Stepenson Prairie, 3067 Pleasant View Trail
Peru, IA 50222 United States
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Join us for a tour of a rare gem of a prairie remnant in Madison County, IA

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July 2017

Des Moines Sustainability Tour July 26

July 26, 2017 @ 1:50 pm - 5:10 pm
400 E Court Ave Des Moines, IA, 400 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA United States
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Green & Main, Des Moines, Indigo Dawn

Wednesday July 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm the Des Moines Citizens Sustainability TaskForce (which 1000 Friends of Iowa is part of), will host a Sustainability Tour in Des Moines Iowa. Among those attending the tour are: Des Moines City Council members, Mayor Cownie, Polk County Supervisors, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and others interested in a sustainable Des Moines. The tour will highlight existing projects within the city limits that were designed with sustainability in mind. Projects…

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October 2018

RDG Planning and Design – 2018 Design Residency

October 24, 2018 - October 25, 2018
RDG Planning and Design, 301 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 500309 United States
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JOIN US: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 - 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Welcome Ceremony WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 - 8:00 am – 9:45 am Introductory Panel Kick-off Design Residency with the vision, program structure and goals. Presenters provide an overview into climate resilience followed by a curated panel discussion. Confirmed participants include: • Eric Weiland, Advisor/Program Manager - FEMA • Jonathan Rosenbloom, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Environment and Sustainability Program - Drake University Law School 10:00 am –…

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20 Years – Taking a Stand for the Land – Annual Meeting and Celebration

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) Center For Energy & Environmental Education, 8106 Jennings Drive Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Falls, IA 50614 United States
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Join us October 27 for our 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting. From 10:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with our special guest Eric Giddens, Energy Program Manager for Community Energy and Climate Action at the UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education. We’ll also have a “walking workshop” led by the Tallgrass Prairie Center, a story telling panel sharing stories and insights from the past 20 years of 1000 Friends of Iowa and much more!  Registration is $35 per individual/$60 per couple…

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November 2018

Food Access in Your Neighborhood

November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Community Center 1650 Garfield Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316, 1650 Garfield Ave
Des Moines, IA 50316 United States
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Whether it is the lack of a grocery store, farmers market, community gardens, or fresh, affordable, and healthy food – We need better access to food in all of our neighborhoods. We know with the impacts of climate change, the issue of food access will get even worse. Come help us give the City of Des Moines ideas on how to improve food access for ALL residents. Join us for a free dinner, activities for kids, some take-home ideas and…

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January 2019

Best Development Award Ceremony

January 22, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Iowa State Capitol Building First Floor Rotunda, 1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA United States
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Join us for a light lunch starting at 11:45 a.m. and an inspiring awards ceremony at 12 noon.

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