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Sept 11 - No-Till Gardening: create healthy, living soil
Sept 11 - Jane Goodall speaking at Alumni Hall
Sept 16 - Plants and Climate Change

Sept 19 - Pollinators at Risk, Nature London talk and Sept. 20 - Pollinators at Risk, walk through Westminster

Sept 20 - Fall Plant Exchanges at Masonville & Westmount Libraries
Sept 20 - 28 Organic Week
Sept 21 - Re-dedication of London Peace Garden
Sept 21 Peace and Equinox Celebrations at The Living Centre
Sept. 22 - next AWEsome London pitch night
Sept 24 - Foraging Walk
Sept 27 - Fall Plant exchanges at Byron, Landon and Sherwood Libraries
Sept 27 and 28 - Doors Open London Ontario

Oct 4 Celebration event of St. Francis of Assisi
October 11, 2014 Day of the Girl
Oct 18/14 - Celebration of Gardens4Bees first year
October 23 - Growing Cities - documentary

Oct 29 Carolinian Canada Ecosystem Recovery Forum


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No-Till Gardening: create healthy, living soil

Thursday, September 11, 2014        7:00pm-9:00pm 
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London - 1st floor Stevenson & Hunt A

Thinking of creating a new garden bed next Spring? Learn how to create a sheet-mulched garden bed this Fall that will build healthy soil full of life and free of weeds in time for Spring planting. Learn about the importance of building rich, living soil and the connections between healthy soil, healthy people, and a healthy environment


An Evening of Reflection - Jane Goodall is speaking at Alumni Hall!

Thursday September 11th, 2014 7:00 PM
Alumni Hall at Western University
Dr. Jane Goodall reflects on the extraordinary change the world has seen since she first began her research of chimpanzees at Gombe Stream in 1960.  The lecture will be followed by a Q & A and book signing by Dr. Goodall.
Complimentary parking will be available in Western's Huron Flats and South Valley lots and can be located using this map of Western's campus (PDF).
Tickets are priced at: 
Mezzanine level, student price: $25.00
Mezzanine level, non-student: $35.00
Balcony level: $70.00

Check this url for further information, a bio of Dr. Goodall and a link to purchase: https://www.docs4greatapes.org/events/2014/an-evening-with-jane-goodall/


Plants and Climate Change

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Ralph Grahame will present a program on how the changing climate has affected and continues to affect Earth's animals and plants. He will discuss termperature and Carbon dioxide records as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as the main contributors to Earth's climate change. Emphasis will be on what the Earth's plant communities tell us in respect to their chemistry and how it has evolved and accommodated to the changing climate of the earth.


Pollinators at Risk - Victoria MacPhail for Nature London

Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm. - talk ...... Saturday morning Sept. 20 - walk through Westminster Ponds ESA
London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, a bit west of Wonderland

Victoria MacPhail is a Pollinators-at-Risk Initiative Biologist with Wildlife Preservation Canada (http://wildlifepreservation.ca/)  working to protect and recover at-risk plant and pollinator species. Victoria has an MSc in Environmental Biology and has extensive experience with many aspects of pollination, from plant breeding systems to insect identification and pollinator-friendly gardening. Victoria will discuss some of the reasons for pollinator declines and, more important, what we can do to help. Tips to help identify common pollinators and links to related citizen-science websites will also be provided.

Please join us for a guided walk with Victoria on Saturday, September 20, 10 am. at Westminster Ponds ESA

These events start off the speakers/event series for Nature London, London, Ontario's oldest nature organization. Full information about Nature London is found at http://naturelondon.com/naturelondon/ .... and email is: info@naturelondon.ca

Fall Plant Exchange at Masonville Library and Westmount Library

Saturday, September 20, 2014                         

Masonville Library, 30 North Centre Road - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - ph. 519-660-4646

Westmount Library, 3200 Wonderland Rd. South - 9:00 a.m. to noon - ph. 519-473-4708

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Master Gardeners may be on site to answer your gardening questions. Please label plants. 

Re-dedication on London Ontario's Peace Garden

Sunday, September 21 - gather at 2:45 p.m.
Ivey Park, York and Thames Street

There's a wonderful program of events ... Music, speakers, celebration! Check the London Peace Garden Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Peace-Garden/243864725805956

Organic Week - September 20 -28, 2014

To find out more about Organic Week, get some ideas for celebration, and to list your event, ... check out the Organic Week website: http://organicweek.ca/about/ and you can email for more info too: info@organicweek.ca

Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products.

Last year, events included anything from pickling workshops to recipes contests, farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings in retail locations across the country. If you want to get involved in organic week this year check out the Organic Week events section of the website or plan an event in your community.

To get involved in Organic Week search the Canadian Organic Growers events page (http://www.organicweek.ca ) for some ideas and inspiration.  Plan an event in your community. Looking for event ideas? Keep scrolling for some inspiration.

Let Canadian Organic Growers know about the event you've planned (http://organicweek.ca/contact/)   They'll list it on their website - helping with publicity and celebrating your efforts.

CGL thanks the Canadian Organic Growers for letting us know about this Canada-wide celebration of the best way to farm and eat!

Autumn Equinox & International Day of Peace Celebration 

September 21st, 6:30 - 9:30
The Living Centre - map - http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/the-centre/location

You are a pathway to Peace! Sept. 21st is a special day. A time to celebrate the final harvest of the season and the abundance that the Earth always gifts us with. As well, join 200 countries and over 50 million people who will be celebrating Peace on this International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations.

POTLUCK: Please bring your favourite vegan dish or vegan raw food dish
Bring a song or poem or story of peace if you have one, a dish to eat on, a blanket or chair if you need one. Thank you.  Suggested Donation: $15 - $20.

To help them plan this gathering, please give a call ahead: 519-652-0230 or 519-652-9109
The Living Centre website: http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/events/

The Living Centre is a 50 acre eco-spiritual, educational sanctuary.  It is a beautiful space, run by knowledgeable people, Shantree and Lorenna.  There are many, varied courses throughout all seasons of the year.  It is both a CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - operation, and a Community Supported Education centre.

AWESOME London - $1000 to turn your dream project into reality

Next pitch night - Monday, September 22      (deadline for ideas is September 18)

Forwarding the idea of AWESOME in the Universe, one idea at a time!

If you have an awesome idea, you just might be awarded $1000 to make it happen. Londoners who know London ideas are awesome have pooled funds to award $1000 every two months to allow someone to bring to reality her or his awesome idea. The application form is online through the website: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/london-ontario and don't be shy about standing up to present ... the audience is always friendly.

A documentary about the busking scene in London?  Mark Wilkie-Facchin's awesome idea - the most recent win - can be read here

London art available through a mobile vending machine?  AWESOME.  Check out the LFPress coverage here

AWESOME ideas aren't just in London, either ... check out the AWESOME Foundation: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en

Foraging Walk

Wednesday September 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location will be determined - London, Ontario

Join Jessica Robertson of Wildcraft Permaculture and others for a walk in one of London’s untended spaces to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting. Pick seasonal edibles, talk about preparation and cooking techniques and discuss plants found but not in season for our forage. Plant identification process and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so there's always a share for other present and future wild crafters.

COST: $20 adult / $10 youth. Register through Event Brite here

Wildcraft Permaculture website: http://www.wildcraftpermaculture.ca/
 email: info@wildcraftpermaculture.ca         phone: 519-857-7615

Fall Plant Exchange at Byron, Landon and Sherwood Libraries

Saturday, September 27, 2014                 

Byron Library, 1295 Commissioners Road, London - 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. - 519-471-4000

Landon Library, 167 Wortley Road, - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - phone 519-439-6240

Sherwood Library, 1225 Wonderland Rd. North - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - phone 519-473-9965

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Master Gardeners may be on site to answer your gardening questions. Please label plants. 

Doors Open London Ontario - "I love culture!"

Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014

"This unique two-day heritage event opens up spaces throughout London free of charge for local residents and visitors. It is a weekend designed to encourage local residents and visitors to explore, ask questions and reflect as they visit a variety of organizations and venues throughout the city. This vibrant program supports the local heritage community and builds civic pride."

Local museums and cultural organizations will have special events/artifacts and public programming commemorating the First World War. The event will also invite Londoners and visitors to experience, explore and examine over 100 local arts, heritage and multicultural organizations’ activities and events throughout the city.

Check the website for all locations and times of being open. 

Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2014 - a Saturday this year

St. Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor, and his love of animals and nature. He founded the Roman Catholic order of Franciscans. On his feast day, some churches welcome their parishioners with animals for a blessing of animals ... of all kinds.

Day of the Girl

11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

For more information on UNICEF’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit: http://www.unicef.org/gender/gender_66021.html

For more information on UN Women’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit:


Bee Fest for the Gardens4Bees Project - Save the Date!

Saturday, October 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
London Club, 177 Queen's Avenue

The Gardens4Bees project is celebrating its first year!

Gardens4Bees an aspect of the Julia Hunter Fund - has contributed funds to 12 pollinator-friendly gardens at Anglican Churches in London and communities around.  Planning is underway.  There will be presentations on four of the gardens, a speaker, music and refreshments, an awards presentation ... and more!

There is an ethos of care for our environment behind these gardens and the fund ... expressed here by bee-friendly gardens.

More details and registration information will be posted on CGL when it is finalized.  Cost will be $20 and there will also be an opportunity to donate to the London Community Foundation for those who want to support the Julia  Hunter Fund financially.

Gardens4Bees facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gardens4Bees

Growing Cities - a documentary

Thursday, October 23, 2014         6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 1st floor Stevenson & Hunt rooms, 251 Dundas Street, London

An inspirational documentary by two visionaries who show new ways of growing food in the city, creating healthy, sustainable future and vibrant communities. Director Dan Susman takes a look at the role of urban farming and its ways of empowering.

For more information and a trailer, check the website of Growing Cities: http://www.growingcitiesmovie.com/


Carolinian Canada 2014 Ecosystem Recovery Forum

The Big Picture After 15 Years: Revisioning the Vision

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario

This annual event brings together conservation practitioners from across Canada’s “deep south” to share their achievements and learn from each other in a spirit of collaboration and common cause.  This year’s Forum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Carolinian Canada as an organization, as well as the 15th anniversary of our Big Picture vision.  The Big Picture is about restoring a green, healthy, functioning ecosystem of natural cores and corridors across one of Canada’s most biologically diverse and threatened landscapes.  

The Ecosystem Recovery Forum Website will give information about all speakers, workshops, costs, directions
and how to register 

Since 1984, Carolinian Canada Coalition (CC), now a registered charity, has been a leading ecoregional group in Canada. Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario is among North America's most vibrant and fragile ecoregions. CCC brings together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively steward southwestern Ontario's unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations. Carolinian Canada website: caroliniancanada.ca

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