Sustainable Backyards Workshop, 3/27, 6 PM

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Sustainable Backyards Workshop

Tuesday, March 27th

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chicago Center for Green Technology

445 N. Sacramento Blvd.

Register or learn more at www.chicagogreentech.org or call 312-746-9642

Learn how to make your back, front or side yard more environmentally sustainable. This workshop will cover the basics of installing a rain barrel, setting up a compost bin, planting a tree and more. Spring is a great time to plant a native garden and trees in your yard. You will also learn about the City’s rebate program and how Chicago residents can receive up to 50% off of their next tree, native plant, rain barrel or compost bin purchase.

Join C3 Trainee Rob for a Class on Rain Barrels, Nov 13th, 10 a.m.

C3 Trainee and Plumbing Expert, Rob West, invites you to a FREE class on Rain Barrels this Sunday, November 13th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 1102 N. California, Chicago, IL, 60622.

Activities include:  Hands-on demonstration of how to build a custom rain barrel from a recycled pickle barrel.

Topics will cover the general concepts you will need to design and manage a rain collection system that fits your buildings specific needs:

-Materials and tools you will need to install a complete rain barrel system for any structure (with a roof!)

-Where to source recycled materials for rain barrels and other parts

-Winter proofing your rain barrels

-Water management for your yard and garden

-Managing overflow

This will be an audience participation class so bring photos of your yard and downspouts.  He can also address other topics, such as flood control, plumbing, water and energy conservation, or heating questions.

If you have questions, suggestions, or want to RSVP, please reply to rob@robwestplumbing.com or sign up on Facebook:  Facebook Event Sign up Page
Note: This workshop is not a part of the Chicago Sustainable Backyard Program.

Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Native Plants -Oh my! Sustainable Backyard Workshop, June 14

Join the City of Chicago Department of Environment for the first installment of the Sustainable Backyard Workshop series highlighting the many ways residents can create more environmentally-friendly landscapes in their back, front, and side yards.

June 14, 2011
28 E. Jackson, Suite 1800
6:00-8:00 pm
RSVP: 312-743-9283 or rainbarrel@cityofchicago.org

Learn more about the program at chicagorainharvesting

Featured Event! NHS Chicago NeighborWorks Day tomorrow. Come out to Humboldt Park for an added bonus- Sustainable Backyard Demos!

Photo courtesy of NHS Chicago

Volunteer for a NeighborWorks Day project on Saturday, June 4!
Join in the fun during NHS’ 24th Annual NeighborWorks Day on Saturday, June 4. Volunteers are needed to paint, plant, clean vacant lots, landscape and garden.

During National NeighborWorks® Week, tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors and friends will be volunteering across the country in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

Come on out to the NeighborWorks site near you! Breakfast, lunch and a NeighborWorks t-shirt will be provided. RSVP to Lindsey Hammond lhammond@nhschicago.org or (773) 329-4133

Dreaming for Drake- West Humboldt Park
8:15 AM: 500 and 600 blocks of North Drake Ave. – Volunteers needed to paint porches, perform small repairs, plant vegetable, flowers and bushes, spread mulch and grass seed.

12:30 PM: Attend a Free Sustainable Backyard Workshopat the NHS Chicago WHP Neighborhood Center 3601 W. Chicago Ave. This program offered in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers provides instruction and demonstration on the use of Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Planting a Rain Garden and more. Prizes & Rebates for up to 50% on Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Trees and Native Plants will be available.
RSVP for workshop: cstewart@nhschicago.org or 773-329-4127

Living History – North Lawndale- Village West between 3400 & 3500 block W 13th Street near Homan- Beautification and Community Garden Enhancement – North Lawndale is home to more than 20 community gardens. Work will be done in one of the most famous, the African Gardens. Murals and plaques commemorating moments in North Lawndale’s history will be created and installed. Volunteers and residents will paint fencing around Village West Homes and plant flowers and plants around the walkways. There will be a cookout in the African Garden for all the residents and volunteers to celebrate the finished project.

Community Canvas – Back of the Yards/Garfield Boulevards- 2200 to 1700 W. 49th Street- Community Mural – Volunteers from local community organizations and residents will prepare this area for a new community mural. We will prime the surfaces with white primer, clean the debris in front of the wall and replace it with mulch. Murals will be painted during the course of the summer.

Roseland: A Neighborhood in Bloom – Roseland- 0-40 W. 108th street block- Beautification Project -We will work side-by-side with residents to beautify this block. Join us for painting fences and porches, cleaning a vacant lot and planting flowers. Stop by the Open Houses for our newly rehabbed NSP properties on the block.

Block by Block – West Englewood- Resource Fair and Beautification -NHS will host a resource fair and flower planting at a local church within the growing Block Club Network. Join us for planting flowers and small shrubs in the triangles at the corners of each participating block club network and for seniors who need assistance. Help us celebrate two newly formed Block Clubs!

Neighborhoods of Promise: A Showcase of Homes – Chicago Lawn/Gage Park- St. Rita Church 6243 S. Fairfield & St. Mary Star of the Sea Church 6435 S. Kilbourn-These community institutions will hold a “Showcase of Homes” for sale in the neighborhood. There will be opportunities for interested people to visit high quality and affordable homes in a designated area in the parish. Volunteers will help with registration and helping to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Empowering Our Community – Auburn Gresham/Englewood- 449 West 79th Street- Housing Resource Sidewalk Fair -Volunteers are needed to help canvass the neighborhood with information about NeighborWorks Day 2012 and NHS. Everyone is invited to meet the “new” Neighborhood Director! Mini workshops will be offered as well as one-on-one counseling with NHS staff.

Featured Event This Weekend at Little Black Pearl

Last week’s blizzard has left everyone drowning in snow. Severe weather can be a stark reminder of the importance of weatherization and winter preparedness. If you have not yet attended a weatherization workshop this year, this may be one of your last opportunities to learn about low-cost weatherization and go home with a free kit to install in your home.

Please join C3 staff and volunteers in partnership with the Little Black Pearl Workshop for this special weatherization workshop.

Advanced RSVP is required