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Archive for March, 2011

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Spring 2011

Are you a woman looking to become more familiar with the outdoors? You may want to consider signing up for the 2011 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Through this workshop, women are able to learn introductory outdoor skills in a safe, supportive, noncompetitive environment. Courses include (but are not limited to) archery, kayaking, fishing, outdoor survival, horseback riding, firearms safety, medicinal plants, mammal trapping, and wilderness first aid/CPR.

The spring workshop is June 10-12 at the Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Illinois. The cost associated with the workshop is $200 which includes classes, meals, housing, transportation during the event, and use of equipment. Registration for the workshop begins March 22 for first time participants or April 5 for returning participants.

For more information on the workshop visit the Becoming an Outdoors Woman  page or the Course Descriptions page on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

By MPPL on March 23, 2011 Categories: Illinois, Workshops

Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011 takes place on Saturday, March 26 at 8:30pm. Earth Hour 2010 gained participation from 128 countries and territories across the world, making 2010 the largest Earth Hour thus far. Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007, and since then has steadily been gaining momentum. This year, extend the hour, and contemplate what you can do to make a difference!

For more information, visit the Earth Hour website.

By MPPL on March 18, 2011 Categories: Earth Hour

Green Your Spring Cleaning

Do you dread spring cleaning because of the harsh chemicals and overpowering smells given off by your average cleaning products? Then consider trying to green your spring cleaning choices this year. Consumer Reports recently tested various green cleaners, including all purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergents with low phosphates, dishwashing liquids, laundry liquids and powders, and shower cleaners. Check out which products fared best at Consumer Reports Green Product Watch: Best Spring Cleaners.

Did you know you can also create your own cleaners from some basic ingredients you may already have in your home? Consumer Reports has also created a list basic ingredients and homemade household cleaner recipes. Check them out at Homemade Household Cleaners: Best Recipes.

Do you have a tried and true recipe for your own green cleaner, or did you try one of the recipes suggested by Consumer Reports? If so, please feel free to share your results by posting a comment!

By MPPL on March 7, 2011 Categories: Consumer Choices, Household Products