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One Green World: Grow It! Can It! Eat It! : Ask your questions here for 6/29

You can be a successful gardener and make the world a little greener. This class will take you through the process of choosing, planting, nurturing, and harvesting vegetables that are ideal candidates for canning. Never canned or preserved anything? We’ll show you the basic steps and share easy recipes so you can enjoy the “fruits” of your labor all year long.  You can register for this program here:  Grow It! Can It! Eat It!

Already thinking of questions or concerns? Make this class more personally rewarding and productive by asking your specific questions via the Comments link below. We’ll forward your questions to the presenters, Mary Courvisier and Kathleen Neumeier, who will come to class with answers and suggestions.

Courvisier , a degreed Horticulturist, certified Advanced Master Gardener, and member of the American Horticultural Society, is a gardening enthusiast who strongly believes in promoting the use of native plants and ecologically friendly solutions to your gardening problems. Neumeier brings 10 years of expertise canning, freezing, and preserving her homegrown vegetables.

Here's where you can retrieve the program's content info: Download PlantItCanItEatIt_Final 

By MPPL on May 7, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Organic Labeling of Personal Care Products

Currently, organic labeling of personal care products is not held to the same standards as other organic products, such as foods and beverages. Personal care products (including soap, shampoos, deodorants and antiperspirants, lotions, sun care, and baby care products) have been using the term organic, sometimes even in their brand name, for years, due to a loophole which allows companies producing personal care products to make organic claims without meeting the U. S. Department of Agriculture's standards. How can you avoid these products? If you are looking for organic personal care products, be sure to look for the USDA Organic certification seal. The USDA Organic seal ensures that no more than 5% of the product is synthetic, and the ingredients that are synthetic must be on the government's approved list.

http://www.greenerchoices.org/products.cfm?product=organiclabel&pcat=homegarden&EXTKEY=NG0N01004

By MPPL on May 6, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Natural Lawn Care

The healthier your lawn, the less susceptible it is to disease and pests, thus requiring less intervention on your part.  By following a few rules for caring for your lawn, you will not have the need to use toxic chemicals to control it's problems: choose the correct grass for your area; mulch what you mow; water properly and fertilize naturally.  Greenchoices.org has a guide to natural lawn care and the EPA offers a guide to GreenScaping.

By MPPL on May 5, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Arbor Day Celebration with the Arlington Heights Park District

The Arlington Heights Park District and the Village of Arlington Heights will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30 at Centennial Park (1209 Burr Oak Drive). A tree will be planted at the park during the event, and a special event sponsored by the J.W. Riley Elementary School SPIN Club will take place. Refreshments will be served at 9:30am, with the program beginning at 10am. For more information contact the Arlington Heights Park District at 847-577-3000 or visit: http://www2.ahpd.org/IBEX/IBEXBrochureAutomation.nsf/web/sp10.community.html?opendocument

By MPPL on April 28, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Earth Day Recycling

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge) will have an electronics and appliances recycling program on Monday (April 26/6 a.m. – 6 p.m.) in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Dempster Street and Luther Lane.  Most electronic equipment and appliances will be accepted.  For large-panel TVs and larger appliances such as washer/dryers, call Donna Stellmach at 847/723-5946.  For more information visit www.advocatehealth.com/luth .

By MPPL on April 22, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Earth Day 40th Anniversary 5K Run/Walk

Conscious Planet Media and Green Dot Environmental invite you to join in the Earth Day 5K run/walk event which takes place April 24. The 5K is followed by a Green Living Expo. Registration is required to run or walk in the 5K, but the Green Living Expo is free to attend. The Green Living Expo will be held at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Pavilion at 1301 N. Humboldt Boulevard. For more information about the 5K or the Green Living Expo, visit http://www.earthday5kchicago.com/info/

By MPPL on April 21, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

National Park Week

April 17-25, 2010 is National Park Week. The National Park Service has waived all enterance fees to allow visitors to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the parks for free. Saturday, April 24 is National Junior Ranger Day, with special activities for children and an opportunity to earn a junior ranger patch.
For more information on National Park Week visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/
For information on Illinois National Parks visit http://www.nps.gov/state/il/

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Earth Day Clean-Up Activity

On April 18th, from 1-5pm, help Chicago Kayak, the Illinois Paddling Council, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County,Northwest Passage, Erehwon and The North Face clean up the Skokie Lagoons. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will provide gloves, garbage bags, and garbage collecting sticks for the event. If you have your own kayak or canoe, bring it with, but if you do not, there will be boats available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also elect not to participate by boat, and instead walk around the waters edge picking up trash. For more information visit http://chicagokayak.com

By MPPL on April 14, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Earth Day Activities from the Mount Prospect Park District (3)

Did you know that this year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day? Why not join the Mount Prospect Park District at the Friendship Park Conservatory for their Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 24 from 1-3pm. The event features games, tours, presentations and kids crafts.

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Earth Day Activities from the Mount Prospect Park District (2)

Are you looking for a local volunteer opportunity to help the environment? The Friendship Park Conservatory is conducting a "Clean Up The Parks" event on Saturday, April 24 (from 11am-3pm). Get a group together and help clean up your neighborhood park. For more information, contact the Friendship Park Conservatory at 847-298-3500.

By MPPL on April 9, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized