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Because many of these announcements are posted well in advance of the event, please consult the contact person before attending to confirm details.  Please also check the EcoEvents Calendar for additional details, other items, and updates.

ROCKBRIDGE AREA EVENTS

Sunday, November 12 – Community Hike, meet at 8:15 a.m. in the big parking lot behind Hardens with a view to carpooling and leaving at 8:30 a.m.  Here are the hike details:  McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs and down Andy Layne Trail for 12 plus miles. The central 6 miles is a ridge line with some great vistas. The hike’s end will be near the new Ballast Point Brewery in Daleville for recuperating.  Pleasedonot disseminate thisinformationwithout approvalfromthehikeorganizers. For more information please contact Natalie Shulkin atNatalie@RickAlfordTeam.com or 540-570-2000.

Sunday, November 12 - RACC Annual Meeting, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Vista Links Golf Club in Buena Vista. 
Event details: At 2:30 p.m. check-in and social gathering starts.  Again this year we are asking everyone to bring finger foods such as fruits and cheeses, chips and dips, desserts, or other light fare that can be eaten without silverware.  Please bring enough to share.  Beverages (beer, wine, cider, coffee, tea, and infused water) will be provided.  Donations appreciated.  At 3:15 p.m. this year’s presentation will begin: Doug Harwood will entertain with “Boom Daze”.  Then at 4:30 p.m. the annual business meeting starts and will include 2017 RACC Conservation Awards and election for Board of Directors.  For more information contact RACC at 463-2330 or racc@rockbridge.net or www.rockbridgeconservation.org.

Tuesday, November 14 – Talking Native Plants, 11:30 a.m. at Ruby Tuesdays, 1120 North Lee Highway.  Sponsored by the Virginia Native Plants Society, Upper James River Chapter.  The 2nd Tuesday meetings resume.  Anyone interested in native plants is invited to attend.  Everyone should bring plant questions for discussion.  For more information email janhuntersmith@gmail.com. .

Wednesday, November 15 – Lexington & Rockbridge Event to Celebrate America Recycles Day, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Hopkins Green, 22 West Nelson Street, Lexington.  The City of Lexington and County of Rockbridge will host the first ever Recycle Rockbridge celebration, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.  Rockbridge County’s LIVE (Limit your Impact, Value the Earth) mobile classroom will be stationed at Hopkins Green, featuring interactive educational displays and a comprehensive message of sustainability and stewardship. Additionally, attendees are invited to participate in kid-friendly and educational games, such as sorting races using recycled materials. The event will be free and open to the public.
In a collaborative effort to “recycle more and recycle right,” Rockbridge and Lexington will promote education and awareness of recycling throughout next week via social media and community outreach.

  • For more information about recycling in County of Rockbridge, visit their website here, and stay updated by following the Rockbridge County Solid Waste Authority’s Facebook page.
  • For more information about recycling in City of Lexington, visit their website here, and stay updated by following the City’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Saturday, November 18 — Invasive Plants Pull in Brushy Hills, 10:00 a.m.  Friends of Brushy Hills will gather at Town Spring for a couple hours in the woods, pulling invasive plants.  Your help will make a difference to Brushy Hills’ biodiversity!  Newcomers are always welcome — no experience necessary.  Bring gloves and clippers if you have them, and dress for the weather.  If you arrive late, look for a sheet of paper on a windshield with directions to our whereabouts.  "Brushy Saturdays" will continue through the winter months on the first and third Saturdays of the month.  To reach Town Spring from Lexington, drive to the end of Ross Road (2.3 miles from city limits) and turn right on Union Run Road.  Continue 0.6 miles to the Brushy Hills Trails sign and spring house on the right, with parking lot and kiosk opposite.  If you have questions, or in case of doubtful weather, call Alexia Smith at 540-460-0854.

Monday, November 27 – Addressing Climate Change Presentation Series, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  This series will be held monthly starting in September, and will be located at the Community Center of Lylburn Downing Middle School, 300 Diamond Street, Lexington.  Sponsored by the environment committee of 50 Ways Rockbridge.  Each session will last 90 minutes, including time for discussion after the presentations.   For more information contact Eli Fishpaw at belifishpaw@rockbridge.net.  
The specific dates and topics follow:
November 27 - Session 3-- GEO ENGINEERING:  Emerging technical strategies for mitigating climate change.  This presentation will describe methods for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as well as a technology aimed at reducing the earth’s temperature by reflecting sunlight away from the earth’s atmosphere.  Both the risks and benefits associated with these emerging technologies will be explored.
December 18 - Session 4 – MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH RECARBONIZATION OF SOIL
This presentation will describe methods for and benefits of pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and placing it back into the soil.  The concept of bio char as a method to re-carbonize the soil will be presented.

EVENTS BEYOND ROCKBRIDGE (BUT NOT TOO FAR):

Sunday, November 12 - Generation 180: Advancing Clean Energy, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Open Grounds (Studio A), 1400 University Avenue, Charlottesville.  Generation 180, a local clean energy nonprofit, is building a network of volunteer teams committed to advancing energy awareness and clean energy nationwide. Come to the launch of the first Generation 180 team and join the energy aware movement towards a healthier future completely powered by clean energy. Get an introduction to volunteer team activities, including delivering hands-on clean energy workshops, supporting local schools in going solar, and encouraging businesses to reduce energy waste.   To RSVP and for more information contact Tish Tablan, National Organizer, at teams@generation180.org, or call 434-422-4852 x703.

Wednesday, November 15 - Sierra Club Showing of the film "Ocean Frontiers", 6:30 p.m. in the McIntire Room of the Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville.  Sponsored by the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club.  Ocean Frontiers III is a truly unique and hopeful ocean film that chronicles our efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. It explores the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing, and recreation, plus expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture, coupled with scientific discovery.  The film tells the story of how ocean planning helps us manage and balance all the uses of our ocean to keep it thriving for generations to come.  The film will be followed by a discussion of local environmental issues related to water quality.  For more information contact
John Cruickshank at jcruickshank4@GMAIL.COM.

Saturday, November 18 – 3rd Annual Virginia Citizens Climate Lobby Meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 20 East Gay Street, Harrisonburg, VA.  You are invited to join a special group of Virginians as we tackle perhaps the greatest challenge facing the world - climate change -- but we are doing so in a way that would make our parents, our grandparents, and our children proud: politely, respectfully, persistently, thoughtfully, building bipartisan bonds, and drawing on careful research.  CCL is growing and we are making a difference. In Virginia, we added new groups in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Prince William County, Hampton Roads, and (pending) Charlottesville (and Lexington) -- and in 2017 two Virginia GOP members of Congress joined CCL's Climate Solutions CaucusPlease join us as we celebrate our successes and strategize to achieve more.  All Virginia CCL members -- and prospective members -- are invited.  For more information contact
Chris Wiegard or Bishop Dansby (the Virginia state CCL coordinators) at chriswiegard@hotmail.com  or hbdansby@gmail.com.

ONGOING:

Wednesdays - Lexington Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in McCrums parking lot behind the Southern Inn. For more information contact Mitch Wapner at mitch@paradoxfarm.org.

Fridays – Glasgow Farmers Market, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. located at 10th and Kanawha Streets. This is a community run market for locally produced vegetables, fruits and meats. For more information call 540-817-3163 or 540-258-2246.

Saturdays – Rockbridge County Farmers Market, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Virginia Horse Center, Route 39 West, Lexington. The market goes until October 28. For more information email farmersmarket@horsecenter.org.

Little Hat Creek Farm Bread & Vegetable CSA (community supported agriculture) - Eat like a farmer! Every Wednesday from June through October, get hand-picked ecologically-grown vegetables and a loaf of our wood-fired sourdough bread for your family. Lexington customers can pick up their share at the Wednesday Lexington Farmers Market. Sign up now at www.littlehatcreek.com/csa. For more information                   call 434-277-9304 or email littlehatcreek@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FYI:

Virginians Can Begin Ordering Tree Seedlings October 2nd, Virginia’s tree seedling store opens Monday, Oct. 2nd, at 10:00 a.m.  In addition to Loblolly pine seedlings, Virginia Department of Forestry nurseries offer 46 other species of tree seedlings for sale to Virginia landowners.  These other species include dogwood, apple, bald cypress, maples, white pine and 10 species of oaks.  We also have several specialty seedling packs that are designed for specific uses, such as riparian buffer establishment, wildlife habitat enhancement and quail management.  The newest seedling pack, called the “pollinator pack,” will provide a good mix of tree species that are known for producing an abundance of food for our native pollinators.
The seedling catalog can be viewed prior to the store opening and can be found at www.buyvatrees.com.  Payment must be made at the time of purchase.  If placing an order by phone or online, a credit card is the only accepted method of payment.  Orders may be placed online at buyvatrees.com or by calling the Augusta Forestry Center at 540-363-7000.

Southern Environmental Law Center’s video stories “In The Path”, SELC is launching a site that they hope will bring more attention to the fight to help stop the AC Pipeline.  Recently they have been documenting the profound human costs of building the ACP and sharing videos of people in the path of this pipeline. Today, with the launch of this video, their stories are presented in a storytelling narrative that SELC hopes will bring together all the issues and problems of this pipeline and put a human face on this threat.
            Each story has a pivotal moment of recognition that may well be familiar to you. For the Harrises, it was when Dominion told them they would be bulldozing just behind their kids swingset, despite the parents’ objections. For Hazel Palmer, it was when she realized Dominion could sue her for not letting them survey her property, but she couldn’t sue them for taking land she wasn’t interested in giving up.
SELC asks that everyone please view and share InThePath.org so that people can learn more about the Harrises, the Palmers, and other local families fighting to protect their lives and livelihoods from the ACP.
For more information contact Claudine Ebeid McElwain, Program Communications Manager, Southern Environmental Law Center at 434-977-4090 or go to www.SouthernEnvironment.org.

House Mountain Trial Postponed – The trial originally scheduled for late July on the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s (VOF’s) cancellation of the Agreements establishing the House Mountain Preserve, has been postponed at VOF’s request and over RACC’s objection until December 6 – 7, 2017.

Through Friday, October 13 - DEQ Public Comment Period on the Pipeline Erosion and Sediment Control and Storm water Management Plan Review.  These plans are separate from the 401 Water Quality Certifications and offer another mechanism for the state to evaluate and establish requirements for the ACP and MVP pipelines. These comments should be about the site-specific standards posted at the DEQ website, as well as the plans for individual slopes and waterways posted at the Dominion "DEQ filings" website (see the "spreads" for maps of the route and planned erosion and sedimentation control measures). Please go to the RACC website at http://rockbridgeconservation.org/pipeline.php for more information. Participation matters and helps provide support for requiring and enforcing mitigation measures! To help with RACC’s efforts, please contact the RACC office, or RACC lead, David Harbor, at   david.harbor@gmail.co.

Take Action on Climate in Virginia Petition Drive - The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN), a coalition of conservation groups in Virginia, is seeking signatures for a petition to Governor McAuliffe to take the lead on climate change in Virginia.  According to VCN, “Last week, President Trump signed a broad sweeping Executive Order attempting to cancel the U.S. Climate Action Plan, dismantle the Clean Power Plan, and reverse significant policies on coal mining natural on public lands. These latest environmental attacks pose a significant threat to our public health and safety. Blocking the Clean Power Plan will cause 3,600 additional premature deaths, 90,000 more asthma attacks in children, and 300,000 more missed work and school days by 2030. Fortunately, Virginia has the authority to address climate on its own. Governor McAuliffe can start the process to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and protect communities across the Commonwealth. We can’t wait on Washington. Sign the petition at http://www.cleanpowerva.org/ to ask Governor McAuliffe to reduce carbon pollution by 30% by 2030.”

Recycling Containers Available through RACC – RACC and the City of Lexington recently received a Keep Virginia Beautiful grant of $1000 to buy 15 portable Clearstream containers designed for recycling trash at public events. The special program, called 30 Grants in 30 Days”, was designed to address issues related to litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education of the public. The grants this year were sponsored by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation and MeadWestvaco. RACC will facilitate this loan program and track the quantity of recyclables collected. Call RACC at 463- 2330 to reserve containers for your event.

“Please note that events listed on this calendar are sponsored by a variety of organizations, and are provided as a service to members of RACC and the community.  Listing on this calendar does not imply connection with or endorsement by RACC.  If your organization has a conservation-related event that you would like to submit for inclusion on the calendar, please send the announcement by e-mail, formatted as the examples in this calendar, to: Barbara Walsh at racc@rockbridge.net.  Please also include in the announcement: the name of the sponsoring organization, contact person, and phone number and e-mail address for further information, along with the words “Calendar Request” in the subject line of the e-mail.”