National Adaptation Forum
Tuesday, May 9-Thursday, May 11
Climate focus on May 9.
Info & registration.
RiverCentre, downtown St. Paul.
Positively Electric breakfast meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00-8:30 am
Town & Country Club, St. Paul. Hosted by Fresh Energy. Info & tickets
Friends School Plant Sale
Mother's Day weekend, May 12-14
State Fair Grandstand. This huge sale is easy to navigate, festive, and fun. Annuals, perennials, natives, trees, veggies, herbs, hanging baskets. No neonics! FB / website. Support Friends School of MN.
Neighbors' gathering at Seal
Saturday, May 13, 9:30 am
Informal group conversation hosted by Ali Osman and Meredith Sommers about Ramadan and Somali culture. All who live in the area are welcome here! RSVP to
if possible, or just join us at 9:30.
Seal Tower, corner of Territorial and Raymond, main floor lounge.
Saturday, May 13, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Party and plant sale with live music, demos, food on site.
Rally: Fund Transit Now!
Tuesday, May 16, 6:00-7:30 pm
Green Line, Capitol/Rice Street Station.
Speak up: No hikes! No cuts!
100 Years at the Library
Tuesday, May 16, 7:00-8:30 pm
Our library is 100 this year! Learn the history.
SAP Branch Library, 2245 Como.
Zero Waste action group
Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 pm
Sustainable Food & Land group
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Help plan projects: visit the
Community Arts Prep Party
Saturday, May 20, 6:00-9:00 pm
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis
For our Transition Now! project, we'll screen-print T-shirts, make tiny booklets, and create a "Grove of Life" to inspire Northern Spark visitors to climate action. (The all-night festival runs June 10-11.)
Home energy curtailment:
Join our email list: send your address to Communications@TransitionASAP.org.
How to take part in the National Gathering:
Host a visiting Transitioner this July
July is a wonderful month in Minnesota, especially when you can host interesting folks from all over the country attending the first-ever Transition National Gathering, held at Macalester in St. Paul. Some will stay in dorms or elsewhere, but for others, a homestay makes the trip possible. Open your doors, and you'll gain insight into the many faces of Transition.
- Dates: Homestays are needed for 3 to 7 days, July 25 - August 2. The main conference runs Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July 30, but some people arrive early; others stay for post-conference events through August 1.
- What's needed: Bed and/or sofa space for one or more people: tell us how many you can house, on what dates, and any other parameters. We'll match hosts with guests. No need to provide food or transportation.
Making contact: We'll connect you with your guests before they arrive.
- For more info email Rebecca Cramer (email@example.com) or Janet Dieterich (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Can't offer a homestay? Consider other ways to participate:
Help with outreach and publicity.
We need more Minnesotans on the outreach team headed by Nils Palsson of Transition US (based in California). Email Mindy (email@example.com) and learn more on the team's national phone meeting May 9, 5:00 pm Central.
Connect with a potential conference sponsor.
Do you know of a potential local or regional sponsor for the gathering? To discuss the possibility, contact Michael Russelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Buy your ticket!
Buy your own conference ticket, day pass, or admission to single events: the movie
, keynote by Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute, and more. Some scholarships and work-trades available.
Ticket & program info
Poets: Send us your "laundry lines" by May 22
Why do we love clotheslines? They save energy--a lot of it. Clothes last longer when they're not tumble-dried. Shirts and sheets smell fresh, like wind and sun. And hanging laundry outdoors (or even indoors) can be a satisfying ritual. Clothing evokes memories. Hanging the wash is a universal, ancient practice.
So write us a poem about it! Email it to Communications@TransitionASAP.org by May 22, and we'll hang it on our poetry clothesline at the SAP Arts Fest June 3. Short or long, rhymed or not, a haiku, a song... you choose.
On Earth Day at the
Hampden Park Co-op,
we gave away clotheslines and started our call for poems. Thanks to the Co-op,
(our volume supplier), and the
SAP Community Foundation
grant to Transition Town ASAP, which gave us a budget to work with.
Jennings students aim for a high-yield garden
This fall, students at Jennings Community School
will harvest vegetables from what will likely be a bountiful garden. On May 3, with teacher Sam Eberhart and Joan James of A Backyard Farm, they filled raised beds with soil and placed irrigation tubes that will water with no waste or evaporation. With succession planting, each square foot will yield several crops, bringing a healthy dose of green to the school's parking area between University and Territorial Avenues.
A 7-12 public charter high school, Jennings takes a project-based approach to learning, "pushing the boundaries of the classroom into the community, locally and globally," says Sam.
Can you help us keep up with our area schools' sustainability projects? We'll connect you with teachers at SAP Elementary, Murray Middle School, Como High, Avalon, and Jennings. To consider serving as our informal liaison, contact Mimi Jennings
"Poems for Transitional Times" at the Dubliner
As poet Eric Tu spoke the closing lines of his
Postcards from Saturn I
, he looked out at the listening crowd.
"... I call the names of ghosts and nothing happens. Bad connection maybe, or I've reached the wrong extension of the heliopause, or surely us second-gen Asian Americans have no real connection with the history of our ancestors because ghosts can't hold phones the way the living hold memories."
At the April 25 reading titled Poems for Transitional Times,
Tu and five other Twin Cities poets-- Naomi Cohn, Alice Duggan, Mary Easter, Dave Healy, and organizer Mimi Jennings-- reminded us that poetry spoken aloud in our public gathering places can unite us, as we respond together to its beauty and mystery. Thanks to Mimi, the Dubliner Pub and Cafe, and National Poetry Month.
Poem quoted with permission of Eric Tu.