Transition Tap at Urban Growler
Tuesday, December 5, 7-9:00 pm
Relax and float sustainability ideas with new friends. Look for the table with the "t" sign.
The Arizona Desert in Bloom:
A photo tour with the Garden Club
Tuesday, December 5
7:00 pm social,
7:30 pm program
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave.
Are you feeling tired of being chilly, or missing our spring blooms? Join Abby Marier and the garden club for a look at Arizona's beautiful winter blooms. Info.
Exploring REconomy Ecosystems
Thursday, December 7, 9:00-11:00 am
As leaders of their own REconomy projects, Jay Tompt (left) and Nenad Maljkovic host an online workshop to explore how to mobilize local capital, support new kinds of
transform the entrepreneurial culture of
our world. If you missed Jay's workshops at our national transition gathering last July, now's your chance to catch up.
Join the interactive conversation.
Let the Rivers Run Free! A benefit for Line 3 Water Protectors
Friday, December 8, 9:00 pm - midnight
Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave W, St. Paul. Join like-minded folks to support those defending Anishinaabe lands and waters from Enbridge's pipeline projects in northern Minnesota. Music includes Langer's Ball, the Wooden Shoe Ramblers, the Bolt Weevils, and SisterTree. $10 suggested donation.
Saturday, December 9, noon-2:00
At Three Rivers Silverwood Park, help design a walk for observing signs of seasonal change. Learn about the U's Mobile Phenology Lab.
Harp music at the Finnish Bistro
Sunday, December 10, 11-1:00
The sparkling strings of Stephanie Classen.
Shop the CEZ for gifts with soul
A paperweight made by you in a one-session glassblowing
($60) at Vandalia Glassworks. Or shop for ornaments and other wonders: 550 Vandalia, suite 205.
Earth-friendly building toys from
. Find kits for a
nimals, vehicles, and robots... and parts for open-ended creative play.
At E&L Bindery, 708 Vandalia, find hardbound journals with marbled covers ($30-$50 range) and tiny $5 triangle books, ready for your ideas inside.
Put your money where your values are
If you'd like to help grow a more local, sustainable economy, you have buddies to learn with. Eighteen people, mostly from St. Anthony Park, gathered in November to start exploring ideas for investing local rather than using Wall Street mechanisms like mutual funds and IRAs. All are welcome to the next meeting.
Local Economy Group: Second meeting
Monday, January 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
Lori's Coffee House, 1441 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul
Led by Sherman Eagles and Pat Thompson, the group wants to develop options that fit people of various income levels, ages, and distances from retirement. So far, members are researching:
Visit the Transition Town home page to download the "Local Investment Options" list, compiled as a starting point for this learn-as-we-go group.
Emergency preparedness: It takes a village
by Mindy Keskinen
In the Chicago heatwave in 1995... [people in some] communities with low
trust and high levels of crime were too frightened to open their windows
or doors, or leave their homes to go to local cooling centers, and-- since
neighbors didn't check on neighbors-- hundreds died, whereas in... neighborhoods characterized by high levels of trust and active
community life, the risk of death was much lower.
Lean Logic, 2016
Imagine an extended heat wave, a flood, or a windstorm that knocks out power for days. We all know these risks are higher with climate change. Would we be ready, as a neighborhood and as individual households? If the danger grows, how would we decide whether to "shelter in place" or get out-and are we ready to help others who might need it? At a neighborhood meeting November 28, we heard from three experts on these subjects. Read more in our report in the January
and on the
"Hero support" is part of Lucy Angelis' job as coordinator for St. Paul's
department. In a disaster, emergency managers create order from the chaos caused by a tornado or windstorm, flood, fire, earthquake, or violence such as terrorism or an active shooter. As agency officials set priorities for responding, these managers translate the
so the boots on the ground--the heroes--have the direction and the supplies they need.
Remember Bilbo Baggins? Dave Crawford quoted the famous hobbit: "You can never have too many pocket handkerchiefs when you're going on an adventure." Crawford is a natural resources management consultant who also advises on disaster preparedness. So, in addition to handkerchiefs, what should we pack in a "bug-out" bag to grab if we're leaving home in a hurry? Crawford explained what to pack and why. (Better yet, pack two bags: one with supplies for core needs, one with less essential items. Both bags can also serve us well if we end up sheltering in place.)
What skills could we personally bring to an emergency situation, and what could our neighbors bring? Planning and training on the local level is Kris Grangaard's specialty as a Community Emergency Response Team trainer for Falcon Heights. Learn about the
through Ramsey County: the next session runs Wednesday evenings, March 14-May 9, 2018.
Thanks to our co-sponsor, the SAP Community Council, and to the SAP Community Foundation for financial support.
is a book editor and co-editor of the bimonthly
Transition Times ASAP.
by Madeline Harpell
s a trendy, locally-focused men's clothing store, and although it is not located in St. Anthony Park--or St. Paul for that matter--their work in climate change as a local business is inspiring.
In 2013 they released the
Keep the North Cold
It is a celebration of Minnesota not as the midwest but as the
We all know that life in the North is defined by the four seasons we experience. And our wardrobes, habits, and favorite traditions depend on what it's like outside, especially the cold, cold winters.
The folks at Askov Finlayson think one major way of celebrating our Northern identity is doing what we can to protect the environment from climate change. As a small, local business, they created the
line to make their impact. For every item purchased, they donate to organizations that are leading the world in discovering solutions for climate change. One of their key partners is Climate Generation
an organization that gives young people amazing opportunities to gain climate change literacy and leadership through education programs and expeditions.
Climate change is already making an impact on our Minnesota winters. We are all eyewitnesses--we can feel them getting warmer.
Keep the North Cold
is an example of how anyone can take responsibility to help save and celebrate the North. It will take collective effort for such a grand celebration. As long as we keep
creative and work together, we can
Keep the North Cold
for future generations.
is an interdisciplinary artist, Transition Town intern, and University of Minnesota student majoring in design, communication, and cultural studies.
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