Living Green Events for January
$$$ JANUARY SUSTAINABILITY SAVINGS Tip $$$
COMPOSTING: BREAKING IT DOWN TO THE BASICS - Easy steps to turn green waste into mulch! Placing organic mulches or compost around your plants is an easy and cost-effective way to ensure plants stay healthy, while also keeping weeds in check and reducing plant water needs.
- Jan. 26: Composting Class. Mesa Public Library – Red Mountain Branch is hosting a class taught by Master Gardeners. The program takes place from 1-3 p.m., 635 N. Power Road.
- Get a composting bin from the City of Mesa for just $5! And we'll deliver, too! Request delivery by calling 480-644-2221.
- Composting in the Desert by University of Arizona Extension provides more tips!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Jan. 12: EAST VALLEY CITRUS CLINIC University of Arizona faculty and Master Gardeners and industry experts teach you all about citrus and more. The event place from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (gates open at 8:30 a.m.) at Greenfield Citrus Nursery in Mesa. Learn about all aspects of growing citrus, fruits and nuts in the Valley. Rain or shine. Tasting table and 102 citrus varieties on display.
Jan. 12 to Feb. 23: CLASSES BY MASTER GARDENERS Besides the composting class mentioned above, find a series of classes taking place at Red Mountain on vegetable gardening, Citrus, and pruning.
Jan. 19: MESA FARMERS MARKET AND FLEA Starting January 19, Pioneer Park (526 E. Main St.) will host the new Mesa Farmers Market and Flea on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. . There will be a unique blend of local farmers, food vendors, artists, home goods, apparel and other makers participating each week. We’re so excited to have a Farmers Market again in the downtown. www.mesafarmersmarketandflea.com
Jan. 23: MESA ARTSPACE LOFTS GRAND OPENING from 4-8:30 p.m. Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Mesa Artspace Lofts, home to 50 artist families including musicians, painters, poets, singers, writers and more. Family oriented and free to the public. 155 S. Hibbert just around the corner from Mesa Urban Garden.
Feb. 7: FREE SEED SHARE and Q&A with Catherine the Herb (and Vegetable) Lady, Mesa Main Library 5:30 p.m. February is the perfect time to get your tomatoes, basil, peppers, melons, spring corn and more, sown and started. Catherine, The Herb Lady will answer questions on the whys and hows of sowing your spring and summer garden at this seasonal lecture hosted by the Mesa Urban Garden.
Feb 9-17: ALBESILA: Have you ever participated in a large inflatable sculpture of immersive art? The Architects of Air are returning to Mesa with their Newest Luminarium: Albesila! Did you join us when Amococo was here in 2011 and Mirazozo in 2012? Besides all having really eccentric names, walking inside these works of art is breathtakingly beautiful, serene, and contemplative.
Feb. 23: Ride-in-Movies at the Park. They’re back! Ride your bicycles or walk and join us for FREE movies in the park. The February movie (Incredibles 2) takes place at Red Mountain Park and starts at 6:45 p.m. Bring a blanket.
Did You Know that Water – Use It Wisely has a calendar of local workshops on water wise landscaping and other ways to save water? Check out what’s coming up!
MESA URBAN GARDEN (MUG) News!
Mesa Urban Garden’s mission is to inspire sustainable urban living through education, community involvement and creative cooperation. Bed rentals are available or you can also sponsor a bed. Harvests from sponsored beds are donated to United Food Bank in Mesa. Contact Laurie for bed rental info. Visit the Facebook page to find opportunities for upcoming volunteer days. You can also check out great photos of donations brought to United Food Bank. Located at 212 E. 1st Ave.
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There's still time to TREEcycle! Mesa’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs through Jan. 20. Collected trees are taken to the Salt River Landfill and chipped into nutrient-rich mulch.
Protect Your Plants from Frost: If you want to be prepared for a cold snap, learn how to protect your plants from frost in a University of Arizona publication.
How to Water Your Landscape is just a few clicks away: Our new online version of Landscape Watering by the Numbers is now live on our Water – Use It Wisely site. It does the math needed to determine your run times to give your plants just the amount of water they need to stay healthy and beautiful.
Attention HOAs, Multifamily Properties & Commercial Properties: Are your water bills eating up your budget? Does your property need some updates? Tired of fixing outdated irrigation equipment? Mesa Water Conservation is offering up to $12,500 in incentives for irrigation equipment updates and grass conversions. Learn more!
Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Chimineas, OH MY! Did you know that smoke from residential burning at night causes some of the highest levels of particulates that cause the biggest health issues? Learn when it’s NOT OK To burn at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com. Sign up for alerts so you’ll know just when the time is right to light your fire.
2019 Fuel Economy Guide - If you're shopping for a new car, the Fuel Economy Guide will help you compare and choose vehicles that save money at the pump and pollute less. The chart shows annual savings! You can see annual fuel cost and see how better mileage can help you make a few more car payments each year.
Holiday cards: Simple, paper or cardstock cards can go into the blue barrel, as can the envelopes. Cards with glitter, non-paper embellishments, or foil must go into the regular trash.
DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN YOUR BLUE BARREL PLEASE. Old holiday lights | Electric cords | Plastic bags - Due to problems caused by plastic bags to the recycling facility sorting equipment, they are allowed in the blue barrel. Take plastic bags to your participating grocer or retailer where they will recycle them. However, we are taking old holiday lights at our new Household Hazardous Materials facility, now open year-round Wed-Sat from 7 a.m. to Noon.
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS!
GREEN BUILDING LECTURE SERIES by City of Scottsdale: Feb. 7, Living an Edible Landscape Life. Get the details and see the spring program schedule. Two words, Food Tasting!
Interested in Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater? Check out the programs offered by Watershed Management Group!
Registration IS Now Open for SRP’s 12th Annual Water Conservation Expo! Sat. Mar. 2, at SRP’s PERA Club. SRP water and power customers can purchase a SMART controller, attend a class and learn from exhibitors. This year there are two controller options to purchase, 1. Rain Bird ESP-SMTe for $60 ($368 value) or 2. Rachio 3 Smart controller, Wi-Fi enabled for $60 ($229 value). Expo is free but you must register to reserve a controller to purchase! Oh, and learn about rainwater harvesting from Watershed Management Group.
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