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Living Green Events for February

Post Date:02/08/2019 5:55 PM

$$$ February $ustainability $avings Tip $$$

GOOD LOCAL FOOD IS EASIER THAN YOU THINKRead our February Sustainability Savings Tip: Reduce your food miles with gardening, CSAs, and Community Gardens… or visit your local Farmers Market.

Mesa Farmers Market and Flea: Don’t miss this brand-new market at Pioneer Park, Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DYK? Mesa Public Library along with Garden Pool created a Seed Library for library card holders to check out three seed packets per month for free. Check it out (get the pun?) at the Main Branch at 64 E. 1st Street and at Red Mountain Branch at 635 N. Power Road.


~ SUSTAINABILITY NEWS ~

Mesa Farmers Market and Flea. Starting January 19, Pioneer Park will host the new Mesa Farmers Market and Flea on Saturdays. The market is designed to help Arizona small businesses flourish by providing a fun and inviting sales environment and to make fresh, healthy options accessible to downtown residents…

Mesa Artspace Lofts celebrates grand opening of its $15.8 million arts hub in downtown Mesa Artspace celebrated the grand opening Jan. 23 of the Mesa Artspace Lofts (155 S. Hibbert), a $15.8 million arts development in downtown Mesa, AZ. The arts complex includes 50 units of fully leased housing where artists and their families live and work…

Spring exhibition at i.d.e.a. Museum explores the beauty of recycled art, green living Escape into your imagination this spring at the museum's Junkyard Jungle exhibition, where discarded materials become treasured artworks that takes you on a journey into Earth's lush rainforests and other wild destinations. The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 8, and…

City of Mesa celebrates Titan Solar Power relocation with ribbon cutting ceremony PM&M Electric, Inc. DBA Titan Solar Power, the Nation's Top 2018 Rooftop Solar Contractor, officially opened the doors to its' new corporate headquarters in a Jan. 16 ribbon cutting ceremony with the City of Mesa…

Mesa Historical Museum will re-open the Old Lehi School The Mesa Historical Museum will re-open the Old Lehi School, at 2345 N. Horne, as the museum's exhibition space on February 8, 2019 with a new exhibit: Gizmos, Gadgets, and Greatness: Technologies that built Mesa 1877 - 1957. The building…

DRY CONDITIONS for our reservoirs prevail at this point in 2019 even with our winter rain and snow. The SRP total reservoir system is 51% full (was 61% full at this time last year). Check out the SRP Daily Water Report. The CAP total reservoir system is holding at 45%, quite a bit lower than last year’s 53%. Here's the Lower Colorado Report.

Why do we not have water restrictions? From the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) experts, this will answer that nagging question… we’re in a desert, we’re in a drought, and we are facing shortages of Colorado River water. Shouldn’t we be using less?

Landscaping with nature - Xeriscape – Written by professor and extension specialist, Ursula Schuch, this article provides great information about our desert ecosystems, the principles of Xeriscape, and plant selection ideas.

5 Colorful Plants for the Desert Winter Landscape From the Southwest Gardening website - Winter gardens don’t have to lifeless and devoid of color if you live in the desert Southwest. Fill your outdoor space with welcome splashes of color with these…

Moving Green From Local First Arizona - What if you didn’t have to worry about the tape, or purchasing those pesky cardboard boxes that you will only use once? Learn about Green Bin, a local…


MESA URBAN GARDEN (MUG) NEWS!

(Located at 212 E. 1st Ave.)

  • Sat, Feb. 9, 8-11 a.m. Rain Garden Care Workshop with Watershed Management Group. Register here.
  • Sat, Feb. 9, 8-11 a.m. - Tomato Transplants For Sale,  $2 each, limited supply, including cherry tomato varieties Sweetie, Sun Gold, Black Cherry, and Yellow Pear, as well as bush types Gold Nugget and Celebration! See you Saturday morning!
  • It’s still a great time to plant your spring garden – tomatoes, peppers and more! Bed rentals are available! Contact Laurie.

Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/MesaUrbanGarden or check out their new Instagram account.


++ BONUS TIPS ++

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). Watershed Management Group will also be presenting on rainwater harvesting at the event. Expo is free but you must register to reserve a controller to purchase!

Can it be RECYCLED? Foam/Styrofoam products. NO, Styrofoam cups, plates or takeout containers are not accepted in the blue barrel. Avoid purchasing those items. Kindly ask your local restaurant to switch to recyclable takeout containers.


OTHER LOCAL EVENTS!

Sat, Feb. 9: TOMATO & PEPPER EXTRAVAGANZA 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mesa Community College Rose Garden, east side, 1833 W. Southern Ave. This annual plant sale by the East Valley Gardeners’ Club will offer an amazing variety of tomatoes (mostly heirloom), sweet and hot peppers, squash, flowers, and more. Cash only. 480-540-1683.

Now thru Feb. 14: Sweetheart Tree Special is offered by The Urban Farm. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. Select your choice of a bare root deciduous fruit tree (apple, apricot, peach, etc.) and get planting mix and mulch to plant.

Sun, Feb. 17 Desert Plants for Birds 1-3 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum. Discover the Audubon Arizona's "Plants for Birds" program. It's simple! You can't go wrong with native plants.

Sun. Feb. 17 Totally Tomatoes: You Can Grow Tomatoes in the Desert. 2-4 p.m. taught by UofA Master Gardener, Pam Perry who will discuss the differences between hybrid or heirloom tomatoes, and what determinant versus indeterminant means. She will cover the differing needs between ground planting, raised beds, or containers. She’s a very entertaining speaker. Registration required.

Tue, Feb. 19 Green Living Eco Event 5-7 p.m. Meet and mingle with like-minded people in the green industry. Enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. These events are held monthly by Green Living Magazine.

Wed, Feb. 20 Stardust Open House: Networking with a Sustainability Twist. 4-7 p.m. at Stardust Building Supplies, 1720 W. Broadway Road in Mesa. Join local Real Estate agents, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, and Stardust for an evening of food & drinks, creative reuse projects.

Sat, Mar. 2 Project Monarch Recovery Workshop Monarch butterflies are in decline in the West and you can help! Join the Southwest Monarch Study for an educational workshop to learn more about monarch biology including recent discoveries in AZ and the Southwest. You can create Monarch Habitats and become a Citizen Scientist. Registration is required and space is limited. $10 donation requested. 


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