Bioworks Job Training Informational Sessions – (Every Tuesday, 10am).  Free job training and placement assistance for eligible Memphis residents interested in Environmental jobs.  More information here:http://bit.ly/1HlamTC

Seed Saving Demonstration – (Sept 3, 4pm).  Join GrowMemphis at the Overton Park Farmers’ Market. http://bit.ly/1Jyhtao

Urban Forestry Advisor’s Class – (Wednesdays, Sept 9-Oct 7,9am-1pm, $85).  Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council (WTC/TUFC) and Memphis Botanic Garden for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. http://bit.ly/1NzIXiy

Gardening 101 – (Thursdays Sept 10-Oct 1, 6:30-8pm, $100). Memphis Botanic Garden will teach you all need to know for successful gardening in this series of sessions! http://bit.ly/1MRSGRp

 

Advanced Tree Identification Course – (Sept 10-11, 9am-1pm, $20). In this two session course, you will learn from urban foresters about tree identification.  http://bit.ly/1EUcnjv

Composting Demonstration – (Sept 10, 6:30). Join Urban Farms at the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square to learn how to compost. http://bit.ly/1Jyhtao

Nature Walk with the State Naturalist– (Sept 12, 9-11am).  Randy Hedgepath will lead you through an incredible walk through the Botanic Garden.http://bit.ly/1EUcwU2

Guided tours of the Agricenter Solar Farm – (Sept 15, 10am).  Tours available to the public for 25 people.  RSVP with Tim today: http://bit.ly/1dmvnPH

Memphis Green Drinks – (Sept 15, 6:30pm– Sweet Grass, 937 S Cooper St).  This month’s guest speaker will be Mary Singer, CEO of CRG Sustainable Solutions, who will be speaking about the new International Society of Sustainability Professionals Chapter that is forming in Memphis. Please check www.greendrinks.org/tn/Memphis for any updates.

Rain Barrel Construction – (Sept 17, 6:30). Join Kody Kirby at the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square to learn how to make a rain barrel.http://bit.ly/1Jyhtao

Composting 101: Beginning Home Composting – (Sept 19, 6-8pm).  Collierville is hosting this free composting class at the Collierville Burch Library.  Register today. http://bit.ly/1IdpVqm

Memphis & Arkansas Bridge Walk with Jimmy Ogle – (Sept 20, 2pm).  Free. Hear from Historian Jimmy Ogle as he takes you on a fascinating history while walking across the “old bridge” that will offer some of the views that the new bike trail on the Harahan Bridge will offer.  Details here:http://bit.ly/1JXa1ro

Women’s Bike Chat – (Sept 20, 2pm). Women gather the third Sunday of each month to discuss bicycle issues.  Join them this month and bring your bike for a short ride afterward.   http://bit.ly/1EihUpp

Beekeeping Basics – (Sept 24, 6:30).  Join GrowMemphis at the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square to learn how to keep bees. http://bit.ly/1Jyhtao

T.O. Fuller State Park service project – (Sept 26, 9am).  Join TDEC and Memphis City Beautiful for National Public Lands Day to work on the butterfly garden then enjoy an interpretive hike on the discovery trail. Free.  http://bit.ly/1VrNfdo

McKellar Lake Clean Up – (Sept 26, 10-12pm).  Join the River Warriors for their fall clean up at McKellar Lake. http://bit.ly/1V7TRgE

Tour de Coop – (Sept 26, 8:30am-12pm, $10). Bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives benefitting GrowMemphis and Revolutions.  http://bit.ly/1LvqjVX

 

Wolf River Greenway Soiree – (Sept 26, 6-10pm, $100).  This signature event is a fundraiser for WRC with silent auction and dancing. http://bit.ly/1NzLtFr

Tour of Parks with Jimmy Ogle – (Sept 27, 2pm).  Free. Walking tour of parks along the Memphis riverfront.  September is a tour of Mud Island River Park. http://bit.ly/1BMUzbp

Paper Power – (Oct 3).  Register today! A competition for high school aged students to create innovative structures made from only recycle paper products. Any school or youth group in Shelby Co can register here: http://bit.ly/1Ig43ug

State Conferences

TDOT / Keep TN Beautiful Biennial Conference – (Sept 15-16, Franklin, $200).  Join the state conference this year in Franklin and hear fromKeynote Speaker Phillip Fulmer.  http://bit.ly/1JX6RUy

TN Engineers Conference – (Sept 17-18, Murfreesboro, $250).  Join the engineers for this state conference. http://conta.cc/1NSAkwE

 

Urban Forestry Conference – (Oct 1-2, Memphis). Learn about urban forestry at this conference in Memphis! http://bit.ly/1KL2NBt

TN American Planning Association Conference – (Oct 1-2, Chattanooga, $200). Join the planners at this great event! http://bit.ly/1KL4TRV

 

TN American Society of Landscape Architects Conference (Oct 15-16, Nashville, $200).  Join Office of Sustainability as they speak at the state conference for landscape architects.  http://bit.ly/1MLqBcV

April Sustainability Month Events

STAR Press Conference – (Apr 2, 3:30). Memphis-Shelby County was recognized for “national excellence” as one of the nation’s most sustainable communities with a 4-STAR Award.  Join Mayors Luttrell and Wharton as they announce the 4-STAR award.  Press conference will be at United Housing, Inc. office on 2750 Colony Park Dr.

Earth Month Business Conference – (April 7, $90).  The Office of Sustainability joins FedEx, ISSP, The Sustainability Consortium, CRG Sustainable Solutions and other sponsors for a conference on sustainable supply chain for businesses. Special emphasis will be on sustainable packaging, sustainable purchasing and recycling. The full agenda can be found here: http://bit.ly/1aqbPZL

Neighborhood Redevelopment Conference (Apr 15-17, $150).  Scholarships are available!  This is a national conference in Memphis with workshops about innovative approaches to neighborhood redevelopment and community building.http://bit.ly/19rD7yU

Faith-in-Action Memphis CleanUp – (Apr 18-26).  Join Memphis City Beautiful to volunteer as an individual or as a team to eliminate blight in our city. Sign up here:www.faithinactionmemphis.com

Free Mulch Giveaway – (Apr 18, 6am).  City of Memphis Public Works has mulched 25,000 tons of yard debris since last year and offers it to Memphis residents for earth day.  Load your own, while it lasts starting at dawn.  315 S. Hollywood St. Liberty Bowl parking lot. http://bit.ly/1yiMg28


Earth Day 30 days Straight – (Apr 1-30).  Clean Memphis has scheduled a cleanup each day during Sustainability Month so join in! Several events will coincide with the Faith-in-Action program. http://bit.ly/1xswGRa

 

Earth Month Activities at the Botanic Garden – (Apr 1-30).  Conservation challenge hikes, tree tag treks, environmental playhouse, and earth-friendly boxed lunches will all be featured daily for the month of April at the Botanic Garden. http://bit.ly/1HVTD5y

 

Home Landscape Workshop – (Apr 2, 9am). Learn about creating an earth-friendly “TN Smart Yard”.  Registration of $35 includes handbooks, soils tests, and rain gauge. Lunch provided.  Collierville Town Hall  901-752-1207 to RSVP. http://www.sustainableshelby.com/smart-yards
Architecture Lecture: No Place Like Utopia – (Apr 2, 6pm, Free).  Join UM’s Architecture Department to hear Katherine Lambert, Principal at MAP Architects, San Francisco CA.  http://bit.ly/1NcGyrj

Garden Tram Tours at the Botanic Garden – (Apr 3, 10, 17, 24).  Every Friday in April, MBG’s knowledgeable guide will be available for short tram tours, with environmental tips and other fun facts about the Garden. http://bit.ly/1MG8S3o

Eco EGGstravaganza – (Apr 4, 10-4pm).  Egg hunts with children at Shelby Farms Park, $5 per child.  http://bit.ly/1xf3dQ6
Energy Finance Workshop – (Apr 8, 10-2pm).  Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and schools are welcomed to attend to learn how to receive technical assistance to support energy management projects in public buildings.http://bit.ly/1NZKcq4

CSI Build/It Design & Construction Conference – (Apr 9, 12pm).  Free.  Learn from panelists, speakers, and 53 design and construction vendors at Minglewood Hall for the latest building products that build better cities.  Paul Young, formerly with the Office of Sustainability, will be speaking at 3pmhttp://bit.ly/1EXO5GJ

Electronic Recycling: Christian Brothers HS – (Apr 11, 9-1pm).FREE event.  Take your e-waste Christian Brothers High School (5900 Walnut Grove Rd) for responsible recycling.  Businesses and individuals welcomed, no limits. http://bit.ly/1GUKLiQ

Greenline Garden workshops (kids) – (Apr 11, $5). Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Master Gardeners team up for a workshop series each month for kids grades 1-6.  Other workshops are: May 9, June 13, & July 11.http://bit.ly/1Cn9BXu

MEMFix: Pinch District – (Apr 11, 11-4pm).  This event will showcase how a great street and thriving public space can serve as a catalyst for economic vitality and neighborhood redevelopment and will not only prepare for the increase in traffic from the Pyramid, but also to temporarily reinvigorate the Pinch neighborhood and will feature live music, pop up shops, and food trucks!  http://bit.ly/1H1F7eI

Healthy Memphis Food Festival – (Apr 11-12).  Broad Ave Arts District will have a pop-up market of food vendors, wellness businesses, and local music and art. Free.9am-8pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun.  http://bit.ly/1CrR9LF

Signs of Spring Walk at the Botanic Garden – (Apr 12, 1:30pm). Participants will meet in the visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. http://bit.ly/1EkoW6g

 

Trail Dedication at Olive Branch City Park – (Sun, Apr 12, 1:30pm).  Join Olive Branch as they dedicate a new trail!  http://bit.ly/1Bp7VpB

Harahan Bridge Walk with Jimmy Ogle – (Apr 12, 2pm).  Free. Hear from Historian Jimmy Ogle as he takes you on a fascinating history while walking across the bridge that will soon become a bike trail.  Details here: http://bit.ly/18xhMmv

Wolf River Conservancy Fundraiser – (Apr 14, 5pm).  Young Ave Deli.http://bit.ly/1IyKaBu

TN Greenways & Trails Forum (Montgomery Bell) – (Apr 15-17, $99).  Join in educational workshops and networking while learning the latest trends in greenways and trails.   http://bit.ly/1Fs4bdg

Zone IX Flower Show & Project Green Fork – (Apr 15, 2-5pm).Memphis Garden Club and Little Garden Club at will host a regional flower show (covering 5 states) as well as a conservation exhibit showcasing Project Green Fork as a model for other communities in restaurant sustainability. Event at the Botanic Garden. This event will strive to be zero-waste.  http://bit.ly/1EnhHun

University of Memphis Earth Day – (Apr 16, 10-2pm).  Join students at the Oasis Garden (east of the UC near Zack Curlin parking garage).   http://bit.ly/1xPh3cg

Wolf River Conservancy Faith-in-Action Clean up – (Apr 18, 9-12).  Join WRC for one of the Faith-in-Action Clean ups near downtown’s Mud Island.  They are looking for volunteers.  http://bit.ly/1MFpSZr

Electronic Recycling: Sacred Heart School (Southaven) – (Apr 18, 9-1pm). FREE event.  Take your e-waste Sacred Heart School (5150 Tchulahoma Rd, Southaven, MS) for responsible recycling.  Businesses and individuals welcomed, no limits.http://bit.ly/1GUKLiQ

ZeroLandfill upcycling program – (Apr 18 & 25, 10-2).  The architecture & interior design community has donated their sample library for the crafting public to have for free. Volunteer to get first dibs on items.  http://bit.ly/1MG69XK

 

Adult Greenline Garden Workshop – (Apr 18, 9am, $5). Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Master Gardeners team up for a workshop series each month. Plant Companions will be taught this month.   http://bit.ly/1ExpDet

Earth Day 5k – (Apr 19, 2pm, $25).  After this 5k race at Shelby Farms, you will have a chance to plant a tree. http://bit.ly/1Co8jeX
Natural Areas Celebration at Overton Park – (Apr 19, 10 & 11am).  Free. Overton Park is celebrating TN Natural Areas Week with two nature hikes in the Old Forest. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about birds and butterflies from local experts. RSVP to mmcmasters@overtonpark.org if you plan to attend. http://bit.ly/1BUnjPC
Memphis Green Drinks – (April 21, 6:30pm).  Join this social organization of environmental-minded folks to network and socialize. This month’s guest speaker will be Keith Cole from Wolf River Conservancy. This month’s venue is still being determined – please check www.greendrinks.org/tn/Memphis for an update in early April.

Clean Memphis Fundraiser – (Apr 22, 6pm, $35).  WiseAcre Brewery.http://bit.ly/1FLhYgh
Arbor Day of Service at Shelby Farms Park – (Apr 25, 10-12).  Enjoy a presentation from CleanMemphis to learn about the Heart of the Park enhancements and how trees contribute to a healthy watershed then plant trees with the park!  To register: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/volunteer

V&E Artwalk – (Apr 25, 11-6pm).  Fourth annual artwalk features 60+ artistic vendors, silent auction, children’s area, music and food.http://bit.ly/1Bq22s6

Run the Farm 5k/10k – (Apr 25, 8am, $20/30).  Agricenter International’s “off road” trail race with after party!  Proceeds benefit educational programs.http://www.runthefarmmemphis.com/

Tour of Parks with Jimmy Ogle – (Apr 26, 2pm).  Free. Walking tour of parks along the Memphis riverfront.  This month is the tour of the Cobblestone Wharf and Sultana.  http://bit.ly/1BMUzbp

Tennessee Naturalist Walk at the Botanic Garden – (April 26).  As you walk through the Garden, watch for TN Naturalist stations to learn fun facts and tidbits about local flora and fauna, including some you may find in your own backyard.  http://bit.ly/1x8TgUk

Harbor Town 25th Anniversary – (Apr 28, 4pm, $25). Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Harbor Town with ULI-Memphis.  Take a tour with Tony Bologna, see a presentation on Harbor Town results 25 years later, and listen to a panel discussion with some of the key start-up players.  http://bit.ly/1GZsDkV

TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards & Forum – (May 7, 9-3pm). TDEC will host a recognition ceremony and sustainable transportation forum to recognize outstanding and voluntary achievements in advancing sustainable transportation in the state. http://bit.ly/1Bp4qiR

National Geographic geo-tourism website – Nat’l Geo is doing a geo-tourism website for the Mississippi River and all tourist places along it!  If you have a special place or locally owned business in Shelby County that you would like to include, please upload it.  This will tie their global brand with our cool local places!  More information can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1BiuuRG

Christine Donhardt, ASLA

Senior Planner

Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability

www.sustainableshelby.com

901-576-7172

To be added to this monthly email blast, email: christine.donhardt@memphistn.gov

 Bartlett (386-8968)

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) March 12 and 13 @10:15 and 11:15 am both days; call to register.
  • Tunes and Tales (ages 4 – 11) with a Create a Craft Session March 8 @11 amMusical Performance by Memphis Symphony’s String Quartet; call to register.
  • Computer Basics Class for Adults March 14 @ 1 pm

Central (415-2700)

  • Free Saturday Legal Clinics for Adults March 8 @10 am in Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
  • Family Tunes and Tales (ages 4 and older) March 8 @11 am Musical Performance by Memphis Symphony Orchestra Roxaboxen
  • The “A to Z of Used Car Buying” for Adults sponsored by Autozone March 8@11:15 am and @noon in First Floor Magazine Area
  • Paws for Reading March 8 @1pm Children read with trained READ therapy dog Teva
  • Literacy Through Steampunk March 8  @3 pm in L-56 Part of Teen Tech Week activities
  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3- 5) March 10 @10:15 am
  • Crafternoon – Crafts + Books = FUN March 10 @3:30 pm (ages 6-12)
  • Central Reader’s Club (Memphis and the Super Flood of 1937 by Patrick O’Daniel)

March 10 @6:30 pm in the Humanities Department

  • Baby and Books March 11  @10:15 am
  • Internet Basics for Adults March 11 @10 am
  • Teen Tech Tuesday March 11 @2:30 pm in L-56 Teens celebrate Teen Tech Week with the latest gadgets and gizmos to produce a movie, arrange a song, and write a book. Call 415-2739 for details.
  • Toddler Story Time March12 @10:15 am (ages 18-36 months) in Children’s Department
  • Wider Angle Film Series (Broken directed by Rufus Norris) March 12 @6 pm in the Humantities Department
  • Preschool Storytime March 13  @10:15 am (ages 3 – 5)
  • Dixon Gallery’s Art to Grow: Stained Glass a la Marc Chagall March 13

 @1:30 pm (ages 6 and older) Groups must register by calling 415-2700

  • Small Business Start-Up March 13

@6 pm in Business/Sciences Department, third floor

  • Paws for Reading March 15 @1pm Children read with trained READ therapy dog Olly. Hablan espanol e ingles.

 Cordova (415-2764)

  • Tunes and Tales  Woodwind Quartet March 8 @11 am (for children)
  • Internet Basics Class for Adults March 12 @10 am
  • International Storytime Celebrating Poland March 15 @11 am (ages 4- 11)

Crenshaw (415-2765)

  • Spring Cleaning at Crenshaw March 12 @10:30 am Children and teens pick up litter and clean up and enjoy a pizza party following.
  • Miz Crenshaw’s Farmers Market March 13 @10:30 am Children eat fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market named for Mrs. Cornelia Crenshaw. UT Extension Program guest Rita Jackson will read to the children and provide coloring booklets and recipe cards to parents.

 East Shelby (415-2767)

  • Preschool Storytime March 8 @1 pm

Gaston Park (415-2769)

  • It’s All About Matter March 11 @11 am With this introduction to chemistry, kids ages 8 and up will explore the concept of matter changing using root beer floats and balloon racing.
  • I Am A Builder March 12 @ 11 am With this introduction to engineering, children ages 5 and up will design geometric spaces using marshmallows, gumdrops, toothpicks, and plastic straws.
  • I Can’t Believe My Eyes March 13 @ 11 am With this introduction to biology, children ages 8 and older will learn how to use a microscope and conduct simple experiments.

Parkway Village (415-2776) 

  • Towel Origami March 11 @3 pm Adults make their own whimsical animals from towels like ones seen on cruise ships
  • Children’s Movie Day March 12 @2 pm Children will enjoy a movie and refreshments.
  • Teen Yu-Gi-Oh! March 13 @2 pm Teens battle for championship as they play this popular game.

Raleigh (415-2778) Registration required for activities below.

  • Art to Grow March 10 @10:30 am
  • Print It, Stamp It, Make It Your Own March 11 @10:30 am
  • Slime and Other Science Fun March 12 @10:30 am
  • My Green Thumb March 13 @10:30 am

 South (415-2780)

  • Computer Basics March 11 @10 am

Whitehaven (415-2781)

  • Seed Seedling Swap for Adults March 8 @11 am