NSN News: Reminder and Events

Hey NSNers,

If you plan on attending the OSN Conference in downtown Norman March 28-29, please take a few minutes to register. Register online using Paypal or download the registration form if you prefer to mail it in.

Early registration will help us to plan the conference better and ensure that it is a great success!

We are offering a number of scholarships to attend the conference at no charge. For more information
on scholarships, contact info@normansustainability.org.

Here are some sustainability-related events happening in the next few weeks:

I. Grow Green, Eat Local: a primer in sustainable food
Saturday, Feb. 23
9am to noon
Midwest City Library
Forum Room
8143 E Reno Ave, Oklahoma City

Presented by OSN Chapter Sustainable East Oklahoma County, this fun and informative seminar will illustrate
the many ways that eating and growing sustainably can be easily incorporated into any lifestyle.


Kara Joy McKee, a member organizer of NSN and Buy Fresh, Buy Local, will share information and resources on local food producers and the benefits of buying locally grown foods.

Kamala Gamble, an Oklahoma City chef, gardener and Slow Food co-founder, will share information on cooking locally grown and seasonal produce, meat and dairy.

Steve Upson from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will discuss Small Plot Intensive Gardening with direction on raised beds and season extending technology.

For more information contact Bob Davis at (405)326-1556.

II. White Walls Improvised Sound Performance
Saturday, Feb. 23
MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery
122 E. Main St., Norman

MAINSITE Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the upcoming event White Walls Series, improvised sound performance, produced by Sound Artist Jon Mooneyham. White Walls Series is an exploration of sound with no reference to any stylistic sign posts like tempo or genre. The nature of the white walls series is concerned with free playing and improvisation. The event will be created at that instant for that instant and is unreproducible. The performers will be full groups, and sub-groups, of both musical and physical performers.

Call (405)292-8095 for more details.

III. “Stolen Childhoods” Film Screenings
Wednesday, Feb. 27th and Thursday, Feb. 28th
University of Oklahoma campus
Dale Hall Room 112

The School of International and Area Studies and the “ONE” Campaign to Make Poverty History are hosting a film screening and discussion of “Stolen Childhoods,” a documentary narrated by Meryl Streep about the growing plague of child labor that engulfs the lives of 246 million children today. In extraordinary footage of their working conditions, child slaves, bonded laborers and laboring poor children from eight countries (including the US) tell their own stories… children forced to pick pesticide laden tobacco, coffee and vegetables, kids chained to looms, boys kidnapped to work on fishing platforms at sea, girls trafficked for prostitution, children scavenging at dumps and enslaved at rock quarries and brick kilns. All these children tell their stories in their own words.

For accommodations on the basis of disability, contact Jacque Braun at (405)325-1584.

IV. Blue Thumb New Volunteer Training
March 7-8
Friday 1pm-7pm, Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm
Oklahoma City University

Blue Thumb workshops held by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission seek to protect water resources against pollution by empowering citizens to protect water quality. Participants will learn about:

  • performing water quality tests
  • stream ecology
  • field collections
  • education the public about pollution prevention

Anyone with an interest in clean water can be a volunteer, including middle and high school students, teachers, farmers & ranchers, retired folks, and professionals.

For more information and to register, contact Kim Shaw at (405)522-4738 or kim.shaw@conservation.ok.gov.

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