November marks end of fall colors and the last few weeks of calm before the holiday rush begins. There are three worthwhile events happening in Arkansas this month for anyone wanting to take some time to help out the environment, spend time with fellow environmentalists and learn something new.
Saturday, Nov. 6:
Lake Maumelle Clean-up
This event is hosted by Central Arkansas Water
. This water utility serves about 400,000 people in the central Arkansas area with Lake Maumelle being the primary source of water supply.
A clean-up has been scheduled for Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at Jolly Roger's Marina
off of Highway 10. The lake's low water level has made bulky, potentially polluting trash (like tires and batteries) visible and accessible. The event will focus on cleaning up these items and the shoreline but also work on the surrounding park and trails.
Arkansas Earth Institute 4th Annual Fall Friend-Raiser
An affiliate group of the Northwest Earth Institute, the Arkansas Earth Institute
organizes discussion courses
with a variety of environmental topics, including food consumer choices, global warming and sustainable living. These courses last from four to eight sessions with the first being led by an experienced instructor and later sessions facilitated by discussion group members.
A great way to get involved and meet those already involved is to attend the 4th Annual Fall Friend-Raiser on Nov. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Little Rock's Allsopp Park
Pavilion. The event is a zero-waste potluck; everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite dish along with reusable flatware, plates, bowls and cups. For more information, please contact Shelley Green at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Nov. 13:
"An Interconnected Web:" Memphis Environmental Conference
The Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, along with the First Unitarian Church of the River and the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group, is sponsoring "An Interconnected Web," an environmental conference in Memphis, Tenn. (just over the Arkansas-Tennessee line), on Nov. 13. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the conference lasting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of the River
The conference will have two sessions with a variety of topics, including race and class issues, radioactive waste dumping, and surface water quality. The keynote speaker Dianne Glave, an author, teacher and preacher from Atlanta, Ga., and will focus on race issues and environmental history. For more information about the session topics, please see the conference brochure