Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Upcoming Events, Etc.

Here it is May 14th, and I just updated my "quote of the month" for May (good grief!) It is: "Nature does not hurry -- and yet everything gets accomplished." I'm not sure of the original source; it came to me as part of the signature block in an email from a fellow Denver Urban Gardens volunteer.

I choose it because it is especially fitting, given the current rhythms of my life. Or disruption of rhythms, as the case may be.

I recently went back to work full time, for a new company, in a new industry. My time is no longer my own. I am measuring it out in Eliot's proverbial coffee spoons -- a cupful for gainful employment, one or two spoonsful a day to my garden, the community garden, my family, et al.

I feel a bit like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. The learning curve at work is steep; I'm meeting a whole new cast of colorful characters, and over my shoulder there is the ghost of a grin reminding me that eventually, everything will settle down and I'll find a new rhythm. One that works a little better.

So apologies for the delay in postings; meanwhile here are a couple of cool events on the horizon:

Saturday, May 17, 2008, 8am - 3 pm
CSU, Denver Extension Plant Sale (Denver)
Harvard Gulch Park
888 East Iliff Avenue
This is a major fund-raising event for CSU Denver Extension, staffed by Colorado Master Gardeners and offering plants you need to start your own gardens, including colorful annuals and Plant Select perennials chosen to do well in Denver's cklimate; herbs; a wide variety of peppers and tomatoes, including heirlooms, paste and modern varieties. I'll be working this event, chipping away at the volunteer hours I need to achieve full Master Gardener status.

Wednesday, May 21, 7 - 9 pm
"Green Umbrella" Networking Event:
Mapping Our Community Resources (Durango)
The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado is sponsoring its second "Green Umbrella" networking event. The purpose of this event is to come together to assess local sustainability resources, leading to an online "map" of community assets and opportunities. Their goal is to understand the roles of various participants in contributing to local sustainability in critical topical areas, including energy, water, food, conservation, education, land use, health care, the local economy, and cultural diversity.
Where: Sunlight Room, Durango Rec Center, 2700 Main Avenue, Durango.
When: 7pm - 9pm
More information: RSVP by May 14 to Werner Heiber at 970-769-2688 or,

Saturday, May 24, 4-10 pm
Launch Event for Colorado Local First
- (Denver)
Held at the D Note in Arvada (7519 Grandview Avenue), this kick-off event features live local music, drink specials, awesome pizza, door prizes from local businesses and more. This event is a celebration of local first, and will be the official unveiling of the Colorado Local First campaign and online directory. The interactive directory is the only definitive resource for finding locally-owned businesses in Colorado communities. For more information, check out the Colorado Local First website at