Friday, March 9, 2001

Group Calendar

March 12: Meeting/Program, 7 PM, Firstar Bank, Kennedy & Wacker (435 JF Kennedy Rd.)
Member slide night. Bring any favorite or recent slides to share. A slide tray will be available or bring your own for a Kodak Carousel projector. Charlie Winterwood will have scenes from his recent Sierra Club cross-country ski trip in Yellowstone National Park and from the Group outing at Camp Klaus, for starters.

Monday, March 19: "America's Arctic Refuge" presentation at U. of Dubuque Hadley Auditorium in the Dunlap Technology Center at University Ave. and McCormick St. 7 PM. This is a hot topic within the environmental community and the Bush Administration. Come to ask questions and learn of the issues. White Pine Group is a co-sponsor.

Tuesday, March 20: Same as above, but at 7:30 PM in the NICC Auditorium in Calmar. Check it out!!!

Saturday, March 24: Outing--Prairie Burn School at the Galena Territory Shenandoah Riding Center beginning at 8:30 AM for novices. Jim Rauchy, President of Prairie Enthusiasts will be the instructor. Discuss the role of prescribed burns and how to plan and execute them. With decent weather, there will be an opportunity to exercise the equipment. To carpool, please RSVP to Dick Worm. He will plan to leave from the north end of the Eagle Country Market (300 S. Locust) just south on US 151/61/52 of the U.S. 20 Mississippi River Bridge in Dubuque at 7:30 AM.

Sunday, March 25: Program: "Aconcagua Expedition", by Dick Worm. Group members are welcome to attend a program beginning about 12:30 PM or so, following a Lenten Potluck Luncheon at First Congregational Church, 10th and Locust. downtown Dubuque. Dick will show 140 of his over 550 slides of the Jan. 20-Feb. 5 trek to the 22,840 ft. summit of the highest peak in the world outside the Himalayas. Aconcagua is located in Argentina's Andes Mountains near Santiago, Chile. (A slightly different twist to the program using many different slides will be used as the White Pine Group's Turkey Dinner Fundraiser program on November 3, at the same location.)

Saturday, April 7: Outing--Hike into the new Heritage Addition to Effigy Mounds National Monument (at our own risk!!) Size of group will be limited to no more than a dozen. Contact Dick Worm to secure a space on the hike. We will meet at the outer end of the Effigy Mounds, Visitor Center Parking Lot at 10 AM and carpool to park just off Highway 76 up the hill past the Monument Visitor Center. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for weather and ground conditions. Bring a daypack with a lunch and beverage, at least. We will plan to return to the Visitor Center by 3 PM at the latest.

Monday, April 9: Program/Meeting at 7 PM at Firstar Bank, 435 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. Dick Worm will show slides taken during a national Sierra Club backpack trip in the South San Juan Wilderness in Colorado this past summer. See what a trip with a bunch of folks over age 50 is like! Dick was Assistant Leader on the trip and has some interesting tales of getting "lost" and of altitude sickness to share. 13,172 ft. Conejos Peak, rock pinnacles, and the beauty of 5 major lakes are among the attractions. (For anyone possibly interested, Dick is co-leader for a return trip here on another 50+ Sierra Club outing taking a somewhat shorter and easier route, but still including all the above mentioned attractions, plus Conejos Falls, from August 13-18. See your Sierra Club magazine or call Dick Worm for information.)

Saturday, April 21: John Muir's birthday. Since the Feb. 25 Faraway Farm Pond Party got canceled due to weather and icy lane conditions, how about trying again in honor of the founder of the Sierra Club? There won't be sledding or skating or ice fishing, but hikes, etc. can occur on trails throughout the 150 acre private conservation easement property along the Mississippi River. Trails to the river, along the bluffs, through the woods, and in fields hopefully destined for prairie restoration may be enjoyed. Or, if you prefer, you can bring a saw and/or pruning shears and enjoy a work day clearing brush and pruning walnut trees!!!

Come anytime; but early arrivals will be welcome to make full use of the day. Bring lunch items and some meat to grill, if you'd like, at the shelter by the pond. An RSVP would be appreciated. For more information or directions, contact Dick Worm.

Monday, May 14: Program/Meeting at 7 PM at Firstar Bank, across from Kennedy Mall at Kennedy and Wacker Dr. Dubuque. Program: Dick Worm will show slides of the September Sierra Club service trip he was on in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Included will be photos never seen before by Audubon Society or Camera Club members of views of "The Wave", a spectacular rock formation on the Arizona/Utah border featured as the photo with the week of September 17-23 in the 2001 Sierra Club engagement calendar; Utah's Kodachrome State Park; and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument itself, featuring the old Copper Mine work site, Moqui stones, and hikes through the deep, spectacular canyons to the Escalante River. (Maybe none of this stuff interests you, but it sure would be nice to have over 5 or 6 people show up as we share some of the natural wonder this great old planet has to offer!!) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is one of the Clinton era creations that is facing tough sledding within the Bush administration.

Saturday, May 19: Tour d'Sprawl
In cooperation with the League of Women Voters, the White Pine Group is sponsoring a Tour d'Sprawl to help publicize and present issues associated with this often unwise expansion of human development far beyond city centers.

The event will include a field trip by bus to view both good and bad urban and suburban developments, lunch, and presentations following lunch. One key participating presenter will be Brett Hulsey of our Midwest region Sierra Club office in Madison, Wisconsin. Brett heads the Midwest region's Campaign on Urban Sprawl, a national Sierra Club Priority Campaign.

Brett helped lead a similar and well-attended event in the Galena area last year. This event will zero in on the Dubuque area situation.

Registration cost is $15 and is due by Saturday May 12 to assure a space on a bus and guarantee a lunch. Handouts of sprawl-related information will also be made available.

The exact meeting location has yet to be determined. Including your phone number with the registration will assure that you get a phone call providing location information.

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