Thursday, March 10, 2011

Program/Meetings

March 22, 2011
April 28, 2011
May 24, 2011

Mark your calendar and come on out! Presenters put together programs to educate and entertain. Explore and Enjoy with them.

White Pine Group Program/Meetings are held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road, Dubuque. The meeting room is a spacious lounge immediately inside the main entrance. No steps, so easily accessible. Meetings begin with the Program at 7 PM. An EXCOM business meeting follows. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday. (None in June, July, and December; August has a picnic meeting.)

March 22
Hawaii
Jim and Loretta Fahrion visited Hawaii in early February 2011; Oahu's Pearl Harbor and Polynesian Culture Center; Maui's Road to Hana, Haleakala Volcano before the clouds moved in, and the green Iao Valley; Big Island's Volcanos National Park and Northeast and Kona Coasts.

April 26
Mount Whitney
On August 11, 2010, from 3:15 AM until 7:45 PM, Dick Worm did the 22-mile round trip to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48 at 14,497 feet, ascending 6137 feet along the way. Not often you'll "see a pig" near 14,000 feet... in the U.S., anyway. The Whitney Portal Route up from Lone Pine, CA, is within the John Muir Wilderness. John Muir's (Sierra) birthday is April 21. A "belated" birthday cake will help us celebrate the occasion--as well as Earth Day, April 22.

May 24
Namekagon River, Wisconsin
From October 16-20, Dick Worm canoed Wisconsin's Namekagon River, part of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. Holly Johnson, of the Eagle View (Quad City) Sierra Club Group, also canoed the 28.5 miles from Hayward to the Namekagon Visitor Center in Trego and provided a shuttle ride. Dick, then, soloed the 39.5 miles on to Riverside Landing on the St. Croix River. Not often you'll "see Big Foot" along the Namekagon. What a "fun guy". Other "observations" and fungi complete the story of this pleasant trip.

August 27
Saturday Picnic and Autumn Planning
--at Dick and Jane Worm's Faraway Farm/Echo Valley Pond in Echo Hills, along the Mississippi River. Morning hike and fishing options at 9 AM. Potluck picnic grills will be fired up at 12 noon. Afternoon hikes, swimming, Autumn Olive and honeysuckle eradication, as well as Friday and/or Saturday night camping, fires, and night hikes are other options. Bring your own beverages and all the regular outdoor picnic and camping supplies for being in the woods in August! Camp on pond's dam or at more remote bluff sites. RSVP to Dick or Jane Worm.


Other Events of Interest
What are calendars for? Mess 'em up!

Saturday March 19 Environmental Film Fest 6
Olin Hall, 733 35th St., Augustana College, Rock Island
10 AM - 6 PM. Free movies:
10:30 Carbon Nation
12:15 Living Downstream
1:50 Bag It
3:20 Tapped (water)
4:50 Truck Farm
Healthy snacks all day. Kathryn Allen, Eagle View Group/Sierra Club.

Sunday March 20 "Salute to Songbirds: Exhibit Open House
Program, 1PM; bird hike after; Swiss Valley

Wednesday March 23 "Sustainability Expo"
11 AM - 1 PM
Alumni Hall Ballroom, Loras College, Dubuque

Saturday April 16 Port of Dubuque Earth Day Clean-Up
10 AM - Noon, Ice Harbor park, gear provided, snacks and refreshments afterward, RSVP contact: Vicky Sutter

Friday - Wednesday May 6-11 Superior Hiking Trail Association Programs
Programs Saturday; then hikes (Eagle Mountain, MN highest; Caribou Rock Trail). Hike-in camp at Benson Lake in Crosby-Manitou State Park. Dick Worm.

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