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Our 2021 Summer Programming Series:

 

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Chakra Jams

Monday, August 9, 2021
7:00 pm9:00 pm
LEC Community Garden
170 Good Counsel Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
US

Join LEC and Suniva Sol for an evening of yoga, dance, and live music by The Shape of Walter!

Yoga at 7pm and the jam starts at 7:45 pm. Jam includes acro-yoga, hooping, and fire dancing!
Sit back and enjoy or join in! No experience needed.

There is no cost to participate but if you can, please bring a free will donation for the Living Earth Center.

Creating Common Ground - Planets and Pollinator Gardens

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
5:30 pm7:30 pm
online via zoom

Join us for our fourth Common Ground Conversation!
Planets and Pollinator Gardens

At our Common Ground Series, we take two seemingly unrelated topics, learn about them from local community experts, and then work together to find the common ground that connects them.

The series is an attempt to not only highlight the cultural richness that exists within the Greater Mankato Area but also delve into the interconnection between seemingly different unrelated circles and communities.

Planets:
A century ago, human beings knew of no more than 8 planets — today, more than 4500 have been discovered. Multiple planets in the solar system have now been visited and 100s of billions could be discovered in the Milky Way galaxy alone. We’ll discuss how our understanding of the planets have changed over thousands of years as curious humans have considered them in the night sky, the diversity we know to exist in planets today, and some of the open questions yet to be answered about planets.

Presented by Michael Rutkowski, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Most of the time, when he’s not lecturing on planets, Michael spends his time studying young stars in distant galaxies with space-based telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope with colleagues here in Minnesota and around the world.

Pollinator Gardens:
It is estimated that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators. Find out how you can help them continue their vital role by planting a simple or elaborate pollinator garden.

Presented by Mary Walker. Mary is a member of the Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners who has planted gardens to attract pollinators for several years. One currently exists in the community gardens at Good Counsel.

Please register via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-common-ground-planets-and-pollinator-gardens-tickets-166004091707

This event is FREE to attend, thanks in part to a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - Food Preservation

Monday, August 16, 2021
5:30 pm7:00 pm
online via zoom

After the wandering zombie hoards ransack Hy-Vee, where are we going to find non-perishable food?

Being able to preserve our own food is a skill we can use today, as well as in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland.

Presented by Ronda Redman.
This introductory canning class is designed to give you the basic information you need to try your hand at canning and see where it takes you. We will focus on equipment and food safety. I'll share some of my favorite canning disasters with you and let you know what I learned from them. We will can tomatoes using a water bath canner, but I will also touch on the role of pressure canners. I will send you off with resources to help you find your next canning adventure and help you do so safely

Register via eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surviving-the-zombie-apocalypse-food-preservation-tickets-166114842967

Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Become a Nature Sleuth!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Living Earth Community Garden
170 Good Counsel Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
US

How can you tell where an animal has been?
Critters often leave clues behind, like a snake skin, piece of fur, or a nest. Explore the kid’s garden and hunt for animal clues. We’ll examine bird’s nests and other nature treasures up close.
There will be time to nibble veggies in the kids garden.

Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Register via eventbrite...

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/become-a-nature-sleuth-tickets-158518660581

Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Poetry in the Gardens - Poetry Improv

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
5:30 pm7:00 pm
Living Earth Community Garden
170 Good Counsel Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
US

Join Living Earth Center Poet Laureate Esther Marcella Hoffmann for our Poetry in the Gardens Series.

Let’s play theatre and writing games to create on the spot poetry for the pure enjoyment of the moment, and maybe write down the good ones for future word shares.

Esther Marcella Hoffmann is currently the Living Earth Center Poet Laureate. In 2001, she began hosting writing and theatre workshops. Over the decades, she’s worked as writer and performer with numerous artist troupes, including Aktion Club Theatre. She’s hosted and created open stages and shows, including the monthly Spice of Life Variety Show, 2009 to 2017. As a nationally published poet, produced playwright, and basic human being, she encourages you to share your words.

Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Register via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-in-the-gardens-poetry-improv-tickets-158609815227

Monarch Madness

Thursday, August 26, 2021
10:30 am11:30 am
Living Earth Community Garden
170 Good Counsel Dr
Manakto, MN 56001
US

August begins Monarch butterfly migration time.
Join Lynn Rozen for a butterfly walk through the beautiful Living Earth Community Garden!
We’ll see how many butterflies we can find and learn about the Monarch's life cycle and the long journey they take very year.

Adults are welcome to join children at no additional cost, children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

If rain, this class will be rescheduled.

Register via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monarch-madness-tickets-158519388759

Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Creating Common Ground - Hip Hop and Hairy Pigs

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
5:30 pm7:30 pm
onlinr via zoom

Join us for our fourth Common Ground Conversation!
Hip Hop and Hairy Pigs

At our Common Ground Series, we take two seemingly unrelated topics, learn about them from local community experts, and then work together to find the common ground that connects them.

The series is an attempt to not only highlight the cultural richness that exists within the Greater Mankato Area but also delve into the interconnection between seemingly different unrelated circles and communities.

Hip Hop:
Presented by members of the Mankato Hip Hop Coalition

Hairy Pigs:
Presented by Hairy Pig Farmer Scott Hays

More information and registration link coming soon...
This event is FREE to attend, thanks in part to a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

Poetry in the Gardens - The Magic of the Zine

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
5:30 pm7:00 pm
Living Earth Community Garden
170 Good Counsel
Mankato, MN 56001
US

Join Living Earth Center Poet Laureate Esther Marcella Hoffmann for our Poetry in the Gardens Series.

In this session, we explore the impact of Zines on society, contemplate our own Zine subjects, and then create a personal page for the The Living Earth Center Zine. Bring poem or writing you’ve created over the sessions, or in general. Some supplies will be available but bring your favorite markers, pens, stickers, or paper to create your unique page.

Esther Marcella Hoffmann is currently the Living Earth Center Poet Laureate. In 2001, she began hosting writing and theatre workshops. Over the decades, she’s worked as writer and performer with numerous artist troupes, including Aktion Club Theatre. She’s hosted and created open stages and shows, including the monthly Spice of Life Variety Show, 2009 to 2017. As a nationally published poet, produced playwright, and basic human being, she encourages you to share your words.

Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Register via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-in-the-gardens-the-power-of-the-zine-tickets-158615542357


As we are nearing the Aug. 22 end date for our 2021 Give to Grow Mankato Campaign, we are again reaching out to your our supporters to ask, if you have not already, to please make a donation today to support LEC's work in our community.

We are working on the ground, and sometimes *in* the ground, in the Mankato area to provide fresh, organic produce for our community partners, ECHO Food Shelf, FOCP Backpack Food Program, and Partners for Affordable Housing.

Thanks to CESRM co-founder Sister Mary Tachney, LEC was given access to early issues of Earth Almanac (from our founding in 1996 through 2003) and even a look at the work that went into forming CESRM with 9 issues of The Rural Project Review from 1995.

All archived issues can be found in the Earth Almanac Archives section of our website (click here). We encourage you to browse through them, they showcase how deep LEC's roots are. Spelled out on the pages is the SSND commitment to sustainable living and Right Relations with Earth.

We will highlight just a few issues here...

Saturday, November 6th - save the date for the 16th Annual Earth Conference, The New Normal: Intentionally Designing Our Future.

Join us in a thoughtful conversation where we ask ourselves: amidst all we lost during the pandemic, what did we gain? How can we take what we learned over the past 18 months and use it to intentionally shape our future?