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Who We Are

Green Community Connections provides a place to tap into conversations about sustainability issues and to identify concrete steps you can take. We believe change is both necessary and possible and the best way to get there is together. Learn more About Us.

Join us for the Green ProAction Cafe – Tuesday, February 10

Meet new people, learn about ideas and projects and contribute your suggestions.

meetgreetThe Green ProAction Cafe is the first in a series of gatherings intended to increase the number and diversity of residents that are engaged in dialogue and collaborative action focused on building a healthy and resilient community for our children’s future. The Green ProAction Café will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at the Oak Park Main Library at 834 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Residents who are interested in helping to weave a strong fabric for the Oak Park and River Forest communities are encouraged to participate. Please invite your neighborhood groups, block clubs, congregations, school-based groups and neighbors in your apartment complex.

We’ll gather at 6:15 p.m. with a light supper, during which you will choose three Dialogue Topics. The program will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. with a brief introduction and the Green ProAction Café dialogues will start at 7 p.m.

Sign up here to let us know you are coming.

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One Earth Film Festival – 2015 Schedule

35+ Inspirational Films. 1 Dynamic Weekend.

View a film, discuss how you can take action and stay in the neighborhood to support our local economies. Check back soon for a list of participating restaurants offering a deal for fest-goers.

FOURTH ANNUAL

ONE EARTH FILM FESTIVAL

March 6 – 8, 2015

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

One Inspirational Weekend.

One Inspirational Weekend.

March 6-8, 2015 Film Selection, Venue and Schedule  subject to change.

FRIDAY – March 6

6:30 PM GREEN CARPET GALA, GROUND OPERATIONS – Columbia College Chicago TICKETS COMING SOON!

SATURDAY – March 7

10 AM RETURN OF THE RIVER – Lake Theatre, Oak Park INFO & TICKETS

10 AM JUST FOR KIDS 3-6+ – Oak Park Public Library INFO & TICKETS (COMING SOON!)

11 AM JUST FOR KIDS 7-11+ – Oak Park Public Library INFO & TICKETS (COMING SOON!)

11 AM ANGEL AZUL – Chicago Cultural Center INFO & TICKETS

11 AM ARISE – St. Martin’s, Austin, Chicago  INFO & TICKETS

11 AM ARISE – Trinity UCC, Hyde Park INFO & TICKETS

11 AM COWSPIRACY – Elmhurst College INFO & TICKETS

11 AM NATURE IS SPEAKING, CARBON FOR WATER – Sacred Keepers Sustainability INFO & TICKETS

11 AM NO LAND NO FOOD NO LIFE – Institute of Cultural Affairs INFO & TICKETS

3 PM EDIBLE CITY – Institute of Cultural Affairs, Chicago   INFO & TICKETS

3 PM EDIBLE CITY – Pleasant Home, Oak Park  INFO & TICKETS

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One Earth Film Festival: Pre-Event Screenings

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Feast your eyes on inspiration.

Sneak Peek the fest!

As anticipation for our fest builds, enjoy advanced screenings throughout the month of February and into early March leading up to the main event, March 6-8, 2015.  Each pre-event screening will include solution-oriented discussion and opportunities for action. Screening events are free but a $5 donation is appreciated per film. Seating is limited.

Get your tickets today.

Refer to this page for the most up to date information as our schedule is subject to change.

ADVANCED SCREENING SCHEDULE 

 

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The Fest Unveils Programming for the Whole Family!

outdoor-nationIt’s never to early to begin teaching kids to love nature! This year the Fest will offer programming that appeals to our littlest viewers, teens and parents.

Parents are specially invited to view “Project Wild Thing” (view trailer below) Hailed by The Guardian as a film that will ‘change your life.’, “Project Wild Thing” is a film led movement that seeks to reconnect kids (and their parents) with nature.  The feature-length documentary takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.  Stay tuned to our final schedule, revealed on January 25, for screening date and time.

Our littlest viewers will enjoy programs at the Oak Park Public Library on Saturday, March 7. Our 10 am program is great for kids 3-6+, followed by films and program for older kids 7-11+ at 11 am.  Teens are invited special “Film Cafe” on Sunday, 11 am at Willard Elementary School in River Forest.  The 206 Food Truck will be at all of our special children’s & teens programs, ready with hot coffee and waffles!

Teens are also invited to join our general audience for a Saturday night screening of “Field Biologist” at the Good Earth Green House in River Forest,  followed by a smoothie reception provided by The Juice Joint.

Stay tuned to our big schedule reveal later this month including a full list of programs, screening times and tickets!

One Earth Film Festival: 2015 Featured Trailers!

2015 Sneak Peek!

One Earth Film Fest is only a few weeks away.  But, if you just can’t wait, indulge in these trailers from films on our list

“Field Biologist”  – Filmmaker: Jared Flescher – fieldbiologistmovie.com

 

“Project Wild Thing” – Filmmaker:  David Bond – projectwildthing.com

Backyard Prairies–Why Create a Wildlife Corridor?

SAMSUNGOak Park residents Pam Todd of West Cook Wild Ones and Ana Garcia-Doyle of One Earth Film Festival will talk about how their organizations have worked together to increase awareness about wildlife corridors at the Wild Things Conference, January 31, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Ginkgo Trees and Caterpillars

Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, is foundational to understanding the need for wildlife corridors, according to Pam:

“He explains it this way.  A ginkgo tree (non-native) supports five species of caterpillars and the traditional, native oak tree of the prairie supports 500 species of native caterpillars.  Most bird species feed their young caterpillars.  So planting non-native species impacts the entire ecosystem.  Many populations of birds and butterflies and every kind of wildlife go into decline without native plants.”

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Biomimicry Interactive Workshop at Oak Park Conservatory on November 9.

Photos are compliments of Cassandra West of New Media Access.                             

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