October/November Calendar

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Whether you live a meat-free life or not, you can celebrate by sending your friends Vegetarian Month e-cards (salagram.net/veg19) and swapping delicious veggie recipes. (vegkitchen.com)

Don’t you hate it when you get your birds of prey mixed up? Learn to ID different species and see the largest migration of golden eagles in North America at the Bridger Raptor Festival in Bozeman, MT. (montanaraptor.org/events.html)

2 Every year on World Farm Animals Day, people protest the cruel treatment and slaughter of billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens. Today is also the birthday of Gandhi, a major champion of humane farming practices. (wfad.org)

7 If eggplant tickles you pink, then the Loomis Eggplant Festival, held annually in Loomis, CA, will make you purple with excitement. Enjoy aubergine-based dishes, pick up some eggplant merchandise, and watch children “race” the bulbous fruits down a wooden plank in the “Egganopolis 500.” (loomischamber.com/eggplant.asp)

7 See renewable energy in action at the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, which opens up thousands of solar- and wind-powered homes and buildings around the country for public viewing. (nationalsolartour.org)

14-15 Over 300 green businesses will show off their wares to the public at Green Festival 2006 in Washington, D.C. Enjoy organic food, eco-films, yoga classes, and guest speakers like author Alice Walker and science sage Dr. David Suzuki. (greenfestivals.org)

16 Communities around the world fight hunger and honor World Food Day in a host of unique ways, from raising money through art auctions to teaching about the food of different cultures. www.worldfooddayusa.org)

17-19 At Clean Gulf 2006 in New Orleans, environmental, safety, and security professionals will put their heads together to try to solve the problems of chemical spills, fires, pollution, and emergency response. (www.cleangulf.org)

18 On World Water Monitoring Day, citizens all over the globe pitch in and test a body of water in their area for the four key indicators of water quality: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. The results are compiled into an annual report. Wanna lend a hand? You can order a kit from the foundation for $19.95, including shipping. (worldwatermonitoringday.org)

18-19 The Northwest Environmental Summit, held in Tacoma, WA, keeps companies up-to-date about environmental laws, regulations, and policy issues. (ecwashington.org)

21 The Climate Protection Campaign and OrganicAthlete have teamed up to sponsor the Race to Be Cool in Graton, CA—a 5k or 10k run to raise awareness about global climate change. And because they practice what they preach, the race is climate-neutral and waste-free. (racetobecool.org)

21 Whether you’re a veggie wannabe or an old pro, you’ll find something to enjoy at the annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, sponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society. Sample delicious food, learn about the latest meatless products, and discuss veggie nutrition with a registered dietitian. (bostonveg.org/foodfest)

24 Americans work nine more weeks a year than their European counterparts, so Take Back Your Time Day is held today—nine weeks before the end of the year. As much as you’d like to celebrate by knocking off work a couple months early, it might be best to do as the event’s organizers suggest and take four periods of time (four Sunday afternoons, for example) between Labor Day and October 24th to enjoy a slow, quiet activity. (timeday.org)

31 Halloween! See page 102 for all-natural candy recipes. (No need to share with trick-ortreaters.)

1 Artists question the materials and techniques used in their trade by “recycling” existing works in Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art at the CSU Long Beach University Art Museum in Long Beach, CA, through December 17. (ici-exhibitions.org)

1-5 See how filmmakers view our changing world at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival in Toronto. Showcased flicks include documentaries, animated features, dramas, shorts, and experimental works. (planetinfocus.org)

2-5 Actress and playwright Kaiulani Lee will portray Rachel Carson in Lee’s original play A Sense of Wonder at the Environmental Educators of North Carolina Conference in Fort Bragg, NC. Attendees can also participate in a dinner-table conversation about “nature-deficit disorder” in children and explore the unique ecosystems of Longleaf Pine Forest. (eenc.org)

3-5 Savvy shoppers can learn about the newest ecoproducts at the EPIC Sustainable Living Expo (EPIC stands for "Ethical, Progressive, Intelligent Consumer”) in Vancouver, Canada. (epicvancouver.com)

4 The effects of global warming kill 150,000 people a year, according to the Canadian enviro group ACT for the Earth. For its Stop Climate Chaos: Global Day of Action, the group will mobilize folks to take to the streets and demonstrate. (actfortheearth.org)

7-10 Green business owners come together at the Co-op America Green Business Conference in San Francisco. Highlights include speakers like tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill and magazine editor Nina Utne, and a tour of the San Francisco Millenium Restaurant. (coopamerica.org)

10-12 Green Festival 2006 in San Francisco. See October 14- 15, Green Festival D.C., for details. (greenfestivals.org)

11-12 Businesses educate consumers about the latest environmentally conscious products at eco2Oregon, the largest eco-business event in the Pacific Northwest. (ecooregon.com)

15 Make an online pledge to ramp up your recycling, and you can enter to win a Ford Escape Hybrid as part of the America Recycles Day campaign. Also, be sure to check listings to find a recycling event near you. (americarecyclesday.org)

17 Industry professionals exchange ideas, build business relationships and learn about the latest innovations in green building at the Greenbuild 2006 International Conference and Expo in Denver. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, the organization responsible for introducing the LEED Green Building Rating System in 2000. (greenbuildexpo.org)

18-19 Explore EarthWays, a Victorian home built in 1885 and renovated in 1994 to showcase modern green building techniques during EarthWays Home Public Tour Day in St. Louis. The brick house, which is owned by the Missouri Botanical Garden, may look old-fashioned, but it boasts solar power, geothermal heat, and cellulose insulation. (earthwayshome.org)

Thanksgiving. Pass the Tofurkey!

24 Originally organized in 1986 by grassroots activists to abolish the fur trade, Fur-Free Friday has become one of the most widely attended animal rights protests. Now sponsored by Last Chance for Animals, the event hits multiple venues like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, encouraging businesses and consumers to explore alternative fashion. (furfreefriday.com)

24 Pack your lunch and leave your wallet at home on International Buy Nothing Day. Held the day after Thanksgiving, BND encourages people to take a pause from consumer culture and to reflect on the environmental, cultural, and political implications of constantly purchasing new stuff. (ecoplan.org/ibnd)

28 Experts convene at the Electric Drive Transportation Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., to examine federal policy options in the hopes of accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. (electricdrive.org/conference2006)

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