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Power Down Week 2011

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Power Down Week has 2 Objectives:

  1. Make your carbon foot print as small as you can
  2. Do it with others

"The honorable choice I see is to power-down; stop taking airplane jaunts, repair old things, get out the clothespins, grow food, walk.  And face the truth, that I am party to something so enormously destructive I can hardly know its edges.  The conquering of any addiction begins with these words: I am the guilty party.                             Barbara Kingsolver


How Many Ways Are There to Power Down?
A blog post by Chirstie Mole - written by Sura Faraj

Power Down Week Challenges
 
Power Down Week Challenge:
 
What will you do during Power Down Week to reduce your energy consumption?  
 
Challenge yourself to use less.  Participate in our many events. Create your own power down goals. Be creative and share your goals with others. Disconnect the power and re-connect with your community. 
 
At the end of the week we invite you to reflect upon what you have accomplished, what surprised and inspired you, and what unique things you have done to reduce your energy consumption.  
 
Write an essay, a poem, or create a piece of art to submit for judging.  
 
Entries must be dropped off at the Pink House (601 E. Wright Street) by Sunday, July 3, at 6 pm for judging.  
 
First prize is a $150 gift card towards a uesd bike at Cory the Bike Fixer on the East Side. Second prize will be a one year membership to the Bicycle Federation of WI.  More prizes are possible! The judge will be a representative of Cory the Bike Fixer if not Cory himself. 
 
The gift card will be awarded at Energy Independence Day on July 4th in Gordon Park towards the end of the day.  You do not need to be present to win.
  
 
Bike to Farm Challenge:  
 
The average food item travels over 1500 miles from the farm to the store shelf. We expect that bananas, coffee, oranges, and avocados travel far.  Are we surprised to discover that produce that is readily grown in Wisconsin often times is not the produce on Wisconsin store shelves, and may have travelled from Florida or Mexico or California? What does that do to our local economy? How does that impact the environment? If the trucks stopped rolling, where would we get our food?  
 
Take our Bike to Farm Challenge, and cycle to local farms!

Download a list of local farms that are within 50 kilometers of either the Riverwest Coop or the Bayview Outpost.  The miles indicated are using local roads (not always bike paths) to reach these farms.  
 
The person who visits the most farms is eligible to win a prize.  You are encouraged to use bicycles, but if you wish to walk, ride a horse or take a horse-drawn carriage, you are welcome to do so.  Please use your own muscle and not a fossil fuel or electric vehicle


Power Down Week Events Calendar:
 
The Calendar is a group of suggested events that are being run by volunteers.  Note that you are responsible for your own fun during this week.  Power Down Week organizers do not guarantee any of the events.
 
During the week there will be a bicycle powered generator available at the Wright Resource Center for you to power your electronics.  The Wright Resource Center is open from 10:00 - 5:00 pm weekdays and 10:00 - 2:00 pm on weekends.
 
Cafe Corazon participated in Power Down activities last year and have continued best practices to saving energy. Each night they turn off the gas to the stove and grill, they continue to use candlelight at night instead of lights, keep the t.v. Off (unless there's a notable sporting event), they hire local so people don't have to drive, compost all food scraps by bike trailer (and pay VGI for pick-ups), minimize the use of air conditioning by using natural air flow, use compostable to-go containers, and grow their own food or buy from local farmers.  Visit them during Power Down week or anytime.


 
PLEASE NOTE:  This page is updated as events or additional workshops are announced. Note that spontaneous activities can be announced at the Kick-Off festivities on Monday, June 25th.
 
 

Friday, June 24
 
7:00 pm - Critical Mass Milwaukee 
Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world.  A group of cyclists gets together and rides around to show a presence.  Milwaukee’s group facebook group is hosting.  This trip will will be 10-15 miles and will probably travel from the east side down to Bayview and back.
Meet at Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee
 
 
 
Saturday, June 25
 
8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Installation of a Rainwater Catchment System (continued on Sunday)
This activity is sponsored by the Water Working Group.  This weekend we hope to: Install 275 gal tote on south side of house, create water harvest maze in front yard, create rain garden along front sidewalk, install downspout and black flexible pipe on one garage downspout and dig a small pond near house. Refreshments provided/ Potluck lunch.
3210 N 83rd Street, Milwaukee
 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Hands Across the Sand
Hands Across The Sand participants worldwide are joining hands on June 25th to say NO to offshore oil drilling and YES to clean energy. They are joining hands to implore leaders and decision makers to end the United States’ dependence on oil and coal and embrace a clean energy future for a sustainable planet. Come at 11:00 am to create signs and 12:00 noon to join hands for approximately 15 minutes as a statement against offshore drilling & in support of clean Energy Solutions.
Bradford Beach, Milwaukee Lakefront

5:00 – 8:00 pm - Power Down Kick Off
To fully enjoy the week this is a must attend!
The Kick Off event will include registration, the start of the game, creation of our "Actual Social Networking Wall", Power Down Week Henna tattoo's, and caricature artists (to have a powered-down picture of yourself on your social network page!). Register for the Milwaukee Time Exchange. Smoothies made with bike power.  There will be live music by local artists & information from the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Program - Make sure to visit the Strawberry Ice Cream Social (1 block away) and the Riverwest Community Dinner (3 blocks away) happening at the same time.

The Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright St., Milwaukee  
 
5:00 - 8:00 pm - Riverwest Community Dinner
Join local Riverwesters for a delicious dinner with a focus on food that is fresh and in season and/or local, healthy and yummy! Meet your neighbors and build some community.
Wright Street Resource Center, 901 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
6:30 – 7:30 pm - Strawberry Ice Cream Social
People are encouraged to think of a way to make ice cream with out electricity -- a hand crank ice cream maker, or shake it in a plastic bag, roll a can in a can in a tire.... bring your own materials and or ingredients and we will all share!
Green Folk Garden, 500 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
 

Sunday, June 26
 
11:00 am - 12:45 pm -  All the Basics of Composting!
Kate Hanford will lead a discussion on the basics of composting!  She will also get hands on with various composting methods including worm compost, black soldier fly larvae compost, and compost tea!
Back Yard of 2970 N. Fratney, Milwaukee 

11:00 - 7:00 pm - Natural Hair Care Expo
A conference on Natural Hair, Holistic Health and Wearable Arts. There will be workshops, classes and exhibitors.  Also available a variety of great food, vegan menus and healthy exotic Beverages.
Wisconsin African American Women’s Center - 3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee 
 
12:00 - 3:00 pm - Kayak Demo
This event is an opportunity for anyone who does not have a Kayak (or the right boat) to familiarize themselves with a boat that best suits them. Also, if anyone is looking for a boat, there may be swap/sale opportunities with other members of Project Paddle.
Lakefront Brewery - 1872 N Commerce St., Milwaukee
 
1:00 pm – TBD – Installation of a Rainwater Catchment System (continued from Saturday)
This activity is sponsored by the Water Working Group.  This weekend we hope to: Install 275 gallon tote on south side of house, create water harvest maze in front yard, create rain garden along front sidewalk, install downspout and black flexible pipe on one garage downspout and dig a small pond near house. Refreshments provided/ Potluck lunch
3210 N 83rd Street, Milwaukee

1:00 – 4:00 pm - Plant Walk: Herbs and Wild Edibles
Take a walk about with herbalist Linda Conroy and Wild Forager John Holzwart. We will identify and discuss the applications of herbs and wild food growing right in our back yards. You will be surprised and delighted by the green world. We will also discuss approaches to Urban foraging and approaches to incorporating these plants into everyday life.
 
There is a cost to participate
Call the UEC to register at 414-964-8505.

Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee
 
4:00 pm - Writers Workshop
A study group meeting every other week to catalyze creative thinking and facilitate the sharing of ideas.  Ultimately we want to advance as writers.  Each session, the group will focus on: exchanging work & editing collaboratively, reading about writing: book discussions, and writing exercises.
Cream City Collective 732 E. Clarke Street, Milwaukee
 
4:30 - 6:00 pm - Traditional Blacksmithing
A demo and introduction to traditional Blacksmithing.  We are going to make utilitarian tools / garden tools out of old railroad spikes.  If you intend to participate please bring goggles, close-toed shoes and long pants.  Bring materials if you have them.
3869 N. Palmer Street, Milwaukee


 
 
Monday, June 27
 
8:00 - 9:00 am - Yoga with Claire Moore
Start your day in balance.  Come do yoga with your neighbors in a garden setting.  Claire Moore will lead the group.  Please bring your own mat.
Greenfolks Garden, 500 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
3:00 - 6:00 pm - Group Art
Come and paint and get creative with others.  Some supplies there but feel free to bring some too.
Cream City Collective 732 E. Clarke Street, Milwaukee

6:30 - 8:30 pm - Transition Milwaukee Hub Meeting - Speed Reskilling Workshops
We invite all those interested in or working in Transition to connect, share and collaborate. What can you teach and share in 3-5 min? Confirmed workshops include - Green Smoothies by Caroline Carter, No-Knead Bread by Sarah Moore, Tool Sharpening by Barbara Richards and more!  Feel free to come with something to share or ready to learn!
Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee
 
 

Tuesday, June 28
 
3:00 - 7:00 pm - East Town Market
Visit a Farmers market and buy local during the week.  Every Tuesday until September 27th. For a farmers market in your area visit: Farmers Market Guide on OMC
Cathedral Square Park, Wells and Jefferson Street, Milwaukee 

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Cooperative Housing in Milwaukee - Past & Future
Nola Hitchock Cross, S.C., a founding member of Riveredge Housing Co-op and affiliate of Co-Log (Community Living Options Group of Milwaukee), will discuss Milwaukee’s past and present cooperative housing options. The talk will cover a variety of cooperative housing structures, such as full equity and limited equity; targeted membership and diversity; and single house, row house and scattered site. What alternatives are in the offing and what types of cooperative housing is possible for Milwaukee’s future? Lorraine Jacobs, affiliate of CoLOG, will be available to provide information and answer questions regarding CoLOG.
Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
5:00 pm - 2:00 am - Power Down at the Irish Knot
The Irish Knot will be powering down and inviting Power Down people to join them.  The bar will be using candle light and dry ice for the coolers.  Power Down drink specials - try the ‘Green Energy’.
The Irish Knot - 2479 North Fratney St., Milwaukee
 
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Riverwest Health Initiative - Envisioning Sustainable Community Health
Unfortunately, the RHI has lost funding to sustain our neighborhood nurse position.  As RHI researches new funding sources, the board asks the neighborhood to help design the ideal position for a neighborhood health advocate/liaison.  What does neighborhood resilience look like in relation to health and how do we get there?
Wright Street Resource Center, 901 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Milwaukee Area Time Exchange Orientation
Contribute to our economic and social resilience by participating in our local community-based currency. Join the Milwaukee Area Time Exchange and share services with hundreds of neighbors county-wide.  Also visit the Free Store as part of your orientation, or most weekdays from 10 am - 5 pm. Give what you want, get what you need.
Wright Street Resource Center, 901 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
  
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Pedal Powered Machines
Are you interested in building a bike generator?  A group of like minded individuals meets each Tuesday to brainstorm and work on machines.  This is a learning lab. We are looking for volunteers to greet and assist pedalers at the pedal powered generator station at Energy Independence Day. 
Cream City Rickshaw - 905 E. Center St., Milwaukee

6:00 - 8:30 pm - First Fruits - Jams and Jellies
Learn how to preserve the first fruit of the season to enjoy in the dark days of winter.  This class will be a hands-on class where participants will experience canning berry fruits into jams and preserves.  Included in the price are all the canning materials, fruit and handouts with instructions, recipes and helpful tips.  Call the UEC to register 414-964-8505. There is a cost involved.
Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee

 
 

Wednesday, June 29

10:00 am - Solar Oven Cooking
Join Sarah Moore and Tom Brandstetter where they experiment with cooking with a solar oven.  They will be starting their dish for the Kale-gate Potluck in the afternoon.
Concordia Gardens, Concordia and Palmer, Milwaukee
 
10:00 am - TBD -  Concordia Garden Workday
A day of weeding, planting, harvesting and socializing in the Concordia Gardens community garden.  Join when you can.   For more details visit: victorygardeninitiative.org
Concordia Gardens, Concordia and Palmer, Milwaukee
 
1:00 - 3:00 pm - (Drop-In) Milwaukee Area Time Exchange Orientation 
Contribute to our economic and social resilience by participating in our local community-based currency. Join the Milwaukee Area Time Exchange and share services with hundreds of neighbors county-wide.  Also visit the Free Store as part of your orientation, or most weekdays from 10 am - 5 pm. Give what you want, get what you need.
Wright Street Resource Center, 901 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
The Second Annual KALE-GATE Party:
 
5:30 - 7:30 pm - Kale-gate Potluck
Join your friends in the garden, learn about Cob building, and participate in other activities. There will be local community groups sharing information as well, such as the Bike Federation and WISPIRG’s Energy Service Corps
There will be tours of Concordia Gardens - an urban food forest and permaculture farm during the party. Please bring a dish to pass.
 
3:00 - 7:00 pm - Cob Oven Building
Cob is an ancient building technique used across many continents and cultures throughout history. It's an easily accessible and low energy building technology that anyone can take part in because it's main ingredients are clay, sand, and straw. Join Erik Lindberg of Community Building and Restoration, Terri Kinis the beekeeper, and Adrian Lee the "farm manager" of Concordia Gardens for 3 three hour cob workshops.
 

4:30-5:30 pm - Let It Bee
Visit the beehives located at Concordia Gardens with Urban Beekeeper, Terri Kinis.  See how fun and rewarding it is to have honeybees in the city, and learn how you can help yourself by helping to make safe spaces for one of nature's best pollinators.

 

5:30 pm - Knot Tying Workshop
Learn the basics of knot tying with Bob Moore.

 
6:00 - 6:30  pm - Shrooms for the Garden
Demo on cultivation of 2 strains that are easy to grow in the garden and help your plants grow bigger & more productive: Wine-capped Stropharia and almond Agaricus. Led by home-grower, Tina Samuels. 
 
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Talk on Urban-Rural Connections
It’s a critical time to be thoughtful about the interface between city and rural living and food production. Founding Transition Milwaukee member Nicole Bickham will share the story of her family’s transition from city to farm (and their attempt to create a rural intentional community) 2 years ago. Together we’ll brainstorm about creative ways TMers can engage with rural-dwellers to build mutually-beneficial connections and increase resilience. Questions about searching for rural property are also welcome.
 
The Kale-Gate Party happens at Concordia Gardens, Concordia and Palmer, Milwaukee
 
 
7:00 – 10:00 pm – Acoustic Night at the Public House
Check out Milwaukee's only cooperatively owned pub! We'll gather to listen to acoustic musicians and play cards and board games. You're welcome to bring your own games, and your friends too!
815 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee
 
 

Thursday, June 30

8:00 am - Early Morning Birdwalk
Interested bird watchers of all ability levels are invited to explore bird life with us. Binoculars available. Free
Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee

12:00 noon - Stretch, Move and Yoga Class
A free class sponsored by the near the Children's Outing Association. Free child care also provided by the COA but only if you preregister by calling 263-8383 Ext 129.   Bring a yoga mat if you have one. 
Kilbourn Park (west of the COA), Milwaukee
 
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Basics of Fermentation
Learn vegetable preservation techniques that have existed long before canning became popular. The workshop will demonstrate a few basic approaches to traditional vegetable preservation and will cover the benefits of lacto-fermentation. It will also include instructions and demonstration on how to make kombucha and water kefir. Samples of lacto-fermented vegetables and probiotic drinks will be provided.
2649 N. Weil St., Milwaukee. Enter on the south side of the house and take the stairs to the second floor.
 
3:00 - 7:00 pm - Cob Oven Building
Cob is an ancient building technique used across many continents and cultures throughout history. It's an easily accessible and low energy building technology that anyone can take part in because it's main ingredients are clay, sand, and straw. Join Erik Lindberg of Community Building and Restoration, Terri Kinis the beekeeper, and Adrian Lee the "farm manager" of Concordia Gardens for 3 three hour cob workshops.
Concordia Gardens, Concordia and Palmer, Milwaukee

5:00 - 8:00 pm - Raw Food and Fermentation Workshop
Join hosts Jennifer Janz and Tally Hayden for an outdoor evening of raw food and fermenting demos at Jennifer's Mequon home.  We will be making kefir water, fermenting veggies, and preparing raw food recipes. There will be tastings throughout the evening. A $15 donation is suggested plus bring a jar or two if you would like to take home some kefir water and fermented veggie creations. Come for an hour or stay for the evening. Bring a favorite "un-cooked" dish to pass if you desire. Open to the first 30 people who pre-register. Pre-register by emailing Jennifer at stylefood@yahoo.com.
Mequon

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Free Ride and a Beer ** 5 free bike rentals available
Every Thursday, weather permitting, join us for a free bike ride and a beer! We'll be meeting up at Cory The Bike Fixer at 6pm, and then taking a leisurely ride around the East Side and Lakefront, ending up at Von Trier's with a free pint of New Belgium Fat Tire Ale (N/A drinks also available) for those who ride! The first 5 people to make a reservation for the rental at the bike shop will receive a free bike rental for the duration of the ride.
Cory The Bike Fixer, 2410 N. Murray, Milwaukee - 414-967-9446

9:00 pm - Friday Morning - Go with the Flow Slumber Party
Women only please. Friends old and new, candle light and natural girl talk.  Bring something to sleep on and in and something to share; a poem, a snack, a song to sing, a skill to teach.
The Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
9:00 pm - 12:00 am - MKEBKE Monthly Group Bike Ride
Started as a one-time-turned-monthly underwear bike ride this summer, MKEBKE is excited to continue a fun, monthly group ride open to any and all riders. If you haven’t been on one, you’re sure to seen or heard of a fun-loving group of riders showing Milwaukee roads some two-wheeled love. These group rides are just for fun, anyone and everyone is welcome. I encourage you to come check out the ride, socialize, and enjoy yourselves.
Meet at the intersection of Brady and Warren, Milwaukee
 
 
Friday, July 1
 
8:00 - 9:00 am - Yoga with Claire Moore
Start your day in balance.  Come do yoga with your neighbors in a garden setting.  Claire Moore will lead the group.  Please bring your own mat.
Greenfolks Garden, 500 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
1:00 - 3:00 pm - (Drop In) - Milwaukee Area Time Exchange Orientation
Contribute to our economic and social resilience by participating in our local community-based currency. Join the Milwaukee Area Time Exchange and share services with hundreds of neighbors county-wide.  Also visit the Free Store as part of your orientation, or most weekdays from 10 - 5 p.m. Give what you want, get what you need.
Wright Street Resource Center, 901 E. Wright Street, Milwaukee
 
3:30 - 7:00 pm - Cob Oven Building
Cob is an ancient building technique used across many continents and cultures throughout history. It's an easily accessible and low energy building technology that anyone can take part in because it's main ingredients are clay, sand, and straw. Join Erik Lindberg of Community Building and Restoration, Terri Kinis the beekeeper, and Adrian Lee the "farm manager" of Concordia Gardens for 3 three hour cob workshops.
Concordia Gardens, Condordia and Palmer, Milwaukee
 
5:30 - 7:00 pm - Power Down Candlelight Restorative Yoga Class
Join Peggy Hong for a quiet, reflective class of recuperative asanas. Cost $5.00
Riverwest Yogashala, 731 E Locust, Milwaukee
 
7:00 - 8:30 - Power Down / Power Up Song Circle
All who want to raise their voices in song by candlelight, join us. Bring a song to teach or lead. No expertise required, just a willingness to listen and vocalize. Free.
Riverwest Yogashala, 731 E Locust, Milwaukee
 
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Milwaukee Area Time Exchange Orientation
Contribute to our economic and social resilience by participating in our local community-based currency. Join the Milwaukee Area Time Exchange and share services with hundreds of neighbors county-wide.  Also visit the Free Store as part of your orientation, or most weekdays from 10 am - 5 pm. Give what you want, get what you need.
Wright Street Resource Center 901 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
6:00 - 8:30 - Root Cellar Open House
Stop by Casa Maria Catholic Worker's basement root cellar that was built last year to help preserve foods through the year using passive cooling techniques.  We are a house of hospitality that provides shelter and other needs for homeless woman and children.  Our volunteers live together in community.  We'd love to show you what we have, so come over to see the root cellar, meet some of volunteers, and have snacks and drinks.
Casa Maria Catholic Workers, 1149 N. 21st Street, Milwaukee  
 
6:30 - 7:30 - Discussion on the Economics of Powering Down
Erik Lindberg will lead a talk on the economics of Peak Oil and Climate Change.  He will discuss the different energy alternatives available.  Please come for his talk and stay for the Root Cellar Open House.
Casa Maria Catholic Workers, 1149 N. 21st Street, Milwaukee
 
 
 
Saturday July 2

8:00 - 9:00 am - Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga 
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a flow of poses with synchronized-breath as you move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This style allows for a lot of variety, as the class could be fast or slow with plenty of movement, not just stretching. Bring your own Mat.  Purchase the class at the Bradford Beach House prior to the class $5.
Bradford Beach, Milwaukee's Lakefront
 
9:00 am - 1:00 pm - East Town Market
Visit a Farmers market and buy local during the week.  Every Saturday until October 29th. - .  For a farmers market in your are visit: Farmers Market Guide on OMC

Cathedral Square Park, Wells and Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
   
10:00 - 11:00 am - Radical Homemaking House Tour
Stop by the house for a cup of tea and a casual tour of Sarah Moore's kitchen and yard to see what I have been doing as a radical homemaker.
1012 E Auer., Milwaukee
 
10:00 am - 2:00 pm - East Side Green Market 
Fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery and local crafts.  Every Saturday until October 8th. -  For a farmers market in your area visit: Farmers Market Guide on OMC
Beans and Barley Parking Lot, 1901 E. North Avenue, Milwaukee. 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Soap Making
Come learn how to make soap with Marzette Harris - a local  Riverwester. Cost $10 - Please register ahead of time at marzetteharris@aol.com
Wright Street Resource Center, 901 E. Wright St., Milwaukee

12:00 - 1:30 pm - Fermentation Workshop
This will be a hands on workshop that will show you how to ferment food.  Please bring: a mason jar with a lid, a little bit of food to ferment. This can be berries for a fruit ferment, vegetables.  Other materials will be provided.  There will be SCOBY's to look at and talk about.
2647 N. Fratney, Milwaukee
 
3:00 - 5:00 pm - Counter-Racism for Activists
A frank discussion, facilitated by Peggy Hong for the EmergentSee Racial Reconcilation Collective, free. Where are all the people of color at our meetings? How do we take personal responsibility for racism/white supremacy so that we can uproot it and replace it with justice? - Followed by an optional potluck.
Wright Street Resource Center -  901 E. Wright Street, Milwaukee
 
7:30 - 9:30 pm - An Evening of Story Telling
Let's conjure up the lost art of story telling. Come prepared to tell a fable, a story, a personal narrative, a poem, or sing a song. People relied on story telling and songs to carry knowledge, wisdom and history from generation to generation. We'll stimulate our imaginations through this memorable evening of sharing and practice. Compliment the candle-lit ambiance by bringing beverages or snacks to share.
The Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright Street, Milwaukee
 

Sunday, July 3
 
2:00 pm - An Introduction to Non Violent Communication
You will have the opportunity to learn and practice the basic tools for this amazingly powerful method of communication based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg.  These skills can be used in any setting and can improve relationships with friends, family, co-workers, bosses, and strangers.  The event is suitable for beginners and intermediate users alike.
The Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright Street, Milwaukee
 
5:00 - 7:00 pm - Closing Potluck 
Join all the powerdown participants for a closing social event where we can talk about our experiences, memories and think about how this will effect our lives on a longer term scale.  Please bring a dish to pass and a plate, cup and utensils for yourself.  Remember that your Power Down Week Challenge submissions are due by 6:00 pm.
The Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright St., Milwaukee
 
7:30 pm – Dance Wave
Dance wave with live music accompaniment by Jahmes Tony Finlayson.  Go beyond the limits of your habitual movement patterns and explore your unique inner dance. No experience needed, just a willingness to move and be moved!  Dance wave is about putting your soul in motion and giving yourself permission to dance without holding back. If you love to dance, this is for you!
The Pink House Studio, 601 E. Wright Street, Milwaukee
 
 
Monday, July 4
 
8:30 am - 10:00 pm - Energy Independence Day
Bring your Friends, bring your families, bring your bikes and barbecue.  Join us in the most unique Independence Day Celebration Milwaukee has ever seen.  Watch Cream City Rickshaw pedal powered cabs.  There will be bike Decorating, Parade, Live Music & Fireworks.
Gordon Park, Locust and Humboldt, Milwaukee
 
 
 



What is Power Down Week? 
by Founder and TM Steering Committee Member Sarah Moore 

 

What would happen if we all stayed home for vacation, unplugged and spent time with friends, family and neighbors and worked on a projects together? 

Imagine summer camp or a conference about getting off fossil fuel and building community, only when it ends, no one needs to go home, because we are already home!  All the bonds we make will be with people who already live near by.

  • What should the projects be?
  • How do we get more of our neighborhoods to join in?
  • Do you want to help plan, promote, offer a skill set?
  • Everyone is welcome!

The kick off for Power Down Week 2011 is June 25th. Individual neighborhoods will have unique workshops and projects going on until the end of the event, July 3rd.  There are many opportunities for participation through out the week.  

 

Just a few of the activities that have been discussed for 2011:

  • Foraging hikes
  • bike rallies
  • community picnics
  • block parties
  • rushing the Hoan bridge
  • building cob oven
  • bicycle power
  • reduce your home energy usage and bill$
  • water conservation
  • garden projects
  • art & music
  • and more...

What do you want to do?  We want to hear from you!!

 

Sarah Moore

 

 


Get Involved and Volunteer

Power Down Week is an all volunteer run event. It will be what we make it. 

 

One way to start getting involved is to fill out this form online: 
2011 Power Down Volunteer sign-up
You can follow us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/PowerDownWeek 

 

Planning will be done via our Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/Power_Down_2011

 

To add an event:  Natalie Berland - natalie.berland@gmail.com
General info: Sarah Moore - sarahworks@wi.rr.com - 414-372-3824

 

Neighborhood contacts:
Bayview contact: Beth Lukomsky - beth_lukomski@yahoo.com

Eastside, Riverwest, Harambee contact: Sarah Moore  - sarahworks@wi.rr.com - 414-372-3824

 


 

More Details and events to be posted soon. Stay tuned . . . .

 



 

 

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