April Round-up of What's Happening in the World of Transition - US Edition

Even though the 350 Home & Garden Challenge weekend is set for next month, May 14-15, 2011 - there's a dazzling array of food-related events happening all over the country! (...though this is to be expected with Transition Initiatives!)

FeedYourNeighborIn Colorado, Dana Miller of Transition Denver and others are inviting folks to take part in a month-long event starting March 23rd and running up to Earth Day on April 22nd - "Feed Your Neighbour" - join the facebook event and break out your recipe book...


In Oklahoma, Transition OKC is putting on a Local Food Challenge on Sat., April 23 at 7 p.m (Check out their press release). The challenge takes place at Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) as part of EVOLVE, a juried art exhibit and collaborative fundraiser exploring sustainability, resilience & community. Local Food Challenge participants include chefs from local restaurants and contestants will be tasked with creating a signature appetizer or non-dessert finger food using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Sounds delicious! 

Transition OKC EVOLVE


In California, Transition Albany is planning their Great Unleashing for May 22nd! They've got lots planned including a keynote presentation from Richard Heinberg, and hip hop music from AshEL “Seasunz” Eldridge. Transition South Bay LA is putting on a screening of the film, BAG IT, in celebration of Earth Day. Transition Sebastopol has been exploring their April theme: Water - with a daylong event on April 9, "Transition for Sustainable Living Course: Water."


In Minnesota, the Alliance for Sustainability hosted the transition-themed 6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference, with over 800 people. The conference featured Rob Hopkins as a keynote speaker, hands-on project workhops and networking sessions for other transition towns, neighborhoods, garden clubs, schools, congregations, back yard inventors and others!

Transition Northfield just released their video filmed of their Unleashing in the Fall with Richard Heinberg (Heinberg Speech starts at 21 minutes, Transition Youth dancers start at 12 minutes).


In Oregon, Transition PDX recently posted notes from planning for the 2011 Transition PDX Convergence, exploring where the interest and energy lies, and wow, check out the breadth and depth of what they came up with!


In Nevada, Transiton Reno just put out this great little one-minute montage:


Over in Washington state, Transition Whatcom members have recently launched the Whatcom Folk School - read the article in their local paper

"Your grandparents and great-grandparents did a lot for themselves, and they're a good role model for people today, given the shaky economy and big-time changes tied to climate change and a world hooked on oil. That's the vision of the folks at Transition Whatcom, who are now organizing Whatcom Folk School. It's not a school, per se, but a nonprofit organization that will provide marketing, administration, class space, a catalog and a website for people who want to share their practical know-how with others in the community."

Last month we shared the story of Sustainable NE Seattle collaborative event, ‘HANDS ON’- a community skills fair. They've just put out a video that is a nice recap of the event - it will make you want to grab your tools and start fixing something!


In Minnesota: Thank you to trainers Jonathan Bucki, Ethel Cote, Luis Alemayehu and Joanna Kohler at Kohler Productions for this wonderful video from the training in Minneapolis/St. Paul in March! Transition on the East Coast:


(Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, members of Transition Pittsburgh posted this video, reflecting on their Training for Transition (T4T) with Tina Clarke)



For more news from Transition Initatives worldwide, mosey over to the Transition Culture blog.

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