Riverbank Neighbors

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, February 5, 2010

Pete writes:
Hello Friends,
I had a great planning meeting Thursday night. Here is some of the ideas:

Meet at noon-1 at Waters fieldhouse for potluck

At 1:00 have the Bullfrogs convene us with some songs

Present any updates to our management plan:
e.g. I would like to insert the idea shared last summer about “re-setting” the plantings in areas that have been battered by urban insults;

Roark slide show!

Update on MWRD project and the challenges it presents to RBN;

Julie movie!

Up date on Horner Park project and community gardens by Kevin and Christiane!

Set 4-8 workdates for the upcoming year

Set dates and hosts for Equinoxs and Solstices;

Discuss ideas for involving children in important tasks;

Preparation of a 3-fold to put in the little boxy holder that MWRD put up.

Call for a motion, and adopt.

Sing the River song on the way out.

Any of these things that can be figured out before hand, would make things run smoother, and we could spend more time eating and celebrating.

On another note,
Deb’s dad passed away this morning (Sunday) in Tucson. We wish him well on his journey and send our love to Deb and her sisters,


Pete again:
WatersSchoolstudents, from 3-5th grades, participate in the Mighty Acorns field trips to Sauganash Prairie Grove to study ecology and engage in stewardship work for the Forest Preserve District. Our students love do this very useful and important work.

We want to invite our school families to a Family workday at Sauganash on Sunday, February 7, 2010, from 9:00 until 12:00. We meet at the Irene Hernandez Parking lot at Foster and Kilbourn. You can come late, and leave early, if necessary. Activities will involve cutting and burning invasive brush that is destroying native plant communities. The activity is invigorating, the fire is wonderful, the setting is gorgeous, and you will be contributing, very directly, to restoring nature in the city. It is also a chance for your child to teach and show their family what they have been learning.

Hope you can make it. Please contact me if you need more information.

Mr. Leki
Ecology Director, Waters School

A message from Rosie Thale rosie.thale@gmail.com:
Dear Friends and Family,
I recently joined team Friends of John Thale to participate in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Path to Progress 5K Run/Walk on May 22nd to raise money for the brain tumor research and patient/family education programs.

We are very excited about this opportunity to be a part of the progress in finding a cure for brain tumors. We have set our fundraising goal at $500 and ask you to support our efforts with a donation. You can do this easily by clicking the link at the bottom of this message. Just select our Team Name Friends of John Thale from the list of Fundraisers.
We appreciate any donation you are able to give!
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I am raising money for ABTA (American Brain Tumor Association), and people can go to www.abta.org. The team name is Friends of John Thale, but they can also donate directly to my page. Thanks!


From DANK Haus (www.dankhaus.com):
6 Feb 12:30-3:00pm

KinderFasching, a winter celebration of the 5th season of the year – Carnival season!
Come in costume – we’ll have free face painting, a parade lead by the Prince & Princess, balloon artists, treats, performances by the Paloma band and the Amazonen Dance Corps. Make your own feathery glittery mask for 50 cents.
It’s a great way to spend a snowy afternoon and let the kids have a ball.

Refreshments available, especially krapfen – a traditional sugar doughnut prepared on site by our Culture Kitchen. Krapfen are 2 for $1
Hotdogs, leberkase and potato salad under $5

You don’t have to be German to enjoy this day of silliness!

Children under 13 Free Guests 14 and over $4


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