Upcoming Events...

A Request from Piedmont Environmental Alliance

Piedmont Environmental Alliance is teaming up with Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Clean Air Carolina, and other businesses and organizations to host Particle Falls - an incredible animated light projection on the side of the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem that reveals the invisible dangers of air pollution. Particle Falls will be on display from February 22 to March 24.  We're looking for volunteers to tell passersby about the installation during its run. Can you share this opportunity with your members, volunteers, and boards?  Here is the link for volunteers to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4fadac2aa3f85-particle

Forsyth Creek Week March 17-March 25 Save the Dates!

For activities see: http://forsythcreekweek.squarespace.com/

Tuesday, February 20: The GMO Debate

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Temple Emanuel

201 Oakwood Drive · Winston-Salem, NC

FILMS: “GMOs REVEALED” – Segments of a 9 episode series

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on GMOs (20 min.) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMDhUsxom0U

GMOs Revealed - The Truth About The Food You Eat. What You Need To Know To Protect Your Family Finally, closely-guarded secrets of the world’s biggest environmental disaster are revealed.  Food Evolution was narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. We will not be showing this film, but we will be showing a segment of Star Talk where he asks, “Why do we need GMOs at all?”

Thursday, February 22: Foothills Conservation Dinner/ Discussion

Time: 6:30 pm

Here: Cha Da Thai Restaurant, 420 Jonestown Road.

With the recent focus on utility rate hikes and pipelines, we are reminded that "We have the technology" to transition to clean, renewable energy.   Join us as we review latest developments in energy, as well as parks, forests, and other conservation issues, while enjoying delicious Thai cuisine.   For more information, contact johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net or (336) 777-8315

John Calhoun

Conservation Chair 

Saturday February 24: Conrad Road Adopt-a-Highway Service Outing

Please join us in our quarterly community service event on Conrad Road in Lewisville, picking up trash, recyclables, and other "interesting" things.  It's rewarding to see a clean road at the completion of our task and great fun to talk to others while we work.  Safety vests, gloves, trash bags and pick up sticks will be provided.  Wear grubbies and footwear to keep your feet dry.  The pickup takes about 2 hours.

Contact Joel Wooten for details and meet up location before 9:00pm at 336-466-1314 or email joeltotopmountain@gmail.com.  The Sierra Club requires all outings participants to sign a standard waiver.

Monday February 26: “Rally to Raleigh”: Oppose Offshore Oil and Gas Development Off of Our Coast

The Foothills Group will car pool to Raleigh for the 6:00pm rally and comment period.  .   For more information, contact johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net or (336) 777-8315

Your voice matters.  We have another long fight to keep North Carolina off-limits to offshore drilling.  Some Foothills members know of coastal residents and fishing families who will lose everything in the event of an oil spill and will receive nothing beneficial from the drilling.  Join us and make your voice heard in Raleigh!

Join the Offshore Oil Coalition and travel to Raleigh on Monday, February 26 to bring the power of the people to Raleigh for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s public meeting.  Your voice is needed to make a strong statement “NOT OFF OUR COAST” to the federal government’s new draft five-year lease plan for offshore oil and gas exploration, which would devastate our coastal economy, beaches, fishing and vital coastal tourism

There will also be a press event and rally at 6 p.m. in the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown where the BOEM event will take place. State leaders and experts will also stand with us in opposition to proposed oil and gas exploration and seismic testing off North Carolina’s coast.

– Submit a public comment online
– Call direct to the Interior Department at 202-208-3100
– Support the advocacy, education and restoration projects that make our coast worth the fight. Click here to include a donation in your transaction

Thursday, March 1: Join us for Green Drinks Winston-Salem!

Are you an environmentalist looking to connect with like-minded friends in Winston-Salem?  Join local environmental organizations for drinks, community, and conversations at the monthly Green Drinks Winston-Salem.  A portion of each drink (not actually green!) will benefit your favorite environmental non-profits.

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Place: Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company

Where: 772 Trade St NW · Winston-Salem, NC

Thursday, March 1: Animal Climate Heroes - from NC to Belize

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Temple Emanuel

201 Oakwood Drive · Winston-Salem, NC

FILM: “Wood Thrush Connection” – 52 AND 92 min versions

SPEAKERS: Danya Reggero, Director, and Kim Brand, Field Organizer of Audubon NC
A recent Wood Thrush geotagging project led to an incredible discovery about its migratory path from North Carolina to Belize. Now, a new film captures the intercontinental efforts Belize Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina to protect this bird amid a changing climate.

Tuesday, March 20: Impact On Water From (Un)Natural Gas Pipelines

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Temple Emanuel

201 Oakwood Drive , Winston-Salem, NC 27103

FILM: “AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock (2017; 1 hour, 29 minutes) – In Conjunction with Forsyth County Creek Week - discussion to follow “I've been woken by the spirit inside that demanded I open my eyes and see the world around me....

Saturday, March 24: Buggy is Better in Bethania's Black Walnut Bottom Creeks for Forsyth Creek Week

Henry Fansler of the Foothills Group of the Sierra Club will lead a fun and informative creek crawl along Bethania’s Black Walnut Bottom Trail, which feeds into Muddy Creek. We will be joined by Mindy Mock of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, whose group helped to preserve Walnut Bottoms; Michelle Williams, the historic landscape coordinator for the town of Bethania; and biologist Ana Clara Melo.  We will meet in the Bethania visitor center for an overview of the creeks of Wachovia. We will then hike the Black Walnut Bottom Trail and see what makes a healthy creek, explore the area bordering the creek, and consider why the Moravians made their second settlement here.  After the hike, we will search a creek for macro-invertebrates whose presence will tell us about the water quality.  In water quality, “buggy is better.”  Anyone wishing to join in this activity will need to have boots or water footwear and expect wet and muddy conditions. Towels and spare socks and shoes are recommended. Participants under 18 must be with a parent or guardian. The trail is 1.4 miles in length and rated easy by the Foothills Group. Ana Clara Melo will be available to help with insect identification and ecological questions, and Mindy Mock will be there to answer land preservation questions.  More details of the area can be found at http://townofbethania.org/trails/black-walnut-bottom-trail/.  To register for the hike contact Henry Fansler at hbjfansler@windstream.net or 336.473.0283. Note that the Sierra Club requires all outing participants to sign a standard waiver. Meet in the parking lot for the Bethania Visitors Center, 5393 Ham Horton Lane (near the intersection of Bethania Road and Main Street).

• What to bring: Participants must have boots or water footwear and expect wet and muddy conditions. Towels and spare socks and shoes are recommended.

• Important to know: boots or water footwear are required.

March 23, 24 and 25: Backpack Outing 201 Training at Hanging Rock State Park

This weekend training will equip you to lead overnight trips away from cars for the Sierra Club! You have to have completed your OLT 101 Provisional Outing to be certified for 201. You can still attend the training even if you won't have your 101 provisional finished by March 23, but you have finished the 101 training either online or at a training session.  The class cost is $20, plus additional cost if you would like a hard copy of the course material. Some meals will be provided.  Dr. Wes Wallace will be teaching a wilderness first aid class during the weekend.

Three cabins have been reserved by Sierra Club and beds are available on a first come first serve basis for a fee.  If you prefer a campsite, participants will have to reserve those on the park website.

Registration details will be posted when they become available. YOU WILL HAVE TO REGISTER ONLINE TO ATTEND THIS COURSE.  Please follow this link for more details: https://sierra.secure.force.com/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001P57fQAC