Upcoming Events...

Parks & Open Space Plan public comment opportunities:     

Do you have thoughts on the future development of new parks (or the improvement of existing ones) in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County?  At the public input meeting nearest the Southwest Ward (at Southside Library on Buchanan Street on Nov. 27), a lot of folks commented in support of more greenways, walking and biking trails, and nature walks, among other ideas.  More emphasis on maintenance at existing parks has also been a major comment theme. The public input drop-in sessions were completed in November.  However, if you weren’t able to get to one of those meetings, you can still provide your input by taking the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSFC_ParksandOpenSpace. (reposted from City Council Member Dan Bess’s newsletter)



Thursday January 11: Potluck at 6:30 and Program at 7:30

Topic: Water Quality and Protection of Streams

Speaker: Brian Fannon of the Yadkin Riverkeeper

Single Brothers' Workshop

10 Academy Street in Old Salem, Winston Salem, NC (map)

Bring a Dish to Share.

We hold our monthly meetings in the Single Brothers Workshop of Old Salem.  The Workshop is located on 10 Academy Street, first house on the right just as you enter Old Salem.  There is parking along Academy Street, around the Salem Square, and in a parking lot on the corner of West and Salt Street, beside the Single Brothers Garden.  All events are FREE and Open to the Public. Bring a friend!  For more information, contact Monica Vallier at vallier.monica@gmail.com, or John Calhoun at johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday January 16: Film: FILM: “PASSIVE HOUSE REVOLUTION” - 45 min and Discussion

Host: TEEM (Temple Emanuel Env'l Movement) 336-407-2767

When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Temple Emanuel201 Oakwood Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27103

SUBJECT: Energy Efficient Homes and Retrofitting

Join the Passive House Revolution and reduce your home energy use by up to 80%!  This film looks at important developments in efficient building, home design and retrofitting over the last 20 years.  Applying an innovative combination of construction and retrofitting techniques, and making certain materials and orientation decisions, a home or building can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 80%.  Because of this enormous built-in energy savings, the Passive House creates an exceptional return on investment from both an environmental and financial perspective.  In this timely film you will meet and witness the work of some of the leading builders and architects in this field.  This includes Wolfgang Feist, the creator of the Passive House standard, and Katrin Klingenberg, who first brought passive house to the United States from Germany.

These events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Thursday January 18 at 6:30pm: Foothills Planning Meeting

Want to help us plan for the activities of the Foothills Group?  The Executive Committee (ExCom) and interested volunteers meet monthly for a discussion of group issues and projects.  If you would like to know more about the workings of the club or get involved in membership, outings, political activities or special projects, please join us!  Meet at the home of Charlie Wilson, 1177 Edgebrook Drive, Winston-Salem.  For more information, contact Monica Vallier at vallier.monica@gmail.com, or John Calhoun at johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net.

Wednesday January24 Duke Energy Carolinas Rate Hike Public Hearings

Greensboro, Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00pm

Guilford County Courthouse 

Courtroom 1C 201 S. Eugene Street

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is holding public hearings on Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposal to hike customers’ rates by nearly 17% to pay for cleaning up the toxic coal ash pits Duke has neglected for decades.  Most of this increase will occur in the flat service fee per month just to connect to the grid. This will place the heaviest burden on families with low or fixed incomes and threatens future savings by lowering incentives to invest in solar and energy efficiency.  We’ve already been paying the cost for Duke’s mess: toxic pollution in our waterways and drinking water, threatening our communities’ health and well-being for years.  It's time for Duke to be held responsible for its mistakes.  Tell your story at the hearing or come to support others who will do so.  There will be a rally and press conference before the hearing (TBD).  Contact us at exploorgus2@gmail.com for more information and for car pool arrangements.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, NCWARN, Appalachian Voices and other concerned groups.

January 2018: Piedmont Land Conservancy's second Hike-A-Thon

 What is Hike-A-Thon?

Call it a resolution, call it starting the year on the right path. We are asking you to kick off 2018 by getting outside, getting active and getting involved in local conservation efforts.

Sign up, ask friends to sponsor your hike, earn prizes, get hiking.

More info here: https://www.classy.org/campaign/hike-a-thon-2018/c146382