Monday, October 5, 2009

Natural Happenings: Mushrooms, Acorns, Green Festival, and More...

Our calendar of events for this week is chock full of activities, from sailing with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Our picks for this week:

If you go to one meeting of the Mycological Association of Washington, Tuesday evening might be a good pick -- it's their annual mushroom tasting. If you're not a member, you'll have to join at the door for $20 ($30/household), which will also cover your admission. In return you'll get to taste and vote on a roomful of mushrooms, cooked in every way you could imagine, by people who are really, really into fungi.

If you can stand to be inside the DC Convention Center this weekend, we love the Green Festival: 2 days of amazing speakers (Joel Salatin, Cornel West, Lester Brown, Amy Goodman, and many, many others) and an overwhelming array of exhibitors, including many local conservation groups, green home improvement, good food, and other green goods. Also, music, yoga, and a kids area. $15, but $10 if you bike or ride public transit; free if you're under 18 or if you volunteer to help out.

If you'd rather be outside (and who could blame you?), there are dozens of choices on our calendar. We'll just point out that you're running out of time to collect acorns and other tree seeds for Growing Native. They're holding two collection events on Saturday: from 10-2 at Arlington National Cemetery and from 10-12 at Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster, MD. For more information or to register, contact Deanna Tricarico, Outreach Coordinator, at or (301) 608-1188 x204.

Now get outside -- we'll see you out there!

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