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Week of September 10, 2018


Urban Experience Walk Expands with Multiple Speakers

Sept. 15 Event Hosted by PPLD at Penrose Library

This month’s Urban Experience on Sept. 15, hosted by Pikes Peak Library District, features several afternoon speakers serving the needs of the area’s homeless. Participants this Saturday include a dozen students from Fountain Valley High School. Although the morning walk is closed, the afternoon discussion in the Aspen Room at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade) is open to all. Participants may use either of Penrose Library’s two parking lots. Thanks to PPJPC board member and PPLD employee Debbie Vitulli, as well as Bill Thomas of PPLD, for their work assembling the program. Below is the day’s agenda:

8:30 start at Penrose Library in the Aspen Room with a power point presentation.
9:00 Christine Dyar, PPLD Librarian
9:15 Break-plug parking meters
9:30 walk to Springs Rescue Mission for a 10:00, 45-minute tour given by Victoria Pincelli, Volunteer.
10:45 walk to Salvation Army for an 11:00, 15-minute tour with Karen Daugherty, Social Svcs Director.
11:15 walk to the Marian House for a tour with Michael Branscum, Income and Relief Services Director.
Lunch at the Marian House and Break.
1:00 Speakers will promptly start presenting in the Aspen Room, Penrose Library.
4:30-5:00 wrap up.
Presenters and approximate times:
 1:00 Andrew Phelps, CS City Homeless Prevention and Response Coordinator
1:45 Lisa Noll, RN, Healthcare, Westside Cares
2:00 Steve Handen, Director, Mesa House
2:30 Kat Lilley, Deputy Executive Director, Family Promise
3:00 break
3:15 Ruthie Markwardt, Community Coordinator, Concrete Couch
3:30 Judy Pastore, Echo and Food not Bombs
3:45 Andy Petersen, Director of Development, Urban Peak Colorado Springs
4:15 Kelly Terrien, Founder, Showered With Love

Protesters at RISE Event Call for Shutting Down Drake

Despite a virtual media blackout in most locations, hundreds of thousands of protesters held more than 850 actions in 90 nations on Sept. 8 to demand action on climate change. Here in Colorado Springs, more than 100 protesters from three area groups held a rally in America the Beautiful Park, and marched to the nearby Drake Power Plant to demand its closure.

October Missile Silo Vigil to Honor Mary Casper 

Denver and Colorado Springs peace groups are planning a missile silo vigil near New Raymer, CO to honor the memory of Mary Casper, a Denver peace activist who helped organize annual trips to the missile site. The event will be held Oct. 20, the one-year anniversary of her death, with more details to follow. In honor of the international Keep Space for Peace Week, peace activists also will gather at the gates of Schriever Air Force Base on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned for further information on both events.

Check Out Growthbusters' Podcasts on Economy and Environment

Our longtime media pal Dave Gardner remains busy following the release of the Growthbusters movie. Grace and Dave are exploring several aspects of sustainable living in their new podcast series, which is focused on ending our culture’s love affair with “more,” which is not making us happier and is killing our planet. The most recent episode is “Trump Can’t Keep It Up (Economic Growth),” accessible at  This episode covers how we should NOT be celebrating (or pursuing) 4.1% economic growth, according to co-host Dave Gardner. Listen to this podcast to find out why pursuing GDP growth today is suicidal. Also on tap, listener comments about Earth Overshoot Day (the subject of our last podcast), and more single-use plastics we want to avoid. Dave stumps us with this question: What single-use disposable item do we want to see used more widely? Try to guess before Dave gives you the answer halfway into this episode.
For access to all recent podcasts, visit

CS Food Rescue Needs Your Help For Fresh Food Connect

Ever have excess produce during the growing season that you don't know what to do with?? (Come on, even your neighbors grow tired of zucchini by the end of the season..) Would you ever consider growing an extra row in your garden for a good cause?

CS Food Rescue would like to invite everyone to join in their efforts to ensure everyone in local zip codes eats well this summer (the need is especially great in 80909/80910 regions). Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a local non-profit, is running a new program called Fresh Food Connect. Getting involved is so simple! Take 30 seconds to register your garden on FreshFoodConnect.Org . During the summer you will be asked weekly if you have anything to donate. In the event you do, one of CS Food Rescue’s youth employees will bike by your house at a scheduled time to collect your excess and bring it back to our of community-led grocery distribution programs. If we all grow a little extra this season, we can make sure all of our neighbors are healthy and happy! 

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Pikes Peak Permaculture Continues Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is hosting the last two of its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. Current classes are scheduled for Sept. 14-16 and Oct. 19-21. The weekend features a Friday evening introduction, and full days on Saturday and Sunday. Becky Elder, who led the Sunrise Gardens class on Feb. 17, will head the group of instructors, who also include Marco Lam, Sara Foster-Berry, Avery Ellis, Mike Wird, and Tara Rae. The cost of $1350 includes all books, materials, and locally-sourced meals. There is a $100 discount for registered couples. For more information, contact Becky Elder at (719) 685-0290 or

Sign Up Now for PPJPC's Sept. 21 "Day of Peace Through Food" in 11 Days!

Our “Day of Peace Through Food” is coming up on Sept. 21, in less than two weeks! We urge all J&P members and friends to sign up for one or both events at the links below. Lisa Villanueva, former director of the local NAACP and a co-founder of LaTegro, a nonprofit empowering marginalized youth, will be keynote speaker at the PPJPC annual peace breakfast on Friday, Sept. 21. Lisa has been a teacher with District 11 and City Center for the Arts, and currently serves as a board member for Empowerment Solidarity Network. This year’s breakfast will be part of a Day of Peace to be held at the downtown Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. A special luncheon is being held for international students, and we are concluding the evening with a Solidarity Dinner. We have set up two EventBrite registration links for the breakfast and dinner, and we are also working with table captains to invite attendees (contact our office if you’re interested in helping), If you’d like to register for the peace breakfast, visit this link:
Tickets for the evening event are at the link HERE. 

Mary Sprunger-Froese of First Strike Theatre Presents "Mary Magdalene's Journey: A Blues Gospel"

First Strike Theatre founder Mary Sprunger-Froese, a long-time PPJPC member, will present “Mary Magdalene: A Blues Gospel” on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive. Musicians Bryan Miller and Vern Rempel will join Mary for a presentation in which “Mary Magdalene moves from tormented outsider to chosen teacher  in this theatrical piece of good news blues.” A goodwill offering will be taken at the performance, which will benefit RAW Tools.

Moms Demand Action Plans Multiple September Events

Moms Demand Action has several events planned through the end of the year. Below are the events scheduled in September, and we'll update this calendar on a regular basis.

Sat., Sept 15, 8:30-11:30 AM - Breakfast buffet followed by panel discussion RULES, RIGHTS, & RESPONSIBILITIES -the 3 R's of Gun Ownership presented by Association of University Women (government, law enforcement and Moms Demand Action representatives will be on the panel).  RSVP is a must by FRI. SEPT. 7 to Jeanne Marsh 
Sat., Sept 22, 10 AM-12:30 PM - Moms Demand Action Canvassing for Stephany Rose Spaulding (US Congress CO District 5). Wear your red MOMS shirt if you have one and meet at 24 E. Rio Grande Street (80903).  We will drive to a neighborhood, walk in teams, and knock on doors of Democratic and unaffiliated voters to give them flyers and tell them briefly about Stephany. RSVP to Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or
Fri., Sept. 28, 9 AM -12 PM - Moms Demand Action Canvassing for Jared Polis (Governor).  Wear your red MOMS shirt if you have one and meet at 506 W. Colorado Ave. (80905).  RSVP to Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or
Sun., Sept 30, 7- 7:30 PM - Las Vegas 1 year Anniversary Vigil at Acacia Park (downtown).  This event is for the whole community. Spread the word with us as we remember the victims of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting.

Adventures in Learning K-12 Plans Feb. 2019 Healthy Families Summit

PPJPC is collaborating with Adventures in Learning K-12 on several projects, and the organization is planning a Healthy Families Summit for Feb. 2, 2019, at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo in Colorado Springs, Oct. 6 & 7

A sustainability expo and farmer’s market will be held Oct. 6-7  in the Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. at Academy, in Hall B, adjacent to the Fall Home Expo in Hall A. The expo will include a farmer’s market, livestock sale, and food truck tasting competition. Homesteaders and hemp-art designers will be displaying work. There are special booth rates for homestead and handmade small vendors. Contact Tiphani at, or visit for more information.

But Wait, There's More! - November Sustainable Denver Conference

Energy conferences will continue this fall, as the Colorado Renewable Energy Society is planning a single-day conference November 29 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The theme will be “A City for All: Today and Tomorrow,” centered on Mayor Michael Hancock’s Sustainable Denver plans. Registration opens in September, but in the meantime, CRES is looking for nominees for a Sustainability Star, someone active in promoting sustainable practices. Contact Janna at
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