Topic: Member Events

Make a Difference Day – October 15

Posted on October 11, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

On Saturday, October 15th, you are invited to “make a difference” for monarchs and other pollinators by helping with restoration efforts at two roadside prairies in the county as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.

Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash at the O’Brien Road Prairie at the corner of Hwy 47 and O’Brien Road, Harvard, and at the Triangle Prairie at the corner of Lake Street and Hwy 14 in Woodstock.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves and boots and to meet at the O’Brien Road Prairie at 2 p.m. The event will shift to the Triangle Prairie once work is completed at the O’Brien Prairie.

All necessary equipment, water and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Schietzelt at 815-356-1710.

The Defenders have taken on the care of these prairies once again after planting thousands of native plants at these sites many years ago. As part of the statewide initiative to increase habitat for pollinators, we once again planted hundreds of natives at these sites in the Spring. Now it’s time to cut out invasive species in these roadside prairies to allow the natives to thrive. Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!

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Free-For-All Used Books – Sunday, Oct 9 Only

Posted on October 8, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

Holy Cow! You’ve been waiting for this! Environmental Defenders still has lots of books left over from our Big Fall Book Sale, and we would rather give them away than recycle them.

Free-For-All Used Books

Sunday, October 9, starting at 10am
Algonquin Twp Road District, 3702 US-14, Crystal Lake. Last garage on the right.

Books! Books! Books! More Books!

Giveaway starts at 10am – don’t be late – we start boxing them up to go to the recyclers around 11am! (yes, you can still go through what’s on the tables after that, but if it’s in a box, you have to take the whole box! :) )

DEFENDERS’ RECYCLING DRIVE – Richmond, September 10th

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

On Saturday, September 10th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will conduct a recycling collection, which is open to everyone in the county and beyond, from 9am until noon at Richmond City Hall, 5600 Hunter Dr, Richmond, IL. They continue to collect certain items which are not usually accepted by curbside programs, and which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill.

The group will NOT be accepting Styrofoam at this time because there is nowhere to recycle it. EDMC is continuing to look for alternatives.

Because of the costs to get these items properly disposed of, a monetary donation will be requested, with specific fees for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors or televisions.

-Fluorescent tubes (50¢ to $1 each)

-Batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button) (50¢ per pound of household batteries.)

-Cloth items—clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and in a bag. You can also bring shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.

-Re-useable bubble wrap

-Electronics – televisions, computers, phones, printers, electronic toys, microwaves, etc. (most anything that plugs in or runs on batteries) TVs and computer monitors (50¢ per pound up to maximum of $40 per set)

-VHS & cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.

-Aluminum cans

Donations and fees offset the costs of transportation and proper recycling. EDMC is a local non-profit, and receives no government funding to offer this service to the community.

Environmental Defenders’ recycling drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, at various locations in the county. For information about the recycling schedule and types of materials accepted, visit the group’s website at www.mcdef.org/recycling or find it on Facebook at facebook.com/EnvironmentalDefenders.

An alternate site for electronics (including televisions & monitors) & batteries is Chicago Logistic in Elgin 847-429-1926.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation. Donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

EcoFilm Screening – “The Burden”

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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On Wednesday, September 21, EDMC with co-sponsor Citizens Climate Lobby, will present the documentary “The Burden”.

Doors will open at 6:30 and program begins at 7:00.

Retired Navy Commander Cliff Lee will address the audience after the screening and will take questions.

The documentary addresses the issue of fossil fuels/climate change and effects on national security. It also looks at what the military is doing to become more energy efficient.

Member Event: Solar Energy Tour

Posted on May 5, 2016 by - Member Events

You’re Invited!

Defenders’ members are invited to attend one or both of two tours on May 15th to learn about solar installations and the benefits of renewable energy.

The first tour, beginning at 3 p.m., will be led by Kim Hankins, Sustainability Director at MCC and Defenders’ Board Member.  The tour will include a look at the array of solar panels at MCC’s Shah Center, at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, as well as a display of real-time data showing the energy being produced and the resulting savings in energy costs.  MCC has been honored with the “College Leadership and Sustainability Award” from the Illinois Green Energy Network, partially as a result of this installation.

For the second tour at 4:30 p.m., Pat and Terry Dieckhoff have invited us to learn about solar energy at their home in Crystal Lake, where they have solar panels installed on their roof.  They will point out that the cost of solar installation is cheaper than it has ever been and the 30% federal tax credit reduces the cost even more.  You can learn more about their installation on the Illinois Solar Energy Association website www.illinoissolar.org.  Click on the Solar Ambassador link.

To help us in planning for refreshments, reservations are requested, but not required, at envirodefmc@gmail.com or at 815-338-0393. Join us on this tour to see how you can save money on your electric bill and reduce your carbon footprint!

*This is a Members Only event. If you’re not currently a member, we’d love to have you join us – Click Here!

From the Prairie to the Tundra – Take a vicarious journey!

Posted on January 13, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

Join fellow Defenders’ members on a cold February afternoon for a road trip from Illinois to the tundra! Defenders’ member, Neill Sachs, will be taking us vicariously on a journey that he and his wife, Margaret, took from Illinois to Alaska. Along the way they passed through several ecological zones – from prairies to mountains to boreal forests to tundra. Through wonderful photos Neill will take us along on this trip while discussing highlights of various environmental issues in each region.

The Membership Committee will be hosting this free event at the Soil and Water Conservation District Building on the corner of Dean St. and Hwy. 14 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on February 21st. Cookies and warm drinks will be provided. RSVP’s at envirodefmc@gmail.com are not required, but would be welcomed to help us plan for refreshments. Hope you can join us for the trip!

 

Volunteers needed – Winter Book Sale

Posted on November 18, 2015 by - Member Events

We will be setting up our winter book sale in the hallway outside the office in Woodstock from Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25. Please email or call the office to let us know when you can help!

The sale starts on Black Friday – November 27 from 11am until 7pm (the lighting of the Woodstock Square is that same evening, as well as our Volunteer Appreciation & Members’ Open House from 5pm-7pm.)

Sale continues November 30 through December 12 during regular store or office hours.

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Volunteer Appreciation & Members’ Open House

Posted on November 11, 2015 by - Member Events

Friday, November 27th, 5:30-7pm

The Defenders will once again welcome members for hot drinks and treats during the Woodstock “Lighting of the Square” event. This is always a great family activity, with Woodstock Square stores open and the magic of the holiday season alive with all the trees and buildings aglow. (Santa is sure to make an appearance as well.)

 

All members are invited to stop in at The Defenders’ office between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and warm up as they wait for the lights to go on. The Green Spot store will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for early holiday shopping and gift ideas. Come in and browse!

 

This year we are once again including a special Volunteer Appreciation event during the open house. All those members who have volunteered during the year (bookstore, tabling events, office help, recycling, clean-up events, book or garage sale, County Fair table or ticket booth) are especially encouraged to stop in and collect a gift bag prepared as a thank you for all your service.

 

Beautiful holiday lights, visiting with Defenders’ friends, and drinks & treats await, so mark your calendars now for a festive evening.

Bakers Wanted!

Posted on October 21, 2015 by - Member Events

You, too, can put your baking skills to good use! Once again our culinary creations will be used to raise much-needed funds for the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For those of you new to this, a dedicated group of volunteers bake as many cookies, bar cookies, or brownies as they can and package them up for sale at the Pioneer Tree Farm, where other volunteers are busy serving cocoa and coffee and selling Christmas trees. Sales are always great so the more you bake, the more money is made. Start now and you can freeze your creations for when you don’t have time.
WHAT: Cookies, brownies, and bar cookies.
WHEN: November 27th, 28th & 29th (bring to office by 3 pm on 11/25)
December 5th & 6th (bring to office or Green Spot by 3 pm 12/4)
December 12th & 13th (bring to office or Green Spot by 3 pm 12/11)
HOW: Package ALL baked goods in $1 lots (2 cookies of 2” diameter or greater – 3 cookies if they are smaller, 2 small bite sized brownies or 2 small bite sized bar cookies).
For sanitary and display reasons, all must be covered in plastic. The zip lock type sandwich bags or snack bags work great. Regular plastic wrap comes undone when people root through the packages but the “press to seal” wrap works. Cookies must be packaged at home due to Health Department rules and should be labeled with the type (especially if they contain nuts) either with a slip of paper inside or write right on the package with a felt tip pen. Unfortunately, cupcakes and other frosted goods do not hold up well with people rummaging through the goods so please do not bake this type of product.
Please call or email the office to let us know which weekend you can provide goodies and where they will be delivered. This saves us time trying to call you at home and is very much appreciated. You can take the cookies straight to the Pioneer Tree farm (4614 Pioneer Road north of McHenry off Rt 31) or bring to the Defenders office or the Green Spot between 11am-3pm. If neither of these options work – Call to make other arrangements.