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Care and Share

Everyone attending either of Cizik's lectures is asked to bring non-perishable food items for Care and Share. You can also use the paper bag inserted in this Independent to drop off non-perishable food items at any King Soopers in El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties. To make a cash donation, go to careandshare.org or call 528-1247, ext. 218.

ReStore

ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used building materials, then resells them to the public at steep discounts. Do-it-yourselfers and professionals find resources they need at bargain prices, and tons of useful material stays out of landfills. ReStore proceeds go to help Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity build homes for low-income families. ReStore, 411 S. Wahsatch Ave., is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions: 667-0840 or habitatrestorepp.com.

Earth Day

Planning is just starting for the April 2009 Pikes Peak Earth Day festival. The event is free and open to the public.

If you and/or your organization would be willing to help us plan and/or promote next April's celebration, please get in touch:

PikesPeakEarthDay.org or 471-0910, ext. 107.

Green Cities Coalition

More than 100 area organizations and concerned citizens have joined to form the Green Cities Coalition. GCC seeks to expand recycling services, increase the use of renewable energy and expand mass transit. It has a Green Cities Web site and eight working groups. To add your voice and get involved, visit greencoloradosprings.org.

Conservation Corps

The Colorado Springs Conservation Corps is a local, grassroots organization dedicated to providing inexpensive products for local residents who make their homes and businesses energy-efficient, lowering utility bills and eliminating the need for expensive new coal-burning power plants. The Corps will operate out of a new storefront, Conservation Hardware, scheduled to open late 2008. The Corps also aims to provide low-income households with free energy-saving devices through its Million Bulb Campaign and is developing Green Kits for Kids, a school fundraising program. For more, contact Richard Skorman or Sarah White at 636-BULB (2852) or swhite@letstwist.org.

Other events (watch the Indy for more details)

No Child Left Inside, 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, Pikes Peak Center. For more information, contact info@catamountinstitute.org

Southern Colorado Sustainable Communities Conference, Nov. 20-21, Crowne Plaza Hotel. Sponsorship opportunities and vendor exhibitor booths are available. Contact 471-0910, ext. 107, or catamountinstitute.org.

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