DREAM BIG: Connection & Intention Through Mindfulness and Labyrinths\
May
20
6:15 PM18:15

DREAM BIG: Connection & Intention Through Mindfulness and Labyrinths\

A labyrinth is a spiritual tool for meditation or prayer with a single path winding into the center and out again. They span continents and cultures, and can be a powerful tool for reflection and transformation! Join Art Therapist and Birth + Bereavement Doula, Chelsea O'Neil Karcher, to connect with labyrinths as a metaphor for your own journey through life's challenges, and learn to draw them as a tool for stress relief and centering. No art making or previous experience required. Please register, as seats are limited! This event is perfect for guests ages 16 and up.

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Sound Healing Meditation + Reiki
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Meditation + Reiki

Thursdays from 7-8pm! Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation. All sessions are hosted at The Awakened Center: 17 Applegate Court, Suite 9 Madison WI

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Sound Healing Meditation +Reiki
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Meditation +Reiki

Thursdays from 7-8pm! Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation. All sessions are hosted at The Awakened Center: 17 Applegate Court, Suite 9 Madison WI

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2019 Earth Day Conference
Apr
22
7:30 AM07:30

2019 Earth Day Conference

  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From the rising seas and the rushing flood waters to record-breaking heat waves and shifting landscapes, climate change is transforming the way we live. Our rapidly changing world requires us to adapt to a very different planet while imagining practical solutions to the challenges we face.

The Nelson Institute 2019 Earth Day Conference, Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World, will explore these challenges and resolutions through a number of straightforward, solution-focused sessions on topics such as adaptive infrastructure, environmental leadership, changes in agriculture and the cultural impact of climate change.

Featuring keynote speaker and climate-fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, climate change adaptation leader Yolanda Joab, and leading thinkers and creative problem solvers, this conference will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the innovative solutions available to help us adapt to the impacts of our changing reality.

Please join us for an inspirational day of collaborative learning and exploration!

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MAKE, CRAFT & DO: Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder
Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

MAKE, CRAFT & DO: Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder

With Earth Day approaching, it is important to appreciate the planet we live on, and the nature within it! Bring in a recyclable water bottle/container to this fun, hands-on crafting workshop and transform it into a birdfeeder! If you can’t find a recyclable item to bring in, don’t sweat it, we’ll have spares just in case. This event is perfect for crafters ages 12 and up.

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Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Clean Lakes Alliance Earth Day Fundraiser

Clean Lakes Alliance is honored to be the beneficiary of HopCat Madison’s Earth Day Fundraiser on Saturday, April 20th.

HopCat is working with 16 brewery partners to raise over $30K for nonprofit clean-water organizations in our communities. The Madison location will be supporting Clean Lakes Alliance. Representatives from Clean Lakes Alliance will be on hand to provide more information about their efforts to improve the water quality of the lakes, streams, and wetlands of the Yahara River Watershed.

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Restoration Work Day
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Work Day

Our 2019 plan for workdays has changed. We are planning two “regular” workdays per month in April, May, September and October. They will be held the first and third Saturdays. This better coincides with typical workload needs and allows for easier scheduling of special workdays typically in the summer and affiliated with employers or organizations.  All regular workdays are from 9 AM – noon.

Work will consist of pulling invasives, cutting brush, or gathering seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.

Volunteers should meet at the Pheasant Branch Dane County Parking lot (fire number 4864, labeled “County lot” on this online map) 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue on Pheasant Branch Road, unless instructed otherwise.

Workdays are weather dependent; let us know you are coming at restoration@pheasantbranch.org, we will let you know if we have to cancel.

We hope you can join us!

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Sound Healing Meditation + Reiki
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Meditation + Reiki

Thursdays from 7-8pm! Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation. All sessions are hosted at The Awakened Center: 17 Applegate Court, Suite 9 Madison WI

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Conservancy Day: Bird Migration – How it’s Done
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Conservancy Day: Bird Migration – How it’s Done

Whether the American Robin is making its leisurely way from Illinois wintering grounds or a Bobolink is making its cross-hemispherical journey from Argentina to Wisconsin, both trips require a sense of direction. Orientation and navigation skills beyond those of Sacagawea, Merriwether Lewis, and William Clark are needed for these aerial treks.  Learn the many ways we think birds are able to complete the wonder of migration.

About the speaker: Abe Lenoch grew up on the west side of Madison where he attended Crestwood Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, and James Madison Memorial High School. In 2015 he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies from UW-Madison. Abe has worked in the Forestry Division of the Wisconsin DNR as a research technician for multiple field seasons.  Abe is the Community Project Coordinator for 1000 Friends of Wisconsin. He is an active volunteer with Madison Audubon.

RSVPs to conservancyday@pheasantbranch.org are appreciated, but not required.

Directions to the room: enter through Door 3 in the eastern wing of Kromrey Middle School.

Every Conservancy Day is:

  • Free thanks to your donations and membership as a Friend

  • Open to the public

  • For all ages unless a specific age group is given in the program description

  • Diverse topics  More than 400 participants each year enjoy topics ranging from wildlife, science, resource management, natural and cultural history and current community issues

Thank you for your generous gifts and participation. You make it possible and you make it great! We welcome you to join us and help spread the word! Mark your calendars for these inspiring and special events the third Thursday of each month, from January through November.

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LUNCH & LEARN: Nourish for Life with Capital Fitness
Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Nourish for Life with Capital Fitness

  • DreamBank - American Family Insurance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Healthy and nourishing foods are a key component to wellness. Want to learn more? Join Capital Fitness and discover the art and science of nourishment! In this informational lunch and learn, you’ll discover strategies to help control and regulate your nutritional needs, explore which foods might work for you and learn how to create balance. Leave with the tools and knowledge you need to use nutrition to your advantage at every stage in life!

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Monarch Butterfly Conservation: An “All Hands on Deck” Approach for a Flagship Insect
Apr
10
8:00 AM08:00

Monarch Butterfly Conservation: An “All Hands on Deck” Approach for a Flagship Insect

Join us for Yahara Lakes 101 to learn about the issues that impact our lakes!

About this Talk

Our Yahara Lakes are part of a dynamic and interconnected ecosystem. As a result, the pressures that impact water quality also affect our lands, wildlife, and even insects!

At this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, Karen Oberhauser of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss declining Monarch butterfly populations and the “all hands on deck” approach needed for conservation. Through intentional habitat restoration, we can help increase the number of Monarchs and improve water quality in our lakes. Join us to learn how life in flight and life on the lakes are intrinsically connected!

About our Speaker

Karen Oberhauser is the Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum. She and her students have conducted research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science. Her strong interest in promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy led to the development of a science education program that involves courses for teachers, and opportunities for youth, to engage in research and share their findings with broad audiences.

In 1996, she started a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. Oberhauser has authored over 90 papers on her research on monarchs, insect conservation, and citizen science. Her new job at the Arboretum blends her work on habitat conservation, public outreach, and citizen science research.

Oberhauser is passionate about the conservation of the world’s biodiversity, and believes that the connections her projects promote between monarchs, humans, and the natural world promote meaningful conservation action. She is the chair of the Monarch Joint Venture, and a founding officer of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. In 2013, Oberhauser received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.

Event Details

The event is held at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

Admission is FREE for Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.

Yahara Lakes 101 Lecture Series

Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.

The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with presenting sponsors First Weber Foundation and Johnson Financial Group, hosting sponsor The Edgewater Madison, supporting sponsor National Guardian Life Insurance Company, and media partner the Isthmus.

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LUNCH & LEARN: Brilliance of Resilience
Mar
27
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Brilliance of Resilience

Challenge is, well, challenging! But it’s an inevitable part of life — and you can actually learn a lot from it. In this open, honest and funny talk led by life coach, Jacy Imilkoswki, you’ll discover everyday tools for building resilience and learn how to choose growth and learning over burnout and frustration. Come take part in this powerful conversation and leave ready to embrace the challenges you face in your life.

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Maple Syrup Mini-Fest with Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Maple Syrup Mini-Fest with Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Come one, come all! We’re teaming up with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to celebrate this Wisconsin tradition! Spend a fun morning with the family learning about forest wildlife, tapping trees, playing nature games, and getting up close to the fascinating process of making irresistibly delicious maple syrup. Of course, we’ll be taste-testing, so be sure to bring your sweet tooth!

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Sound Healing Mediation
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Mediation

Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation.

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Board of Directors Meeting
Mar
18
5:15 PM17:15

Board of Directors Meeting

  • The Friends Of Pheasant Branch Conservancy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

All FOPBC members are welcome to attend the meetings of the board of directors. Meetings are generally held the third Monday of each month at 5:00 PM at Kromrey Middle School room 600, entrance at door #18. Time and place are subject to change.

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Tap into Your Intuition Retreat
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Tap into Your Intuition Retreat

Want to learn more about your own intuitive abilities? Do you hear, see or smell things that are hard to explain? Are you wondering why? Dive into this group! Join us for a 2-day, hands-on retreat where you will learn to trust your inner wisdom through intuitive play! Learn more below. This opportunity is available on a sliding scale. Pay what you can! $60-95/person.

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Yahara Lakes 101 with Janice Rice
Mar
13
8:00 AM08:00

Yahara Lakes 101 with Janice Rice

If the waters could speak, what would they say? In this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, Ho-Chunk tribal member Janice Rice will share the history of the Ho-Chunk homelands and tell stories of the Teejop and Four Lakes Region. From this perspective, Janice will touch upon the lifeways of our waters and how important they are to us all.

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​Sound Healing Meditation
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

​Sound Healing Meditation

Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation.

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Sound Healing Meditation +Reiki
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Meditation +Reiki

Thursdays from 7-8pm! Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation. All sessions are hosted at The Awakened Center: 17 Applegate Court, Suite 9 Madison WI

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Conservancy Day: The Nature Cure: An Antidote To Our Stressful Lives
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Conservancy Day: The Nature Cure: An Antidote To Our Stressful Lives

  • Room 510, Kromrey Middle School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Room 510, Kromrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton

Many of us have known intuitively for a long time that a walk in the woods or the prairie, a visit to a park, some time paddling on water or walking along a stream or even time spent in a backyard with grass, flowers and trees can have a calming and refreshing effect on us. This intuitive sense has a long and worldwide history. Cyrus the Great built gardens for relaxation 2,500 years ago in the busy capital of Persia. Paracelsus, the 16th-century German-Swiss physician, gave voice to this intuition when he claimed, “The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.” William Wordsworth marveled at how “an eye made quiet by the power / Of harmony” and countless others have followed such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Muir. Our intuition about the healing power of nature has now been reinforced by empirical science and how exposure to nature has a curative effect on our brains and bodies. Come and explore this fascinating relationship between ourselves, nature and our health.

Dr. Gary Sater is a retired clinical and sport psychologist living in Middleton. He recently completed the Master Naturalist course and is a member of the Restoration and Management Committee with the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. He also provides some of the nature photography used by FOPBC for their website and promotional activities.

Directions: Enter the school driveway at the main entrance on Donna Drive.Then drive past the entire front of the building and park in the eastern most parking lot. Enter the building at Door 3 in the east wing of the building.

RSVPs are appreciated to conservancyday@pheasantbranch.org.

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LUNCH & LEARN: Essential Oils 101
Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Essential Oils 101

Essential oils are a safe, natural solution that supports many areas of the body — from headaches, stomachaches and stress to bug bites, sunburn and sleep. Learn how essential oils can help improve or maintain what our bodies need to thrive. This class will allow you to experience the power of essential oils while learning what they are, why sourcing matters, and which are most popular.

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An Introduction to Horticultural Therapy
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

An Introduction to Horticultural Therapy

Mike has been an educator for UW-Extension since 2001. First serving as a county educator, he created gardening programs with the visually impaired, incarcerated and limited ability audiences. As the state director for the Master Gardener Program, he uses a horticultural therapy framework to train volunteers to have more meaningful programs for themselves and their target audiences. Mike has an AHTA certificate in horticultural therapy.

Free for FACG members | $10 for general public

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Yahara Lakes 101 with Hilary Dugan
Feb
13
8:00 AM08:00

Yahara Lakes 101 with Hilary Dugan

Yahara Lakes 101: Salt and our freshwater lakes

Join us for Yahara Lakes 101 to learn about the issues that impact our lakes!

About this Talk

Road salt is often thought of as an ‘environmentally safe’ chemical. However, at high concentrations, chloride can alter aquatic ecosystems by stressing freshwater species, and deteriorate drinking water sources. For 70+ years, we have applied road salt (sodium chloride) to paved surfaces, without any regard for the environmental consequences.

In this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, Hilary Dugan will discuss long-term chloride trends and the state of our lakes across the Midwest and Northeast United States with regard to chloride contamination. We'll also learn what is currently being done locally to curtail further environmental damage.

About our Speaker

Hilary Dugan is an assistant professor at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a limnologist, Hilary studies how terrestrial and atmospheric changes, such as warming air temperatures or land use patterns, alter biogeochemical fluxes and aquatic processes in lakes. Her research balances field based programs, which rely heavily on sensor networks, with the use and development of analytical models, and the application of geophysical and geospatial tools. Her research focus is on temperate and polar lakes, with sites spanning from Wisconsin to Antarctica.

One of Hilary’s recent research projects examined long-term chloride trends in over 500 lakes in North America and Europe. She found that many urban lakes in North America have undergone considerable long-term salinization stemming from road salt application.

Event Details

The event is held at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

Admission is FREE for Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.

Yahara Lakes 101 Lecture Series

Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.

The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.

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Sound Healing Meditation + Reiki
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Meditation + Reiki

Thursdays from 7-8pm! Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation. All sessions are hosted at The Awakened Center: 17 Applegate Court, Suite 9 Madison WI

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Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk

Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk

ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS ENDED: YOU MAY REGISTER THE DAY OF THE EVENT FROM 9 - 10 AM ON LAKE MENDOTA AT THE EDGEWATER.

Join Clean Lakes Alliance for our Frozen Assets 5K and run or walk ENTIRELY on a frozen lake!

Take a break from the hilly pavement and bring your stride to the ice. In this 5K race, participants will run or walk across the ice on iconic Lake Mendota with beautiful views of downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The course will start and end at The Edgewater, right in the heart of the Frozen Assets Festival!

Registration

Your registration to this event includes admission to the race with optional chip timing. Online registration closes Wednesday, January 30th. The registration pricing schedule is below:

December 31 $40 :: Regular price
February 2 $45 :: Same day

Best of all, your registration supports work to protect and improve water quality in our lakes!

Divisions

The event will be chip-timed for runners, or sign up for the walk pass for an untimed event. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.

Check-In

Skip the lines and come to our EARLY packet pick up on Thursday, January 31st from 4-8 p.m. at The Edgewater. Day-of packet pick up will begin on Saturday, February 2nd at 9 a.m. on Lake Mendota.

Ice Access

You may access the ice down The Edgewater outdoor stairs, indoors through The Edgewater, at the end of N. Carroll street to the west, and from James Madison Park to the east.

Stretching Tent

Warm up for a chilly race at our FREE stretching tent provided by Capitol Physical Therapy! They'll be at the starting line with Physical Therapists who love to help athletes!

The Festival

The fifth annual Frozen Assets Festival will run on Saturday, February 2nd Sunday, February 3rd at The Edgewater. As always, this family-friendly daytime event will be FREE and open to all. Learn more atcleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

By registering for this event, you agree to the Frozen Assets 5K Terms & Conditions of Entry. All entrants must read and agree to this declaration.

Weather

Race organizers reserve the right to alter the course due to factors including, but not limited to, ice conditions and weather. If conditions are deemed unsafe, the event may be cancelled or moved to an alternate location. Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of the event.

Sponsorships

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email our Director of Marketing & Development Adam Sodersten atadam@cleanlakesalliance.org.


FAQs

Is there parking available?

Participants may park at The Edgewater ($5 event parking). You may also find street parking or use City of Madison parking ramps.

When can I check-in or pick up my bag?

Participant check-in and registration the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. on Lake Mendota at The Edgewater. An optional bag pickup will be held on Thursday, Jaunary 31st from 4-8 p.m. at The Edgewater.

What happens if ice conditions are unsafe?
Clean Lakes Alliance will make every effort to hold this event, while keeping safety in mind for all competitors. If conditions are deemed unsafe, the event may be cancelled or moved to an alternate location, with entrance fees being considered a tax-deductible donation to support our lakes.Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of the event.

What is the refund policy? 
Registrations are transferrable and non-refundable. Thank you in advance for your donation to support our lakes!

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Sound Healing Meditation
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Healing Meditation

Thursdays from 7-8pm! Come join Yara Sound Collective for a rejuvenating healing session through the playing of crystal singing bowls and pyramids. Benefit from guided meditation to ground us into the space, pranayama to awaken the spirit & Reiki for energetic, mental, physical and spiritual healing. The sound session lasts for about 45 minutes, leaving the rest of the time for grounding, awakening and great conversation. All sessions are at 17 Applegate Court, Suite 9 Madison WI

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Our Changing Climate: The Science, the Consequences and the Solutions
Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Our Changing Climate: The Science, the Consequences and the Solutions

Bob Lindmeier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a broadcast meteorologist on WKOW-TV in Madison, Wisconsin for the past 37 years, and the Chief Meteorologist since 1989. Bob also forecasts for local radio stations and newspapers. He holds the Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.

Free for FACG members | $10 for general public

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Pheasant Branch Conservancy Annual Meeting
Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

Pheasant Branch Conservancy Annual Meeting

Our guest speakers Matt Amundson, Director, City of Middleton Public Lands, Recreation and Forestry and Laura Hicklin, Director, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department will discuss "Restoration of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Current Realities and Future Plans."

$20 per person, includes a full breakfast. Please RSVP by no later than January 14, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!

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