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at Governor Dodge State Park
this Sunday, Aug. 6
Postcard writing every Wednesday

A REMINDER:  Sunday, Aug 6, 6:30 p.m. to dusk. THE ANNUAL LANTERNS FOR PEACE EVENT at Governor Dodge State Park  “Caring for our Mother Earth” is the theme of this year’s Lanterns for Peace family event – always a moving experience as some 100 hand-made lanterns trail behind a lone canoe as it moves silently through the water of Twin Valley Lake in Governor Dodge State Park.   Starting at 6:30 p.m., children and adults will make lanterns, enjoy music together led by singer/songwriter Willie Sterba and share reflections.  The event is sponsored by Grassroots Citizens for Peace and Justice and Sustain Iowa County. Bring finger food to share.   Not to be missed!   For more info contact Jane H. Kavaloski at jhkavaloski@gmail.com.

Wednesdays, Aug. 9, 16, 23 at 9:30 a.m. (Mineral Pont or Dodgeville)   MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO JOIN THE POSTCARD WRITERS Now is not the time to let up on the pressure.  Our federal and state lawmakers need to continually hear from all of us.  Join the dedicated group of post card writers who meet weekly to do just that.  On Wed., Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. join them at the Gray Dog Deli, 215 High St. in Mineral Point; on Wed., Aug. 16 it will be at the Cook’s Room, 138 N. Iowa St, Dodgeville; on Wed., Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Café 43 Coffeehouse, 43 High St., Mineral Point. For more information, contact Susan Van Sicklen at svans5@icloud.com or Laura Cisler at glcisler@yahoo.com. Enjoy a cup of coffee and lively conversation.  Bring friends.  Pens and postcards will be provided.

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY group works at the local, state and national levels on climate change and environment issues. To get involved, contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net.

Thurs., Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Dodgeville)
All homeowners, farmers and business owners are invited to learn how they can take advantage of record-low solar pricing through a limited-time solar group purchase program.  Solar Iowa County is a solar group-buy program that can help residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume-purchasing. At this free, one-hour seminar (offered at 2 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 10) learn whether solar energy might work for you and how you could participate in the group buy.  LOCATION:  Health & Human Services Building, 303 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville.  Sign up and learn more at www.solariowacounty.com

Fri. thru Sun., Sept 8 to 10 (west of Dodgeville) FOLKLORE VILLAGE THIRD ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY WEEKEND.  Sign up for one of the ten distinctive workshops offered during this action-packed weekend.  Select from in-depth three-day workshops on historic Norwegian construction techniques to learning how to build and bake in a cob oven to techniques for fermenting food and beverages with live cultures and beneficial bacteria – and much more.  For a full rundown of weekend events and to register, go to https://folklorevillage.org/sustainability-weekend/ or call 608-924-4000.

The monthly Sustain Iowa County/Citizens Climate Lobby gathering, Sat., July 8th at 11am, back at our regular location, the Dodgeville Country Kitchen. It is a great opportunity to meet others who share your concerns and are doing something about them.  Contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net. 

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS FOR PEACE organizes forums and cultural events to encourage dialogue about critical peace and justice issues.
For more info, contact Bryan Walton at bryanwalton2007@gmail.com

IF YOU CARE ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION, YOU HAVE TIME TO ACT NOW ON THE STALLED WISCONSIN EDUCATION BUDGET.  The Republican-controlled state legislature is wrangling over a critically needed increase to the per-pupil school funding, after years of slashing funds.  Should the increase be $200 or a meager $150?   Howard Marklein and Todd Novak have not made a commitment.    Our Action Iowa County public education team urges you to call Howard Marklein and Todd Novak (or your own state representatives) to let them know you believe a $200 per student increase is the minimum!  Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov, 608-266-7502 and Sen.Marklein@legis.wisconsin.gov, 608-266-0703.  For further info, contact Jessie Wieczorek at jawieczorek24@gmail.com or Christie Johnston at christie.m.johnston@gmail.com

YOU ARE NEEDED ON OUR HEATH CARE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM    Health care legislation is the hottest topic in Washington, D.C. right now.  The results for the nation will no doubt be severe.  We urge you to let us know by RETURN EMAIL that you are willing to be part of our Health Care Rapid Response Team.  That means you will call, email or write Sen. Johnson, Sen. Baldwin and Rep. Marc Pocan as the details of the bill are revealed. 

ARE YOU HOOKED ON 5 CALLS YET?  Political news can be disheartening but we have to keep up the pressure in Washington and Madison.  Here’s the easiest way to be effective.   Click on https://5calls.org/ .  Once you’ve added your zip code, you’ll get complete instructions on exactly who to call, the important facts about the most pressing issues for the coming week and what you can do about them.  Give it a try now.  You may not think one call makes a difference – particularly if you only get a voice mail – but hundreds of thousands of calls do – SO BE ONE OF THEM.  Pass this tip on to your friends.
THE NEW GREEN COUNTY INDIVISIBLE GROUP is making plans to co-host a bipartisan Listening Session where all national and state representatives from the area will be invited to share the microphone with their constituents.  The event is scheduled for late August (during a Congressional recess.)   If you are interested in being a part of the planning group, contact Bob Nelson at bobnelson051@gmail.com

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS Immigration team is working to educate and achieve a better understanding of immigration issues in our area. To get involved, contact Shirley Barnes at grassroots@merr.com

OUR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) PROGRAM CONTINUES TO EXPAND To encourage self-sufficiency and confidence among recent Hispanic immigrants to our area, our English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer tutoring program has recently expanded into Lafayette and Grant Counties -- building on our existing Iowa County program.. Our trained volunteer tutors work one-on-one or in small groups. The program not only addresses the isolation many of our students feel, it enriches the tutors’ lives through cultural exchanges and friendships. To learn more about becoming a volunteer ESL tutor, please contact:

OUR GRASSROOTS Health Care Task Force has been working since 2008 to insure everyone receives quality, affordable health care. To get involved, contact Earl Barnes at grassroots@merr.com

ACALET PAUL RYAN KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT    Help one of our sister groups --  the Oregon Area Progressives – get the message directly to Paul Ryan in his home district.   The OAP health care community engagement group is purchasing billboards and newspaper ads in the Janesville area – the place Ryan calls home.  The aim is to undermine his support for the ACA among his own constituents.  YOU CAN HELP.  To contribute to the effort go to www.gofundme.com/retireandreplace    The goal is to collect $8,000.   For more info contact Beth Cox at coxlaw2@frontier.com

Other Community Events

INTERESTED IN MAKING DODGEVILLE MORE BIKE FRIENDLY?   Dave Oesper says “I think the first step is for those of us who are interested to meet and discuss. I'd be happy to take the lead but would appreciate having others to work with who share a passion for this important health and safety issue. “   Contact Dave at daveoesper@mac.com or 608- 930-2120

Tues., August 15th, 7 p.m. (Dodgeville) IOWA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETS in regular session at the Health and Human Services Building, 303 W. Chapel Street. When it becomes available, the agenda will be posted at http://www.iowacounty.org/countyboard/committees/countyboard.shtml

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