All of that wishing for good weather must have paid off…

It is really good to see the long-awaited and hoped-for cooler Fall weather finally arrive.  I find my personal reserves of energy restored, and I’m looking forward to a full plate of activities during the beautiful days of October, including our monthly Transition Houston meeting.

Transition Houston October meeting, Monday, October 4
As highlighted in our last newsletter, Richard Johnson, Sustainability Director at Rice University, will be a special guest speaker at Transition Houston’s October meeting.  Richard will be discussing climate and resource depletion threats, the current status of Houston sustainability, and opportunities to build our community’s resiliency.  We will also be discussing plans for our 10/10/10 Permablitz (our project for the 350.org Global Work Party), No Impact Project workshops, reports from Transition neighborhoods, and plans for Transition training in early 2011.  As always, we will close out the meeting with refreshments and conversation.

Richard Johnson at Transition Houston October Meeting
Monday, October 4
7:00-9:00PM 
Urban Harvest, 2311 Canal St., Houston, 77003
For details see  the event listing

No Impact Man Screening, Friday, October 1
Priyanka Johri sends word of a free screening of “No Impact Man” on Oct 1st in the Woodlands area:

There are several screenings all around Houston and we wanted to bring it to our neighborhood too. Please pass it on to your friends, neighbors and group members in surrounding areas who may be interested. We are located at the boundary of The Woodlands & Conroe. Everyone from The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis, Kingwood, Spring, Tomball and Magnolia are invited.

Please carpool or ride your bike if you can.
Hope to see you here.

No Impact Man free movie screening
Friday, October 1
7:00 PM
Indus Valley Sustainable Living Institute & Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary
2463 Bill Smith Rd., Conroe, TX  77384
Contact –
EcoLiving@IndusValleySustainableLivingInstitute.com

Solar Tour and Social, Saturday, October 2
Please remember the Houston Solar Tour and Social this Saturday, October 2.  Matthias Jung of Transition Houston is the chair of this year’s tour, and he and his colleagues have arranged for an excellent renewable energy and green living experience.

Solar Social (pre-Tour event)
Saturday, October 2
9:00AM to Noon
at the University of Houston, College of Architecture Building
 
Solar Tour
Saturday, October 2
Noon to 5:00PM
Self-guided tour
 
For details about both go to the Tour website.

Transition Houston Permablitz, Sunday, October 10 (350.org Global Work Party)
Quealy Antin, our Permablitz coordinator, has been working with the Permablitz team to hold a Permablitz on October 10:  Learn by doing!  Work with us at Transition Houston’s October Permablitz on the 10-10-10 Global Day of Action. We’ll apply Permaculture principles to create an example of local resiliency and turn a suburban landscape into a gorgeous food garden. The ‘Blitz will take place in Sharpstown, Houston’s oldest modern suburb. Bring shovels, gloves, loppers, clippers, and anything else you think we could use. Extra points for wheel barrows!  Early morning coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided by the host family.

Transition Houston Permablitz
Sunday, October 10
8:30am – 1:00pm
7502 Croton Street
Houston, TX  77036
details at the Event Listing.

Clear Lake Transition Initiative Permablitz, Sunday, October 10 (350.org Global Work Party)
And Clear Lake Transition has a Global Work Party planned too!  The plant a seed ~ feed the need community garden at St. Christopher Episcopal church is a donation garden providing fresh organic produce to the food pantry at Interfaith Caring Ministries in League City Texas. We will be planting an orchard, fall veggies, installing rain barrels and irrigation, and building compost systems all under the counsel and direction of Certified Master Gardeners and Permaculture designers. This community event will provide labor for the garden and a hands on educational experience for the participants, with several guest speakers on permaculture, sustainability, making lifestyle changes, and building community resilience.

Plant-a-Seed Feed-the-Need Permablitz
October 10
8:30am – 3:30pm
2508 St. Christopher Avenue
League City , TX, 77573
details at the Event Listing
 and Blog

Transition Houston Leisure Learning class, Monday, October 18
We want to remind you of the opportunity for your interested family and friends to learn about Transition.  On the evening of Monday, October 18 Transition Houston will be presenting a class at Leisure Learning about the Transition movement and Transition Houston, followed by a visit on Saturday, October 23 to the Japhet Creek Transition community.  If you have family or friends who are curious about the Transition movement, what it is all about, and what it means for Houston please tell them about this class.  A portion of the class fee will go to Transition Houston for our projects.

Transition Houston–Strategies for the 21st Century
Monday, October 18 7-9:30pm (field trip on Saturday, October 23, 10am-noon)
Greenway Plaza Area: Richmond/Kirby
for registration and details see the class page.

GreenWeek Houston, October 10-17
GreenWeek Houston is a collaborative effort brought to the City of Houston by the USGBC Emerging Professionals, Houston Green Scene and the Last Organic Outpost.  GreenWeek Houston is designed to connect, educate, facilitate and inspire fellow Houstonians to live in a sustainable way that preserves and enhances our City.

Following the No Impact Man film, book, curriculum and experiment created by Colin Beavan, USGBC Emerging Professionals are implementing a week of No Impact activities taking place all over the Greater Houston area.  See the EP website for specific details on each event, and please join us!

Houston Training for Transition, February, 2011
As we mentioned in the mid-September newsletter, there has been a good deal of interest amongst Transition Houston members about having another Training For Transition (T4T) class, following up on last November’s very successful course.  The class is useful for those who want to learn about the Transition movement as well as those who are already involved.  We have now also received interest from Transition Dallas folks who are starting up their Initiative now.

There has also been a significant expression of interest from the Dallas Transition community in our class, and so it looks even more likely that the class might happen, probably in mid-February 2011.  There is still time for you to express your interest in attending by contacting Mark Juedeman (mjuedeman at gmail dot org).  The cost of the two-day class, including breakfast and lunch, Friday potluck, and optional garden tours, is likely to be around $200.  There will also be a few partial scholarships available.

Enjoy these good October days and myriad opportunities to learn Transition skills!

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