Lake Jocassee Pontoon Boat Tour and Hike

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Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy Spring on a 4 hour boat ride with short hike that will familiarize us with this beautiful lake. We will likely see see Spring blooming trees and flowers, a nesting pair of Bald Eagles, numerous waterfalls from pristine mountain streams and rivers that flow into Lake Jocassee, and more! We might be in time to see the rare Oconee Bell wildflowers blooming.

Bring your own lunch and snacks. Bottled water is provided on the boat. We will stop at a beautiful spot to enjoy our lunch.

Our tour guides are Brooks and Kay Wade of Jocassee Lake Tours. They are passionate about sharing the Lake Jocassee and the Jocassee Gorges, and they are knowledgable naturalists. Check out their website here:  http://www.jocasseelaketours.com/

Cost is $40 per person for the boat tour. Additionally, Devil’s Fork State Park charges $2 entry fee per person.

Reservations for this trip have to be finalized by April 1. There is a minimum of 10 people needed, if we haven’t reached the ten person minimum by April 1, the trip will be canceled. You can pay me in advance, details on that will be sent when you RSVP for this trip.

To reserve your spot and for payment instructions, please email: lindasuealley@hotmail.com

Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here: https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20…

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Monthly Meeting: Wed. Feb. 24, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park: 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte

Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Social Justice

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Monica Embrey, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace USA

Join us to hear Monica Embrey, Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace USA based in Charlotte, speak about the role of intersectional organizing in the environmental movement. Why should environmentalists stand in solidarity with racial, gender, labor and immigrants rights advocates? We’ll discuss what’s to gain by taking action and what we could lose if we don’t. Monica has worked on environmental justice campaigns across the country and will bring her personal experiences, in addition to academic research for this lively conversation. She has a degree in Environmental Justice Studies: Race, Class, Gender and the Environment from Pomona College.

The evening begins with pizza at 6:30 and the program begins at 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of Sierra Club to attend.

 

 

TONIGHT: Free Film Screening – “Merchants of Doubt”

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Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 –  7:00 p.m.

Meyers Park Baptist Church – Youth Hall (entrance off Roswell Avenue)

We’re partnering with Myers Park Baptist Church Earth Keepers to show the film “Merchants of Doubt”, a troubling story of how a cadre of influential scientists have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda.

The film will be followed by a discussion on “dark money” that operates in North Carolina, and how it is impacting decisions being made right now about our state’s environment and natural resources. Join us and invite your friends!

This informative and entertaining documentary reveals the strategies of manipulation used by corporations to spread misinformation to American citizens. These tactics can delay progress on important issues such as toxic chemicals and global climate change. Big Oil companies appear to be attempting to protect their profits by encouraging doubt and confusion.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner was inspired by the book, Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. Britten Cleveland, Chapter Organizer, NC Sierra Club, will facilitate a discussion after the film.

This event is hosted by Myers Park Baptist Church Earth Keepers. The public is invited to attend.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8ii9zGFDtc

TONIGHT: Parks and Recreation: What’s Ahead for 2016

Wednesday, January 27.

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Join us to hear Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department speak about the department’s plans for the coming year. Michael will give us an update on projects related to parks, greenways and nature preserves. Pizza at 6:30, program at 7. Free and open to all.

Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte

Explore Morrow Mountain State Park

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Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 AM

Morrow Mountain State Park  49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC

This is the rescheduled outing that was canceled due to ice and snow.  We have a good forecast at this time.  It promises to be a great weekend!

We will offer hiking on both Saturday and Sunday.  Join us on one or both days as we enjoy this beautiful park in the ancient Uwharrie Mountains.  These pinnacles are the remains of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the eastern united states.

If you would like to stay in the park and enjoy a quiet winter night in the woods, camping and cabin rentals are available in the park, each person is responsible for making their own reservation.  Contact the park at 704-982-4402, or online at: http://www.ncparks.gov/morrow-mountain-state-park/camping

For more information and to sign up for this great outing go to Meetup:

Explore Morrow Mountain State Park

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016, 9:00 AM

4 Members Attending

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Monthly Meeting: Parks and Recreation – What’s Ahead for 2016

January 27, 2016, 6:30 p.m. 

Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte

Join us to hear Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department speak about the state of our parks, greenways and nature preserves. Michael will give us an update on projects in the community.

Pizza is served at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7. Free and open to all. You do not have to be a member of Sierra Club to attend.

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