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FEBRUARY 2014

IGNITING IMAGINATION AND POSSIBILITY

Little Clay House by Nicole Woroniecki

In the middle of nowhere distant neighbors of the cat infested farm lays a little clay house
Inside these clay backed walls is a baby and its mother nestled by the fire
And its almost quiet except for the crackling fire and the sound of the young girls pencil working away, sketching, writing, shading and erasing,
No break for the girl's mind is bursting to show the world her ideas but she must wait, wait for the day to come
But until that day will come her pencil will be sketching, writing, shading and erasing in the little clay house.

Clay House

Nicole was eleven years old when she first visited Echo Valley with her mother and siblings. The words above are her response to all she encountered on her short visit. This photo is of a drawing of the house she hopes to build one day.

The freedom to dream. The empowerment to make dreams come true. These are qualities that children of all ages find at Echo Valley.




SUMMER SCIENCE PROGRAM

Echo Valley Hope is developing a two week Science Summer Program for children grades 6-8. It is a pilot program and will be offered to children in need from our surrounding community.

The curriculum is being designed and will be taught by Dr. Julianne Polito and will help children discover the local geology, the precious resources of earth and water and sustainable practices. They will engage in community and consensus building projects and will utilize photography, poetry painting or other arts to depict what they have learned. Parents and other family members will be welcomed to participate in portions of the program.

We are very excited that this program is being developed and is welcomed in the community and we invite your support to help ensure its success.




UPCOMING CLASSES
Offered by Echo Valley Hope, Free

We reserve the right to cancel due to weather.
Please call to confirm attendance: 608.337.4578.

Fundamentals of Tai Chi
February 7, 14, 21,  28
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. at Ontario Public Library in Ontario, Wis.
All abilities welcome.
Contact Deb for more information at 608.337.4578.

Sweets Without Sugar
February 8
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please visit the classes page for more information.

Fresh Foods in Winter
February 15
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please visit the classes page for more information.

Pie Crusts
February 15
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Please visit the classes page for more information.




PAYING ATTENTION

We Can Do Better for the Children:
Rally to Return to the Earth and Water, End Mining in Wisconsin 
February 13, 2 - 4 p.m. in Madison, WI, State St side of the Capitol
Sponsored by Migizi Advocates for Turtle Island
Contact Andi Cloud at 715.299.4110 for more information.

Winona LaDuke Speaks at UW-LaCrosse
February 5, 7:30 p.m. at Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and lifeways of Native communities.
Click here for more on Ms. LaDuke.
Tickets in advance are $3 for UW-L students and $5 for others.
For more on this event, click here

LP "Shortage"
Lack of concern and kindness is evident as cold weather persists and LP "shortages" drive prices steeply upward.
Read Karen Parker's important piece here.

Tar Sands
At this time when the reported incidents of oil spills and environmental destruction have become a regular occurrence, when entire communities have been disrupted or destroyed, when artificial shortages of LP and natural gas threaten our neighbors well-being... 
Can we afford to ignore what is before us?

Let us begin here, as a nation.
Let us stop the tar sands pipeline.
Please invite President Obama to join in support of our children's legacy, a clean and green earth.
Click here for more information.




HEADS UP:
Celebrating the Land We Love

On Saturday, April 26 at the Ontario Community Center there will be a family friendly drop in event celebrating the stewardship of the beautiful Kickapoo River Valley and the Ocooch Mountains.

In the spirit of Earth and Arbor Days we will share the ongoing efforts to protect our watersheds, our ecosystems, our farming and energy generation. Great music and good food.

You are welcome to be a vendor or to present your environmental cause to our community.

For more information contact: 608-337-4871.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

Advancing sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 educational and charitable organization working to raise the voice of peace, bringing people together, celebrating diversity and respecting the Earth.

The ideas we champion are welcomed by people everywhere. Our classes and events foster individuals and community. Peace is possible. It is our time.

Thank you to all who support our efforts. Your help is welcomed.

Click on the button above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a monthly supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable living and promotes initiatives of peace.

To make a tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651



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