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September 14, 2014

Welcome to the Green Metropolis Fair Fall Harvest!

We hit the road this morning, and our destination is Lake View High School in Chicago, the site of the Green Metropolis Fair Fall Harvet with its super green and family-friendly agenda. There's a lot going on this morning and afternoon, including a live broadcast of The Mike Nowak Show at our usual time, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. CDT. However, the doors to the fair don't open until 10am. Here are a few things you should know about the fair:

  • 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar welcomes you to the Green Metropolis Fall Harvest Fair as the doors open at 10am
  • Location: 4015 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
    Lake View High School is easily accessed via public transportation. Ride your bike - bike racks abound! and plenty of street parking is available.
  • FREE entry, all are welcome!
  • Hands on family-friendly activities: farm animals, composting, gardening stalls and more!
  • Retail market with local sustainable business vendors.
  • Food market with local restaurants and chefs.
  • Presentations on canning and preserving, fall gardening, sustainable living and energy savings.
  • Spirituality & Wellness Sessions and much more!

Here are the folks who will be on my show this morning.

Erin Yanz and the Nature's Creatures Animal Show

Erin Yanz is a veterinary technician, farm program manager, school educator, and owner and creator of the Nature's Creatures Animal Show. I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with her in April at the spring version of the Green Metropolis Fair. For more than ten years she has been teaching kids and adults about animals and nature. From her website:

The animals do not do tricks, but rather represent themselves as tame friendly pieces of our shared world. When we pause to look at them, learn about them and how they live in our shared environment, we end up learning many valuable facts about our world in relation to them, and about ourselves.

This program compliments the Illinois Learning Standards of grades K-8. The program topics cover natural history, animal behavior, reproduction & caring for young, environmental niches, habitats, communication, senses, finding food, our changing environment, and many more interesting facts.

Some of the animals that Erin features are

  • Small and GIANT Snakes
  • Bunnies and Chinchillas
  • Frogs, Toads and Salamanders
  • GIANT Tortoises
  • Large and Small Lizards
  • Talking Parrots
  • Ducks and Peacocks
  • Tarantulas and Scorpions

I'm thrilled to have her kick off our broadcast this morning. After all, anybody who has met Jane Goodall and considers her a source of inspiration is okay in my book.

Green Diva Lynn Hasselberger

As you probably already know, I'm not the only person out there trying to get people to treat the planet better than we have a habit of doing. For instance, there are the folks behind The Green Divas Radio Show. So who are the Green Divas?

The Green Divas Radio Show —a one-hour, weekly digital radio broadcast—offers listeners low stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Our goal is to inspire sustainable living from a guilt-free, low-stress perspective—making green information accessible to a broad audience using credible resources, humor and technology. 

Green Diva Meg hosts and produces the show out of the Green Diva Studio … The magic happens when she (and a variety of co-hosts) talks to experts and correspondents who are passionate about our earth, livin' green and taking action for a safer, healthier world.

The managing editor of this enterprise is Lynn Hasselberger, also known as Green Diva Lynn. She is also Associate Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. Here's how she describes herself:

I'm an environmental advocate, marketing consultant, writer, truth seeker and social media junkie.
My personal life consists of being a mom, runner and lover of yoga, chocolate, comedy and cats.
In my previous life, I was a direct advertising executive and workaholic. Well... I'm still a workaholic.
A favorite quote: "There are two ways of spreading light---to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~ Edith Wharton
P.S. Check out my NYR Organic page for non-toxic, organic and luxurious beauty products.

Got it. I will be appearing on The Green Divas Radio Show sometime in the near future (I'll keep you posted). Meanwhile, I'm happy to spread the Gospel of Green with Diva Lynn.

47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar

Wikipedia states that Ameya Pawar

was elected to the Chicago City Council as an Alderman of the 47th Ward of the City of Chicago in the 2011 municipal elections held on February 22, 2011 and is the first Indian American and Asian American in Chicago City Council history. He succeeded Eugene Schulter who had been the Alderman of the 47th Ward since 1975. was elected to the Chicago City Council as an Alderman of the 47th Ward of the City of Chicago in the 2011 municipal elections held on February 22, 2011 and is the first Indian American and Asian American in Chicago City Council history. He succeeded Eugene Schulter who had been the Alderman of the 47th Ward since 1975.

He is also a strong supporter of the Green Metropolis Fair Fall Harvest. I'm pleased that he will spend some time with me on the show this morning.

Mighty House Radio Show Host Ron Cowgill

Want to save energy and control costs as the cold weather approaches? There's a session at today's fair that is being is being hosted by my buddy Ron Cowgill of WCPT's Mighty House Home Improvement Radio called Green Technology - Bringin' It Home, from 12:00-12:30pm. He'll show you how to save energy and control costs as the cold weather approaches, using new technological advancements that are currently available on the market.

He claims he'll stop by the show this morning to talk about the seminar. We'll see.

Allen Lawrance, Entomologist from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

At 11:15 a.m. today, I will be emceeing a Monarch Butterfly Plant Seed Release. Folks will bring their milkweed pods and scatter the seeds to the wind to help provide habitate for future monarchs. We will be doing this around the northeast entrance to the school. We're not the only people trying to help the endangered monarch butterfly. Just the other day, children in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods released more than 100 monarchs, which will now embark on a perilous journey to their winter breeding grounds in Mexico.

I advise you to check out groups like Monarch Watch, Monarch Joint Venture and Journey North for more information.

Meanwhile, I will be interviewing entomologist Allen Lawrance from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, who works in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and with the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network.

And there's much more...

Another session I will be involved with is Creativity - Discovering and Nurturing the Genius Within YOU, which happens from 1:30-2:00pm. It's described this way:

The creative process can be elevating, elusive, and humbling, and during this discussion, some very creative people will share how they use internal and external resources to continue to create and keep themselves challenged.(plus 15 minutes for Q & A)

Uh, I'm not sure exactly how much genius I personally have, but there are some very creative people on the panel with me:

Ina Pinkney - Chef and author (who was on my show recently)
Scott Stantis - Editorial cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune
Moderated by Mark Earnest - Author

In addition, The Mike Nowak Show team member Sarah Batka, who is Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator with University of Illinois Extension, will be part of a seminar called Winter Composting - Yes You Can! from 12:00-12:30 pm. She's joined by Erlene Howard of Collective Resource, and together they will show you how to
reduce your ecological footprint throughout the winter months by composting your vegetable and fruit scraps and paper products.

There's so much more going on that day, including

  • family yoga
  • Jeannie McQueenie puppet show
  • insect petting zoo (one of my faves)
  • harvest and garden workshops
  • drying and preserving herbs
  • Ask a Master Gardener table

The full program is here. There are also great vendors, fabulous activities and more. And, oh yeah, I'll be signing copies of my new book, Attack of the Killer Asparagus, too. Join us! Meanwhile, check out Green Metropolis Fair on Facebook .

I also need to acknowledge o rganizer Mary Beth Rebedeau of Green Parents Network (GPN) for the tireless work she has done in bringing people and nature together. I hope you join us today.







Mary Beth Rebedeau, founder of Green Parents Network and producer of the Green Metropolis Fair with Erin Yanz, creator of the Nature's Creatures Animal Show



Lynn Hasselberger

Alderman Ameya Pawar

Ron Cowgill

Ina Pinkney