“Connecting to the Land: Healthy for You and For Me” with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Activist Mary Kay Baum
Thursday, February 4th, 6:00pm–8:00pm. This free event will be a book-signing, photo reception, and community talk in the Community Room of the Willy Street Co-op. Mary Kay’s nature photography will be shown throughout. At 6:30pm Mary Kay will show a six-minute clip from a documentary for public television. She will then discuss maintaining her quality of life during neurological changes. Baum says, “My personal health is linked to the health of the planet. The Ornate Box Turtle that I photograph is an endangered species. So are we unless we live sustainably.” Mary Kay co-edited the book entitled Traveling with Hope: Sharing Our Experiences with Memory Challenges, which is available at the Co-op. All proceeds from the books and the photos assist “for Memory,” a network of persons affected by early-onset dementia. Mary Kay feels we all need to work on prevention, like reducing toxins and improving nutrition. Baum is now a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of WI. For more info call 935-5834 or go to www.hopeofalzheimers.com.

Madtown Barefoot Boogie
Fridays, February 5th and 19th, 8:00pm–11:00pm. Tai Chi Center, 301 S. Bedford, $5-$10. The Madtown Barefoot Boogie is a volunteer-run, community-building, substance-free, open-floor dance. For more information, check out www.madtownboogie.com.

Introduction to EMPOWERMENT THROUGH MOVEMENT: A Therapy Group for Women
Wednesday, February 10th, 6:30pm–8:00pm at the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy. Open to any woman interested. Therapists Grace Valentine, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, LPC, and Robyn Lending Halsten, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, will introduce the format and some examples of experiential activities of this body-based therapy group for women. Free. Call to RSVP your attendance at 251-0908. For more info visit www.hancockcenter.net.

Tao Sangha Open House
Friday, February 12th, (2nd Friday of the month), 7:00pm–9:00pm; 2330 Willard Ave. Stop in anytime to learn more about the health classes, practices and aid projects of Madison’s Tao Sangha Center. Please call 257-4663 or usa@taosangha.com and visit www.taosangha-na.com.

Protecting our Water Resources
Wednesday, February 17th, 6:30pm. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. Do you know what’s in your water, or what future threats you may be facing? The Great Lakes Compact now helps protect the water in our Great Lakes, but what about other lakes, rivers and streams and groundwater? Hear from members of the Wisconsin Muir Chapter’s water team about their activities and where we’re at in Wisconsin.

Madison Youth Grow Local Conference
Saturday, February 20th, 8:30am–1:00pm. Join youth gardening experts from around the city for the first annual Madison Youth Grow Local Conference. Connect with others who are involved in the youth gardening movement, learn about seed starting, cooking in the garden, hands on activities, school gardens, how to access community resources for your garden and much more! Check out: www.notlong.com/youthgrowlocal or email elizabeth@troygardens.org or phone us at 240-0409. At Goodman Community Center.

Weston A. Price Foundation—Madison Chapter Meeting
Monday, February 22nd, 7:00pm, Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., Nutrient-dense foods, education and activism. The public is invited. For more info, call Carolyn at 221-8696 or see http://my.madison.com/Groups/Madison_WAPF.

21st Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Thursday, February 25th–Saturday, February 27th. The annual Organic Farming Conference is coming once again to La Crosse, and thousands of farmers will gather to learn, share, network and eat delicious, locally sourced organic food. Organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), the Organic Farming Conference (OFC) is now in its 21st year and the largest in the country. Attendees can participate in over 60 workshops and visit over 140 exhibitors of products and services that serve the organic and sustainable farming community. On Thursday, February 25th, MOSES will hold the Organic University (OU) featuring the intensive, daylong courses for growers interested in a more in-depth look at specific organic farming practices. Cost to attend the conference is $190, which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, workshops, general sessions, admission to the exhibit hall, and even entertainment. For those who want to attend the in-depth Organic University sessions on Thursday, February 25th, the cost is $150. There will be activities for children and teens on Friday and Saturday and volunteer opportunities at the conference for those what want to lend a helping hand and get involved. The MOSES website, www. mosesorganic.org, is a great place to find more details—plus, you can register online.