Earth Day is April 22, and the Sustainable Living & Renewable Energy Roundup (SLRER) is offering two ways to celebrate in Carson Valley.
An Earth Day locavore dinner is 6 p.m. April 22 at David Walley’s Hot Springs, 2001 Foothill Road, in the island gazebo.
Locavore means that the food and drink served are produced locally and sustainably, as much as possible. Tickets are $40 and include one glass of wine/beer/soft drink, soup, salad, bread, entrée, dessert, coffee/tea, tax and gratuity.
A no-host bar will be serving local wine and beer also.
The menu includes roasted root vegetable soup, heirloom tomato and baby greens salad with Hawaiian ginger and light floral honey dressing, Schat’s bread with creamery butter, fresh herb Panko-encrusted tilapia with lemon butter caper sauce, red wine, oregano, and tomato braised short ribs, Basque chorizo sausage and charred vegetable empanadas, fresh herb risotto, heirloom lemon cheesecake with berry coulis, fresh fruit tartlets, and Starbucks regular and decaf coffee.
Local suppliers will be Hungry Mother Organics, Bently Ranch, Jacobs’ Berry Farm, Custom Garden Farms, Holley Family Farms, Schat’s Bakery, Starbuck’s, Villa Basque Deli & Café, Churchill Winery, and Great Basin Brewing Co.
Bill Chernock, executive director of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, will introduce the new Green Business Improvement Group (GreenBIG) program. GreenBIG is a cooperative group of community leaders, environmental experts, and business leaders from Douglas County, Carson City and Lyon County who will recognize businesses for green business practices, educate business owners on best environmental practices, and encourage the community to support green businesses and understand why environmental sustainability is important.
Reservation and payment must be received by April 18 to confirm your seat.
The second Earth Day event planned will be a showing of “The Passive House Revolution,” a 45 minute film about how a home can be constructed or retrofitted to reduce home energy consumption by 80-90 percent. The methods were developed in the US in the 1970s during the oil embargo, and then abandoned as the oil supply became more available again.
“Germany picked up the idea and has been using it with great success,” organizers said. “And there’s a resurgence of interest in it here in the US.”
The film will be shown 6 p.m. April 24 at the Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, across from Lampe Park. Refreshments included, seating is limited. A $5 donation is suggested, but not required. RSVP to Vicki Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.