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April 2011 Newsletter 
Happy Earth Month,
What a wonderful month to celebrate the earth's rebirth in spring as well as one of favorite causes, environmentalism. We've got some exciting upcoming events that we hope to see you at soon.

The Purple Asparagus team 


We're excited to partner with Sears this Saturday, April 23,  at their Earth Day celebrations where we'll be making Basil Seed Bookmarks with recycled papers from Paper Source. We need lots of volunteers between 11am and 4pm. For more information, email us at info@purpleasparagus.com or call 773-991-1920.


If you're intersted in stopping by, there will lots of other activities for both kids and adults including face painting, a scavenger hunt, "eco-friendly" deals, battery recycling and energy saving tips.

Visit with Best-Selling Author Mark Kurlansky, May 7

World Without Fish

Imagine a planet with orange oceans, toxic seawater, and marine life that consists almost solely of jellyfish. This is the scenario that Mark Kurlansky, renowned author of the award-winning bestseller Cod, asks us to contemplate in World Without Fish. Lushly illustrated andwritten for young readers, World Without Fish compellingly explains how, without sustainable fishing and improved environmental practices, the future of fish and the health of oceans is bleak. World Without Fish  is a clarion call to all ages about the importance of taking action to save the ocean's fish from extinction.  Mark will be joining us at the Notebaert Nature Museum on May 7 from 11am-1pm to discuss the importance of marine conservation and what we do to make sure that we don't live in a World Without Fish.

Special guests include representatives from the Shedd Aquarium who will lead us through an interactive activity to show how interconnected we are with all of the world's species, but most particularly the fish in our lakes, rivers and oceans. We will also be treated to a demonstration by Dirk Fucik of Dirk's Fish and Gourmet who'll treat us to a delicious dish made with sustainable seafood.

The event is free and ongoing, so stop by at any time between 11am and 1pm on Saturday May 7 at the Notebaert Nature Musuem, located at 2430 North Canon Drive.

Purple Asparagus in the Press!

WCIU visited us at McAuliffe Elementary School

this month to film our Delicious NutritiousDNA

Adventures progam on Chicago Chefs Move to Schools Day.  Click here to read about it and see the video.


On Friday, Head Spear Melissa Graham will be appearing on WGN in the 11am-1pm time frame to explain how to dye your Easter eggs naturally.

Looking for A Few Good Spears
 As always, if you would like to volunteer with Purple Asparagus or would like to contribute your support for our important programming in other ways, please email us at info@purpleasparagus.com or call us at 773-991-1920.


Right now, we're looking for volunteers to help us with curriculum development and the creation of tools to measure the success of our programs.

 Thanks again for your continued support.
Purple Asparagus
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