Monday, February 21, 2011

HMEG and Mississippi Market to screen the film "Lunch Line"

Join us for a screening of the film Lunch Line on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Hamline-Midway Public Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.

Lunch Line ( portrays the story of six kids from a tough Chicago neighbor­hood working to fix school lunch. Their journey parallels the dramatic trans­formation of school lunch from a weak patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. Along the way, Senators, Secretaries of Agriculture, entrepreneurs, and activists from across the political spectrum add top-down perspective to a bottom-up film about the American political process, the health and welfare of its future, and the realities of feeding more than 31 million children a day.

This event is being sponsored by the Hamline-Midway Environmental Group and Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op. All are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend the film, please RSVP with the number attending to 651-690-0507 or to reserve your seat. There is limited space in the library auditorium. Mississippi Market will be serving organic popcorn!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gardening for Bees: Library Lecture now arranged by Xerces and HMEG

Gardening for Bees: Pollinators are essential to the health of our ecosystem and also to the integrity of our food supply. Elaine Evans from the University of Minnesota and the Xerces Society will present information on how your garden can benefit from having a healthy pollinator population. You will also learn what steps to take to encourage native pollinators in our gardens. Made possible by the Hamline Midway Environmental Group ( and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (

Note, this lecture is part of the Library's spring gardening series.

Date: March 2nd, 2011
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Hamline Midway Library

Elaine Evans Conservation Consultant, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Portland, OR, and PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota. She completed her B.S. in Biology in 1993 from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA and her M.S. in Entomology at the U of M, St. Paul, 2001, where she studied the impact of floral resource competition between honey bees and bumble bees on the reproductive success of native bumble bees as well as tomato and cranberry pollination and bumble bee rearing. A summary of bumble bee rearing is in the book ―Befriending Bumble Bees: A Guide to Raising Local Bumble Bees. (ALA Godort 2008 Notable Government Document Award Winner) She also authored a chapter on bumble bee pollination in a forthcoming book on bees by fellow Xerces staff member Eric Mader. The focus of her work is to promote conservation of native pollinators. Elaine has worked as a Conservation Consultant for the Xerces Society, a non-profit insect conservation organization, where she worked for Xerces since 2007 studying declining North American Bombus populations. She is currently studying native bee populations in North Dakota.