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Celebrate World Environment Day!

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World Environment Day is a day for positive environmental action with activities taking place throughout the year all around the world and culminating on 5 June. Events like this can inspire us to get active in our own communities, so if you'd like to do that, here are some organisations and activities that you can contact:

Conservation SA - the peak body representing over 50 member groups whose main purpose is conservation and protection of the environment

Conservation Volunteers Australia - volunteers  participate in environment and heritage protection projects

Friends of Parks - join with others to help manage and protect national parks in South Australia

icarecommunities.ning.com - an online community of environmental activists

KESAB environmental solutions - community change and education programs in towns and communities, schools, Natural Resource Management groups, local councils and businesses

Landcare - improving farmlands, waterways and coasts, bringing back trees, restoring wildlife habitats, protecting urban environments

Trees for Life - revegetating South Australia and protecting its remnant vegetation

There are lots more that we can't list here - but visit SAcommunity.org to find something that interests you.


Ecological Footprint - calculate your footprint and find out how you can reduce your impact

Energy - take a look at the SA Government's pages on energy efficiency and renewable energy

Ethical Consumer Guide - shop with a clear conscience - check the environmental and social record of companies behind common brand names

Sustainable Living Guide - ideas and inspiration about simple changes that can have positive impacts on the environment and your health

That's not garbage -  unusual materials for artists, teachers, students, designers, scientists, inventors - reusing materials that would otherwise go to landfill

Zero Waste -  state government agency that enables people to improve their recycling and waste avoidance practices at home, at work and in industry


Earth Station - festival of sustainability and music from around the world, Belair National Park 21-23 October 2011

Native Garden Awards 2011 - do you have a great native garden? Home, school/community garden, government or business gardens are eligible for these awards

Sustainable House Day - an annual showcase of sustainable homes that are open to the public - it's on 11 September 2011

News from the SA community sector

NetSquared logoDid you hear about Talk Social and Science, an event held by the Adelaide NetSquared Meetup Group? This group works on and offline to connect communities at the intersection of technology and social change. The latest event featured online social technology that is making an impact in the scientific world. You can catch up with this talk on YouTube as well.

Picture Adelaide - have your say in the plans for Adelaide's future. The Adelaide City Council wants to know what you love about the city of Adelaide, what you would like to see improved, and what you what they would like to see created. Go to the website, get the iPhone app or look out for the reply paid postcards.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association SA Branch has moved to: Trinity Gardens Children’s Centre, 160 Portrush Rd, Trinity Gardens 5068, tel. 08 8333 3276, email santoffice@breastfeeding.asn.au

The Traditional Craft Skills Project is a series of workshops offered by Craftsouth in which South Australian artists and craft practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds teach traditional crafts including marquetry, knitting, indigo dyeing, embroidery and beading.

The 2011 Adelaide Canteen Expo is a free event aimed at club managers, canteen operators and catering staff in non-profit, community and other
organisations. Wayville Showgrounds, 9.30am – 4.30pm Thursday 21 July 2011, www.canteenexpo.com

The Office for the Not-for-Profit Sector was established in October 2010 to drive the not-for-profit sector policy reform agenda and the National Compact: working together. The benefits that will flow from this are smarter regulation, reduced red tape and increased social investment and volunteering to maximise the contribution to society of the not-for-profit sector.

Featured organisation

Royal Institute of Australia (RiAus) - Do you crochet? Would you like to learn? Interested in maths and science? Do you find beauty in coral reefs? Want to do more to save these environmental wonders? Join RiAus for some workshops in creating a Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef to be exhibited as part of the SALA festival.

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This month's recipe comes from Community Kitchens - these are places where people come together to socialise and cook affordable and nutritious meals. Did you know that there are 2 community kitchens in South Australia? Try this recipe to keep warm for winter!

Meetings & events

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is facilitating a workshop on human rights for people from non-English speaking background with disability. It will demonstrate how people can advocate for their own rights.  Friday 17 June 2011, 10.30am to 3.10pm at Julia Farr Association - McLeod Room, 104 Greenhill Road, Unley 5061. RSVP by 3 June 2011, tel. 1300 486 038, 0407 878 933, office@neda.org.au,

Fête de la Musique Music Day is a worldwide music festival that is celebrated in over 100 countries on the same day in June each year. Musical groups of all kinds, including school groups, choirs, community, amateur and professional are invited to participate. Fête de la Musique will take place under the Canopy in Rundle Mall at the intersection with Gawler Place from 11am on Saturday 25 June 2011. For more information contact gstrahle@chariot.net.au or director@af.org.au,
tel. 8272 4281.

Attracting and Retaining Older Workers – Education Sector is the title of a forum by The Australian Institute for Social Research, sponsored by the South Australian Government Disability Ageing and Carers. Monday 27 June 2011, 12 noon – 1.15pm at Innova21 Building Level 7, 715 Conference Room, University of Adelaide. RSVP by Friday 24 June 2011 to josie.covino@adelaide.edu.au

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Directory of Community Services 2011 is now available! $39.95 + $10 postage and handling. Buy online from Service SA or  telephone on 13 2324


Connecting Up Australia news

Attention! You might be missing out on a great chance to build your nonprofit. Fortunately, Connecting Up 2011: Reboot Your Nonprofit is almost here. To register, visit the CU11 registration page. But hurry, because time is running out!

Our website just had a makeover!

Have you seen it yet? Our website has had a makeover and it now has a whole lot of extra community features. We hope that it's a lot easier to make your way around it, and we'll be adding new content to it regularly, so it's worth checking back.

One way that you can make the most of the new site, is to update your profile, add a photo, update your contact information, and join a group! If you haven't already registered, it's completely free, easy to do and a great way to stay connected with other organisations.

Help us to keep your details up to date

SAcommunity is Connecting Up Australia’s comprehensive South Australian community services database that helps people find information about services and opportunities to participate in the community.  Please help us to keep your details current – visit sacommunity.org and check your organisation’s information. If any changes are needed please email us.

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