Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at 

Water park: Cool off with Wild Virginia on a hike to Cedar Run in the Shenandoah Wilderness on Sunday, August 4. The conservation organization is partnering with the Shenandoah National Park Trust to lead the five mile hike, which starts at 10am at the Whiteoak Canyon Parking Area in the park and will include stops at a swimming hole and natural water slide. Call 293-2728 to reserve a spot.

Call to action: City officials and environmental groups gathered at City Hall last Tuesday in a local expression of support for President Obama’s newly announced Climate Action Plan—particularly the piece that would limit carbon emissions from power plants, which City Councilor Dede Smith said are a major air quality problem for Central Virginia. Local officials added their signatures to a letter to the President, already signed by politicians and green business leaders from around the state, urging a national dialogue on global warming.

Mushroom mania: The Piedmont Environmental Council is hosting a six-week series of seminars on the local food system, and next week’s session will be all about farming with mushrooms. Meet at Rebecca’s Natural Food on Tuesday, August 6, for an hour-long discussion with Sharondale Farm’s Mark Jones about how to incorporate mushrooms and fungi into gardens and small farms using ecological design principals. The event is free and begins at 6:30pm.