Today in 1968: The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson just one week after the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Known as the Fair Housing Act, it first outlawed discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing and now bans it for reasons of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is Wisconsin Gourd Society’s 8th Annual Gourd Festival, a free family-friendly event to learn about gourds, gourd art and gourd growing. This is tomorrow from 9am to 4pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue. For more info, visit wisconsingourdsociety.org.
Sunday, Teen Pride Arts presents, and Overture Center for the Arts hosts, “Teen Pride Arts 2014,” an evening of fun and creativity for rainbow-spectrum teens aged 13 and up, featuring performances by Proud Theater, teen community poets, and an art workshop by UW faculty associate Michael Velliquette. This free event is Sunday from 6 to 8pm, at Overture Center for the Arts’ Rotunda Stage, followed by an after-party at Cargo Coffee East. For more info, call Nicole at 446-2419.
Tomorrow is the Great American Meat Out of 2014! Gather at 1pm at the top of West Mifflin and State Street for free sloppy janes, potato salad, cookies and more. Eating more plant based meals is the best thing you can do for your health, the animals, and the planet, so please join us for this family friendly event. Free for all! For more info, call 608-438-2616.
Sunday, the Health Discussion Group will have it’s final meeting for the season. The topic will be “Alternative Health Care Review and Learning EFT Technique – tapping the acupuncture points for healing physical and emotional issues. There is a small donation requested. Sponsored by the Madison Free Skool,t his is Sunday from 2 to 4pm at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer Street. For more info, call 280-9303.
Tomorrow, Madison Area Permaculture Guild hosts a ‘Wake Up the Garden’ get together. They’ll be reworking the swale, mulching, and removing and dividing plants. Extra shovels are helpful; otherwise bring gloves and water. Check out all of the swales at the property, both in the Herb Gardens and the orchard. The Herb Gardens are at the Token Creek Eco-Inn at 3919 Gray Road, DeForest – only about a 15 minute drive from the Capitol. Take highway 51 past the airport, then go past the highway 19 exit, the next exit is Windsor Road. Go East on Windsor (right) one mile, then north (left) on Portage Road. You will see the Inn sign on the corner of Gray and Portage Road. There is limited parking on the driveway, so it is best to park on the side of Gray Road. Call 608-513-0016 for more info.
Tomorrow, Four Lakes Wildlife Center hosts an Easter egg hunt with over one thousand eggs hidden in Marshall Park! Prizes include gift certificates, toys, a wildlife presentation for your child’s class and more! Egg hunting starts at noon so arrive early. There is a small suggested donation, and proceeds benefit the wildlife in rehabilitation at Four Lakes Wildlife Center. This is at noon at Marshall Park, 2101 Allen Boulevard. For more info, call 608-838-0413 ext. 187 or visit giveshelter.org/four-lakes-wildlife-center.html
Tomorrow is the Habitat Restore Earth Day Celebration, with Truly Remarkable Loon juggling at 1:30, and Richard Weigel of the Midwesterners playing his steel guitar throughout the afternoon! This is tomorrow from noon to 4pm at Habitat ReStore East, 208 Cottage Grove Road. More info at 608-712-4535.