ACT LOCALLY: GRID'S Round-up of local events and newsy bits

Courtesy of www.unwater.orgSunday, March 20, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

 In celebration of World Water Day, which is officially recognized by the U.N General Assembly on March 22, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing is sponsoring a 5k walk to raise money to provide filtration systems and access to clean water to a national nursing school and it’s affiliated clinics in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The walk will take place on UPenn’s campus. For more information, contact Troy Majnerick at themeyear@lists.upenn.edu or call (215) 573-1218.

Monday, March 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 South Philly Food Co-op, the recent winners of a $1,000 Ignite Philly grant, are hosting a community meeting in South Philly. The meeting will cover the progress the co-op has made over the past year and discuss their initiative to open a cooperative grocery store in South Philadelphia by 2012. The event will be held at the Neumann-Goretti High School Auditorium (entrance at 11th & Moore St.). Email Alison Fritz at southphillyfoodcoop@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture are sponsoring a three part series titled “Feeding the Future: Food, Agriculture and Land Use in Uncertain Times,” which will display various challenges that face agriculture and food production in the 21st century. The first segment, “Impacts of Marcellus Shale Drilling on PA Agriculture" will take place at the Academy in the main auditorium. (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) To register, visit http://agricultureandmarcellus.eventbrite.com/.

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College hosts a guided tasting tour of handmade Chester County cheeses and Old World wines. Jenny Harris, a cheese expert from Tria Café, will introduce participants to the various flavors, textures and aromas that embody the expertly crafted, locally produced, cow and goat's milk cheeses. For more information, http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/694472/feb7193008/317450033/babcb75b58/.

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Young Friends of the Schuylkill Center for a round-up of their on and off-site events. It is a great opportunity for networking and offering ideas for new volunteer projects and social events. Light food and adult beverages will also be provided. FREE event! 8480 Hagys Mill Road, 19128. For more information, http://www.meetup.com/The-Young-Friends-of-the-Schuylkill-Center/.

Saturday, March 26, 8:30 p.m.

Come celebrate 2011’s Earth Hour! Earth Hour is a worldwide commitment to improving the planet. Turn off your lights for only one hour during the day to be a part of the event. To learn more about Earth Hour, check out this link: http://www.earthhour.org/#