Saturday, May 9, 2015

Trashformations 2015 - Now on Display!

Green Elk Rapids’ Trashformations on Display May 9-18
Creative recycling and repurposing is on display throughout the village in the Green Elk Rapids’ 2015 Trashformations Exhibit. Over 20 creations can be found in business windows along River Street, the yards of village homes, at Mill Creek and Lakeland Elementary Schools, Sunrise Academy, Elk Rapids High School and other locations.
A map showing the locations of all Trashformations is available online at
Many of the entrants took this year’s theme, “wind energy,” to heart with a variety of creative interpretations. Members of the Village Council will serve as judges; winners will be announced during a special Village Council Meeting on May 18th at 6:30 pm at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall, 401 River Street.
The evening’s program will also include a presentation by nationally-renowned naturalist and bird habitat expert Doug Tallamy, “Saving the Environment, One Backyard at a Time.”

Trashformation Entries for Green Elk Rapids 2015
“Tiffany’s Treasures” by Patty Sutter at 145 River Street (Princess & The Pea)
“Kids Day Off” by Kids of Better Yards & Gardens and Lawns Unlimited, at the Boardwalk Sitting Garden
 “Nature’s Window” by Sandra Giordani, 123 River Street (Hufford Vision & Eye Care)
“Drumming in the Wind” by Howard and Dianne Richter, 708 Ottawa Street
“Pillow Power” by Charlie, Kate & Liam Wolschon, 126 River Street (Then & Now)
“Queen of the Wind, ‘Mariah’” by Royce Ragland, 607 Ottawa Street
“Franklin’s Folly” by the Stauffer/Witte Team, 211 River Street (twg studio)
“Summer Wind” by Lauren Barnes (student), 125 River Street (A Summer Place)
“Transformations” by Charles Cianfarani (student), 125 River Street (A Summer Place)
"Let 'er Blow" by Tom Gotts, 120 Traverse Street (in east side yard, view from street)
"In Honor of Trashformations" by anonymous Chicago artist, displayed by Terri Reisig at 613 Ottawa Street

“Aveda Windpower at the Beehive” by The Beehive Salon, 204 Traverse Street
“Styling in the Future” by Hairport Salon & Spa, 404 Bridge Street                                                                 
 “Cellar 152 Recycles” by Cellar 152, 152 River Street
“Short’s Creation” by Short’s Brewing Company, 211 industrial Park Dr.
“Bloom Where You are Planted” by Kym’s Photo-Kopies and More, 108 First Street
“Critters” by Then & Now, 126 River Street
“Repurposed Picnic” by Cedar Creek Interiors, 212 River Street

“Garden of Windmills” by the Story Hour Group, 401 River Street (Historic Town Hall)

“Windy City” by Sunrise Academy at 95 Lake Street
“Being Green's a Breeze” by Fifth Graders at Mill Creek Elementary, 9039 Old M-72 (surrounding pond and garden)
“Trash Class” by Lakeland Elementary students, 616 Buckley Street (in front of school)

Wind Creations by Amy Muzzarelli’s HS Science Students, ERHS Main Hallway and 124 River Street (The Place)

For a map of all GreenER trash formation and event locations, click HERE

Monday, May 4, 2015

Story Hour - Saturday, May 9 at 10:30am

Green Elk Rapids Adpots a Highway!

Green ER Adopts a Highway and picks up the Trash! Down and gritty with 17 bags in two hours time. Check out some pictures of volunteers hard at work.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

What is a "tiny house"?

What is a tiny house? Find out on May 9 from from noon to 2:00 pm.  House and builder will be available for tour and information. Location will be at the community garden on Bridge Street. Event sponsored by Green ER.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GreenER Event: William and the Windmill Documentary on May 5

Come join us on Tuesday, May 5 at the Elk Rapids Cinema for William and the Windmill. This documentary film featuring "the boy who harnessed the wind", is a true story about  Malawian William Kamkwamba who built a windmill from scrap parts, effectively rescuing his family from famine and poverty. The film will play at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. View the trailer here.

Green ER 2015 Schedule of Events