Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Friday, 10.03 - Sunday, 10.05

The purpose of the festival is to bring awareness to our pleasant and charming communities in Clearview Township along with the revitalization of each of their community centres.

The event is fundamentally a fundraiser for each hall to continue providing traditional and social community programming for the families of Clearview Township.

Each hall will showcase the best of rural living with music festivals, dinner theatre, art exhibits, dancing, kids events, a culinary event with local chefs, farmers and breweries. The Small Halls Festival will also feature unique features to Clearview that will attract people from across Ontario; Clearview Farmer’s Markets, Downtown Creemore, the Key Hole Caves, Creemore Springs Brewery, Downtown Stayner, Reinharts and the New Farm.

Small Halls is a unique festival and the first of its kind in Ontario. 


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Clearview, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, 10.08 - Thursday, 10.09

Many communities in Appalachia, especially those in rural areas, are facing the impacts of high rates of youth outmigration: the loss of potential workers, business owners, community leaders, and parents of the next generation. ARC’s October 2014 Investing in Appalachia’s Youth conference will focus on strategies communities can use to support Appalachia’s youth and help engage and retain the youth population.

Conference sessions will focus on critical strategies for reversing youth outmigration, including:

  • Targeting entrepreneurial programs to youth
  • Engaging youth in civic leadership and organizing
  • Preparing Appalachia’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs


A detailed conference agenda and registration will be available through this page soon. Please check back for updates.


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Marriott Shoals Hotel. Florence, Alabama

Thursday, 10.09

Brain drain—the loss of 18-29 year olds—dominates the conversation about rural population change. Yet at the same time, a lesser known migration is occurring.  A majority of rural counties are, in fact, experiencing “brain gains” as newcomers age 30-49 move in. 

Most communities aren’t tuned in to positive migration and miss out on the opportunities that come with newcomers. Ben Winchester, Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality, has studied the trend and has great ideas for making the most of positive migration patterns.  

Join our next CommunityMatters® and Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design™ webinar to hear Ben’s research on rural migration trends and the impacts they have on social and economic opportunity. Learn how communities are responding to these trends and what can be done in your town. 



Friday, 10.10 - Sunday, 10.12

The Tennessee Fall Homecoming is a mecca for lovers of old-time music, mountain tunes, bluegrass, Gospel, folk, and old country.

And its much more than music. The Museums mission is to preserve the Appalachian heritage for future generations hence the demonstrations of old-time skills like molasses-making, rail-splitting, quilting, and much more.


Norris, TN

Wednesday, 10.22


We are excited to have Michael Howard, associate director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and south side of Chicago community activist, as this year's keynote speaker. At 2 p.m. (Oct. 22) in the University Union Grand Ballroom, Howard will discuss his work as a community leader and as the founder of Eden Place Nature Center in Chicago.
Developed on an abandoned brownfield site, Eden Place was honored in May 2004 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness with the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. The winners were recognized for their extensive and creative use of natural landscaping to support native plants and animals that contribute to the region's biodiversity. That same month, Eden Place was filmed for a PBS special documentary called Eden's Lost & Found.

The summit highlights activities that help improve our region's quality of life. This year, we focus on:

  • Greening Our Community to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day;
  • Arts on the Prairie Landscape to showcase rural community development practices;
  • Professional development for high school science teachers.


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Illinois University Student Union, Macomb, IL.

Prairie Lands Environmental Summit, Wednesday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Western Illinois University Student Union, Macomb, IL.


The summit highlights activities that help improve our region's quality of life. This year, we focus on:

  • Greening Our Community to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day;
  • Arts on the Prairie Landscape to showcase rural community development practices;
  • Professional development for high school science teachers.


... And open to the public. But if you would like to make a donation, please contact Sandy Wittig, operations manager at


(All day)
estern Illinois University Student Union, Macomb, IL