December 2017


“I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

—Helen Keller


ACTIVITIES (like planting, for instance–things you can do on a personal, local level)

For the Flying Things: The birds, the bees, and butterflies!

  • Don’t forget to put out food and water for the birds. And please, make sure the water isn’t frozen. If you can swing a heated bird bath, that would be great for them.

Gardening This Month:

  • If you didn’t get it done last month:
    • This is a great time for re-organizing and straightening up that garden shed; also, wash out empty pots, seed trays, and other planter/containers with hot soapy water and get them organized and shelved for the winter.
    • Clean and sharpen your garden tools; get them maintained and put away. Clean all the dirt off and wash spades, etc., with hot, soapy water to keep them from rusting. Rub wooden handles down with some oil to keep them from becoming brittle and tending to split.
  • Follow Color Us Empowered on Facebook where I share the best articles, videos, and other information about all aspects of gardening (among other things) that I can find.



December 1:

  • World AIDS Day

December 2:

  • Water Is Life Rally and Concert
    • People are going to circle the state capitol to speak out against fracking. Show up, if you can, to help protect our water and climate.
    • Where: Richmond, Virginia.
    • Time:  from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. 
    •  For More Info:


  • South Florida VegFest Fort Lauderdale
    • Free food samples, cooking demonstrations, vendors, live music, kids’ activities
    • Where:  War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
    • Time:  12 – 6 pm
    • Cost: Parking: $6; Tickets: from $19 each
    • For More Info:

December 2-3, 2017:

  • Green Festival Expo   CANCELLED
    • Mission/Purpose:  “America’s largest & longest running sustainability & green living event”
    • Where:  Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • For Additional Information:

December 3

  • International Day of Disabled Persons

December 7:

  • Battle for the Net Protests–Fight for Net Neutrality
  • Mission:   “To demand that Congress stop the FCC from destroying the internet as we know it”
  • Where:  Outside Verizon retail stores across the country
  • For more information (including an excellent explanation of net neutrality):


December 10:

  • Human Rights Day

December 15:

  • Bill of Rights Day

December 26-January 1:

  • Kwanzaa
    • A week of celebrating African American heritage

December 29:

  • Wounded Knee Day
    • Commemorating December 29, 1890, when US troops massacred more than 200 Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota