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 Export to Your Calendar 12/14/2016
When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7-8 PM
Where: Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St.
St. Charles, Illinois  60175
United States
Contact: 6304443190

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This monthly gathering is designed for book-lovers and nature enthusiasts. Every month we'll discuss a book about the environment, nature, or related topics. The books will be both non-fiction and fiction, covering a broad range of environmental issues. A diversity of viewpoints will be represented. The discussions are sure to be lively and informative!

The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols (2000) – Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few knew it at the time-the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. And downstate in the capital, the Anglo water barons and power brokers huddle in urgent conference, intent on destroying that symbol before it destroys their multimillion-dollar land-development schemes. The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic and lovingly ter, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation. 

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