#g2kgtg – Downtown Comics

Downtown Comics

Downtown Comics St. John’s collector #g2Kgtg

 

drop in to Downtown Comics for the pop culture collector you love!  DTC has a huge array of stuff, from comic books to Game of Thrones mugs, superhero collectibles to board games, t-shirts and way more.  if you don’t see it you may want to ask.  owner Jason Conway is usually behind the counter – he knows what’s there and if he doesn’t have it, he’ll see if he can get it.

Downtown Comics has been on the go for 15 years.  it is local, and it supports local.  the pic is of a DTC t-shirt, which is made not far away by Living Planet.  the store is also an entry point for the world of comic book art.  local artist Wallace Ryan offers a course in Cartoons and Comic Books through the Anna Templeton Centre, and he is often found in the shop.

DTC is located at 141 Duckworth Street, and is open 11-6 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11-9 on Thursday, and 12-5 on Sunday.  call 738-2933 or email comics@nl.rogers.com

 

 

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good to know gifts that give (#g2kgtg) is a special project of thegreenrock.ca that looks at local gifts that people will like, use, and won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.  please like and share!

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#g2kgtg – Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villagesok, so today’s local focus is not exactly local, but it’s good!  Ten Thousand Villages is holding a sale of special gifts that will help the locals of communities around the globe, and it’s all Fair Trade.   the sale will showcase a beautiful assortment of musical instruments, pottery, jewelry, baskets, toys, crèches and hand loomed textiles.

Ten Thosand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America. Through this sale the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice & Development and Peace are making a difference in the lives of artisans around the world.

The Ten Thousand Villages sale is at at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road Thursday, November 27 from 1:00 PM to 8:30, Friday, November 28 from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM, and  Saturday, November 29 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

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good to know gifts that give (#g2kgtg) is a special project of thegreenrock.ca that looks at local gifts that people will like, use, and won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.  please like and share!

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good to know gifts that give

somewhere in between those joyous, gauzy memories of perfect Christmas mornings, and the check-out wrought with anxious people there is a place of peace.  i am looking for it.

like the Grinch learned in Whoville, those things we exchange as tokens of love and friendship are not the main point.  but they are nice, and giving feels good.

i love local, and i love giving things that people will like, use, and hopefully will be a bit symbolic of our relationship.  and hopefully won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.

hits of Christmas past include stuff like wreaths, Clean Don’t Kill non-toxic cleaner, truffles, custom calendars, and boiled wool mitts. (here have been flops too.  unnecessary to detail.)

there is a lot out there.  every day the tiniest little poke around or walk downtown reveals something new.  for the next little while thegreenrock.ca will share Good To Know gifts that give (#g2kgtg), and places to get ’em.

 

 

 

 

 

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Habitat for Humanity NL: building homes. building hope.

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thegreenrock.ca CCNL Green Team loves a story of good, and they found one at Habitat for Humanity NL on Robin Hood Bay Road in St. John’s.  The main point of the organization is to build homes with families who need homes, and the method is through community involvement.  The Restore retail outlet sells donated goods – appliances, furniture, building materials and more, and funds raised support builds.  It’s all good.

Habitat for Humanity has helped around 50 families find affordable home ownership in this province over the past 20 years.  Now the organization is aiming to help fifty in five years.  Gail Ryan, Habitat’s Executive Director tells a little about the organization and how and why it does what it does. It’s a thread that strengthens our community.  Directed by David Maher, Tamara Segura behind the camera, Chris Ball doing audio, and editied by Jeff Smyth.

in July and August 2014 thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team – Tamara Segura, Chris Ball, David Maher and Team Lead Jeff Smyth talked and taped, walked in the sun, swung on the swings, got out there and got inspired by the great green good going on in the Northeast Avalon.  Over the coming months their work will be released on thegreenrock.ca.

thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team 2014 was sponsored by Junior Forest Wardens NL.  (thank you!)

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Community Threads is a project about connections for sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador:  organizations, businesses, and people who look at living local, living well, and loving it.  The project was kickstarted with support from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East.

FSN & RCR ~ Community Threads

Wellness logo-2 inch_300 ppi#E8FACommunity Threads is a project about connections for sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador:  organizations, businesses and people who look at living local, living well, and loving it.  The project was kickstarted with support from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East

Food Security Network NL and Root Cellars Rock

Food Security is about a lot more than having enough to eat!   Ever gone to the supermarket and not found the food you were looking for?  Were you one of the many who couldn’t get a pumpkin in October 2013?  Then you brushed into food security.  This province is one part island, one part mainland, and many parts rural and remote.  If what we need to eat doesn’t come from our land or water, it has to come by road, boat or air.

Food Security Network NL’s mission is to actively promote comprehensive, community based solutions to help us figure out – and remember – how to ensure access to adequate and healthy food for all.

Many have never heard of the organization, but it’s REALLY good to know that they are on it!  And they are doing tremendous work with schools and communities, individuals and organizations.

Root Cellars Rock (RCR) is the Food Security Network’s favorite project.   It’s a go-to place for the how-to and culture of food in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They love it!  RCR knows the people who tap trees for maple syrup and have pet goats.  They know the people who grow amazing garlic.  They know how to get communities growing.  And they’ll tell you!    Root Cellars Rock is helping build a local food system that provides sustainable, nourishing food for all residents of the province, while celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthy food traditions, and those who make it happen.

thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team covered the Food Security Network – here’s the kick-back video featuring all-around great guy Rick Kelly.

 

 

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Green Resolutions

It’s the new year, a time to contemplate life and make some resolutions for the months ahead. This year, why not make a change that will have a positive effect on the environment as well? There are many many possibilities for green resolutions, big and small, any new sustainable habit is a step on a path towards leading a more sustainable lifestyle. Even if you’re already doing lots, there’s likely still room for another green resolution.

Here are some ideas:

Keep grocery bags in the car, pocket or purse

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Turn off electronics – and give yourself time to switch off too.

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Eat more local/wild meats/sustainable seafood

Start sprouting

Buy local when you can!

Use a big mason jar, or a reusable water bottle

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Use your own re-usable coffee mug

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Put on a sweater (turn the heat down a degree or two)

Buy recycled toilet paper

Grow veggies/herbs 

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Avoid pesticide use in garden/lawnAvoid HHW use/properly dispose of HHW
Drive less, walk/bike more

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Buy more organic

Use eco-cleaning products

Start/join a bulk buying club

Be mindful of packaging when making purchases

Start recycling/recycle more

Conserve water

Turn off the lights when you leave a room

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Unplug appliances

Donate items to charity (divert from the landfill)

Buy used clothing

Plant a tree

There are so many options for a green resolution this New Year. You can choose one, or many, something big or small. Taking it one step at a time can help to build towards a goal of a more sustainable lifestyle.

Holiday Wrap-Up

The turkey has been roasted, the presents opened, joy has been shared and the new year is peeking around the corner.  In the meantime, you’re left with a gigantic pile of cards, wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, decorations and an a few more days, a blasty Christmas tree. What to do?

1. Salvage!

Here in St. John’s, our recycling program does not accept wrapping paper, gift bags or cards. Check out this video for more information on holiday recycling from CurbIt! St.john’s.

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Try to salvage as much wrapping paper as you can and re-use it for next year. Gift bags are an easily re-usable item, because they always look good as new. Ribbons and bows are also easy to save, once you have a collection of them, you’ll never have to buy them new again!

2. Recycle your tree!

Here is the information on where and when to drop off your Christmas tree in St. John’s once the season is over, so that it can be turned to mulch for the city’s gardening projects.