Earth Day Fair – Suncor Fluvarium TODAY!

Community Threads - connections are coming!

the winter has been long, but there is hope!  the snirt (snow and dirt) piles are reducing with the sun, and community groups who care about sustainability are going to the Suncor Fluvarium for the Earth Day Fair this afternoon from noon to 4:30.  admission is free.

thegreenrock.ca will be there revealing the start of Community Threads, an evolving canvas of logos and threads that shows the connections between local groups that focus on sustainability.   the project is supported by the Wellness Coalition Avalon East and the Fluvarium.

find out what Friends of Pippy Park, the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, Bike Share, the Public Library, St. John’s Clean and Beautiful and others are up to!

Community Threads – connections are coming!

 

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The Yard Sale – Conclusion

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The sun shone and they came!   The yarn was cut at 9:30, and over the next few hours so many people dropped by, browsed, tried to barter and bought.  The kids helped – a lot, learned a lot, and had a great time.

About $130 came in, and most if it is in a jar to meet the “I need $7 for a field trip… I need 55 cents for milk…. I need $2 for the school fundraiser…”  That will save a lot of stress in the mornings.  Some has gone to the Humane Soceity, courtesy of the 14-year-old and the proceeds from her sales.

The deals were good, but not quite enough for those who like to ‘yard sale’ as a vocation.  I had a knife sharpener, $20 retail, priced at 50 cents.  The customer wanted it for 25 cents.  Neither of us would budge.  Funny really.  But we both had our stands and we stuck to them.  Hat’s off sir.  Thank you for making me smile.  

Meeting people is half the fun.  A woman wanted a CD to work out to, and in an effort to inspire her I sang a few bars from ‘too many fish in the sea’, ‘The Committments’ CD.  She dropped it fast!  Sad that my singing totally undermined the music, I gave it to her.   She accepted, and promised to give it a try.  I hope it worked.

Most importantly, good stuff has gone on to a new home, and there is more room in ours.  The kids learned to let go a bit (and so did I).  And the little snowman magnets featured in the last post were purchased by someone who really liked them:  joy, sustainable.

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Rubber Meets Road – Bike St. John’s

Ride On!!  The City of St. John’s is moving to make biking a more typical transport option.   Bike racks on busses, bike racks all around, showers in new buildings!  It’s coming!

During the summer of 2011, thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team met with Deputy Mayor (and bike planner!) Shannie Duff to get the skivvy.

There’s more!  Check it out at bikestjohns.ca.   The City also offers ‘CanBike’ Bike Training for children and adults.  Download the City’s Active Living Guide (page 36) for details, or e-mail recreation@stjohns.ca or visit the City’s cycling plan website at bikestjohns.ca

Check it all out and hit the road!

green your summer

it’s cold out now, but underneath the frost green is on the go!  the conservation corps is receiving applications from community groups who want green teams to help complete their environmental and cultural heritage projects during the summer of 2012.   green teams do amazing things!  thegreenrock.ca green team made videos, and others get up to their knees in green action.  in this vid, thegreenrock.ca green team checked in to see what their wetland surveying colleagues were up to.

deadline for proposals from community groups is February 29th! – http://ccnl.ca/community-partners/

the conservation corps is also recruiting Regional Supervisors, and Green Team Leader and Member positions will be available in the coming months.  check it ou!  http://ccnl.ca/what-s-available/