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July 4, 2013 from 10:30am to 12:30pmLocation:
Corner Moorland and Southwick StreetsOrganized By:
Bike North Berkshire, Northern Berkshire Transition, HooRWAEvent Description:
Biking in the Williamstown 4th of July Parade
A number of people from Bike North Berkshire are going to ride their bikes in the parade along with HooRWA (Hoosac River Watershed Association).
Some of them will be riding along with their kids on tandems, trailers, balance bikes, tricycles, training-wheels – even scooters are welcome. etc. It's not a long parade and there will be free hot dogs and treats following. Decorate your bikes if you wish, or not, no matter.
Meet up at 10:30 AM at the corner of Moorland and Southwick Streets in Williamstown.
So far it looks to be a sunny day for the 4th.
Please email Jay Walsh if you plan on attending so they can get a head count. email@example.com
Drop-In's Welcome the day of the event!! More the Merrier . . .
and the Pittsfield Suns
team up to help celebrate the City of Pittsfield's love of baseball at the June 20th 3rd.Thursday
. From 5pm-8pm, upstreet Pittsfield is busting with baseball, and the friends, music, food and games you enjoy most at your favorite ballpark. The Green Mile Road Race
also heads down North Street for the fourth consecutive year, organized by local running gurus at the Berkshire Running Center
, this time with special help from youth musicians from Berkshire Rocks
. Expect to see over 200 runners flying by at 6pm in a race that benefits upstreet Pittsfield's new farmers market.
Anvil is a commonly used pesticide. This chemical is being fog-sprayed weekly and biweekly [by truck] in at least seven towns in Berkshire County in the summer months under the Mosquito Control Project. Towns involved include Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham. Spraying is either requested by homeowners or initiated as a result of surveillance that identifies areas of high mosquito density.¹ The practice is allowed because the available science is interpreted to mean Anvil is safe when used to spray in these ways. Those entities that actually conduct the spraying are simply relying on what is accepted as “expert opinion.”
This practice poses potential hazards to residents. The use of Anvil is based on fundamentally flawed thinking on what is safe and what is dangerous. I will confine my remarks in this brief article to comments on Anvil. My principal points also apply to most herbicide and pesticide use, including the chemicals used on lawns by thousands of homeowners countywide.
Hotchkiss Portals Chamber Music10 Years of Concerts With a View
2013 Opening Concert:
Melvin Chen and 2013 Portals Resident Quartet
Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m.FREE ADMISSION
2013 marks the 10th year anniversary of the Hotchkiss Portals Chamber Music Series, Concerts With a View, June 24-July 20. This incredible concert series features internationally acclaimed musicians who perform in the magnificent Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center on the bucolic grounds of The Hotchkiss School campus. The concerts are free and open to the public; the hall is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. Throughout the series, student musicians will also offer public performances. Please visit www.hotchkissportals.org
for a complete schedule, or phone the concert hotline, (860) 435-3775.
Led by science educator Lisa Provencher, Science in the Parks is a FREE program where kids will learn about water and the environment and why keeping our parks clean is important. All ages are invited.
Join us this summer and discover a fascinating world right in our own city parks. Parents plan on your kids having fun and getting wet and dirty. We will be testing the pH of the water, identifying water plants, aquatic insects, frogs and turtles. Children will learn to identify invasive species. There will be observations of wild animals as well as meeting some live animals up close and personal. Come on out and play with us and learn some new stuff at the same time.
Berkshire Co-op Market Summer Solstice Celebration
Annual Event Invites the Community to Enjoy the Upcoming Summer Season
Berkshire Co-op Market, Great Barrington’s only community owned natural food store, has scheduled its annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 22 from noon to 4:00 at Memorial Field in Great Barrington. The event is free to the public and will include a community flea market held by Berkshire Flea, local and healthy food options, live music for kids and adults, a used clothing swap shop and a “Mini-Mudder” course for kids.
“Summer Solstice indicates the beginning of the best season of the year” said Matt Novik, the Co-op’s Communications Manager “Events like this bring our community together in a way that helps us all get to know each other again after the long, cold winter.”
Third Saturdays Pittsfield Repair Cafe
The next Pittsfield Repair Cafe will be Saturday, June 15th, between 1:00 and 5:00 pm in the basement of St. Stephen's Church, 67 East Street, in Pittsfield.
The Pittsfield Resilience Circle has been holding monthly repair events since January, fixing Berkshire County residents' broken and damaged items for free, at the Pittsfield Repair Cafe.
The next Repair Cafe on June 15 is in need of a sewing volunteer or two, a computer repair person, and a bicycle repair person. If you would like to volunteer, contact Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The original Repair Cafe idea started with one event in the Netherlands in 2009 (repaircafe.org
) and has spread throughout that country, where there are now 100 groups holding the free events. Recently, people in other countries have started their own Repair Cafes. The Pittsfield Repair Cafe is one of the few being held in the United States to date.
Anyone is welcome to bring non-working lamps, vacuum cleaners and other small appliances, and all types of clothing and fabric items to the Repair Cafe, where they will be repaired by volunteers.
If you are interested in having something repaired, remember the event is held only once a month, on the third Saturday, from 1:00 until 5:00 pm. You needn't arrive right at 1:00; in fact, organizers say, it works better if people stagger their arrival times throughout the afternoon, so there isn't a rush all at once.
Volunteers fix as many articles as possible in the time available. Guests can watch their item being repaired and learn a little about how repairs are done. Repair persons say that, if your broken item needs a part, and you know what it needs, it will save time if you bring the part with you.
You can see photos of past Pittsfield Repair Cafes on Facebook at The Pittsfield Repair Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Repair-Cafe/349694531801567
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In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.
But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will introduce new Federal legislation next week that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade!Tell your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor the GE food labeling bill!
Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. Sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the the European Union, and many others. The U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling. Yet there is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods. Already in 2013, 53 GE labeling bills have been introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with more expected by year’s end.
New GE Labeling Bill Being Introduced in Congress!
Send an email to your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the new federal
GE labeling billTAKE ACTION TODAY!