Happy NYState Arbor and World Penguin Day, UESiders!!

Even more importantly, April’s National Donate a Life Month…  The time to consider the gigantic gift of organ and tissue donation.  To learn more…   

(You can also support penguins and Antarctic  sanctuaries to protect them!)

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On to the 7 days coming up:

Friday, April 26th:  “A Fierce Green Fire” Screening

John Haynes Holmes House, in the Gallery
 28 East 35th Street
, 7pm

And we quote: Inspired by the book of the same name , the film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and a key to the 21st:  Environmental activism.”  Suggested donation:  $5.

Saturday, April 27th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – lpm 

At their tables will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Gajeski, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Samascott with have first ramps of the season, people! 

And, yes, one more time,  our Master Knife Sharpener will be returning!  

Last week’s recycling totals:  51 lbs batteries;  38 lbs #5,  Britta filters/cords/corks/CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 10 pair of eye glasses; 15 bags of clothes;  6 compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  745 lbs batteries; 675 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and cartridges; 77 pairs of eye glasses; 200 bags of clothes; 80 7/12 compost bins.

REMINDER:  #5 plastic is now recycleable in your very own building’s plastics bin! 

It should just as squeeky clean as that you brought to to UGS at the Greenmarket! 

(Of course, we’ll still be taking batteries, Britta filters, corks, cords, Cds, DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones, cartridges and eye glasses.)

Saturday, April 27th:  National Drug Take-Back Initiative

Lobby, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, 10am-2pm

Lenox Hill is but one of several locations throughout the city, state and nation.   For a complete listing

Saturday, April 27th:  Street Games!

Thomas Jefferson Park, First Avenue & 114th Streeet, 11am-3pm

It’s New York street life as it once was and still is…  Stick ball slaps and street hockey…  A soap box derby and double dutch…  Skateboarding, bike riding, a live performance by Dance Theater of Harlem and more.   Organized by NYC Parks and free for kids of all ages!   

Sunday, April 28th:  Spring 2013 NYC SAFE Disposal Event

Columbia University/Teachers’ College, 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, 10am-4pm

You name it:  Electronics…  Thermometers…  Anti-freeze…  Batteries…  Oil and latex paint…  Recycle it all responsibly and free.  For full details and complete (and vast) list… 

Monday, April 29th:  “The Domino Effect” Screening

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, 6-8pm

Filmmakers Megan Sperry, Daniel Phelps and Brian Paul dig deep to detail how the Brooklyn’s humungous  “New Domino” development project came to be.   Free but RSVP de rigeur:   ashedd@hdc.org or 212.614.9107.   For more details… 

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limnanthes Douglasii

And in the new month:  

Saturday, May 4th:  East Harlem Tree Stewardship Workshop

East 120th Street & Paladino Avenue overpass entrance to the East River Esplanade, 11am-1pm

Join Civitas and TreesNY and learn best practice for the care of our heroic street trees…  This while tree beds on 120th, Pleasant Avenue and 119th are mulched, weeded and made tidy for the summer season.  Free but RSVP required:   info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.  (Rain date:  Sunday, May 5th) 

Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th:  Sheep Shearing Weekend

The Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 10am-5:30pm 

Yup, time for the zoo’s sheep population to receive their annual hair cut!  There’ll be spinning and wool dying demos, too.  Adults: $8.  Children: $6.  Children under 3:  Free.  For further details and tickets

Tuesday, May 7th:  NYC Beekeepers Monthly Meeting

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 17th Street, 7pm

This month:  Chris and Eileen Kohl (of Sweet Valley, PA), their Warre Hive and laissez-faire approach to fostering fabulous honey.  Free.

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hibiscus-schizopetalus

Down the way:

Sunday, May 19th:  It’s My Park Day – Spring 2013 2013

East River Esplanade at 96th Street, 10am-3pm

We continue railing scraping/painting (what we’ve done looks so great as do daffodils we planted last fall!), as well as replacing planter shrubs felled by Sandy with beautiful new landscaping.   Everyone welcome, even if you want to just hang out!

Wednesday, May 29th – Sunday, June 2nd:  World Science Festival 

Many Venues, Various Times

From nano-surgery to infinity and an array of subjects in between, including the family friendly.  (For us grown-ups:  How about a lecture by James Watson?!)  A must to at least check out the programs on offer… 

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corylus-maxima-purpurea

Then in June:

Sunday, June 9th:  Bronx River Bike Tour

Meet at the Norwood – 205th Street D Train Station,  280 east 206th Street, The Bronx

NYCH20 and Matt Malina are at again…  This time with the glories of the revived Bronx River…  Our city’s one and only true fresh river.  Think 3 hours and 17 miles of nature and history.   $20.  For further details and tickets… 

Friday, June 21st:  Make Music New York!

All Over The Apple, All Day

Last year,  there were more than a thousand free outdoor concerts of every imaginable musical style and “orchestration”…  This year?  Who knows?  Only that there’ll be even more to be enjoyed!  And if you’d like perform yourself or host musicians, here’s how…   (Applications due by April 29th!)

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sprengelia-propinqua

Just a bit of miscellany:

Hurrah!  The Genetically Engineered Food Right To Know Bill’s been introduced in both houses of Congress.  Should you support it, too 

Major boo that the USDA is contemplating reducing the its scrutiny of poultry slaughterhouses

Then a huge raspberry aimed at U.S. Fish & Wildlife which is reviewing removing gray wolves from the endangered list!  (If you oppose…)

But excellent that starchitect Robert A.M. Stern’s weighed in on the mayor’s drive – rubber stamped by City Planning – to rezone East Midtown

And thanks to reader Karen Lane, we all can link toNYC’s first certified passive house

On the subject of buildings, here are 4 more of the greenest going…

Very nice, too, that the NYTimes is now giving access to its digital video content that doesn’t count against the ten–article a month content access limit!

Take this minimal but interesting Clinton Foundation environmental quiz and a tree will be planted in Haiti (takes about a minute)…

The City Parks Foundation is gearing up for a wonderful summer of free events in all five boroughs!  To check out all there’ll be to enjoy and where

Of course, you want your kids steeped in a program that’ll turn their school into a energy-efficient, sustainable paradise…  Solar One’s Green Design Lab‘s got that program…   

Have to say, NYState DEC’s drawn up a really nice and diverse list of environmentally responsible things  to consider doing this spring…   (And you can sign up for the updates!) 

One day soon, a radical car design will catch the 9th wave.  Could be this one, given the people who brought it into the world…

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aesculus-parviflora2

And a dusting of animals:

Are owls adorable or what?  Especially the Buff-fronted Owl

Although not quite so adorable as a baby doll lamb

Never can resist entries in the Hudson River Almanac:

4/14 – Crugers:    When we hung our floral wreath on the front door two weeks ago we never thought that’s where a house finch pair would decide to build their cup-shaped nest.  So we  hung the wreath over the light nearby where it wouldn’t be disturbed by people coming in and out.   Observing the female’s head amid the petals,  wondered if she were perhaps sitting on eggs.   Sure enough, we took a mirror today and spotted five light blue eggs in that little nest.  –  Dorothy and Bob Ferguson

Green with pride.

UGS  

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