The Avenue C Plaza, Brooklyn Is
Open For Business (Kensington Stewards)
Citizen Action Program Updates
Congratulations to Rondout Valley Growers
Association, which received its IRS 501c3 determination letter! We have been
working with RGVA since 2010 and they have developed the structure needed to
thrive as an independent nonprofit. We wish them the best and will keep in
touch with them as alumni.
Welcome Arts and Ecology! Arts and Ecology, a new
addition to Citizen Action, focuses on environmental education and has four
programs that range from experiential retreats, environmental workshops, and
programs for high school and college students in NYC and the Catskills to
professional networking events and seminars about survival. Prior to
incorporating late March 2015 as Arts and Ecology, their founding program, Eco
Practicum offered two programs yearly. This program is back in the Catskills
this summer. Click here to learn
more and look out for updates on their activities.
The Avenue C Plaza will host an ARTBUILD mobile art
studio for the month of June. Programs include Saturday and Sunday afternoon
art workshops from 1 to 5 pm and Thursday evening Bengali/English language
instruction, Bengali singing and dancing led by Annie Ferdous, director of BIPA, the Bangladesh
Institute of Performing Arts, and her husband, Nilofar Jahan from 4:15 - 6:30
pm. Other events will feature local writer and activist Shahana Hanif who will
host a poetry and spoken word workshop this Sunday, June 12 from 1 to 5 pm.
Honoring the Future
the Future® will present "PUT SOME STEAM IN YOUR
STEM! A New Multidisciplinary Workshop on Teaching Climate Change” on June
27, 2016 at the idyllic Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center in
Jefferson, Maryland (about a 1-hour drive northwest of Washington, DC or west
of Baltimore). Leading national experts from science, art, law and policy
will lead the 1-day workshop for middle and high school science, math, art, and
language arts teachers. The workshop
will explore: art as a means of understanding and addressing climate change,
health impacts of climate change, the science of global climate modeling, and
biodiversity within a Biocube (an exciting – and inexpensive – new teaching
tool that allows students to be “citizen scientists”).
7-9pm Summer Solstice Taste of Inwood at Bruce’s Garden. Celebrate the Summer
Solstice with delectable offerings of featured Inwood restaurateurs in support
of the 50-year Reynolds Family legacy, Bruce’s Garden’s preservation, and the
end of our Windows On The Community Spring Donation Drive. Come one. Come all.
Join for a fun-filled, tasty evening! Click here for more
Ornithologist Kathy Schneider Phd led a Bird Walk at the Asbornsen Nature Trail
at Hummel Park on Sharpton Rd in Stuyvesant. The most unique sighting was the Solitary
Sandpiper feeding in a little pond. Attendees also got to see that Bank
Swallows had formed a city in the Highway Deptartment sand pile that was unused
Bunker and Bun-Ker Bound! Visitors learned about what's been dubbed "The Most Important Fish in the Sea" in a
canoe tour of one of its haunts, the blighted Newtown Creek. The tour focused
on the importance of Menhaden, locally called bunker fish, which sadly
experienced a large die-off last year. After learning about the importance of
this filter feeder, canoers stopped for lunch at Bun-Ker, the famed and
delicious Vietnamese restaurant.
Gantry Plaza State Park Paddle Clinic at Gantry State Park. Attendees learned
basic kayaking paddle strokes from American Canoe Association certified
instructor Eun Jung "EJ" Lee, who is HarborLAB's operations chief! Participants
also got to see basic rescue demonstrations and demonstrate themselves. With
these skills, the participants got to enjoy safe and fun estuary exploration
and focus on environmental science learning and service. The event was followed
by an "Instruction for Inclusion" Partner Paddle Clinic with a youth
June 9. HarborLAB hosted a day full of
educational kayak and canoe fun for Hour Children at the Neversink Reservoir.
Children who participate in Hour Children, an organization helping families
with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated mothers, got to learn all about the
engineering marvel that is the New York City drinking water system, while
enjoying kayak and canoe rides!
Isham Park Restoration Program
May 22. Dr. Deceiverini Radio Play put on a wonderful
performance of classic ol’ time radio ‘Who Done Its…’ at Bruce’s Garden in
Isham Park with Fred Matzner.
The Art in Our Gardens: "Everyday Heroes", at Bruce’s Garden in Isham
Park with Symphoni Sobers. Lots of people turned out to celebrate the hero within
all of us, singing and snapping to spoken word about this uplifting theme.
June 4. Friends of Bleecker
Playground raised awareness about their mission and gave away toys at the Jane
Street Fair. FoBP focuses on making Bleecker Playground and the adjoining plaza
a clean, green, and safe center of community life for the families and
June 5. The Avenue C Plaza, Brooklyn Is
Open For Business! Under Sunday’s overcast sky, with thunderstorms threatening,
the many people who helped realize Kensington, Brooklyn’s Avenue C Plaza at
McDonald Avenue, showed up to cut the ribbon at its official dedication. Kensington’s new jewel, the Avenue C Plaza,
is the outcome of four years pitching for more green space in Kensington,
Brooklyn by the local activists, The Kensington Stewards.
Valley Growers Association
June 12 Roundout Valley Growers Association received the Mohonk Consultations’ 2016 Distinguished
Achievement Award! RVGA’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the Rondout
Valley’s farms and the local community.
Receiving the award on behalf of RVGA are its
President Nicholas Cipollone and Executive Director Deborah DeWan.
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