Citizen Action News - Summer 2016

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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.

Upcoming Events

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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
Honoring 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”).

Isham Park Restoration Program
June 21, 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 upcoming events.

Past Events

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May 19. 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 this winter.

June 4
. 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.

June 5. 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 education organization.

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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.

May 24. 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.

Friends of Bleecker Playground
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 residents.

Kensington Stewards

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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.

Rondout 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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