June 20, 2013 - 3rd.Thursdays Celebrates Baseball with the Pittsfield Suns 4th Annual Green Mile Race Supports New Pittsfield Farmers Market
Guardian Life 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 Music
10 Years of Concerts With a View
2013 Opening Concert:
Melvin Chen and 2013 Portals Resident Quartet
Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
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 bill
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
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So many people are exposed to very unhealthy chemicals in their skin care products every day so I wanted to share this terrific workshop . . .
Radiant Natural Skin Care Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12-3:00pm
Place: TriYoga Berkshire, 1124 North Main Street ( Route 7), Sheffield, MA - (413) 854-3177
Price: $50 all material included. Advanced Registration Required by 4/1/13.
Come join us for this riotously fun time of making delicious natural skin care products using all natural ingredients from the kitchen and garden - fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, essential oils and your creative spirit will make up salves, creams, masks, lip balms, and more. Bring your notebook to record these amazing recipes and wear clothes that you can play in! Offered by Pam Youngquist, PhD, Traditional Naturopathic Care. To register call (413) 229-9013 by 4/1/13
The first ever Berkshire Flea, artist, designer, and vintage market will be held at the St. Francis Gallery in South Lee on Saturday March 9th from 11am-5pm.
This event was coordinated to showcase local designers and treasure finders and we hope to hold it at least once a season. The Gallery is located on Rt 102 beside the fire station and there is parking on Fairview and Church Streets, both sides of Rt 102, and in the Gallery parking lot. There is a $2 entrance fee and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Sawa Sawa Foundation Inc. supporting humanitarian health, education, and agriculture projects in Kenya. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle at the door.
Visit www.facebook.com/berkshireflea for updates.
DARROW WELCOMES COMMUNITY
TO MAPLE FEST 2013, MARCH 13
NEW LEBANON, NY--When daytime temperatures rise above the freezing mark, while nights stay cool, the Darrow School community swings into action to begin the process of producing its signature maple syrup. According to the School's Maple Sugaring Director, Nancy Dutton, in the 2012 season, faculty members and students gathered more than 3,500 gallons of sap from the maple trees surrounding the hillsides of the campus, and processed it in the Darrow Sugar House to make hundreds of gallons of syrup. The gathering process begins as soon as the sap starts running and continues until the trees produce their first buds.
The next Great Barrington Green Drinks is Thursday, Feb 7, at Route 7 Grill, from 5:15 on. This month they have their semi annual Benefit Book Sale of great, brand new green titles on topics like: Green building, Sustainable agriculture, Green living Natural history, Gardening . . . and more, all received at the Orion magazine office from book publishers eager for a review in the magazine. The best part is that whether you buy a book for your organization or for personal enjoyment, all the proceeds will go to Route 7 Grill's nonprofit of choice, and this time, Greenagers gets all the cash!
Jow Ga Kung Fu for Adults - Mixed Levels
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5-6:00pm at Healing Rhythms Center at the Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA (413) 551-9581
Every Wednesday this adult Kung Fu class is an effective, “no frills” form of self-defense, as well as an excellent activity for building muscle tone and a balanced cardiovascular exercise. Visit www.rhythmscenter.com/class-schedule.
Visit www.OurBerkshireCalendar.com to see more events or to post your event for free!
Starting January 23 at Matrushka Toys and Gifts - Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) announces the Spring 2013 performance schedule of children’s puppet plays, starting with “The Starry Night,” a gentle tale about a baby who cannot sleep and a mother who lulls the child by reminding her about the stars and moon watching lovingly from above. “The Starry Night,” first of three puppet plays in the series to take place at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, starts Saturday morning January 26 at 10:30am, with a second show at 11:30am. More “Mornings at Matrushka” puppet plays continue February 16 and March 23, 2013, with two morning shows each performance day. As spring advances, puppet plays will continue in the GBRSS Early Childhood center at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, on April 6 and May 11 at 10am, followed by an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Tracy Fernbacher at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike that needs repair? Or with a pair of pants when a seam rips? Or a partially dysfunctional umbrella? Throw it away? Certainly not!
The Pittsfield Resilience Circle is organizing the Berkshires’ first ever Repair Café. It will be held in Pittsfield on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 1-5pm in the St. Stephen's Church basement at 67 East Street.
The event is entirely free.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents Energize with Tai Chi — A Workshop,with certified traditional Tai Chi instructors Kathy and David Crowe. These workshops are open to the public.
Mondays, January 14 & February 4 & 25 | 1pm | Congregation Knesset Israel | 16 Colt Road | 413-442-4360 x15 | $3
Try Hilltop Orchards award-winning Furnace Brook Wines, produced on their site. Warm up by the fire with their free wine tasting! Also taste their delicious cheeses and fresh baked good. RSVP for moonlit snowshoe trek & bonfire on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Become the best version of yourself and start off the new year right with Wellness Bound Coaching. Free initial consultation!
Dr. Mercola Interviews Caroline Barringer (You Tube clip below). Learn how "reseeding" your gut with fermented foods and probiotics may be one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health. Poor diet and antibiotics can wipe out the beneficial bacteria in your gut, giving pathogens free rein to proliferate unchecked. Historically, people used to get large quantities of beneficial bacteria, i.e. probiotics, straight from their diet in the form of fermented or cultured foods. Each mouthful of fermented food can provide trillions of beneficial bacteria--far more than you can get from a probiotics supplement. Fermented foods are cost effective, easier than you might think to make, and give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria. To learn more, visit Dr. Mercola's website and click on the "Read more" link below to listen to his interview with Caroline Barringer, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) who has been involved with nutrition for about 20 years. She's now one of Dr. Campbell-McBride's (the GAP Diet) chief training partners, helping people understand the food preparation process.
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