Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Childrens’ activities, live music, romance novel and poetry readings highlight the West Side Community Garden‘s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 at the Garden, located on West 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. 
The event is free.
Artwork and crafts created by local westside artists will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days by the garden’s 89th Street entrance. Paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more. 
Saturday, Sept. 21, family-friendly events include a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,a magic show at 1.p.m., and folk music singalong at 3p.m.  
On Sunday, Sept. 22, the New York String Orchestra conducted by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from noon until 1p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie Calabrese will “bookend” live readings of romance novels by members of the Romance Writers of America New York Chapter.  A booksigning and reception will follow.  

Make Music Winter New York: December 21

In 2011, Make Music New York launched a winter solstice festival called Make Music Winter,
with 12 participatory musical parades.
This winter’s Make Music Winter will take place on Friday December 21st in locations around the city.
The winter parades will include…..
 Newspeak, MMNY 2008 (Photo: Rick Levy)

Make Music New York
is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place
each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of
public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for
over 1,000 free concerts.

Composting in Public Schools

Did you know that, every day, New York City produces enough garbage to fill Yankee Stadium? Over 30% of that garbage is food waste; and when it rots in landfills, it produces methane – a potent greenhouse gas. NYC spends $4 billion a year trucking its garbage to other states because we don’t have anywhere to put it.
Now, an Upper West Side school – PS 166 – wants to do its share to help solve the garbage crisis.

The school is beginning a cafeteria composting pilot program for food waste and bagasse (sugar cane) lunch trays. They will compost until the end of the school year, June 27th. Ten other schools in District 3 (UWS) will be participating in this pilot program, which is being led by the District 3 Green Schools Group in collaboration with the private waste hauler IESI Progressive Waste Solutions and with DOE support.

The purpose of this pioneering multi-school program – the first of its kind in New York City – is to see if schools can reduce the volume of our cafeteria waste (12 garbage bags a day), and to determine whether composting in NYC public schools is possible, and replicable across other school districts.

IESI has provided PS166 with rolling totes, signage, and liner bags for food waste and bagasse trays. IESI will collect the schools food waste and bagasse trays daily – free of charge – for 4 months, and transport it to the Peninsula industrial composting facility in Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a lot of work to make such a program succeed – let’s hope they make it!!!!