Green Medford seeks to educate the Medford community to understand our environmental impact, and to empower members of our community to make more sustainable energy choices related to homes and businesses, transportation, and food.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Help Give Medford Square a Spring Cleaning, April 28 (Saturday)

Celebrate Earth Day!

...by volunteering at the Second Annual Medford Square Clean Up on Saturday, April 28th. Green Medford, the City of Medford, and several other organizations are partnering to give Medford Square a good spring cleaning in honor of Earth Day.

The cleanup and related activities run from 9 am to Noon. Volunteers will also be able to participate in green art projects, games, live music, and other activities. Mystic Coffee Roaster and Donuts with a Difference will provide morning refreshments, and other local food will also be featured.

The event will begin behind City Hall at One City Hall Mall (Riverside Ave & Clippership Drive), the future site of the Medford Farmers Market. At 9:30 am Mayor Michael McGlynn will welcome the crowd and announce the new Medford Green Awards, after which the cleanup kicks into high gear to neaten and beautify the Square, Clippership Park, and other adjacent areas.

Other activities will include a recycling relay race for kids, a free community yoga class, 10:00 am at Clippership Park (rain location 45 Riverside Ave), and green art-making—for kids, artists, and those who wish they were—at the brick plaza on Riverside Ave from 10 to noon.

In addition to the Medford Square Clean-Up, two other neighborhood cleanups are also being held the same day—one sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic River from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at Riverbend Park, and another by the Mystic River Watershed Association, in Somerville. West Medford Open Studios will also be taking place from Noon to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, and volunteers are encouraged to support our local artists by visiting some of the 70-plus artists in sites all over West Medford.

The cleanups are part of Mystic Community Earth Day, which includes many events in Medford, Malden, and Everett. This year we are proud to be working with the following community organizations: Awakened Warrior Yoga, Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County, Friends of the Mystic River, G&S Music, GreenUp CleanUp, Green Medford, Medford Chamber of Commerce, City of Medford, Medford Farmers Market, Medford Health Matters, Mystic Coffee Roaster, Mystic Community Earth Day, Mystic River Watershed Association, Next Step Living, Tri-City Community Action Program (Tri-CAP), Tufts University, West Medford Open Studios, and Xtreme Ninja Martial Arts Center.

See all the pictures from last year's cleanup here.

CONTACT: For more information, email greenmedford@gmail.com, contact Susan Altman at 781-526-4714, or visit www.greenmedford.blogspot.com.

Also see www.fomr.org for information about the Friends of the Mystic River cleanup,www.mysticriver.org for more about the Mystic River Watershed Association cleanup, andwww.wmos.org for details about the West Medford Open Studios.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

99% Spring full day training

Our friends at the Better Future Project (who sponsored Climate Summer last July and will be doing so again this July) are running this training.

First Church Somerville, Davis Square, Somerville
14 Apr , 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM

The people are rising. Let's work together to build a future worthy of our deepest values and highest hopes. For some, this training will be an introduction to nonviolent direct action, for others it will be a next step in their movement leadership development, and for others it will be a sorely needed respite from the action – a time to reenergize in the presence of new movement partners. Wherever you find yourself on this continuum, we invite you to join us on April 14th. Better Future Project (BetterFutureProject.org) is excited to host a full-day training in conjunction with First Church Somerville. The 99% Spring Trainings will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to train ourselves in non-violent action and join together in the work of reclaiming our country. History is calling; it’s time to step up.

Status: Public, open for RSVP, 63 Guests (Max 150)

Best way to contact host: Email

Event URL: http://civic.moveon.org/event/99spring/128674

Marla Marcum

Director of Programs, Better Future Project

Social and Ecological Ethicist in the Christian tradition

Director of Christian Education, Lexington United Methodist Church

Chair, Climate Change Task Force, New England Conference, United Methodist Church

(781) 475-0996

Climate Summer and Ride for the Future are programs of Better Future Project. BFP is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., as part of their Citizen Action Program. OSI is a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.