Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunday, Sept 28th Volunteer Opportunity Is a Day at the Beach!

Please mark your calendar and bring the whole family:

Sunday, September 28th from 10am - 2 pm
Connecticut Fund for the Environment's "Picking Up the Pieces on Connecticut's Beaches"
Bluff Point State Park in Groton

I've spoken with contact/host MaryEllen Mateleska of Mystic Aquarium, 860.572.5955, ext. 156. She is pleased to welcome as many CommunityThinkers as are available. (Last year there were Coast Guard cadets & Boy Scouts that brought the number to 165!) Volunteers will be asked to fill out a liability form on site, and will be provided:
- gloves
- hand sanitizer
- trash bags
- water
- snacks

*And/or would we like to coordinate a group picnic or trek to local pizza in celebration...?!

If you've not been to Bluff Point before, you're in for a treat! There are great jogging & mountain-bike paths (leashed pet-friendly), quiet hike- or paddle-in beaches, fishing, a boat launch.... www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325178

Directions:
• Coming from I-95 North: Take exit 88. Turn right onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

• Coming from I-95 South: Take exit 88. Turn left onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. For more, see www.ctenvironment.org

I'm sure CommunityThink Cleans Up nicely!

Independent Learners Rock! HS Jam Band, Anyone?

The Bora family has opened their garage to musicians! Konquer the karaoke, drive on drums, be the REal Guitar Hero...! Singer/songwriters, performer/players, roadies - all are welcome. Tuesday or Thursday are the preferred day options - please contact stalwart mom, Anne to discuss details in person on CommunityThink Tuesdays or at: annebora@comcast.net

Update:
Anyone interested in playing in a Jam Band?
We have the following musicians; electric guitarist, keyboard player, guitar/banjo. We have a drum set, karaoke with microphone and possible drummers. Any and all musicians are welcome.
I would like to pick a date, please let me know if any of these dates would work; Oct 2,14 23 or 28th.
1pm sounds like a good time.
At 54 Eagle Ridge ,Gales Ferry, the Bora's house.
We have a garage or basement available.
RSVP annebora@comcast.net
Thanks, Rock On
Anne

Schedule Seems to have Evolved!

Welcome to some new families today! Thank you, all, for participating and for more great ideas, input & feedback!
The shakedown cruise of initiating 3 x 40 minute sessions vs. 2 x 60 minute ones seems to have gone fairly well. Here is how it shaped up:

9:30 - 10:10
•Amigurumi - Room 2
Ages 6 - 106

•Little Guys Books’n’Social - Children’s Area
Ages 2 - 5ish

9:30 - 10:50
•Tween/Teen Book Chat - Teen Lounge
Ages 10+ with Anne Campbell

10:10 - 10:50
•Drama 1 - Room 2
Ages 5ish - 10

10:50 - 11:30
•Drama 2 - Room 2
Ages 11 - 15

•Cards & Games or Pok√©mon/Yugioh Club - Teen Lounge or Children’s Area
All Interest

•Books’n’Social - Children’s Area
All Interest

11:45 - ? - Sutton Park
•Lunch & Fun: Skateboarding, Pick-up Whiffleball, Basketball, Soccer, Creative Writers, Community Service Chat
(BYO ‘Boards, Scooters, Helmets, Balls, Picnic, Paper & Pen!)
All Interest

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Amigurumi Stuffi

Patient guidance is being provided for young and, ahem, less young alike. The experienced and moderately motivated could surely catch up/surpass quickly. There seems to be extra yarn & hooks around, but in general, please self-supply:
- 25grams or less (small skein?) of wool/yarn in at least 2 colors
- 17mm (about 5/8”) safety or googly eyes (Jennifer has a large bag of colorful button substitutes, if there's interest.)
- a 3.5mm, or size G crochet hook
- a little stuffing!
- needle & thread
- a little spare time & patience
*optional idea* key chain accoutrements to be able to attach to your new little friend to bring him/her everywhere!
If you have extra of any of the above, particularly the time & patience bit, please bring to share with friends!

That Crafty Gina says:
"I have a few extra hooks for those that don't, as well as a huge bag of eco-stuffing for everyone."

September 16th Activities & Ideas

Thank you all for joining us last week in the our very first meeting together - I’m sure it will be a wonderfully ever-evolving adventure! Many thanks to Anne Campbell, GPL Teen Librarian for coming to chat with us and introduce the library & its services. Support your local Book Box! Groton Public Library - respect!
Thanks to all, there was both terrific turnout and response.

This post has been edited to reflect updates on trial schedule. See Sept 16 postings!