Join us for a panel discussion on responding to climate change hosted by Transition Bluffton and the Bluffton University Sustainability Club at 7:00 on March 19 in the Kreider Room of Marbeck Center, Bluffton University. The evening will begin with three panelists sharing their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual responses to the reality of global climate change. The panelists are: Ken Lawrence, retired machinist and former bicycle shop owner and Bluffton resident; Kelsey Dyez, paleo climatologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and Emily Rush, Bluffton University student majoring in English. After the panelists each share their responses to global climate change there will be ample time for discussion among all those present at the event.
We are happy to be working with the Bluffton University Sustainability Club to present a showing of the movie “Anima Mundi”, a 2011 documentary that looks at peak oil, climate change, permaculture, and Gaia theory. Some of the deep thinkers heard on the movie include David Holmgren, Stephan Harding, Vandana Shiva, Michael C. Ruppert, and Noam Chomsky. There will be a discussion period following the movie.
See the trailer here.
The show begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19 in the Stutzman Lecture Hall in Centennial Hall on the Bluffton University campus. It is open to the public at no charge. Popcorn will be provided.
Transition Bluffton is pleased to host a Swap Night in the Village of Bluffton. Bring new, unwanted items or gently used, no longer needed things to trade for something that you can use. Items for the swap will include: clothing, small appliances, tools, books and other miscellaneous items. Open to the public at no charge.
Bring items to swap between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Swapping starts at 7:00.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Third Floor, Bluffton Town Hall
Carey Link is a group of folks in Carey, a town about 40 minutes east of Bluffton, that has much in common with Transition Bluffton. A regular activity they have is a repair clinic, where volunteers fix small appliances, clothing, bicycles, etc. at no charge for people in the community. The Link has a storefront in downtown Carey where the repair clinics and other activities take place.
We are planning a visit to Carey on this Saturday, Nov. 17 to check out the repair clinic and learn more about the organization. All are invited – we will be carpooling, meeting at the Twisted Whisk coffee shop at 9 AM Saturday. If you are interested please call Ken at 417-358-0572. Read more about the Link here.
Transition Bluffton will be participating once again in the Blaze of Lights parade on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5:00. Please join us in walking behind our banner and passing out seeds. Costumes on a nature or environmental theme are encouraged but not necessary. More details to come.
Transition Bluffton and the Bluffton University Sustainability Club invite all Bluffton and surrounding residents to join in a nationwide event, “Unleashing the Collective Genius: Celebrating 10 years of Transition in the US.” The Bluffton event will be held on Saturday, October 27, in the Kreider Room of Marbeck Center, Bluffton University.
We will be celebrating with each other here in Northwest Ohio and joining those from around the country in several recorded and live events. Participants should feel free to join any or all of the festivities:
12:30 to 1:00: Arrival and welcome with Suter’s apple cider and donuts
1:00 to 1:45: Keynote with Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Network
1:45 to 2:30: Panel of people from Transition towns around the country sharing success stories
2:30 to 3:15: Keynote with Margaret Wheatley, world-renowned author, educator, and activist
3:15 to 4:00: Panel on deepening connections with the wider movement for community resilience
4:00 to 5:15: Live session with Transition US staff
5:15 to 6:00: Visioning the next 10 years and closing
Read more about the speakers and discussion topics here.
The afternoon will include time for informal conversation. Participants are invited to bring refreshments they would like to share with the group.
Transition Bluffton will hold a public event on Tuesday, September 18, at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve during which participants will experience the emotional and health benefits of being in nature. Although modern technologies are making our life easier, more and more people are experiencing a sense of unease and anxiety. New scientific research is concluding that our being disconnected from nature may be the cause. Scientists are finding that a connection to the natural world is crucial for our health and well-being.
Join Beth Theisen, a naturalist at the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, to experience the calm and peace that nature provides as you decrease your stress hormones, your blood pressure, and your feelings of overwhelm. Participants will meet for this introductory experience at 6:30 pm in the main parking lot of the Bluffton University Nature Preserve located at 10535 Augsburger road in Bluffton. All are welcome to join us to reap the health benefits of being in nature!
In case of rain, the event will take place on October 2 at the same time and same place.
We are pleased to present an informative session on the current state and the future of recycling in the Village of Bluffton. Liz Gordon-Hancock, a reporter with the Bluffton Icon, will present information from her recent series of articles for the local on-line newspaper. The Executive Director of North Central Ohio Waste Management, Dennis Baker, will talk about the future of recycling and how it will affect us, followed by a question and answer session.
The event is open to the public at no charge and will be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:00 PM in the third floor meeting room of the Bluffton town hall.
The Rain Gardens & Rock Gardens presentation by Transition Bluffton is on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. Please register in advance. Information will be presented on the water-saving impact of rain gardens and the aesthetics of implementing rocks into landscaping. A variety of applicable plant selections will be discussed, as well as the different styles and forms of rain gardens and the various methods of water collection as a source of irrigation as opposed to utilizing city water.
Link to the BPL event page
Bluffton has an excellent and growing network of bike/pedestrian paths. Transition Bluffton is presenting a group bike ride around the paths to help people learn about the network. The ride will be proceeded by a brief presentation by Dick Ramseyer, president of the Bluffton Lions Foundation, and chair of the Bluffton Pathway Board, who was instrumental in the development of the paths, about how they came to be.
The ride will be at an easy pace, suitable for the whole family, and will be guided by experienced cyclists. The total distance is expected to be around 8 miles.
Gather at 7:00 PM at Buckeye Park, near the shuffleboard courts, on Tuesday June 19.