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
Chrissy Lugibihl of the Et Cetera Shop will show ways to recycle, repurpose and revive clothing and textiles at 7 p.m. on April 17 in the Fellowship Hall at First Mennonite Church, 101 S Jackson St.
Lugibihl, the Et Cetera Shop manager since 2003, will demonstrate how to dress and use textiles more sustainably and ethically. This is the April meeting for Transition Bluffton; if you are a regular attendee, please note this temporary meeting location.
Lugibihl will also provide an update on the thrift store, which will be moving from the current 111 S Main St. store to the Peerless Glove Factory building after extensive renovations, sometime in 2019. The Et Cetera Shop sells donated clothing and apparel, housewares, and other goods, and in turn gives funds to the Mennonite Central Committee and local charities.
The 3 R’s of Fashion Event event is being held during Fashion Revolution month, which marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on April 24, 2013. This tragedy sparked a demand for greater transparency in the garment and textile industries, causing people to ask “Who made my clothes?” and what is their social, economic and environmental impact?
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Skill Sharing Event!
We are hosting a skill sharing event in which experts in a variety of crafts will share their knowledge with others interested in learning a new skill. The event is open to the public at no charge and will be held on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 PM in the third floor meeting room of the Bluffton town hall. Experts have been lined up to teach such skills as knitting, sock darning, knife sharpening, waste-free gift wrapping, bicycle flat tire repair, and mending with Sugru. The skill sharing is one of several events hosted by Transition Bluffton over the past summer and fall. The organization’s mission is to bring people together to build resilience and sustainability in Bluffton and beyond. To learn more about future events, visit TransitionBluffton.org.
Greetings to all Bluffton Transitioners,
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and are ready to enjoy the Blaze of Lights tomorrow. Our plans are in place for a fun Transition Bluffton unit in the parade but we are still in need of a few volunteers to help out. We could use at least one more person to pedal our bicycle “surrey” and a few more people to walk along side to either help carry our banner or to hand out seed packets. We also have two seats on the surrey where kids could ride (non-pedaling).
If you are interested, please call Ken or Sara at 419-358-0572 or just show up at the staging area. Anyone is welcome to join us, either walking or on your bike, costumed or not. Please dress warmly. The parade is at 5:00 and staging begins at 4:00 at the corner of Main and Snider Rd. (by the Pool).
July 23 Green Home Tour hosted by Transition Bluffton
Transition Bluffton is hosting a Green Home Tour on Sunday, July 23 from 1-4:00 p.m. Three homes in the Bluffton area are featured. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes on the 12-mile route; a prize drawing will be held for those who collect colored tickets at all three locations.
The tour showcases homes in the Bluffton area that emphasize energy efficiency and sustainable building. Tour organizers explain, “It might be through clever design, technology, or just plain hard work, but it’s inspiring to see what others have done.” They also note, “The homeowners on the tour have been gracious enough to open their gates for us, so please be respectful of their properties and the time-frame of the tour.”
The three tour stops are a 1970s home with solar PV and battery backup, a new home with monopole PV arrays, and a home with earth berm, PV solar and passive solar design. Maps will be available at CG Pro Bikes, The Food Store, and the Bluffton Public Library after July 7th.
Transition Bluffton’s mission is to be a catalyst for conversation and sustainable change in the Bluffton community. To learn more about the organization, visit TransitionBluffton.org. To contact the organizers, email email@example.com.
Do you have a home that you would like to exhibit your green building practices? Click on this link to apply.
The Bluffton Public Library has invited Transition Bluffton to have a program and discussion on October 17 at 6:00-7:30. Find out what Transition is and how Bluffton could be a Transition Town. Questions are heartily encouraged. Join us for cake and conversation! RSVP through the Public Library.
The Transition Bluffton website now has FORUMS! That’s right folks, for your ease of dialog we now have a forum for Transition conversations. When you can’t sleep at 3AM and have that great idea you now have a way of sharing with others in the Transtition Bluffton Network. Check them out here!
Transition Bluffton is having a Launch Party!, an Idea-Raising Event with Cake! This event celebrates the creation of Transition Bluffton, an organization that is bringing people together to build sustainability in Bluffton and beyond.
The Launch Party will also serve as a brainstorming session for future events and projects. The event will be from 7-9 p.m. on May 16, 2017, on the 3rd floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St.
In February 2017, some 30 people gathered in Bluffton for an official training weekend led by a certified trainer from Transition United States. The launch party will use methods learned for generating and discussing ideas, giving everyone the chance to contribute and respond.
Hey Transitioners, do you want to help battle the impact petroleum products have on our environment and our health? Need a ride to the upcoming Climate March? A local Bluffton-ite is organizing roundtrip bus rides from Bluffton to Washington D.C. for the event. This round trip event will be from Friday April 28th until Sunday April 30 2017. It is important to know that “your bus ticket does not include food or a metro card. BYOB (bring your own breakfast). We will do a non-violence training before we depart from Bluffton University. More information about this will come by email. This bus from Buckeye Charters is not able to make any additional pick-up stops along the way. Financial aid may be available, depending on donations. We aren’t accepting donations of checks or cash, but we appreciate your generosity online.” For more information check out the event’s website at HERE ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nw-ohio-bus-to-the-peoples-climate-march-tickets-31714626301. )