Et Cetera Shop’s 3 R’s of Fashion 

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?

Prepping: A Sustainable Approach event– January 16th

Transition Bluffton will host a meeting at the Bluffton Town Hall on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 pm. Randy Augsburger will be speaking on Emergency Preparedness.  Augsburger previously spoke at Bluffton Public Library for September’s Emergency Preparedness Month last year.  

 

Augsburger will be covering how to take practical steps to prepare your family for emergencies, assess your own preparedness, and deal with major and minor disasters that could reasonably happen in Northwest Ohio.  He will address such questions as: What is a bug out bag and what should be put in one?  He will also talk about prepping awareness, misconceptions surrounding prepping, and why exploring prepping can be a positive aspect in your life.

 

“Prepping: A Sustainable Approach” is one of many events hosted by Transition Bluffton. The organization’s mission is to bring people together to build resilience and sustainability in Bluffton and beyond. To learn more about this and future events, visit TransitionBluffton.org.

Skill Sharing Event- December 19

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.

Presentation on Invasive Plants

Transition Bluffton is hosting a presentation on invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. Botanist Bob Antibus will talk and take questions about invasive plants in northwest Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.

Invasive plants are non-native species that can threaten our natural resources. Problems caused by invasive plants include crowding out of native Ohio plants, loss of suitable foods for area wildlife, and less plant diversity.

A professor emeritus at Bluffton University, Antibus taught botany from 1980 to 2015. After completing PhD research in Point Barrow Alaska, he conducted funded research in the Lake District of England, Costa Rica, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Antibus also serves as a Johnny Appleseed Park District Commissioner and member of the Blanchard River Watershed Board.

River Walk along the Little Riley hosted by Transition Bluffton

    Transition Bluffton is hosting a river walk along the Little Riley on Sunday, April 23. Naturalist Anne Coburn-Griffis will lead the walk exploring plant and animal life in the Motter Metro Park just outside of Bluffton, Ohio.  The walk will start at 6 p.m. and last 1-1.5 hours. Walkers will explore park trails and be introduced to creatures that make their home in and along the Little Riley. Participants will need good walking shoes and should bring binoculars and magnifying lenses.  Parking for Motter Metro Park is located at 10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road. The 105-acre park has a mowed grass trail and is restoring grassland habitat to the area.  Coburn-Griffis is a facilitator at The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm near Pandora, Ohio, and has been active in volunteer water quality monitoring and wildlife rehabilitation.  The riverwalk is one of several events hosted by Transition Bluffton this spring and summer. 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.