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.
We are fortunate in Bluffton to have curbside recycling to keep many of our recyclables out of landfills. But what about our food waste? Join Sally Weaver Sommer, Jon Sommer and Wendy Chappell-Dick for a forum discussion on small scale and community composting. The program is designed for inexperienced and experienced composters alike. The program will consist of a short presentation and sharing by participants about what has worked well and what has not worked well for them. Ideas for creating community wide opportunities to compost will be discussed in addition to single-home composting.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency food is the largest single source of waste in our landfills. The EPA estimates that 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food, and consumers are responsible for 40 to 50 percent of this food waste. While reducing the amount of food waste in our kitchens and at our tables is important in addressing this problem, composting is a way of keeping the waste we do create from entering the landfill with the added bonus of providing fertile soil for our gardens and yards.
The event is sponsored by Transition Bluffton and will take place in the Town Hall meeting room at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 13.
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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Amanda Wischmeyer of Little Riley Farm will be giving an informative talk on vegetable and organic gardening on March 20, 7:00 PM at the Bluffton town hall, third floor. Anyone is welcome to attend at no charge.
Join us for Transition Bluffton’s game night on Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 PM on the third floor of the town hall. Enjoy a break from the winter doldrums playing games with your friends (and meet new friends). If you have a favorite game bring it along or try something new. Snacks will be provided.