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.

Blaze of Lights- Come Join US! 11/25/17

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).

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.

July 18- Presentation on Bicycling as a Practical Lifestyle

 

July 18 Presentation on Bicycling as a Practical Lifestyle by Transition Bluffton

 

Transition Bluffton is hosting a presentation on bicycling, including topics such as bicycle commuting, how to carry things on your bike, and safe interaction between bikes and cars. The talk will be held on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 PM in the community room of Bluffton Town Hall. The presenter is Raymond Harner, co-owner of CG Pro Bikes of Bluffton. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Harner is an experienced cyclist, knowledgeable on a wide range of topics. He started serious cycling at age 13, commuting to school and church and maintaining his own bikes. He has raced bikes and has ridden and organized bike tours. His shop is an asset to Bluffton and we look forward to his sharing his expertise.

Bluffton is an excellent community for cycling with smooth, lightly traveled roads, both in the village and the surrounding area as well as a growing network of bicycle paths. Cycling is a healthy, practical, and environmentally friendly activity and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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 transitionbluffton@gmail.com.

Bluffton Green Homes Tour is HERE!

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 transitionbluffton@gmail.com.

Do you have a home that you would like to exhibit your green building practices?  Click on this link to apply.

Help us celebrate at the Launch Party on May 16th!

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.

Bluffton-Area People Needed to attend the D.C. Climate March

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. )