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Upcoming Events at Silver Lake Nature Center August 2022 

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Upcoming Events at Silver Lake Nature Center August 2022 

 Rainbows of Healing’s Candle Quartz Sound Journey. Friday, August 12th, 7 – 8:30pm. We are delighted to welcome Rainbows of Healing back for this very special event! For information and/or to register, please visit www.RainbowsOfHealing.com.

 Earthship Tours. Saturday, August 13th, 1 – 2:30pm. FREE. The SLNC Earthship will be open to the public today! Stop by to visit and learn about these interesting, sustainable structures! Tours are FREE, but donations to the nonprofit Friends of SLNC are greatly appreciated. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or by calling 215-785-1177.

Introduction to Kayaking. Saturday, September 10th, 9am – 11am. Have you ever wanted to learn how to maneuver a kayak? Well here is your chance. This two-hour class, led by Kayaking Instructor, Cameron Calista, introduces you to the parts of a kayak, how to hold and move a kayak paddle, how to enter and exit a kayak, ways to keep your balance while kayaking and, of course, how to get around on the water in a kayak. The Introduction to Kayaking Class takes place right on the waters of Silver Lake (at Silver Lake Park). **Participants under the age of 18 years old must have a Participating/Paying Parent/Guardian accompanying them on this program. MINIMUM age for this program is 14 years old.** Fee: $35/person or $30/person for Friends of SLNC Members. Register by visiting www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or by calling 215-785-1177. (Space is limited. Early registration is recommended.)

Saturday Morning Bird Walks. Offered from September through November at 7:30am. Meet outside of the SLNC Visitors’ Center at the Welcome Kiosk near the Parking Area. FREE.

 FREE Guided Walk on the SLNC Trails. Sunday, September 11th, 2 – 3pm. Join certified PA Master Naturalist, Patricia Merkel, for this leisurely, informative walk covering seasonal topics. Meet outside of the SLNC Visitors’ Center at the Welcome Kiosk near the Parking Area. FREE. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or by calling 215-785-1177.

Charlie Zahm & Tad Marks Concert – A Tribute to John Denver & the Great Outdoors! Saturday, November 12th, 7:30pm. This amazing duo will be returning for another awesome concert with Charlie Zahm on vocals & guitar and Tad Marks on fiddle!

Admission is $15/person. To purchase tickets, please visit www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177. This event fills quickly! **Tickets are available in advance only.** Concert is scheduled to take place inside the

SLNC Visitors’ Center. Prices are the same for all ages. No refunds/exchanges unless event is canceled by SLNC.

 Yoga Classes Have Returned to SLNC!! Yoga Classes are offered on (most) Thursdays at 7:30pm. Fee is $10/person per class – payable at the Class.

From June through August, the Classes are planned to take place outdoors at SLNC’s beautiful Pergola (located just outside of the SLNC Visitors’ Center), but Class will be moved indoors in the event of severe weather.

Enjoy a one-hour Yoga class with certified instructor, Trina Shumsonk. This class is Vinyasa Flow based with a mix of Yin and restorative poses for a soothing balance. All levels of Yoga practice experience are welcome! Modifications and variations are presented throughout to fit the needs of every person. Optional essential oils accompany our final resting pose of savasana. For additional info/questions, contact Yoga Instructor, Trina Shumsonk at trinamarshumsonk@gmail.com.

Groups/Clubs that Meet at SLNC:

Artists of Bristol ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Contact: Rose Marie Strippoli aobweb@comcast.net.

Bristol Photographers Club ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, Contact: Heather Baker at hebaker1@gmail.com.

Delaware River Fishermen’s Association ~ Meets at 7pm on the last Wednesday of each month. Contact: https://www.drfishermen.com/.

DE Valley Model Boat Club ~ Meets at Magnolia Lake on most Sundays, April through October. For info, please visit: http://bucks-area-rc-boat-club.webs.com/

Nature Book Club ~ Meets at 6:30pm on the last Thursday of each month at the SLNC Earthship. Contact: Lee Roach at SLNCNatureBookClub@gmail.com for info/registration.

Southern Bucks Garden Club ~ meets on the 1st Tuesday of some months at 7pm. Contact: Ellen Miller, President at ellenmiller24@comcast.net.

West Chester University Harp Ensemble ~ Rehearses at 6pm on the 3rd Monday of most months. It is free to stop by to listen to the beautiful music. Contact: Professor Gloria Galante at ggharp@comcast.net for info/registration.

Yoga Classes ~ Thursdays at 7:30pm. $10/person per class. Contact: Yoga Instructor, Trina Shumsonk at trinamarshumsonk@gmail.com.

The Silver Lake Nature Center, where learning comes naturally, is a 264-acre Nature Preserve located in Bristol Township, Bucks County. It is a facility of the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation with additional funding and staffing provided by the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center nonprofit organization. SLNC is home to over 40 plant and animal species listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in Pennsylvania. Participation in programs helps protect these species and their habitats. SLNC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, activities, or facilities. People with special needs are asked to give advance notice.

The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation was established in 1953. The Department is responsible for the acquisition, development, and preservation of open space and regional parks. The Department seeks in every endeavor to improve the quality of life and environment for all Bucks County residents, by working to enhance existing and projected recreational and cultural needs for our County.

For information about this and the other programs offered at Silver Lake Nature Center, call 215-785-1177 or visit the website at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation

Bucks County Commissioners

Robert Harvie, Chair

Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, Vice-Chair

Gene DiGirolamo

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Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured

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Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Takata Air Bags Still Under Recall

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Models flagged as being at an extreme risk are certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models containing so-called “alpha” airbags, and the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Also included are the 1999 BMW 323i and 328i, said in a Consumer Report dated July 10, 2024.

Do Not Drive warnings have been issued for these vehicles by NHTSA.

NHTSA said, a separate group of defective Takata air bags was recalled in late 2019. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, this recall involves non-azide driver inflators.

Consumer Reports said, a total of 67 million airbags have been recalled. As of April, 2024, NHTSA reports that 88 percent have been repaired/replaced, still leaving many millions of at-risk airbags on the road.

 

 

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Santarsiero, BCHIP to Host Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote Events

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) will host two keynote events, in partnership with the Blue Zones organization, to introduce Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area to the community.

On July 22nd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Wharf in Bristol Borough.  The keynote will be delivered by Margaret Brown from Blue Zones and will focus on the Lower Bucks area.

On July 23rd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Linksz Pavillion at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township.  The keynote will be delivered by Dan Buettner, Jr. from Blue Zones and will focus on the Central Bucks area.

Both events will include audience Q&A and will feature a panel of experts from the Blue Zones organization.

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: The Wharf, 100 Basin Street, Bristol

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Margaret Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: Bucks County Comm. College, Linksz Pavillion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Dan Buettner, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

Blue Zones is based on 20 years of research and scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health and happiness, from the longest-living communities in the world. During the Ignite phase of the partnership, Blue Zones will assess the current state of our Bucks area community’s well-being through engagement and education with local leaders and community members, culminating in recommendations for a full-scale transformation of our area to a Blue Zone.

Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area includes: Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Tullytown Borough, Morrisville Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Solebury Township, New Hope Borough, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Doylestown Borough, Plumstead Township, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Public RSVPs are requested online at https://www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/bluezonesignitebucksareakeynote/.

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