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Upcoming Winter 2024 Events at Silver Lake Nature Center Inbox

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Upcoming Events at Silver Lake Nature Center for Winter 2024!! 

“Secrets of Nature” FREE Guided Walk. Sunday, January 14th, 1pm-2pm. Families & Individuals are invited to join us for a FREE Nature discovery hike on the beautiful SLNC Trails! PA Master Naturalist, Patricia Merkel, will be leading this awesome event! Our theme for today is “Secrets of Nature!” We look forward to exploring the Trails with you!  Register at SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

Artists of Bristol Winter Art Show at SLNC through 1/16/24! Learn more at ArtistsOfBristol.com 

 “IPR Team” Volunteer Project Day. Saturdays: January 20th; February 17th; March 23rd, 10am-12pm. The Invasive Plants Removal Team meets once a month to help clear Invasive Plants from specific areas on the SLNC Grounds/Trails. Each season brings new plants in various degrees of difficulty and will also serve as a learning opportunity! These Project Days also involve planting native plants and trees. Register at SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177. 

*Volunteers under age 18 must have an accompanying parent/legal guardian with them for the duration of the event. No exceptions. Thank you. 

 SLNC Earthship Tours. Saturdays: January 20th; February 17th; March 23rd, 1pm-2:30pm. 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 SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177. 

 Volunteer Work Days. Join us on the first Saturday of each month, from 10am to 12pm to help keep the beautiful SLNC Trails/Grounds so beautiful. Be prepared to get wet and dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle. This event is Rain or Shine. Register at SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177. *Volunteers under age 18 must have an accompanying parent/legal guardian with them for the duration of the event. No exceptions. Thank you. 

Day-off from School Camps. Why only have Camp in the summer when you can do it in all seasons?! SLNC’s School-year Camp Days are scheduled for days when most schools are off. Each Camp Day provides exciting seasonal outdoor Nature adventures for your child (5 – 14 years old). Remaining Scheduled Day-off Camps for the 2023-24 School Year are: 1/15; 2/19; 3/28; 3/29; & 4/23. Visit SilverLakeNatureCenter.org for info/pricing/registration

Maple Syrup Time! Saturday, February 3rd, 2pm-3pm. Learn the basic steps of how trees are tapped for their sap so that it can be turned into delicious syrup. Help in the process of making this wonderful delight, and taste some samples too!  Fee: $5/person for Friends of SLNC Members or $8/person for Non-members.  Register at SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177. 

Bristol Photographers Club 50th Annual Photo Contest. Get your photos ready for this fun event!  Drop-off Dates: Saturday, 2/10 (12pm-4pm); Sunday, 2/11 (12pm-3pm); and Monday, 2/12 (6pm-7pm).  Awards Ceremony: Saturday, 3/2 (11am). Learn more at BristolPhotographersClub.com.

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Home School Enrichment Series. Wednesdays, February 21st – March 13th, 10:30am to 12pm OR 1:30pm to 3pm.  SLNC’s Homeschool Enrichment Series is an option for families who take a different approach to educating their children. This 4-week program provides an opportunity for children (5 – 14 years old) to get hands-on experience within the STEM disciplines without formal constraints. Each of the lessons are developed with the PA Standard Aligned System (SAS) in mind and ensure that children will excel in all settings. Visit SilverLakeNatureCenter.org for info/pricing/registration.

 Rainbows  Of Healing Medicine Drum Making Workshop. Sunday, February 18th, 11am-5pm. Learn more at RainbowsOfHealing.com

Groups/Clubs/Classes (a.k.a. “Symbionts”) that Meet at SLNC: 

Artists of Bristol ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Contact: Janice Rhodes at artistsofbristol@gmail.com

Bristol Photographers Club ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, Contact: Heather Baker ahebaker1@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, visit: 

http://bucks-area-rc-boat-club.webs.com/

Kiwanis of Levittown-Bristol ~ Meets at 6:30pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month. For info, visit:                               https://lbkiwanis.webs.com/

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

Southern Bucks Garden Club ~ Meets at SLNC occasionally throughout the year. Contact Ellen Miller 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 ~ Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Thursdays at 7:30pm. $10/person per class. Contact: Atlas Yoga and Movement 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 SLNC and its programs, visit  SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

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THE Giant Co. & Customers Raise More Than $400,000 For Healing Our Planet Initiatives

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Through its Healing Our Planet initiative, The GIANT Company today announced it raised $403,360 in partnership with its customers to support Planet Bee Foundation™ and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful™. During the month of May, customers at GIANT, MARTIN’S and GIANT Heirloom Market stores were invited to round up their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar to support each organization.

“Action inspires action and small changes such as tree plantings and pollinator awareness can make a big difference when it comes to helping our planet, so thank you to our customers who rounded up at the register to support these green initiatives,” said Courtney Hopcraft, manager of charitable giving and community relations, The GIANT Company. “Over the four years of our Healing the Planet campaign, more than $6 million has been raised to grow health and sustainability initiatives centric to creating healthier communities and a more sustainable future.”

Announced earlier this month, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in partnership with The GIANT Company announced it will award Healing the Planet grants later this summer to local community organizations for tree plantings across Pennsylvania. Additional funding from The GIANT Company will support Pick Up Pennsylvania and local clean up, recycling and greening events.

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is grateful to The GIANT Company for their support of native tree planting in their operating areas in Pennsylvania. Funding will also support our Pick Up Pennsylvania program, so we can continue to meet the needs of families, friends, neighbors, civic groups, nonprofits and municipalities working towards a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania,” said Shannon Reiter, president, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Cleaning and beautifying communities tends to reduce littering and other illegal behaviors, making it a better place for all residents and providing a foundation for community and economic development.”

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Planet Bee Foundation drives awareness for pollinators and the importance of bees as a pathway to STEM, conservation, and innovations in agriculture. Funding raised by The GIANT Company will support local beekeepers, research programs, and school and community programs.

“On behalf of Planet Bee Foundation, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to The GIANT Company for their donation, which has educated and impacted over 109,000 youth. Their generosity has sponsored STEM and Agriculture Education programs in schools, provided supplies to teachers, offered grants to local beekeepers, provided education at public events, and maintained beehives in community gardens, exemplifying their commitment to local communities,” said Debra Tomaszewski, founder and executive director, Planet Bee Foundation. “We are humbled and inspired by The GIANT Company’s commitment to sustainability, the health of our planet, and the well-being of the families they serve.”

For more information on The GIANT Company’s Healing Our Planet initiative, click here please.

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“Laughter is the Best Medicine” Says President of Ezra’s Hope

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Cindy Ritter, president of Ezra’s Hope was on her cell phone early Friday morning teaching herself an array of foreign languages. When she answered. which was not expected since it was just past 7 a.m., an approximately hour-long conversation ensued.

The conversation was about the dual sponsored – Laughs for Recovery and Raymour & Flanigan – afternoon sit-down comedy benefit coming up this Saturday, June 22, to support the nonprofit that assists families looking the pain of addiction square in the face.

What better way to raise funds  then with the antidote for pain, which is laughter, right?, she said.

No arguing with that sentiment.

Ezra’s Hope helps families that have been affected by addiction in a variety of ways, including food and clothing donations and financial assistance. In past efforts, the nonprofit has provided care packages and gift cards, food, clothing, furniture, and other necessities, and has helped families pay utility bills. “By helping families pick up the pieces from this terrible disease in a positive light, we hope to prevent the same behavior from continuing,” Ritter said.

According to the CDC, more than 110,000 people across the United States lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2023. Of that number, 4,823 were in Pennsylvania.

Ritter said that a lack of manpower and resources in recent years has prevented the nonprofit from hosting any fundraising events.

Ezra’s Hope is holding their first fundraiser since the pandemic. The small volunteer organization is teaming up with two well-known organizations, Laughs For Recovery and Raymour and Flanigan, to host a three-hour comedy show for charity. The nonprofit hopes the event will bring smiles and laughter to the community while also raising awareness to a topic, that’s no laughing matter, addiction.

“Help has been pretty hard to find. The last time Ezra’s Hope held a fundraiser was in September 2019 before Covid-19 shut the world down. Since then, we have been unable to organize any events to help raise the funds necessary to help families in need,” Ritter said.

 

The sit-down comedy show will take place from 2 p.m.to 5 p.m. pm at Raymour and Flannigan’s Oxford Valley location 9 Cabot Blvd East, Langhorne and will feature performances by a number of local comedians.

Several prominent businesses are also showing their support for Ezra’s Hope. The Iron Pigs. Crayola. Longwood Gardens and Chipotle have all made substantial donations to be used for raffles and giveaways during the event, giving some lucky guests a chance to go home with an unforgettable prize.

Master of Ceremonies and Laughs for Recovery founder Eric Todd of Levittown is hoping the surrounding community comes out in a big way, he said. Todd’s been putting on comedy shows for about three years now.

Laughs for Recovery Outdoor Festival 2023

 

Ezra’s Hope was founded in 2017 as an outlet to offer support and education to families that have experienced the loss of a loved one to addiction. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness through education about addiction and making a difference in the lives of those who have felt the impact of its devastating effects. There is Hope for the future!

Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

For more information about Ezra’s Hope, contact Cindy Ritter ezrashope@gmail.com

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Laughs for Recovery Comic performing Summer of 2023
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Bucks County Cooling Centers while Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

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An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect in Bucks County from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday evening.

With an extended stretch of days with temperatures forecast in the 90s, cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks will be open for the duration of the advisory to seniors and people experiencing homelessness who are seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567
*CLOSED WEDNESDAY 6/19 AND SATURDAY 6/22*

Palisades Middle School, Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
HOURS 10 A.M. –  5 P.M.
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726

YMCA of Bucks County – Warminster Branch
624 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
267-387-9622
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

YMCA of Bucks County – Fairless Hills Branch
601 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-949-3400
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

Senior centers throughout Bucks County are also open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

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