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Upcoming Events

Farming at Volante's - Past, Present and Future

  • Date: Sunday, January 10th
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Place: Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Avenue

Presentation by Teri Volante, Production Manager, Volante Farms

The Volantes have been farming since 1917, and during that time they have learned a thing or two about sustainability, caring for the earth, and really good tomatoes. The Needham Historical Society and Volante Farms are proud to present Teri Volante, Production Manager at Volante Farms, who will talk about the farm’s history and the new environmentally-friendly technologies that will keep them growing for the future. Come see what’s new at Needham’s oldest farm!

This presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information about this program, please e-mail Gloria Greis or call 781-455-8860.

Green Needham Meeting - January

  • Date: Thursday, January 21st
  • Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Place: Olin College, Academic Center 218

What's under the (Green Needham) umbrella? - Join us for our January meeting, featuring an update on all the sustainability projects underway in Needham. Teams and local groups will share what they accomplished in 2009 and give a preview of projects and activities on tap for 2010.

Following the presentation will be a discussion of Needham in Motion, an exciting community-wide initiative planned for this coming May to promote walking, biking and taking public transportation.

Interfaith Action Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, January 23rd
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, registration begins at 8:30 am
  • Place: Wellesley Hills Congregational Church

Help Shape Our Environmental Future:

  • Learn The Way Forward from Copenhagen with Anne Kelley, Director of Governance Programs, CERES
  • Discuss how local faith communities can work together to effect change
  • Discern your role

For more information, or to register, email Liz Garrigan-Byerly or call 781.235.1988 x25

Sponsored by Wellesley Hills Congregational Church and Wellesley Village Church

Needham Science Center Family Science Night

  • Date: March 11th, 2010
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Place: Newman School

Mark your calendars for the Needham Science Center's 3rd annual Family Science Night. This year, the Science Center salutes Techno Triumphs! - Engineering, Technology, Inventors and Inventions.

A sampling of Techno Triumph Activites:

  • Ride a Segway and enjoy hands on explorations
  • Be a ham! - learn about amateur radio
  • See a Live Animal Demo with Needham's Animal Control Officer
  • Check out student work and chat with techno experts
  • Attend a techno-themed planetarium show
  • More details to be announced in 2010!

For details, or if you'd like to present something or otherwise get involved, contact Mary Rizzuto by e-mail or call 781 455-0475.

Green Needham Meeting - March

  • Date: March, TBD
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Place: Olin College, Room TBD

The March Green Needham meeting will be an evening meeting featuring a speaker. Date and topic to be determined.

Green Needham Meeting - May

  • Date: Thursday, May 13th
  • Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Place: Olin College, Room TBD

International Walk to School Day - October

  • Date: Wednesday, October 6th
  • Place: Needham Public Elementary Schools

The five Needham public elementary schools will celebrate International Walk to School Day by participating in a number of walking incentive programs. Three of the five schools will kick-off the new web-based walking incentive program Earth25 ( International Work Party - October

  • Date: Thursday, October 7th
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Place: Needham Community Farm Pilot Site, 1147 Central Avenue

The Needham Community Farm has joined with other local environmental groups to sponsor a carbon-reduction event on Thursday, October 7. In the days before and after 10/10/10, is encouraging climate action work days around the world. So far there will be events in more than 150 countries. The idea of these events is to draw attention to the number 350, which represents 350 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere – the level many scientists believe we must get back to in order to sustain life on Earth as we know it. is an organizatin initiated by acclaimed environmentalist Bill McKibben.

At 5:00 p.m. we will meet at the Needham Community Farm pilot garden in front of Newman Elementary School to put the gardens to bed for the winter. After taking a group picture for, we will harvest the last of the tomatoes, parsley, beets (the NCF's way of saying Thank You for our help), dig in the remaining plants, and cover them with newspaper and straw. If we all work together, we'll have fun and be done by 7:30!

Please come dressed for gardening, bring spades or pitchforks (if you have them), and lots of old newspapers!

The work day is supported by the Green Needham Collaborative, the League of Women Voters Climate Action Committee and First Parish Green Congregation Committee.

End of Upcoming Events

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