Tour de Montclair this Sunday

From our friends at Bike & Walk Montclair!

Discover the Fun of Group Rides
See Montclair by Bike!

The Tour de Montclair, a family-friendly bike ride with 6- and 12- mile options, begins on Midland Avenue and takes riders through the 4 wards of Montclair, highlighting parts of town not easily seen by car. Riders cruise by the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and Nishuane Park, pass the Montclair Art Museum and other great sites around town. All are invited to enjoy the sights at their own pace – fast, slow or anywhere in between! The ride ends back at Midland Avenue where riders can celebrate at the Open Streets Festival — with food, children’s games, and more.2017 Tour

When: Sunday, October 1, ride starts at 10:00am

Where: Midland Avenue between Portland Place and Bloomfield Avenue

What: Lots of fun! Share the news with friends and find information on our website

Save Time/Avoid Lines: Pre-registration online for the 2017 Tour de Montclair is strongly suggested at our online registration page. In addition to Tour entrance, you’ll get a FREE commemorative performance T-shirt (while supplies last) and a one-year membership to Bike&Walk Montclair. Same-day registration will also be available from 9:00 – 9:45am on Midland Avenue at the Tour start location.

Join us for the dedication of the Watchung Park Pollinator Garden!

MONTCLAIR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INFO@MTCENV.ORG Sept. 11, 2017
Additional Contact: Lyle Landon, Co-chair, 201-247- 0288

POLLINATOR GARDEN PRESS RELEASE

A dedication of the Pollinator Garden at Watchung Park will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 PM. The Pollinator Garden was made possible through grants from ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) and the Montclair Garden Club to the Montclair Environmental Commission (MEC). The project began last October and would not have been possible without the contribution of over 80 hours of labor performed by MEC, Montclair Garden club members, citizen volunteers and a youth group, who built the raised beds, prepared the soil, purchased the plants and building materials, planted, watered and weeded. The result is a thriving garden of native, deer resistant plants, providing nectar and pollen for bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Educational placards will be posted on the day of the event.

The public is invited to the family-friendly presentation which will include short scientific explanations and musical interludes about bees, birds, butterflies and bats. The importance of pollination to our ecosystems, and its connection to healthy food, will be explained. Councilman Sean Spiller, liaison to MEC, and Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Robin Schlager will offer opening remarks. The short science segments will be presented by MEC members, the Montclair Community Farms group and other experts. The musical numbers will be performed by local musicians and include Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimski-Korsakov), Blackbird (Beatles), Butterfly (Mariah Carey) and Bat out of hell (Meatloaf). TV 34 will film the event and it will be the next subject of A Greener Day, MEC’s monthly environmental show. The presenters and Master Gardeners will be on hand afterwards to answer questions from the audience and the mobile farm stand truck will be parked nearby for fresh produce purchases.

The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs for comfort. If inclement weather forces a cancellation a notification will be posted on the MEC website: mtcenv.org. The Montclair Environmental Commission meets monthly at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month, and the meetings are open to the public.

Green Film Series: The Age of Consequences

Green Film Shows Climate Impacts on National Security, Global Stability

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green proudly present “The Age of Consequences”, the newest screening of their Green Film Series on Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, 07042.

Through the lens of US national security and global stability, this award-winning documentary investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, “The Age of Consequences” unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.

These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

The film’s unnerving assessment is a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.

Bring the family, a neighbor, or a good friend for this important event. For further questions, contact the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or, grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

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