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APRIL 22ND - EARTH DAY

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EARTH DAY IDEAS


  • Calculate your carbon footprint: Want motivation for participating in Earth Day events? Why not see just how much carbon your lifestyle contributes to the planet with Nature.org's carbon footprint calculator
  • Go global: Before you begin participating in local Earth Day activities, consider contributing to an international charity supporting environmentalism and clean water around the world. Organizations like charity:water help provide clean water for people in need around the globe. You can also support a charity that helps clean up the oceans, fights pollution or works to protect rain forests. Whichever you choose, it's nice to know you've made an impact outside of your immediate neighborhood. 
  • Pick up litterMany people get together in groups with friends and family to go out and pick up litter at a park or local beach, or even right on your own Main Street. It doesn’t require much planning, so you have a good chance of getting people to join in – and may find some people joining in as you go.
  • Plant treesIf you want to get your hands in the earth, you can gather your friends and family to help plant a tree on your property, or see if you can get permission to plant a tree in your community, at a park or local school. Talk to your neighbors and see if they are willing to also plant a tree on their property, or help with your effort to plant trees on community property.
  • Start recyclingYour Earth Day contribution could also be to start recycling in your home or switch to using renewable energy. You might not be able to install solar panels on your house or apartment, but you can switch out energy sucking appliances, and replace them with energy efficient models. Separate your trash into recyclable and non-recyclable items, and get in the habit of buying recycled materials.
  • Begin compostingYou may have heard of composting, which is nature’s way of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil, known as compost. Deciding to compost is a popular activity for Earth Day. Compost can be used in your garden as it is a very good source of nutrition for plants. Composting biodegrades your food waste, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, wood and crop residue, making it into something very good for the environment – which is a win-win!
  • Involve your officeCheck with your employer to see if they would like to participate in the Earth Day activities. Maybe they don’t recycle printer toner, paper and aluminum cans- materials many businesses go through quickly. When businesses go green, in addition to helping the Earth, they can often times get tax deductions or other financial benefits, so see if your company is open to making an Earth Day commitment. This can save money for home businesses too!
  • Clean a local water sourceCleaning up a local waterway like a river or stream to remove garbage and debris is also a great way to celebrate Earth Day. You can also commit to helping people in other parts of the world, like Africa, to help get access to clean water. Earth Day is also a day for education about the Earth and realizing how you can help other communities that may need the things you take for granted – like clean water to drink and bath in.

And while these actions are great for adults, do get your kids involved. They love to plant, dig, compost, recycle, and be a part of anything that seems fun that they see adults doing. It’s fun to get creative with kids and think of ways to do things differently to help the Earth.


GROUP EVENTS

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WHO WE ARE

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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GIVING BACK

Community Shred—The Dixon/Kluge Group  be hosting two document shredding events in 2015.  One on April 25th from 1-3pm & one in November (date TBD) —the event is free.  We just ask that everyone bring a canned good to donate to a local food bank.

Reach For the Stars Scholarship Program—The Dixon/Kluge Group will be awarding 2 deserving seniors a $750 scholarship again this year—just email me and I’ll send you information and an application.  Deadline is April 15th.

Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure - Every year The Dixon/Kluge Group participates in the Global Race in DC - if you have any interest in walking with us or making a donation - you can go to the following website for all the information:

KomenDCRacefortheCure.org


Community Outreach—For every settlement The Dixon/Kluge Group had  in 2014, we made a donation to a local charity.  We donated over $1,800!!  We look forward to exceeding that amount in 2015.

WHAT IS YOUR HOME WORTH?

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Weather

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Conditions for Sykesville, MD at 11:44 pm EDT
Current Conditions:
Partly Cloudy, 61 F

Forecast:
Fri - Partly Cloudy. High: 74 Low: 52
Sat - Mostly Sunny. High: 79 Low: 46
Sun - Mostly Cloudy. High: 63 Low: 48
Mon - AM Thunderstorms. High: 71 Low: 50
Tue - Partly Cloudy. High: 67 Low: 43

Full Forecast at Yahoo! Weather

(provided by The Weather Channel)
GETTING ORGANIZED

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ORGANIZE YOUR HOME ~ ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE

With the start of a new year, comes a natural desire for a fresh start.  Home is where the heart is, so it’s the first place to start creating your ideal environment.  Once you establish order in your home, you’ll find it will naturally carry over into the rest of your life.  Here's a plan to get you started:

¨ Less is More ~ Each day this week, fill one bag of items to be donated to your favorite charity, your local Goodwill, or the Salvation Army. It may seem difficult to fill seven bags in one week, but try focusing on a specific category each day. For example, fill a bag with clothes on Monday, shoes on Tuesday, kitchen items on Wednesday, and so on.

¨ Make it a Family Day  ~ An awesome way to speed up organizing your home is to enlist the help of your kids. Kids of almost all ages can participate with chores appropriate to their skills.  A smaller child might fill a donation bag with old toys that they no longer use, while older children can rearrange bathroom shelves. A fun way to get them to participate (and maybe even volunteer) is to list chores on small slips of  paper and have each child draw two or three slips out of a hat.

¨ Take Along a Carry-On ~ The easiest way to put things back where they belong is to grab something in the room where you are that  belongs in the room where you’re headed. For example, if you’re getting up from watching television in the living room, take a quick look around and pick up something that belongs in the bathroom and take it there. When you’re in the bathroom, look for something that belongs in the kitchen or living room, and take it with you on your way back. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can reduce messes on a regular basis this way, and it takes no extra time at all.

¨ 15 Minutes a Day to A Happier Home ~ Organizing your home requires regular effort, but you don’t have to wait until the end of every week when things have piled up. Instead, commit to organizing your home in just 15 minutes every day. Assign each family member a specific room to focus on during that time. It will amaze you how quickly the whole house can be transformed with your entire family engaged.

By Jenny Hildenbrand, Build.com


LOCAL HAPPENINGS

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS


  • 4/22 ~ Earth Day ~ SEE EARTH DAY IDEAS
  • 4/25 ~ Dixon/Kluge Community Shred from 1-3pm
  • 4/27 ~ Ravens Magnet Picture - All are invited - more details to follow!
  • 430 ~  Scholarship Application Deadline
  • 5/03 ~ Sykesville Wine Festival ~ 12pm - 5pm
  • 5/09 ~ Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in DC
  • 5/09 ~ CCARF Annual Mother's Day Bingo @ Gamber Fire Hall

COMMUNITY SHRED

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WELCOME

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