Well, it’s that time of year when we’re retreating indoors, so yard waste collections are cut back and outdoor activities are less frequent. But there are a couple things I thought I’d share.
A WORD ABOUT YARD WASTE
There’s one collection in both November and December, and none in January and February. The schedule will be on the 2012 magnets, so keep your eye out for yours. The November pick-up day is Wednesday the 16th (not this Weds., but the next). So round up those twigs and dead summer plants and toss them directly in a trash can (no plastic bags!), or a paper yard waste bag, and get them to your curb bright and early that day, or the night before. Please don’t leave your bags of yard waste at the curb for more than a day. Besides being against borough code, it’s unsightly. Some folks may be under the mistaken impression that the collection is every week, and put their bags out on the curb days or even weeks before a pick-up. Be a good neighbor and let them know. They may just need to pick up a magnet at borough hall so they’re aware of the schedule.
Yup, the leaves are finally falling. Rake your leaves into the curb so the borough crew can come by and scoop them up. No branches or rocks, please, as they can cause problems for the machinery. The borough prefers that you utilize this service rather than putting leaves in with your Yard Waste. A friend of mine actually runs his lawn mower over the big sycamore leaves that gather on his lawn, so it’s free mulch for his lawn and saves him tons of time. That’s a win-win, for sure.
TO BLOW, OR NOT TO BLOW. THAT IS THE QUESTION
I’ve heard from some of you who are annoyed by the VERY LOUD leaf blowers that can blast your ear drums and disturb your peace. To many, leaf blowers are noisy, dirt-flying menaces, that make your neighbors stay in their homes, cancel outdoor events, lose sleep and cause allergy attacks. And others are concerned about the environmental impact of using a blower. Whether it’s being done by the resident or a lawn service/landscaper, let’s try to operate this loud machinery during times when it’s least disruptive to everyone who can hear it. Or use a rake and make your neighbors happy.
A TREE GROWS IN INTERBORO PARK // Saturday, November 12 / 8:30 AM
Volunteer Tree Planting and Tree Care Workshop
The Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program is hosting this event next Saturday. Come join the Borough of Lansdowne Parks & Recreation Board and Tree Advisory Board in kicking off their annual tree planting event at Interboro Park. They’ll be planting new trees in Lansdowne’s Interboro Park (located between Fairview and Bartram Avenues and S. Wycombe and S. Union Avenues) as part of the regional TreeVitalize effort to Plant One Million trees throughout Southeastern PA. Local Tree Tenders will demonstrate how to plant a tree, discuss how to keep it healthy, and answer your questions. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring your gardening gloves and favorite digging tool — or you can share theirs if you don’t have any. Refreshments will be served. Interboro Park is in Bethel AME Church’s ‘backyard’ and has a popular basketball court as well as a nature trail with a small stream. Enter the park from Walnut Avenue off of Fairview or Bartram. There is a small parking lot off of Bartram Avenue.
CALL FOR ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS
Below is an opportunity for you artists who want to interact with nature. It kind of takes up the rest of the space, so I’ll just say take care and enjoy the Fall!
Lansdowne Borough Council
Chair, Environment Committee
Artist Call for Submissions
The Schuylkill Center’s Environmental Art Department seeks artists and crafters for a family craft event this December 4, 2011. We are looking for artists and crafters who work with eco-friendly materials or with nature themes to create handmade, original items for sale.
Merry Making, A Winter Craft Event is geared towards families and will include a series of craft workshops for kids to make their own gifts or holiday decorations. Each artist selected will have a 10 x 10 foot space inside our main building. Artists may share their space, but anyone planning to sell work must be listed on the application. Organizations, collectives, or businesses may also apply.
Deadline for Submission: EXTENDED to November 11, 2011
Event Date: Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA
Vendor Fees – REDUCED!
Option 1 – $20 per space.
Option 2 – FREE for vendors who lead a craft workshop! *
* You can skip the vendor fee in exchange for leading a 45-minute craft workshop – a children’s version of the kind of work you do. In addition to furthering our mission as an educational institution, we believe that your workshop will draw audiences to the show and specifically draw kids and their families to your table. Materials for workshops will be reimbursed up to $15.
We will ask ALL participating artists to donate one work for a raffle, the proceeds of which will support the Schuylkill Center. Please select an item in the price range of $20 – $50.
To apply and for more information, please download the complete APPLICATION FORMand send it with your images. Please submit 3 – 10 images of your work. If more than one person is applying, we must see at least 2 images from each artist. All images must be jpeg format, approximately 600 x 600 72 dpi.
(If you mail or fax your application, don’t forget to email your images, to
Please feel free to visit us in person, Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, or online at www.schuylkillcenter.org.