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World Water Day

World Water Day is a day to celebrate water, a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues and a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.


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PARK(ing) Day

Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

In recent years, participants have built free health clinics, planted temporary urban farms, produced ecology demonstrations, held political seminars, built art installations, opened free bike repair shops and even held a wedding ceremony! All this in the context of this most modest urban territory – the metered parking space.

And this is the true power of the open-source model: organizers identify specific community needs and values and use the event to draw attention to issues that are important to their local public—everything from experimentation and play to acts of generosity and kindness, to political issues such as water rights, labor equity, health care and marriage equality. All of these interventions, irrespective of where they fall on the political spectrum, support the original vision of PARK(ing) Day: to challenge existing notions of public urban space and empower people to help redefine space to suit specific community needs.

Get more info about (PARK)ing Day here.

Farm to Table 2017

FARM TO TABLE premiered in September 2011, as a first of its kind in the region fundraising event for the Everhart Museum.

2017 marks the seventh year for this event which focuses on the celebration of the fall harvest in Northeast Pennsylvania and supports the growing “locavore” movement by consuming foods grown and produced within a 100-mile radius. By eating “locally” we support the regional economy and the agricultural heritage of our community.

The menu for FARM TO TABLE is created by Chefs Cliff and Dave Daniels of Epicurean Delight using foods grown and/or produced in Northeast Pennsylvania with delicious desserts provided by Truly Scrumptious.

This year’s FARM TO TABLE will have a Southern twist with menu items, drinks, live music, and decor inspired by the bountiful South. The event will also include a county inspired marketplace and artist Jack Puhl will be painting in en plein air. 

Get more information and purchase tickets here.