Green Party Supplies Wichita KS
Council Grove, KS
Shawnee Mission, KS
The Green Party
By Heather Larson
19 ways to celebrate summer and decrease your impact on the earth:
Before the Bash
1. Call or send an Evite to your guests, and skip the cute little note cards. In addition to saving trees, your family and friends will get quicker notice about your party—which also means swifter RSVPs.
2. Ask your friends to make a donation to the celebrant’s favorite charity if your get-together is a gift-giving occasion. This eliminates unwanted and unused gifts.
3. Encourage carpooling to your party by giving out the names and phone numbers of guests who live close to one another. You could also offer a small prize to anyone who uses alternative transportation, like a bike or scooter, helping to inspire others to do their part cutting back on the greenhouse gasses emitted by cars each year.
4. Scout yard sales and thrift shops for plates to use for outdoor entertaining. It’ll add an eclectic look to your table, and if each US household replaced just one 40-count package of paper plates with recyclable alternatives, we’d save 487,000 trees.
5. Take reusable cloth bags with you when shopping for party food. Traditional plastic grocery bags are not recyclable and may take as long as 1,000 years to break down.
6. Select food items, like grains, nuts, and candies from bulk bins at the store so you can eliminate all that extra packaging waste. Toxic chemicals are used to make many plastic packages, and huge energy resources go into creating them.
7. Invest in a propane- or solar-powered stove if you often cook outdoors. Barbecuing with traditional charcoal briquettes sends smoke and particulate matter into the air, adding to pollution. Charcoal lighter fluid also emits volatile organic compounds, which studies have shown can cause health problems for many and may leave a residue of toxic chemicals on grilled food.
8. Spruce up your flower beds by getting rid of the weeds. Use a 20 percent concentration of acetic vinegar instead of a chemical pesticide. (Do this a few days before your party so the odor has a chance to dissipate, and make sure you don’t blast any delicate blossoms.)
9. Plant rosemary in your yard as a natural mosquito repellent. No time for that? Buy a few potted rosemary plants to use as table decorations, and plant them later. You’ll avoid the poisons in traditional bug repellents.
During the Do
10. Serve local, organic food. You’ll avoid consuming some of the 300 different pesticides that may have touched nonorganic food while it was growing, plus grocery-store produce may travel an average of 1,500 miles before being sold, adding to the toxic emissions in the air.
11. Arrange different-colored laundry baskets near your eating area to encourage composting and recycling (use green for compostables and blue for recyclables). Hang a sign above the baskets to let your guests know what goes where.
12. Illuminate your patio with soy or beeswax candles or solar lights instead of conventional string lights, which ...
Author: Heather Larson
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39th Annual Historical Dainty
Dates: 7/27/2013 – 7/27/2013
The Dainty contest was first introduce to Germantown by German immigrants that settled in Germantown in the 1860's. The children's game at that time was revised in 1971 for adults 45 and older. It was revised by Mr. George Hauck and Mr. Charlie Vittner for a customer appreciation day for Mr. Haucks' family store, which is still in operation today, since 1912. The game consist of a 3" stick tapered on each end and a 3' stick tapered on one end. Object of the game is to lay the smaller stick on the road and hit the tip of it by using the larger stick making it airbourne. The person that hits it the longest distance win's the huge trophy. The shortest hit hops the distance of the longest hit on one foot with a basket of lemons.There is always live music from various bands on a yearly basis, the best homemade bologna snadwich's, good ole pickles, potato chips and cotton candy for the children, and always very cool refreshemnts for the adults. It is now played in the area of Schnitzelburg, which was incoroprated in 1971 as well. Feel free to contact me Gary Allen @1-502- 551-2402, for futher details if needed.
See Jane Run Women's Half Marathon and 5k - Wichita
Dates: 9/14/2013 – 9/14/2013
Running, 1 Mile, 5 K, Half Marathon