Earth Day

Massachusetts Events This April


Now that spring is finally here it’s time to get out and about to celebrate!  There are many events going on this month, and the weather is starting to warm up so there’s no better time than the present.  Whether you’re looking for something to do on a day out with the family, or want an idea for a fun time with friends, we’ve got you covered.

Boston Beer Summit – Love craft beer?  Then you won’t want to miss the Boston Beer Summit, taking place from April 4-5 at the Park Plaza Castle.  This giant beer tasting will feature over 60 brewers and have more than 200 different beers to sample.  The best local, regional, national, and international brewers will all be there including Angry Orchard, Atwater, Backlash, Berkshire, Blue Hills, Blue Moon, Harpoon, Narragansett, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and many more.  Tickets are $50 and include entrance, entertainment, tasting mug, and beer samples.  Get your tickets while they last!

Patriots Day Celebrations – Head to Minute Man National Park in Lexington and Concord the weekend of April 19-21 for some historical fun.  Remember our nation’s journey to freedom at the very starting point of the Revolutionary War. These towns are extremely proud of their heritage, and in honor of Patriots Day weekend they will be celebrating with parades, re-enactments of Revolutionary battles, commemorative ceremonies, socials, a pancake breakfast, and much more! This event is perfect for families, history buffs, and anyone that wants to learn more about our country’s history.

Party For The Planet – Do you carpool, recycle, bring reusable bags to the store, or take other steps to go green?  Then you won’t want to miss out on celebrating Earth Day! Head to the Franklin Park Zoo with friends, family, and of course some furry friends for their Earth Day celebration, “Party For The Planet”!  This family friendly event takes place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM – 3 PM and will raise awareness for the planet with fun events including animal enrichment activities, a chance to meet the zookeepers, entertainment, eco-friendly exhibitors and more.  What better way to celebrate planet Earth than  by getting up close and personal with some of it’s creatures?  Learn more about our planet and what you can do to make a difference every day at this exciting event.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival – The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Daffodil Festival from April 25-27.  This annual event celebrates the beginning of spring on the island of Nantucket with an antique car parade, community picnic, art shows, tours, exhibitions, contests, lectures, a Daffodil Flower Show, 5K, and much more.  All are welcome at this exciting event, even your furry friends!  What more could you ask for at a family event?  Many festival-goers dress up for this event, so break out your brightest yellow and enjoy this day of fun in the sun!

The start of spring is always exciting, the weather warms up, flowers are in bloom, and it becomes enjoyable to be outside again!  These events are a great way to kick off the start of the season, so grab your friends, family, flip flops, and enjoy!

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Going Green On Your Daily Drive

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In honor of Earth Day we wanted to talk about ways to go green while driving!  Earth Day celebrations are continuing all week, and this information is useful to know for the entire year!  While “go green” isn’t a phrase you would typically think of when you think of driving, there are ways you can decrease your carbon footprint while on the road.  The easiest thing to remember?  The less gas you use the less pollutants your vehicle will emit, making your drive more “green”.  Using less gas doesn’t necessarily mean driving less either!  These tips will keep you on the road to a greener Earth without making major changes to your daily life.

  • The best way to reduce the amount of gas you use is to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.  They get much better mileage than typical vehicles and are specifically designed to be more fuel efficient and emit less toxins into the environment.  Unless you already have one of these vehicles, it’s pretty hard to utilize this tip, but if you’re due up for a new vehicle any time soon hybrid or electric vehicles are great options to consider!  Not only are they more eco-friendly, but they will also save you a lot of money on gas.
  • Avoid slamming on the gas or breaks.  These two extremes are gas guzzlers, the sudden burst of energy when you hit the brakes or accelerator can release major pollutants and eat up a lot of gas compared to easing on or off the pedals.
  • In the upcoming months it can get very warm here in the Bay State.  Although turning on the air conditioning while driving is a great option,  it uses up more gas than if you were to drive without it on.  If it’s not too hot, roll down the car windows and enjoy the breeze!
  • Get an E-ZPass!  If you are a frequent road tripper, there is no better accessory!  You’ll get to avoid the touch and go traffic that piles up while people are paying with cash, which will save you gas and wear and tear on your car.  It can save you a lot of time at tolls whether you are traveling cross country or live in Western Massachusetts and have to take the Pike every day.  It’s definitely a worth while investment for any driver.
  • Go the speed limit.  Speeding even a few miles over the posted limit can increase gas emissions and not to mention possibly get you a speeding ticket. Save your gas and money by following the law!
  • Download an app that updates driving routes based on traffic, such as Waze.  This app relies on consumer updates but is typically accurate even when it comes to the smallest details.  It will help you save time, money, and gas by avoiding traffic jams.  Who wouldn’t love that?
  • Utilize cruise control if you’re going to be keeping a steady speed and direction on the highway.  This will help to avoid acceleration and unnecessary gas usage, it can even help save up to 7% on gas according to

These tips are simple enough, right?  Such small changes can lead to major savings for your wallet and the environment!  Try some of these tips in honor of Earth Day, there’s nothing to lose, only to gain!

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Give Back To Your Community At These Charity Events This Month!

river clean up

Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to take part in one of these worthy charity events!  If the warm weather we’ve been having isn’t enough to get you feeling warm and cozy on the inside, these events will do the trick.  Get your hands dirty this month and help clean up the Muddy River near Fenway, donate some old goods, enjoy a fine meal, or get out for a jog!  All of these events give you the opportunity to help others while enjoying yourself!  What could make you feel better than that?

5th Annual Susan G Komen Chefs for the Cure – Want to help fight breast cancer while enjoying a delicious meal?  Chefs from some of Boston’s best restaurants are coming together to whip up their most unique and delicious gourmet dishes for this tasting-style event!  Head over to the Residences at W Boston on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this worthy event that will leave you feeling full, having fun, and helping a worthy cause that aims at wiping out a disease that effects millions of families every day.   Participating restaurants include Gaslight, Taranta, Myers + Chang, Citizens Public House, Tastings, and the Granary Tavern. Tickets are $125.00 each and there will also be a raffle and silent auction during the event. Each general admission ticket purchase comes with one complimentary raffle ticket as well!  Proceeds from this event benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

iChase The Cure 5K for Kids’ Brain Tumors – Cancer is tragic disease for anyone to face, but when children are diagnosed with it, it’s heartbreaking.   Founded by Boston University student Danielle Volman, the iChase the Cure 5k raises money to support various charities that research this disease and create awareness.  The race has been held across the United States and has raised over $55,000 dollars which has been donated to various foundations across the nation.  Make a difference in the lives of children with brain tumors by participating in the 4th annual iChase the Cure 5k race on Saturday, April 13th on the DCR Charles River Esplanade.  The race begins at noon and there will be T-shirts (sizes are only guaranteed if you pre-registered), games, prizes, and much more for the entire family!  Registration is $25.00 per individual ($20.00 for BU students), and on race day is + $5.00 and cash/check only!  Grab your friends, family, and create a team for this deserving cause and enjoy a day of fun in the sun!

15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup – Love that dirty water?  Prove it!  Show your love for Boston by participating in the 15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup Saturday, April 20th from 9 AM – 12 noon.  This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and make an immediate difference in the Boston community.  Volunteers will be helping the Emerald Necklace Association clean the area of the Muddy River by the Fenway.  Participants will be picking up trash, down tree limbs, and performing general cleanup along the river.  All volunteers will even recieve a T shirt at the event, although sizes are first come first serve.  After the event, volunteers can celebrate their success at a local park from 12 noon – 1 PM with food and music, details will be announced at the event.  Make sure you wear clothes and sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a pair of work gloves and some water!

South Shore Humane Society Yard Sale – Who doesn’t love adorable rescue animals?  Now’s your chance to lend them a helping hand!  Stop by Braintree Town Hall on Washington St. in Braintree on Saturday, April 27th for a yard sale that benefits the South Shore Humane Society!  You never know what treasures you might uncover at a yard sale, and now you don’t have to feel guilty about going because it benefits a great cause!  If you can’t make it to the actual yard sale but would be willing to donate an item or two to be sold, contact 781-843-8824.

Which one of these events is right up your alley?  Lend a helping hand this month and you’ll feel the rewards instantly.  There’s no better feeling than knowing that you made a big difference in someone’s life by only taking a moment out of yours.  Whether you want to enjoy a gourmet meal, go for a run, help the environment, or go shopping, you can do it all, all while supporting worthy causes!

Photo By: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District





Events This April!

comic con

Looking for something new and exciting to do this month?  These local events are fun, exciting, opportunities to get out of the house and try something new!  Celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately by getting out and about, try your luck at trivia, celebrate Earth Day, stop by Comic Con, or enjoy a craft beer, as always, there is an event for everyone!

True Lies and False Facts: A Questionable Tour of Boston – How much do you know about Boston’s history?  Boston By Foot organized this trivia tour where you will hear wild and outlandish tales, some of them are true while some of them are false.  Use your knowledge of Boston’s history to discover the truth, after the tour participants will gather at the 6B Lounge where the answers will be revealed and those with the most correct will win prizes.  This historic tour takes place on Sunday, April 7th at 2 PM and costs $10 for members of the organization and $20 for non-members.  Participants will gather outside the Charles/MGH T station on the Red Line before the tour begins.  Celebrate April Fool’s day a little late this year and see if you can be fooled!  Reservations are recommended although walk-ups will be accepted if space allows, only cash will be accepted for payment on the tour day.

Spring Beer Fest – Celebrate the beginning of Spring with a crisp, refreshing craft beer!  The Spring Beer Fest will be taking place on Friday, April 19th at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  There will be beers available to taste from across the globe, guests will recieve a passport (event guide) that will enable them to travel from country to country sampling brews.  There will also be music and all guests will be entered to win great items valued at $1,000.00!  Guests can either purchase tickets for the Rush Hour tasting from 5 PM – 7:30 PM which cost $49 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out, or can purchase tickets for the Friday night Tasting Party from 8 PM – 11 PM which costs $59 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out.  There will also be a sushi rolling and saki class taking place for those that are interested!  There will be two sessions, one at 5:15 PM and one at 8:15 PM, tickets are $59 until 4/12/13 and then will be $69 until they sell out.  The class is one hour long and you will learn how to make sushi rolls and then enjoy complimentary pre-rolled items!  Get your tickets for this event before they sell out!

Party For The Planet! – Celebrate Earth Day with the Franklin Park Zoo this year on Sunday, April 21st at their Party for the Planet!  The Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and the Cambridge Science Festival for this event to raise awareness for our planet!  Take your little ones to the zoo for this event where they can learn how to contribute to and maintain planet Earth in a fun, engaging environment.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the zookeepers, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy the live entertainment on site, and of course meet the many animals that live at the zoo!  There will also be animal enrichment activities and Magic 106.7 will be on hand from 11 AM – 1 PM with music, games, and prizes!

Boston Comic Con – This event takes place across the country and on April 20-21st it will be here in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center!  Comic book fans, get your tickets while they last, single day admission costs $25.00 but if you buy a ticket for admission on both days it will run you up $40.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the door the day of the event.  Fans of the hit series “The Walking Dead” will love the fact that favorites Lauren Cohan AKA Maggie Greene and Jon Bernthal AKA Shane Walsh will be on hand for autographs, photo ops, and some Q&A.  There will also be a comic art auction, costume contest, film festival, and stars and artists from many other famous comic books at the event.  Show hours are from 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday.

Which one of these events are you most excited about this month?  There is something going on to entertain every member of your family this April, so head into Boston and celebrate the warm weather at one of these events!

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