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Clients in the News–November 2018

by | Nov 16, 2018 | Avalon, Avalon Client News

Avalon clients are indeed in the news, warming our hearts with their good work, and holding events throughout November and December to help you and your family get in the holiday spirit.

It’s that time of year, when Farm Sanctuary marks Thanksgiving by celebrating the humble—living—turkey. This year, FS is holding four Celebration for the Turkeys events to accommodate all the turkey well-wishers—at their sanctuaries in Acton, CA and Watkins Glen, NY. There will be a special feast for the turkeys, a vegan feast for the humans, and plenty of time to cozy up to your favorite barnyard sanctuary residents. For dates, times, and more information, visit FS’s website. Don’t miss this special opportunity to embrace a kinder tradition! Also, check out FS’s Adopt a Turkey Project (Avalon proudly adopted a flock of turkeys this year) as another way you can get involved in FS’s mission.

There’s no better place to observe National Native American Heritage Month in November, than the National Museum of the American Indian. Join NMAI on the National Mall on Friday, November 23—the day after Thanksgiving—for a free family celebration of Native American Heritage Day, showcasing Native culture through hands-on activities, make-and-takes, and music and interactive dance presentations. Visit NMAI’s website for more information.

In October, Society for Science and the Public and the Broadcom Foundation announced the winner of the$25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize at the nation’s premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. But these kids aren’t making baking soda and vinegar volcanoes—in fact,14-year-old winner Georgia Hutchinson designed a more efficient and cost-effective, data-driven solar power system that can determine where the sun will be at any date and any time. The Washington Post’s light-hearted video series, Short Takes interviewed some of the contestants in a delightful brief video on the paper’s website.

Throughout November the Maryland Food Bank is holding Pack to Give Back events to provide 60,000 holiday meals to needy families. It’s an incredible partnership among corporate sponsors, volunteers, partner agencies, and MFB. If you can spare a couple of hours to pitch in and pack groceries, please visit MFB’s website for dates and times.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of 22 top aquariums leading a national push to cut plastic pollution. The multi-pronged campaign called #FirstStep will involve a total of 1,000 businesses, plus individuals doing their part to drastically cut plastic in the environment. Visit PRNewswire’s website for the full story and to see how you can get involved. For starters, join #NoStrawNovember and get in the habit of politely declining straws in restaurants.

Swiss billionaire and conservationist Hansjörg Wyss is partnering with the National Geographic Society, the Nature Conservancy, and others to launch a $1 billion effort to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030. A post on EcoWatch describes the campaign’s four primary strategic focuses: supporting locally led conservation projects; encouraging the international conservation targets; raising public awareness of the conservation crisis; and investing in science. For more information, visit NGS’s website.

Veterans are twice as likely to be homeless than civilians, so the city of Boston has placed an emphasis on finding homes for chronically homeless vets. Pine Street Inn is also working to put vets in permanent homes and helping them to develop support and fellowship with other veterans.. Visit Metro.us to read a post about this situation, learn more, and see how you can help.

 More exciting events: A Christmas Carol returns to Ford’s Theatre this December, in part as a benefit Bread for the City; The Blank Panther lives on at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Curators at the National Museum of the American Indian tend to refer to the first Thanksgiving as an unremarkable “brunch in the forest.”; Iranian films to be screened at the American Film Institute

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