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Clients in the News – April 2016

News - Blue LogoFarm Sanctuary’s Watkins Glen, NY, shelter is welcoming a new resident, thanks to comedian Jon Stewart and his best-selling author wife, Tracey. A bull named Frank escaped while being transported to a slaughterhouse and was spotted on the York College campus in Queens. After the NYPD tranquilized and captured Frank, Farm Sanctuary negotiated his release from a holding facility in Brooklyn. Knowing Jon and Tracey Stewart’s commitment to Farm Sanctuary, the organization called to see if they would pick Frank up and keep him at their farm in New Jersey before taking him to his forever home at Farm Sanctuary. Watch a brief video of Frank on the loose in the big city at Huffington Post.

For the eighth year in a row, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) was voted the state’s favorite large performing arts center in’s People’s Choice Awards. Not really a surprise, since NJPAC is known as the artistic, cultural, educational, and civic center of the state — but a wonderful honor. Visit NJPAC’s website for more on this award and information on upcoming events. NJPAC truly has something for everyone!

For the third year, the American Film Institute is partnering with the White House to present the White House Student Film Festival. Open to K-12 student filmmakers, this year’s theme is “The World I Want to Live In.” Students can submit short films based on this theme at this White House website. The deadline for submissions is July15. Winners will be announced in late summer.

The National Air and Space Museum is running a terrific series of free lectures on What’s New in Aerospace, covering recent research, developments, and discoveries related to space. On Tuesday, April 26, Science and Spacewalking at the International Space Station was presented by NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren. Next up, learn about space junk at Cleaning Up Outer Space on Tuesday, May 17. For more information or to watch archived videos of past lectures, visit NASM’s website.

Common Cause held its Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on Tuesday, April 12. This year’s event celebrated strengthening our democracy. 

The Rainforest Action Network celebrated its 30th with a party on Thursday, April 14 in Oakland, CA, featuring drinks, dancing, live music, and food trucks! 

Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo — on Saturday, April 23, the Friends of the National Zoo celebrated Earth DayParty for the Planet. The event included visits with your favorite animals, hands-on recycling ideas and demonstrations, and more. 

On Sunday, April 24 the Monterey Bay Aquarium held kids’ day at their Día del Niño all-day event. Guests enjoyed live Latin music performances, crafts, special bilingual programming, and more.