Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer
Instead of a butterfly garden, perhaps we need a “Pollinators Garden” in McIntire Park East!
Most pollinators throughout North America are trending downward in population; some are facing a drastic decline, and others are believed to have already gone extinct. The disappearance of Honey Bees CCD, or “Colony Collapse Disorder” has been widely known for years now, but native pollinators aren’t as well managed and documented as honey bees, so their numbers have been harder to study. When pollinators disappear, eco-systems and food chains collapse.
via Pollinators: Virginia gardener and bee lover launches Protect Pollinator license plate – dailypress.com.
If you love to be outside in this beautiful, sunny spring weather, please be aware that excess exposure to UV radiation can cause lasting damage which may lead to skin cancer. Remember your sunblock, sunglasses, and hat! Even when the weather is cool, you need sun protection.
UVa Health System, Primary Care, Dermatology is offering a FREE skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 10, 8 am to 12 pm – Register 434-270-0901
It just might save your life!
The UV Index forecast for Friday, April 18, 2014 is: 6
Look for Ultraviolet (UV) Index descriptions on:
HIGH 6-7 Protection against sun damage is needed.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses,
use sunscreen SPF 30+ and wear a
long-sleeved shirt and pants when practical.
Reduce your exposure to the sunï¿½s most
intense UV radiation by seeking shade
during midday hours.
Beachgoers should know that white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and can double UV exposure.
A new park in the center of town? That is exactly what will happen soon when McIntire Park East becomes easily accessible with the completion of the McIntire Bridge and the 250/McIntire Rd Interchange.
Charlottesville’s McIntire Park may one day welcome not only skateboarders and visitors to a future botanical garden, but also residents commuting to work. A multi-use commuter path was one suggestion mulled by the PLACE Design Task Force at a meeting Thursday. …
Continue reading … McIntire Park: A place to skate, walk and commute? ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow.
I was so happy to see this course and I signed up immediately!
Since I spend much of my week as a JABA FISH ESL Tutor/Mentor and as a Literacy Volunteer for an adult student who is learning English, I am sure this Coursera MOOC from the University of Oregon will help me discover new and effective techniques.
I will be posting reflections on this MOOC here.
Hobbit House Creations
Baggby’s Gourmet Sandwiches
Marathon Finish Line
Downtown Mall – View from Omni
Winter seemed to last forever this year, so spring is especially welcome! On Saturday we enjoyed a stroll on the Downtown Mall, a visit to the Charlottesville City Market where we were so happy to see Hobbit House Creations, lunch at Baggby’s, and more strolling in the beautiful weather. The marathon finish-line events were packed with enthusiastic folks – runners and spectators alike. Best of all, for us, the CAT bus ride to downtown is a mere five minutes. We <3 our Charlottesville PLACE!