High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science
Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation’s high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app.
Instead of a butterfly garden, perhaps we need a “Pollinators Garden” in McIntire Park East!
Virginia license plate approved!
Two more days to “Bee” a founder:
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.
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.
SUPPORT THE CENTER. EARN MATCHING FUNDS. AND DO IT ALL AT HOME IN YOUR PAJAMAS. NOW HOW EASY IS THAT? Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, May 6th, the Senior Center will be part of Give4Good – Greater Charlottesville. This is a one-day, online, community-wide giving day, designed to promote philanthropy in our region. If you make a donation to the Senior Center any time between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm, you will help the Center earn local and national matching funds and prizes. Your participation, at any level, also demonstrates what a vital community resource the Center is today and will be in the future. Learn more at GiveGreaterCville.org.
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.
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.
Friendly City Food Cooperative in Harrisonburg is sponsoring an Earth Day slide presentation by Marlene A. Condon, syndicated columnist for Bay Journal News Service and author/photographer of The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People (published by Stackpole Books).
Have you ever wondered how the natural world survives on its own when your yard seems to suffer from an assortment of maladies that require your constant attention? Condon, a lifelong naturalist, will explain in 45 minutes how wildlife can work for you!
Her presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 6 PM – 7 PM at Bella Luna’s Pizzas, 80 W. Water Street, Harrisonburg, VA (map). The advance purchase of a $5.00 ticket can be used as a credit towards a meal at Bella Luna after the presentation.
Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. Please contact Erin Shehane at email@example.com or at (540) 801-8882.
“Creating a Backyard Haven…”Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle against the outside world. They’re perpetually at war with nature, investing in chemical treatments to fight off mammals, birds, and insects in an effort to preserve their garden as a pristine, unspoiled patch of earth. Marlene A. Condon proposes a radically different method of gardening: What if, instead of battling the natural world, we invite it into our yards?