Wednesday, July 18, 2012

what is going on in DANA

That you should attend the Delaware Community Farmers' Market today.

The new market season starts today, June 26, and runs every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm through November.

Our long time market had to move but thankfully the library took us in.  So look for us behind our branch library at 331 Delaware Ave. Conveniently you'll be able to access library items and visit the market. Perhaps a cookbook could be handy?  Thank you Albany Public Library!

Also new this year, we are now welcoming food stamp (EBT) cards at this very affordable market. WIC coupons will continue to be accepted.

We will be welcoming back favorite local farmers such as the Don Baker Farm, Running Creek Farm, Scarecrow Farm, Red Oak Farm and Bungelow Bakers.  And meeting some new vendors like The Cheese Traveler. On opening day, customers can expect to find affordable fresh picked lettuce, kale, radishes, turnips, early squash, snow peas, herbs, honey, eggs & jam.

Those same experts remind us you can protect the environment, support small area farms and eat healthier by purchasing locally grown food at the Delaware Community Farmers' Market. 

2. While at the market, make sure you stop in the library to sign a play ground petition!

The Albany Public Library Delaware Branch has applied to KaBOOM! to receive a grant to build a community playground at the Delaware Branch Library. (Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of support.) The Delaware Library has made it through to the second round in the application process! 

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's
children.  Their mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. An important part of being awarded a grant and being chosen as a KaBOOM! Community Partner involves getting community members involved in the planning and building process.  This starts with asking you to stop by the library and sign a petition showing your support. 

If successful, the Library will be looking for community members interested in volunteering to serve on the Community Design Committee.  This Committee will participate in a Design Day to take place in mid-July and will involve children designing their dream playground and an adult planning session. We will also need approximately 200 community members who will participate in an all day event on Saturday, September 29 to actually build the playground.

3. Opportunities to become experts.  Once a year, DANA gets info. to every household in the neighborhood.  This is a good time to do that with the Street Fair, Farmers' Market and Neighborhood Night Out on the docket.  It's a big neighborhood!  Can you help leaflet?  It's great exercise.  We need volunteers to help the day of the Street Fair.  Volunteer gardeners are also needed.  And someone to represent us on the codes committee. 432-0516.

4. Speaking of the Street Fair . . it's coming up on Saturday, July 7.  Yard sales start at 9 am throughout the neighborhood.  Music (in the afternoon), food, a poet, magician and art will stretch along Delaware Avenue from the Spectrum to Mingle.  Summer Fest at the library will run from 1 to 3 pm with games, prizes, food and fun to celebrate summer reading.  Rain or Shine!  To hold a yard sale or sign up for a space on Delaware Ave contact Dave at 427-1814. Pick up maps to get started at the booths at 431 Delaware or at Delaware & 2nd.  Parking for visitors at My Linh's and side streets.

5. The Community dinner at Third Reformed is held each month on the last Saturday.  This month it's on Sat., June 30, 5-7 pm. Dinner is free. If you can spare a non-perishable item for a local food pantry, please do. If not, come anyway to have a good meal and get together with old and new friends.

6. Check out the sports & fitness programs offered by the College of St. Rose at the Plumeri Sports Complex in Hoffman Park. 542-9112

7. Neighborhood Energy Challenge: Save energy & money.  Take the first step towards energy efficiency with a free comprehensive home energy assessment.  Have an expert show you how your home is wasting energy & money and how you can fix it. Albany residents are challenging each other to make our neighborhoods more sustainable.   Help our neighborhood win!  Sign up at

Our neighborhood night out Ice Cream Social is Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30 at the Farmers' Market.  If you can help with that or would like to have a table or share a talent, please let us know.

5 out of 4 experts recommend that you don't have to move to live in a better neighborhood,

Louise for DANA

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