Canoe & Kayak Launch Ribbon Cutting — Fri. June 5, 3 p.m.

Kayak Launch Markup 2013-06-18The Jonah Center’s earliest and longest-lasting project has born fruit. After 9 years of planning, proposal writing, grant writing, negotiations with City officials, set-backs, objections, more site-seeking, and much waiting, the Phil Salafia Canoe and Kayak Launch on the Coginchaug River is now open for use.
The official ribbon-cutting by the Mayor will take place on Friday, June 5, at 3 p.m., to coincide with the end of the Macdonough School Canoe Trip led by the Jonah Center and our volunteers. Continue reading

Riverfront Encounter — Sat. May 9, noon to 5 p.m.

Riverfront Encounter imageWesleyan’s Center for the Arts and College of the Environment, in collaboration with the Jonah Center and many other organizations, invite the wider community to this eco-arts event in Harbor Park, Middletown, on May 9.

Music, exhibits, food, activities for children, boat rides, rowing instruction, environmental action tent, and more.

For a full list of activities, click here. 

Making Portland More Bike-Ped Friendly

CS image 7The Complete Streets Group of Portland invites the public to an information sharing session on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., at the Waverly Center (formerly Senior Center). After a brief overview by Kathy Herron on the Complete Streets movement along with the group’s mission and goals, the public will be asked to share their thoughts on areas in town where it feels safe and pleasant to walk or bicycle, as well as dangerous intersections, high-speed traffic roads, school walking routes, etc. – that they would like to see become more pedestrian/bicyclist friendly. Continue reading

Jonah Center Favorite — Two Talks at Wesleyan by Prof. Brian Stewart

Earth Day Rant 2015“Sustainability by Number”

Thursday, 23 April, 4:30 p.m.
Exley Science Center Room 58

Through its exuberance, humankind has dug itself into an enormous hole, one that requires some quantification to try to grasp. Through numbers, we will examine the size of the hole and its rate of growth. Giant problems require giant solutions; we will explore the form these solutions might take — and the form they probably will not take.

“Stop Drilling Down!”

Tuesday, 28 April, 7 p.m.
Exley Science Center, Room 150

“Drilling down” is a metaphor for probing a question ever more deeply, learning more and more in the process. It’s what academics do, and it’s a good thing to do — right? Only if we also take the time to synthesize what we and others have learned in an attempt to grasp the whole picture. This talk is an attempt to do just that, examining the human situation from a physical perspective. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for City Environmental Committees

Middltown logoThe City of Middletown’s Planning, Conservation and Development Department is seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on two advisory panels. There are currently four vacancies on the Conservation Commission and five vacancies on the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency. Continue reading

Jonah River Paddle — July 11 — Downriver to Haddam Meadows

2011 June paddle bannerThe Jonah Center’s Annual River Paddle on Saturday, July 11, will be a one-way 11 (eleven) mile downstream paddle from Harbor Park to Haddam Meadows Park. There will be a stop or two along the way for lunch, rest, and/or swimming. The trip date and time of day was chosen to coincide with the outgoing tide and will require about 3 hours of paddling. Wind conditions can affect speed and difficulty, but the estimated finish time is approximately 4 p.m.

Erik Hesselberg, President of the Middlesex County Historical Society, will be with us to offer short talks on the history of Middletown’s riverfront.  John Hall will provide information on the 2 electricity generation plants (Kleen Energy and NRG) we pass along the way. A shuttle bus service leaving Haddam Meadows at 10 a.m. will allow paddlers to park their cars at the destination before the paddle begins.  Launch time at Harbor Park is 10:30 a.m.  Important: Advanced registration and pre-payment for this event are required, since space on shuttle bus is limited. Fees are $25 for 1 person (vehicle driver) to use the shuttle bus, and $10 for each additional paddler who will not need to ride on the bus. (Click on link below for details and instructions.)

Register for the July 11 Paddle

It’s Time To Call Your Legislators

CGACurrent law already bans pesticides (with some exceptions) on elementary schools and day-care centers. Now we need to expand this protection to high school students and the general public.  Also, these chemicals are killing our ponds, rivers and Long Island Sound.

Please take a few moments to call or email your Ct State Rep or Senator.  Legislator contact info and a sample message are below.

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Cash Lane Slim – Downshift – Live In Concert March 21 @ 7 p.m.

Cash Lane SlimThe Jonah Center of Earth and Art is pleased to sponsor the return of Middletown’s Cash Lane Slim in an exclusive one-night performance. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the 2- hour show will begin at 7 PM on Saturday, March 21st in the main hall of the Community Health Center, 675 Main Street in Middletown, CT.

Songsmith and guitar master Cash Lane Slim takes you on a trip through the heart of Americana with a blend of folk, rock, blues and ballad; an energizing mix of originals and standards with his unique interpretation and voice. Continue reading

Damn Those Ice Dams

Damn those Ice DamsA Workshop on Home Insulation: How to prevent winter ice dams, incentive programs for home insulation and air sealing. These programs (Home Energy Solutions and Home Performance With Energy Star) provide a wide array of subsidized home energy improvements and attractive financing opportunities.  For more details, click here.

Wed. April 22, 7 p.m. at the deKoven House, 27 Washington St. Middletown.

Co-sponsored by Middletown’s Clean Energy Task Force and the Jonah Center.

For more information, call 860-638-4854 or 860-398-3771 (mobile).