October 2018

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This fall is full of new beginnings. Today, October 1st, we kick off this season of The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series. Join us for a screening and discussion of Sacred Cod . We'll also be hosting our first Eco Board Game Night on 10/26. And we're very excited to launch a new hike outing program, with our first hike on 11/3.

Our regular monthly events continue on 10/11 with All Things Green on iCRV Radio, and 10/18 with Meet Your Greens, where we'll be networking with Long Island Sound expert Judy Preston.

Looking ahead to November,  save the date for our
Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on 11/1 and  don't forget that  grant applications  are due 11/8.
In This Issue
The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series
October 1st 
All Things Green
October 11th 
Stream "All Things Green" live at 4pm on October 11th with Rockfall's Executive Director, Tony Marino, for  tips, insights and great guests to help us "leave the campsite better than the way we found it..."
Meet Your Greens
October 18th     
This month, join us on 10/18 at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook for drinks and a conversation with  Judy Preston, the Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator at Connecticut Sea Gra nt. An optional carpool will be leaving at 5pm from deKoven House Community Center in Middletown to drive down to Old Saybrook. Email erik@rockfallfoundation.org for carpool.

Here are the remaining 2018 Meet Your Greens:   
  • On November 15th, Jen Kleindienst, Wesleyan's Sustainability Coordinator, will be discussing campus sustainability efforts at The Middletown Inn.
  • For December, Rockfall will host the first Green Holiday Party! Keep an eye out for the exact date. All are welcome.  Free drinks and food for Rockfall members.
For those of you not familiar with Meet Your Greens: Middletown Green Drinks, this monthly event provides networking opportunities for anyone who is interested in making connections and exchanging news about emerging environmental issues to help keep Lower Connecticut River Valley communities green and growing. An official location of Green Drinks International, this informal monthly gathering of people drawn from the community, nonprofit groups and the business world offers time to brainstorm ideas and plant seeds for collaboration. All are welcome and there is no admission fee, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit our website.
Eco-boardgame Night at the deKoven House
October 26th
There are lots of great eco-themed boardgames out there. On Friday October 26th, we'll take over the two meeting rooms at the deKoven House and turn them over to gaming!  Drinks and snacks will be served. Full gaming list and more details available on our website. Thanks to the Board Room for sharing some games to expand out our play list!  
Hike Outing
November 3rd
For experienced hikers, our recreational and fitness hikes will introduce you to some of the gorgeous forest and rugged terrain we have in the Lower CT River Valley. Our first hike outing will be a  2.6 mile hike on the Mattabesett and Reservoir Loop Trails in Middletown. Traverse around a beautiful reservoir plus a spur to several rocky overlooks. Moderate terrain at a fast pace, with a few steep rock scrambles. Full details are here.
Friends of Rockfall Featured Event:
cinder + salt's Sustainability Social
October 4th    
Another local supporter of the environment,  cinder + salt, is hosting a Sustainability Social on October 4th, from 5-8pm. Food and drink will be served, and Rockfall will be there to join the fun.  
cinder + salt, at 520 Main Street in Middletown, is expanding its store to include new products for greening daily living and will also be debuting its fall collections of eco-apparel. Join cinder + salt's sustainability social for a night of conversation, environmental entertainment, and eco-living tips. Click here for more information.    
Meet Our Grantees: Indian Hill Cemetery

Through two guided walks for local families and a field trip for Farm Hill School students,  the grant "A Celebration of Trees of Indian Hill Cemetery" is enabling students to learn about the beautiful trees at Indian Hill Cemetery, the geology of the tombstones, and local history, all while enjoying time in nature in one of Middletown's most lovely, park-like cemeteries. These walks include a tree walk on October 13th, and a family tree walk and ghost hunt on October 27th.
Reminder: Grant Applications Due November 8th by Noon
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