ACT LOCALLY: GRID's Round-up of local events and newsy bits

image via blog.eviesays.comWednesday, April 27, 7:30pm

All Things Fermented: The Science of Beer and Cheese: As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, Triumph Brewing Co. (117 Chestnut Street) is hosting an entertaining and scrumptious 2-hour tasting adventure. City Food Tours co-owner Eric Matzke will introduce everyone to seven stellar draughts brewed on-site, plus four sumptuous farmstead cheese, revealing the role of fermentation in craft beers and gourmet cheeses and how brewers balance science with artistry. Call 800-979-3370 for advance tickets or visit:    

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm

Saving Energy Saves You Money: Join Jeff Lane, an independent energy consultant, as he provides a brief, yet informative talk about what energy deregulation means for local residents. This is a FREE event! Light refreshments will be served. This event is hosted by Whole Foods Jenkintownlocated at 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown, PA 19064. Please register at customer service or call 215-481-0800.

Thursday, April 28, 4pm-8pm

Best of Greenbuild, Sustainable Design Competition, and Urban Energy Design Charrette:Don’t miss DVGBC’s annual half-day conference and pre-conference charrette featuring regional thought leaders reprising notable presentation from Greenbuild, plus a whole crop of up and coming sustainable designers who will compete in a Design Competition. The four-hour event will allows you plenty of time to network with fellow green building advocates, fulfill continuing education credits, and attend a variety of breakout sessions. Colin O’Mara from Delaware’s Department of National Resources and Environmental Control will lead the evening as Keynote Speaker. This event will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on 121 North 7th Street.

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Saturday, April 30, 9am-2pm

Recycling Donation Drive at Whole Foods: Impact Thrift will be in the Whole Foods Jenkintown parking lot collecting everything from clothing, shoes and accessories, to furniture, jewelry, books, record, CDs, working electronics and stereo equipment, working appliances, sporting goods, and much more. For a complete list of acceptable donations, visit Make sure to read the list closely before bringing your donations, because unacceptable merchandise is costly for Impact to dispose of properly.

Saturday, April 30, 1pm-3pm

Morris Arboretum’s Arbor Day:Celebrates the importance of trees at this annual event! The interactive family fun starts 50-feet above the forest floor in the Arboretum’s “Out on a Limb” exhibit where visitors will receive a treasure hunt map. From there, guests will get up close and personal with trees and discover the many reasons we need trees. Interactive activities will focus on tree care, tree protection, where trees come from, and what trees supply us with. Visitors who complete the adventure will receive a seedling to take home and learn from a Morris Arboretum arboriculture expert how to plant and care for the new tree. At 1:30pm, children’s book author, Suzanne Ridolfi, will read the newest book in her Abby’s Adventures series, “Earth Day and the Recycling Fashionista” in the outdoor classroom. Visit: for more information.