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

Dickinson College Local Food Dinner

Round-up...weekend edition!

Friday, April 9, 7 - 8:30pm

This event is particularly "green-minded," but we're big Phillies fans here at Grid...Tonight, join sportswriter Rich Westcott for an examination of the history of the Philadelphia Phillies (the 4th oldest team in the MLB!)

Held at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave. For directions call Holy Family University at 215-637-7700 or visit

Saturday April 9, 7:15am

Stroehmann Bakeries Walk + Run Against Hunger is celebrating it's 15th walk/run to raise funds for local food pantries and soup kitchens. The annual event supports more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger agencies in SE Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Register to walk or run here. Run: $20 until April 7 ($30 event day). Walk: FREE. Donations and fundraising efforts are encouraged.


The 2011 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event will give you a chance to get rid of dangerous waste safely. You can drop off waste at the Streets Department’s Training Center (State Rd. at Ashburner St.) Examples of typical materials accepted are pest control products, chemical fertilizers, cell phone batteries, fluorescent light tubes, and paint thinners. For a complete listing, please call the Streets Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560 or visit their website. Keep in mind, there will be an event almost every month so check back often for updates.

More events after the jump...


Chester County Preservation Fair is a one-day, one-stop event you won’t want to ignore. This event will feature all the trades and services you need for your historic home, barn, church, mill, or office.  Cost: $10 for the public, $8 for member. This event will be held at The Washington Building at Historic Yellow Springs, Inc in Chester Springs, PA. For more information, call 610-827-7414, or click HERE.


Sustainable 19125 will host a Composting Workshop led by local green guide, Holly Logan. Learn how to make nutrient-dense soil from worms and organic food waste, plus pick-up worms to take home at the NKCDC Garden Center.

Held at the NKCDC Garden Center (Frankford & Berks). To register for this FREE event, email 


If you’re a supporter of local food then consider attending the Dickinson College 2011 Local Food Dinner for an annual celebration of food, farmers, and community. This is a fundraising event to support the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign, devoted enthusiasts of farming and great local food. This year’s local food dinner will be hosted by Anna Lappe, daughter of Frances Moore Lappe, international advocate of sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. A lively farmer’s market will follow the dinner in the Holland Union Building lobby.

This is a FREE event, but a suggested donation of $15-20 is kindly requested. For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact, call 717-245-1969 or click HERE.

Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10, 9:30am – 1pm

The Haverford Tree Tenders Program, organized by the PA Horticultural Society and supported by TreeVitalize will be hosting a Tree Tenders Workshop in which volunteers will be able to participate in planting trees at various locations in the Philadelphia area. To find out how to volunteer, and to find a location near you, contact Jeanne Angell at

Sunday, April 10, 2 – 6pm

GreenFaith is pleased to present its interfaith environmental education and training event, “Ground for Hope-Philadelphia.” This event will feature a variety of keynote speakers like, Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and current President of Common Cause. On Sunday, the event will take place at Mishkan Shalom, located at 4101 Freeland Ave. See the itinerary of events and locations here.