Summer is Underway, and here are some Sustainable Events for your Calendar

The Bike Rally – all those Rides are adding up – here’s an update from SO VP of Operations, Dave VanAlstyne on how the rally is going.

“We had a bright sunny day on Sunday May 14th for the bike challenge registration. David and Pat VanAlstyne from SO, Paul Belanger from the Bike Stop of Orillia and Charlotte Knegt from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit were on hand to launch the event and we had 50 registrations for the challenge. We are now half way through the challenge which runs from May 19th to June 16th. Using Stavra to check in on how many of the participants are doing – there’s some good competition happening and the plus, plus is that those registrants who took up the challenge are enjoying the benefits of riding to work, school, the grocery store or other destination. Winners will be announced shortly, with a presentation planned for June 24th.

Good luck everyone!

The Mariposa Folk Festival – we are back again, on-site with a tent in the Community Village. If you are interested in seeing a portable solar demonstration, participating in a ‘sustainable contest’ for some great prizes and just generally learning more about sustainability, our organization and how you can support and get involved in this critical movement… come on by. We’ll be there during the days right be the main entrance. You can’t miss us…





A first-time ever for our Region – a ‘Butterfly Count Day’ is being planned for July 15th. Led by Matt Thomson, the event will be similar to the annual Christmas Bird Count in that participants will fan out, across a 24 km radius in nearby Severn to count how many species of this important pollinator group they observe. It’s been said that ‘if butterflies disappear – so do we!’ So, it’s important, but also fun and promises to be a great outing for young and old alike. Watch for more details in the weeks ahead – meanwhile, circle July 15th for some outside walking and watching…

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