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Only You Can Prevent Wildfires #SmokeyBDay

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires #SmokeyBDay

Did you know that Smokey Bear, along with his trademark, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” has helped reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires from 22 million to an average of 6.5 million annually today? Nine out of ten wildfires are started by humans, and Smokey Bear still plays a key role in educating the public about how to prevent wildfires.

Smokey Bear was at Blogger Bash at the #EAEVENTS party a few weeks ago and turns 70 on Saturday and is still getting the word out. No retirement in sight for Smokey! Here’s the hashtag so you can follow the fun #SmokeyBDay

There’s a Twitter Chat:

  • Wednesday, August 6
  • 2-3 PM Eastern
  • #SmokeyBDay 

And wish Smokey Bear Happy Birthday here and

Take the Pledge to prevent wildfires.

Only you can make a difference. Sign the pledge to help stop the spread of wildfires.

VIEW AND MAKE THE PLEDGE  Why? It doesn’t cost anything, it raises awareness and don’t you want to do some good today? I thought so.

 

 

Here’s the pledge for those of you who like all the information up front:

I pledge to:

BE SMART WHENEVER I GO OUTDOORS

  • To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • To understand that any fire I or my friends create could become a wildfire.
  • To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I or my friends create a fire outdoors.
  • To never, ever leave any fire unattended.
  • To make sure any fire that I or my friends create is properly and completely extinguished before moving on.
  • To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials.
  • To be aware of my surroundings and be careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
  • To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.

 

There are great games and activities for kids on this site, and remember Smokey’s ABC’s: “Always Be Careful with fire. If you start a fire, put it out when you are done.”

 

I’m so old that I remember when it was Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

ABOUT SMOKEY BEAR:

Smokey Bear, the icon featured in the longest running public service campaign in U.S. history, turns 70 years old this Saturday, August 9, 2014. Created in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council, Smokey Bear, along with his trademark, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” has helped reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires from 22 million to an average of 6.5 million annually today.

To commemorate Smokey Bear’s seven decades of impact, the U.S. Forest Service will be hosting a birthday party in Washington, D.C. at the USDA Whitten Patio from 1pm- 3pm ET on August 8. USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Ad Council President and CEO Peggy Conlon, New Jersey State Forester, Lynn Fleming and Smokey Bear himself will be in attendance for the festivities.

Did you know Sam Elliot is the voice of Smokey Bear and has been since 2008? They also share the same birthday so go say Happy Birthday to Sam Elliot on Twitter.

Smokey Bear was at #EAEvents during Blogger Bash 2014 (BBNYC) thanks to Element Associates.

In addition to his website, http://www.smokeybear.com, Smokey also has a large following on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter for more information about wildfire prevention.

A Cool Bowling Day

A Cool Bowling Day

Bowling Day at Kings in Boston

#Blogkings

Last week, on one of those hot and humid Boston days (you know the ones where you don’t even want to be poolside because it’s so hot? Yes, one of those), we went to a Blogger Bowling Party at Kings in Boston.  It was cool, as in air-conditioned, with an even cooler retro decor (you know I love that). It’s so cool that JT  (yes, Justin Timberlake) had been there just days before (Brush with stardom? That may be as close as I ever get).

And I have a small confession to make. I was on a bowling league in high school (yes, I’m that cool). Yes, it was candle-pin (Massachusetts, you know), and I was the worst player on the team, but we had fun and I still like to bowl. I’m not any better at it than I was then, but now enthusiasm counts for a lot more – plus no one is really keeping score, well, at least I wasn’t. So when my technique was criticized by my team mates (hey, I was winning with that cross kind of throwing bowling move and definitely not keeping score) as possibly mortally embarrassing (yes, my children were on my team), I changed it up and tried to bowl “the right way” (whatever that means), even though it meant I started to roll gutter balls. Where were the gutter guards for my lane? I probably could have used the nifty guide they have for the littlest bowlers, too.

We’ve been bowling at the Kings in Dedham (in Legacy Place) many times, but this was our first time at the Boston location (Note – All locations welcome all ages but it’s just for over 21 in evenings – see Kings for details) and it was super fun.  After a fantastic lunch (a great menu – salads, fruit and cheese platter, hummus and, of course, the classic chicken wings, pigs in a blanket and pizza – all delicious) and a couple of games, we were ready to brave the heat again. We walked to the Bodega (the super cool sneaker store) to check that out (again, so cool), and by the time we hiked back to the garage we were really missing our cool air-conditioned digs at Kings.

Thank you to Kings and everyone who joined the party – What a fun day!

Disclosure: My family and I bowled and had food and drinks courtesy of Kings. Oh, and they validated parking, too. I did park in the garage next to Kings but next time I would park in the Prudential Garage – it’s a quick walk to Kings and the Shops at the Prudential validate parking, too, and it’s less expensive. Now I’ve gone and shared my favorite Boston parking spot.

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A Very Creative Crudite

A Very Creative Crudite by Crudite Creations

crudite creations at capabilitymom.com images on fotor.com
collage editing skills with a lot of help from from fotor.com

While we occasionally entertain, I am not as calm a hostess for large scale gatherings (my ability to time when the various foods will be done needs, um, work) as I would like to be, but I’ve learned some coping mechanisms, and I’m willing to share.

First, outsource what you can. I put my husband on beer, and my sister (who is a lovely and knowledgeable wine broker – her company info here), on, well, wine. We did end up having some things catered (I made salads because even I can time those).

There are terrific local resources that can help you pull it off, too. I had not one but two family gatherings in the past month, and was beyond happy with the results. For amazing cakes, baked goods and, for our casual family gathering, sandwiches and salads, I went to one of my favorites, L’Aroma Cafe. Go here for more information – everything is delicious and the gluten free cake was a huge hit, and they are fantastic at accommodating dietary restrictions (there were quite a few).

Now, having said all this, I’m not usually one to cater things (born and raised to be frugal), but sometimes I want a little something special, and this vegetable arrangement from Crudite Creations is exactly my speed. It’s a local (Newton) based company that delivers stunning centerpiece worthy arrangements of vegetables and way more attractively presented than my knife skills would allow. It is gorgeous, delicious, local and fun.

Also, fear not, the arrangement comes in a sturdy cooler bag with an ice pack if you’re not home. I missed the delivery by about 10 minutes and what a lovely surprise to find on my doorstep! I had run out of events to host (phew), so I brought this to a neighbor’s garden party. Wow, was I ever popular!

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The owner of Crudite Creations, Lauren Brooks, is an artist who makes arrangements that are almost too pretty to eat. The arrangement came with two delicious dips, a white bean dip was light (and was virtually inhaled), and a lovely, creamy hummus. I was asked repeatedly if I made it, and managed to tell the truth every time (despite being a desperate Martha Stewart wannabe and this would have given me total cred. But lying is wrong, just wrong).

Find Crudite Creations on Facebook and Twitter or on their website here or learn a bit more about them on NewTV here.

Stephen Fales, Photographer
Photo by Stephen Fales

 

 

I couldn’t possible take credit for this photo, either. It’s by the talented Stephen Fales. Contact him for photography gigs at sfales56@hotmail.com.

 

Capability:Mom received a medium bouquet for the purpose of this review. All opinions and writing are, as always, entirely my own.

Another Great Event in April in Newton – NewTV’s Open House on April 8th

NewTV’s Open House 

Tuesday, April 8, 6-8pm

Wow, there is so much going on in April! Newton Open Studios, The Newton Kitchen Tour and NewTV’s Open House! What fun! Have you seen the renovated digs at NewTV? It’s gorgeous with state-of-the art equipment, a new theater and classroom facility. And they are hosting a community wide open house and there will be prizes. Yes, prizes. NewTV’s Open House April 8 from 6 pm-8 pm.

Walk in, take a tour and explore the HD control room and studio, HD Dolby 7.1 surround sound screening room and cutting-edge training center.

Enjoy Newton Open Studio’s 2014 Winter Juried Show –


Sign up for a class
Learn more about NewTV’s full roster of production and post-production courses. Become a new member and enter for the chance to win a flat screen TV (existing NewTV members can also win some great prizes by referring new members).

For more info on the event and membership, please contact Member Services Coordinator, Michael Sills at michaelcs@newtv.org and visit NewTV Open House.

Other NewTV News:

NewTV’s Emmy® Award-winning original program, “The Folklorist” is currently seeking talent for our upcoming segment,“Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance” to film at the NewTV Studio on 4/11/14. Please email folklorist@newtv.org with your headshot, full body shot, and a resume, as well as the role(s) you are interested in.

Actors must provide their own transportation to the shoot. The NewTV Studio is located at 23 Needham Street in Newton, MA. Public transportation is available via the Green D Line “Newton Highlands” stop.

All roles are non-speaking, non-union, and unpaid. Actors will receive meals during the shoot, as well as IMDb credit and a DVD copy of the program upon its completion.

SHACKLETON’S VOYAGE OF ENDURANCE (1914-1916)
Filming on 4/11/14 at the NewTV Studio
Available Roles:
• Ernest Shackleton – Male (ages 35-50)
• Captain Frank Worsley – Male (ages 35-50)
• Frank Wild – Male (ages 35-50)
• Harry “Chippy” McNish – Male (ages 35-50)
• James Francis Hurley – Male (ages 25-35)
• Perce Blackborow – Male (ages 18-25)
• Sailors – Male (ages 18-50)

Internships Available 

NewTV offers interns fantastic opportunities that could include covering a community event for Newton News, editing a documentary for the Government Channel, working on your own project with the Education Channel, or even designing marketing and promotional materials for the station.

 

Mission Statement

NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

 

 

Thanks to these Open House Sponsors:

 

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