The 2015 Summit: Food, Mindfully
Wednesday, June 3 through Friday 5 — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont

The fifth annual Summit brings food into focus. Participate in a mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy.

Learn more about the Slow Living Conference

Originally posted on The Monadnock Time Exchange:

bb0b7e_7edbac2d045f4fafa7f6813e5302cc99.jpg_srb_p_462_616_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srbOn Thursday, June 4, the Monadnock Time Exchange (MTX) will host the documentary Time as Money 6-9pm in the auditorium of the Keene Public Library, Winter Street in Keene, NH.

Time banking began in this country in the 1980s while civil rights lawyer and former speechwriter for Robert Kennedy, Edgar Cahn, was lying in a hospital bed after a heart attack. This experience of feeling helpless, similar to the disenfranchised and unemployed, gave him the idea to adapt this system of money called ‘Time Dollars’ invented in post WWII Japan as a tool to connect people and neighbors.

“Time banking reinvents the means of getting what you need and want,” says MTX Membership Coordinator, Susan MacNeil.  “Becoming a time bank member creates an alternative avenue for reciprocal interaction with one another by removing the need for cash outlay, thus reinventing currency from dollars to hours, or time.  Need yard work…

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Originally posted at Monadnotes

When the Ayala family opened La Mia Casa in Peterborough in October, 2012, they always had a music venue in mind.  And about two years later, that dream has now become a reality with shows being booked every weekend and lots of calls coming in from bands wanting to play.

La Mia Casa is located in the Monadnock Plaza on Route 202 just south of the center of town.  Run by siblings Cory and Charles Ayala and Christine Witham, along with their father Pancho, the restaurant features freshly prepared New York style pizza, along with salads, sandwiches and fried appetizers. I had a chance to visit with Christine and Charles to talk about the restaurant and the new venue.

When Opportunity Stops Knocking: NH’s Kids and the American Dream
Roundtable Discussions
Tuesday, May 12, 6pm-9pm (sign in start at 5:30pm)
Kay Fox Room, Keene Public Library
More info and registration
Free Event – Everyone Welcome

This May, New Hampshire Listens is hosting twelve local conversations across the state that will engage residents in an important conversation about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams. Research from the Carsey School and other sources will help frame the discussion. Attendees will learn about what the gaps are between the opportunities children have today compared with those of previous generations in our state. We invite you to join one of these conversations to weigh in with your experience and your perception of the opportunities, barriers, and prospects for future generations.

NH Listens May 12

Originally posted at Monadnotes

Turismo in Hillsborough is located midway between Keene and Concord off Routes 202/9.  Owner Alyson Kelly picked this spot intentionally with the vision of creating a music hub for the surrounding neighborhoods. To that end she offers music every weekend, events such as Paint Nite and Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre monthly, and exceptionally prepared food every day from all corners of the world, inspired by her extensive travel experiences.

For Cinco de Mayo (Tuesday, May 5), for instance, she will be serving SoCal-style fish tacos, tamales and paella. “Mexican food has such high fat content, so I try to balance the menu with healthier dishes that are more seafood and vegetable ‘centric’, concentrating on seasonings for flavor.  But, everyone loves the fresh nachos and they are fried.”  Alyson adds “I will also have sangria and margarita specials.  I make one heck of a margarita!” Turismo boasts an extensive craft beer menu, including twelve drafts from around the world as well as locally brewed selections.

This month, in addition to Cinco de Mayo, there is Paint Nite on May 9 and a Mob Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on May 16.  Musical performances for the month include The Boogie Men on May 2 and Otis and the Elevators on May 8.

Looking ahead to the rest of the month:

On May 15, Concord’s Lazy Boy Rockers plays covers ranging from country, jazz, pop and classics from the Great American Songbook. Nashua progressive rockers Ghost Cats play on the 22nd. And Local Sound Development returns on the 23rd, bring their brand of classic rock.

Tursimo Tavern is located on 55 Henniker Street in Hillsborough. There is no cover for music events.  The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday – Monday with anticipated extended days/hours during the summer.  For more information, visit the website.

11178368_10153347715683169_8463279325933762443_nSee 40+ vendors all celebrating Farm, Food & Green-er Living!!
This Saturday * May 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Downtown Peterborough, NH

Kimberly Peck Photography invites you to come see her awesome booth featuring:
– My Farm. Food. Life. book!
– Handmade Wool Potholders!
– Farm + Food Fine Art Prints!
– And, my Famous Flourless (100% gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake!

Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

Rack it Up! logoLast fall, we highlighted how bicycling means business by boosting revenues at bike-accessible businesses.  Now there’s a free opportunity for qualified businesses and organizations in Keene and Swanzey to make bicycling mean business for them, through a community-based bicycle rack initiative called “Rack It Up!

Not only does bicycling bring extra business to businesses, biking contributes more to our local economy than driving — on average, only sixteen percent of our car expenses stay in our local economy.

Interested businesses located in bicycle-friendly areas — with existing bicycle traffic or destinations for people traveling by bike — will receive free or subsidized bicycle racks.  Participants are also encouraged to offer incentives and amenities that support bicyclists, such as covered bike parking, Bicycle Benefits and other meaningful perks for employees and customers traveling by bike.  Learn more about Bicycle Benefits, a volunteer program that provides bicycle customers special discounts or buying privileges.

The Rack It Up! program is an initiative of the Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association (MRTMA), a community coalition implementing sustainable transportation solutions in the Monadnock Region.  In 2014, the program brought 90 new bicycling parking spaces to Keene at the Monadnock Food Co-op, Savings Bank of Walpole, United Church of Christ, Keene Housing, Southwestern Community Services, Community Kitchen and City of Keene Department of Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries.

“We’re doing this for a whole host of reasons,” says Chuck Redfern, board member of Pathways for Keene, which is a member of the MRTMA.  “With this initiative we are improving conditions for community health, providing a solution for areas with limited parking, reducing greenhouse gases and providing the public a more convenient and affordable transportation choice that can save residents hundreds to thousands of dollars every year.  We are trying to normalize bicycling as a legitimate form of transportation in the Monadnock Region.”

Funding for the program comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a grant called Partnerships to Improve Community Health, awarded to the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene on behalf of Healthy Monadnock 2020.  This initiative supports a multi-sector coalition in Cheshire County working to address the leading risk factors for the major causes of death and disability in the United States: tobacco use, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

“Rack it Up! is a great program that helps us build a stronger community by making bicycle transportation more user friendly,” says Michael Faber, the general manager of the Monadnock Food Co-op and past Rack It Up! participant.  “The benefits of having bike transportation more commonly used are going to be huge for us in the future, both in terms of reducing our dependence on automobiles and promoting a healthy community where we are all actively exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.”

“Our goal is to create 100 new secure bicycle parking spaces throughout Keene and Swanzey,” says Mari Brunner, Planning Technician for Southwest Region Planning Commission, which is a member of the MRTMA.  “We will be at the Kiwanis Kool Wheels event on May 2nd at the Keene Parks and Recreation Center on Washington Street from 10 am to 12 pm to promote the program and get the word out.  This is a great opportunity, so if you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.”

For more about Rack It Up!, please visit monadnockTMA.org/rackitup or contact Mari Brunner from the Southwest Region Planning Commission at mbrunner@swrpc.org or 603-357-0557.

Ready to become a “Rack Star?” Fill out the Rack It Up! Interest Form at monadnocktma.org/rackitupform. Learn more about MRTMA’s other efforts such as Complete Streets, Green Bikes and Safe Routes to School: monadnocktma.org/programs.

While we have business owners’ attention, the deadline is fast approaching for locally owned businesses to join Monadnock Buy Local in time to be listed in our 2015-2016 Buy Local Guide.  Distributed throughout the Monadnock Region, the Buy Local Guide provides an opportunity to show off that you’re locally owned and proud!  Join Monadnock Buy Local today.

Originally posted at Monadnotes

Peterborough Music Company is a one stop shop for musical instruments, accessories and equipment, and music lessons for musicians and music lovers of all ages and levels.  Located on Route 101 in the Peterborough Plaza, the store is spacious and casual; making browsing comfortable, fun and educational. You will find displays of a wide variety of instruments – new and used – music books, CD’s, beginning instruments such as recorders and pennywhistles, even a wash tub bass (and locally made)! You might want to consider purchasing a used instrument on consignment – there are many items to choose from. Or check out PMC’s rent to own program, where you can begin with renting and if you decide to buy the instrument the final cost is purchase price + 12%. If you can’t find something you are looking for, special orders are welcome.


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