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City of Lawrence to Host 5th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event!

Among the many 4th of July festivities, the City of Lawrence will be hosting the 5th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event!

Schedule of Activities
11 A.M. – 12 Noon: Outdoor entertainment in Visitors Center Park by the “Sounds of Concord” barbershop quartet, face painting, and Pappy the Clown.

12 Noon: Brief Oration, Flag-Raising Ceremony, Singing of the National Anthem, Short Parade Around the Block, Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Complimentary Luncheon.

Free Raffles! Free American Flag for Every Visitor!

Farmers Markets Starting

Groundwork Lawrence is pleased to announce that the Lawrence Farmers Markets will be open for business beginning Tuesday, July 6th. This season, in addition to our market on Wednesdays at Appleton Way, we are offering new markets on Tuesdays from 4-7:30pm at the McGovern Train Station and Saturdays from 9-1 at the corner of Park and Lawrence Streets. Come check out any of our three markets to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and pies, and locally-made art and crafts. The markets are a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers while also purchasing healthy and deliciously fresh produce for you and your family! Check out our informational postcard below for important details. See you there!

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Introducing Our Summer Interns!

We are proud to announce the addition of seven interns to our summer staff! Their names are Allie Evarts, John Haak, Chelsea Hogan, Wanny Munoz, Jennifer Pagan, Samantha Palazzo, and Anna Rickards. Check out our Staff page to learn more about them and what they plan to contribute to Groundwork this summer.

Partner News: LGH Red Cross Blood Drive.

The American Red Cross and Lawrence General are holding a blood drive to support the community blood supply for patients in need. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and every pint donated could save up to three lives. To help this cause Lawrence General Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 1st from 9am-2pm in the Auditorium. The address for the hospital is 1 General Street, Lawrence, MA and we encourage you to donate. The Red Cross is urging the public to make an appointment to donate blood at this location by calling 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

First Day of CSA Pickup 2010 is a Success!

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The first day of CSA pickup was a success! On Tuesday our CSA members were greeted at pick up by an array of fresh vegetables straight from the farms. The selection included beets, radishes, peas, and a variety of greens and lettuces. We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this initial pickup, especially to the staff at Farmer Dave’s and Deb Gurry and her staff and at the Clock Tower Café! As the first participant in our Beets&Treats Program, Clock Tower Café, provided delicious homemade lemonade, banana bread and cranberry-walnut chicken salad for our CSA members to sample.

Many of our CSA members were curious about the Tatsoi that was included in the share pickup. To help you get an idea of how to use the Tatsoi, we have included the following tasty recipes:

Big fun at the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting

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Thanks to everyone who was able to come to the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting yesterday! Thank you also to the funders, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grants, and supporters, The City of Lawrence, The Tarbox School and the neighbors.

We are pleased that the Tarbox School has adopted the park and will be using two of the new garden beds at the park.

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At the ribbon cutting we did sign up one new community gardener, but we still have room in those beds for community members who would like to use a bed for growing vegetables and flowers. You can contact Janel at the office if you are interested in gardening at Cronin Park.

More pictures below and on Flickr!
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Friends of Kevin Event - Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Groundwork Lawrence and the Friends of Kevin will be hosting a Friendworking event on June 22nd from 6 to 8pm at Chester’s, 60 Island Street in Lawrence MA. Everyone is welcome (so tell your friends). The admission fee for this event is 10.00

Find Out Where the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Environment

The outcome of this November's gubernatorial election could have profound effects on the Massachusetts environment, given the obvious importance of the state environmental agencies under the Governor's control. Groundwork Lawrence and other environmental organizations are planning a gubernatorial forum for Tuesday, June 29, to ask the candidates about their views on environmental issues. Governor Patrick and Green Party candidate Jill Stein already have confirmed, and all candidates have been invited. This will be a fascinating event in an historic setting with opportunities for Q&A.

Tour the dam in Lawrence - this Saturday at the Kite Festival

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Take a tour of the dam! On this Saturday June 12 during the Kite Festival, the free trolley tours are on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3. The tours will be to the Great Stone Dam and Gatehouse. Enel is holding an open house at the Gatehouse exhibit from 12 to 2, and the Hydroelectric plant will also be open to visitors from 12 to 2. Hopefully the salmon will be running!

Tours begin at the RiverWorks Visitor Center behind NACA
6 South Broadway, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Tours by appointment only on the below dates
May 27
June 11 & 21
July 6 & 21

The hydro plant is also open on
June 12 @ Noon – 2 p.m. & July 17 @ 10 a.m. – Noon
(No Appointment Necessary)
Call (978) 681-1900 to schedule your tour!

Beets and Treats!

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