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by | May 18, 2014 · 10:39 pm

National Train Day – May 10

The 7th annual National Train Day is coming up!  This is a perfect opportunity to think about using trains as an alternative to driving or flying.  To learn more about National Train Day, you can watch this YouTube video.

Notes from AmTrak and their messaging: “It’s also a green way to travel: in terms of energy used per passenger, Amtrak trains are 16% more efficient than planes and 34% more efficient than cars. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or just a way to see the country without having to drive, Amtrak is a great way to travel.  Considering a train ride in your future? In Seattle, Amtrak offers three routes: Amtrak Cascades (Vancouver, BC to Eugene, OR), Coast Starlight (Seattle to Portland and Los Angeles) and Empire Builder (Seattle to Chicago).”

Event In Seattle: “On May 10th, Amtrak invites the public to Seattle’s historic King Street Station for their free National Train Day celebration.

Tour the Amtrak Coast Starlight Train and enjoy food demos and samples by the one and only Tom Douglas. He’ll be serving up tomato soup with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate pecan silk pie – yum!

There will be a “Chuggington Kids Depot” set up for the youngest aspiring conductors as well as a model train display. The Kids Depot will provide kids with an arts and crafts station as well as a photo pop-up display for a fun photo opportunity.

You’ll also be able to tour one of Amtrak’s trains, to get a peek inside if you haven’t been for a ride in a while. King Street Station just finished a recent renovation, so this event (10am – 3pm on May 10th) is going to shine!”

 

If you have taken a train, please share your story with us.  Thanks!

 

Team Braun

#AmtrakNTD

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by | May 1, 2014 · 7:06 pm

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When was the last time you had to worry about getting a glass of clean and safe drinking water? I’m sure it’s not something you have to worry about every day; we go to the faucet, turn it on and out flows clean water. Unfortunately, nearly 800 million people across the globe are still suffering from lack of access to clean water and sanitation every day, especially in developing areas in Africa, Northwest China and Latin America. We are H20 4 Life, we would like to introduce you to different organizations around the world that are helping communities to gain access to reliable water source, improve their health and well being. Most importantly, we would like you to join us and sign this petition and tell Congress to co-sponsor ‘The Water of the World Act’, this is an important legislation to ensure U.S. government can continue to lead the way in helping communities around the world to improve new water development.

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by | May 1, 2014 · 5:41 pm

Discover the real NATURE ( not on TV) !!

This is first week of our teams attempt to find enriching activities for kids, young and adult and steer them away from prolonged television watching or playing video games. As we continue our search and try to bring new activities and organizations to table please share your comments, likes and dislikes about our posts so we can focus on activities which would interest you more.

Today we would like to share so details about Islandwood, a small organization focused teaching kids, young and adults about nature in a natural settings. They are conveniently located at 4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 . Family and schools can book a trip to this venue to have a fun filled and enlightening experience of nature.  

Islandwood offer various programs like summer camps, school overnight programs, brightwater center, homewater center etc to suite various learning needs. Spread over 255 acres of forested trails, wetlands, and unique outdoor venues, IslandWood invites children into nature and into their imaginations. There is no particular age group that  is targeted in this program but often teachers of 4th and 5th graders find more relevance to their coursework in schools.

   

And like a real school, this organization rewards teachers with a  $2500 and $5000 awards who take initiative to create learning experience that makes a difference in kids and their community.  

e.g: Cheryl Milton, First Place School received a Patsy Collins award in 2013 for her contribution to teach underprivileged students about community, responsibility and recycling.   

Recycling initiative and Waste treatment training: The programs also offer an option to learn about easy and simple ways of recycling and also teaches kids on checking water quality and waste treatment plant which is located nearby.

In summary, we think this is a next perfect destination for you and your family to spend summer at. Please contact them for specific and updated course information. http://islandwood.org/

Thank you,

Breaking Roles Team   

 

 

 

 

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by | April 21, 2014 · 10:33 pm

Drug Cartels using social media

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by | April 16, 2014 · 5:25 pm

Metal Cats!

i wonder if the library has this one? epic picture tome!

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by | April 3, 2014 · 9:43 am