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Calendar Events

Apr 26 (Sat), 10:00 am
Jockey Hollow Leader's Choice
Apr 26 (Sat), 11:00 am
Earth Day at the Essex County Environmental Center - Sierra Silver Singles
Apr 28 (Mon), 7:00 pm
Singles Dinner and Movie in New Brunswick
May 10 (Sat), 9:30 am
Smell the Spring Flowers in Bloom at Skylands Botanical Gardens
May 10 (Sat), 10:00 am
Osio Rock and Stone Living Room Hike
May 17 (Sat), 9:30 am
Smell the Spring Flowers in Bloom at Skylands Botanical Gardens
May 17 (Sat), 10:00 am
Turtleback Rock, South Mountain Reservation
May 18 (Sun), 10:00 am
Jockey Hollow National Park Sierra Silver Singles Hike
Jun 7 (Sat), 10:00 am
Sterling Forest Bare Rock Vista Hike
Jun 14 (Sat), 10:00 am
Sterling Forest and Lake Hike, Tuxedo, NY

A statewide special interest section including hikes, social gatherings, cleanups, picnics, cultural outings, etc.

The Sierra Club NJ Singles Section's mission is to encourage membership in the Sierra Club, work on environmental issues, and hold social events where environmentally-motivated people can meet.

We highly recommend that our participants join our national parent organization, the Sierra Club, dedicated to exploring and protecting the wild places of the earth. Your donation helps your voice to be heard through congressional lobbying on environmental issues. The Sierra Club is a member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action.

JOIN! Applications are available at all Sierra Club Singles Section events, as well as at local group meetings, or online.

We get frequent questions about the age range of those attending our events. The age range varies widely (from 30s to 60s and beyond), depending on type of event and difficulty (if it's a hike).

Outing or social event leaders may collect a $3 surcharge per event to non-Sierra Club members to cover operational expenses.

All activities are open to all, regardless of membership or marital status. However, we strongly recommend that once you have participated in 3 of our events, you join our national parent organization, the Sierra Club.

Please join us as we enjoy our natural areas and learn about how we can protect them.

Table of Contents:
Keeping Informed/Event Details
Meeting Schedule
Upcoming Events
Conservation and Political Issues
Beyond the Singles Section (national, state, local Sierra Club info)
Contact Directory


KEEPING INFORMED/EVENT DETAILS:

Join our FREE Listserver:

Anyone may subscribe/unsubscribe/change their settings to this list by going to: http://lists.sierraclub.org/archives/NJ-SINGLES-NEWS.html and clicking on "Join or leave the list."

To contact the listowner, send a message to: NJ-SINGLES-NEWS-request (at) lists.sierraclub.org


We will use this automated email service to announce activities as they are planned. Once you subscribe, you will receive email messages with the details of future activities. You may subscribe and unsubscribe at will. Directions on how to unsubscribe are included at the bottom of each message. We recommend joining this useful service as many different outings and social events will be posted only on the listserver. And remember, this is a free service!

View the Archive:

This is especially helpful if you either prefer not to receive e-mail or if you are a new member to the listserver, as announcements to those events that will occur in the near future will have already been sent out by the time you subscribe.


MEETINGS:

Please feel free to come out to help plan upcoming events, as well as to socialize.

General meetings
(Casual pizza gathering and introduction to club issues and activities.)

When:
Watch this space for updates. At this time no monthly meetings are scheduled.

Where: Library of the Chathams
              214 Main Street (Main St. is Route 124), Chatham, NJ

If you need directions, see the directions page.

We will have guest speakers at most meetings. If you would like to be informed of when we have guest speakers, please join our listserver (see above section titled 'Keeping Informed').

If you want pizza, a $5 donation is required. Also, an R.S.V.P. is required for pizza. Please R.S.V.P. if you are interested in the pizza social to joyce00201 (at) yahoo.com and specify plain or veggie pizza.

 


LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 am — Jockey Hollow Leader's Choice
Leader's choice of trails depending on conditions at Jockey Hollow National Park in Morristown. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear hiking boots. Meet at the visitors' center at 10 AM. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (sabilicers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. Optional lunch at a local eatery if we get done in time. No pets please. More Information.

Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 am — Earth Day at the Essex County Environmental Center - Sierra Silver Singles
Join us at the Essex County Environmental Center and help celebrate Earth Day. For the past 9 years, we have been providing short canoe trips to individuals and families, many of whom have never been in a canoe. We start at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. We need about 15 volunteers. Please come and join us. More Information.

Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm — Singles Dinner and Movie in New Brunswick
Movie:"No Impact Man". Please arrive at 7:00 pm. For those of you you haven't joined us before, you order from the menu and are responsible for what you order and a tip. The movie is at no charge for Sierra Club members.

The plot summary for "No Impact Man":

Colin Beavan was a writer living in Manhattan who had the usual concerns over the future of the environment until he realized he wasn't doing much about it. Beavan decided that it was time he and his family did something to deal with the practical issues of global warming and environmental sustainability, so he set out on a grand experiment -- to see if he, his wife, Michelle Conlin, their young daughter, and their dog could live for a year in New York City without leaving any sort of carbon footprint. Michelle, a writer for Business Week with a taste for fashion, was a hard sell for the notion of spending a year without electricity, takeout, toilet paper, or motorized transportation, but in time she agreed and found that their new life was a life-changing experience. Colin, however, found his will tested by the experience and his ideals questioned when he began writing a book about his experiences and sharing his story with the news media, becoming a minor celebrity in the process.Colin and Michelle's friends Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein are filmmakers who decided to capture the family's year of environmental purity on film, and No Impact Man is a documentary that chronicles the nuts and bolts of living a carbon-neutral life as well as how the experience impacted the family. No Impact Man was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Please RSVP by 4/26/2014 to speckbartyn@comcast.net. The Wolfson parking deck is free after 5:00 pm on weeknights, located at Bayard and Neilsen Sts.; or you can find street parking. We hope you will join us. There is also a paid parking lot right near Panico's on Church St. More Information.

Saturday, May 10 at 9:30 am — Smell the Spring Flowers in Bloom at Skylands Botanical Gardens
Take a leisurely stroll in New Jersey Botanical Gardens (Ringwood, Passaic County) at the peak of its bloom and hike in the neighboring woods. Approximately 4 miles/3 hrs., 300 ft. altitude gain, slow pace (I'm getting too old to run up the hill ...).

This is my annual spring outing. I was there recently (April 19): only forsythia bushes were covered with yellow flowers and daffodils were raising their yellow heads. But the lilac bushes, the famous attraction of the Gardens, were still dormant, poised to explode in about two weeks; we had a long winter and late spring this year, that's why I'm running this outing later than usual.

Optional lunch after the walk in a very nice, yet inexpensive, local restaurant.

For details, directions, and to sign up, contact the Leader: George Ekel, GeorgeEkel@aol.com, 201-444-2096.

Rain date is May 11. More Information.

Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 am — Osio Rock and Stone Living Room Hike
Difficulty: Strenuous hike-climbing; Conditions: Rugged, with rock scrambling.

Features: Awe inspiring distance views and closer views of rock formations.

Distance: 5 miles in 4-5 hours.

No pets. Hiking boots and a day-pack with water required. Bring a lunch.

Register by clicking on the "Register" button. If you haven't hiked with The Hikist, Jimi Oleksiak, before, include a brief description of your hiking experience in the "Questions or comments for the activity leader" section of the registration page.

Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. (Location shown on map is APPROXIMATE.) More Information.

Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 am — Smell the Spring Flowers in Bloom at Skylands Botanical Gardens
Take a leisurely stroll in New Jersey Botanical Gardens (Ringwood, Passaic County) at the peak of its bloom and hike in the neighboring woods. Approximately 4 miles/3 hrs., 300 ft. altitude gain, slow pace (I'm getting too old to run up the hill ...).

This is my annual spring outing. I was there recently (April 19): only forsythia bushes were covered with yellow flowers and daffodils were raising their yellow heads. But the lilac bushes, the famous attraction of the Gardens, were still dormant, poised to explode in about two weeks; we had a long winter and late spring this year, that's why I'm running this outing later than usual.

Optional lunch after the walk in a very nice, yet inexpensive, local restaurant.

For details, directions, and to sign up, contact the Leader: George Ekel, GeorgeEkel@aol.com, 201-444-2096.

Rain date is May 18. More Information.

Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 am — Turtleback Rock, South Mountain Reservation
We will start at Turtleback Rock trailhead at 10 AM. Bring lots of water, and wear hiking boots. We will take the orange trail down to Hemlock Falls and also see the famous Turtleback Rock. Heavy/steady rain cancels. No pets please. More Information.

Sunday, May 18 at 10:00 am — Jockey Hollow National Park Sierra Silver Singles Hike
Meet at the visitor center parking lot. We shall hike most of the Grand Loop Trail at a moderate pace. Be prepared for a couple of steep sections. Boots recommended. Heavy rain cancels. Optional lunch to follow at a nearby restaurant. Any questions, contact the leader, Jay Dibble at 908 289-8813. More Information.

Saturday, June 7 at 10:00 am — Sterling Forest Bare Rock Vista Hike
Meet at the Visitors’ Center at 10 AM sharp. We’ll climb to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower then to the Bare Rock Vista for lunch. After lunch, we’ll return to the Visitor’s Center back down the Bare Rock Trail. See the Sterling Forest website for information and directions: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/74/details.aspx . No pets please. Inclement weather cancels.

NYNJTC Map 100 More Information.

Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 am — Sterling Forest and Lake Hike, Tuxedo, NY
The hike will cover 8 Miles in 5 hours in hilly terrain.

The Route will include lookouts on the Sterling Ridge and Sterling Lake.

No beginners. No pets. Hiking boots and a day-pack with water required. Bring a lunch.

Registration required by clicking on the "Register" link. If you haven't hiked with The Hikist before, include a brief description of your hiking experience with your registration.

Location shown on the map is approximate. Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. More Information.

Outing helpers are needed to sweep (bring up the rear), post (stand at intersections to direct "traffic"), sign in people, coordinate optional plans (like a visit to a viewpoint), pass messages between the leader and sweep, pass out handouts, have post cards and petitions signed, promote various issues, etc. Contact any outing leaders to volunteer. If you know any hiking areas very well, you may wish to ask one the outings leaders about training to become a hike/outings leader yourself. (Very low cost training, including first aid/CPR, may be available soon. If interested, you are encouraged to inquire with the hike leader.)

Monthly Socials:

First Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Morristown at the Famished Frog. An RSVP is required! Join our list server for further details.
(and)
Third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Montclair. Restaurant to be announced. An RSVP is required to Joyce Haddad .

Movie Night and Special Events:

On occasion, we have special events, such as movies, which aren't classified as outings or conventional socials. They can be found on the calendar.

Details of each event are announced via an email listserver (see Keeping Informed section above). Please do not contact the leader with questions until you have received the monthly hike email with details (sent out the last week of the prior month).

 

These are a few of our upcoming events, but by no means all. Please join our listserv to be notified of all upcoming events:
 


CONSERVATION \ POLITICAL ISSUES:

FREECYCLE
It's E-Bay without the money! The Freecycle Network lets you clean out your garage without sending anything to the landfill. Groups are organized geographically, with many in NJ. You simply post the things you are giving away, or look for things you need. Go to http://www.freecycle.org/, find your closest group, click on it, and follow the instructions to join.


FIGHT JUNK MAIL!!!
Now here's something we can all get behind. Want less junk mail? Go to the Direct Marketing Assn website (http://www.the-dma.org/), move your mouse over "For Consumers," scroll down and click on "Remove My Name From Marketing Lists," click on the link "How to remove your name from mailing lists," and then fill out the online registration form. There is a $5 fee for this online service. Or, for the price of a stamp, you can send a postcard with your name and address to: Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.

COMPUTER RECYCLING
Many computers end up in landfills, leaking toxics. PC maker Dell has begun a recycling program. For $5 to $15, Dell owners can send their old machines to the company, where they are "demanufactured" and their materials either reused or safely disposed of.

Also check out :

CONSUMER ELECRONICS RECYCLING FACILITIES in NJ

and

Earth911.com


BEYOND THE SINGLES SECTION:

JOIN THE SIERRA CLUB:

The singles section highly recommends that our participants join our national parent organization, the Sierra Club, which helps its members explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. Your donation helps your voice to be heard through congressional lobbying on environmental issues. The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action.

If you join the Sierra Club, you will receive a printed quarterly newsletter from the New Jersey state chapter including New Jersey outings, as well as the bimonthly, national Sierra Magazine, which includes national and international outings/vacations sponsored by the Sierra Club. Applications are available at all Sierra Club Singles Section events, as well as at local group meetings, or online.

Get involved at the local level:

Your membership in the national Sierra Club also provides membership in the state chapter (http://NewJersey.SierraClub.org) and a local group near you.

The local groups hold meetings around the state, which focus on onservation issues at the local level and beyond. To find the local Sierra Club group near you, find your county at (http://newjersey.sierraclub.org/groups.asp).

All chapter and group outings and general meetings are open to all regardless of membership status.


CONTACT DIRECTORY FOR NJ SIERRA CLUB'S SINGLES SECTION

 

Chair:

Joe Testa

Outings Chair:

Joyce Haddad

 

Outings Co-Chair:

(vacant)

 

Nominating Chair:

Nancy Sullivan

 

Conservation Chair:

Joe Testa

 

Treasurer: Joyce White  

Social Chair:

Joe Prebish

 

Vice Social Chair: Jeff Sovelove  
Cool Cities Coordinator: (vacant)  
Membership: (vacant)  

Publicity Chair

(vacant)

 

Volunteers needed for the positions of outings leaders, Programs, Publicity, fundraising chair/co-chairs, and members of all committees, including social event planners. Please attend a Planning/Executive Committee meeting or email any of the officers if you are interested.

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Questions and comments about this web site may be sent to: Joe Testa

For general questions about the Singles Section, contact the Group Membership Chair.

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