Friday, November 15, 2013 • 7:13 AM Comments ()

Things to Do: For Peace, History and the Environment

posted by Maureen Turner

Have you made it to any of the Springfield’s Library’s Peacefull City events?

If not, there’s still time. Today there’s a discussion about starting a neighborhood watch program; it starts at noon at the East Springfield branch.

Tomorrow, the series wraps up with a panel discussion, moderated by WGBY’s Jim Madigan, on making Springfield a more peaceful city. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mason Square Library.

Click here for more on the “Creating a Peace-full City: Our Community Responds to Violence” program. One more reason to love your library.

• Also tomorrow (and, unfortunately, at the same time as the library panel: 1 to 3 p.m.) the newly established Springfield Armory Alliance will host an open house to introduce the public to the group, a non-profit formed to support the armory, which is a National Historic Site (not to mention a treasure for the city). The open house includes tours and a chance to meet alliance board members and find out how you can support its work.

• Finally, on Sunday, another new group, Valley Zero Waste, will hold a public meeting.

The group aims to cut down on the amount of trash sent to landfills and incinerators, focusing instead on recycling, composting and reducing packaging and other manufacturing processes that create waste in the first place. “Area residents concerned about minimizing the environmental impacts of waste, preserving valuable nonrenewable resources, and fostering sustainable economic growth in the Pioneer Valley are invited to attend,” organizers say.

Valley Zero Waste already held one public meeting, in Amherst. Sunday’s meeting will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Central Library on State Street. It will include a screening of the film “The Story of Stuff,” a presentation on efforts to reduce waste and a discussion. Oh, and refreshments, too.

For information, contact valleyzerowaste@yahoo.com or call 413-727-3295.

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