Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bigfoot Seen in Charles River...?

i always knew i lived in a unique place. i used to think it was because boston was such an intellectual hub of bright minds and motivated, impassioned people. now i find out we gots dirty water and bigfoot, too!

okay, not really, but here are two cool ways to get involved locally to keep boston the funky town it is:

"Dirty Water":
The Charles River Watershed Association has been working to protect the health and beauty of the Charles River since 1965. They will be holding their 26th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race, which takes place on the Charles River in Boston, MA. They are looking for volunteers who would like to spend a great day helping 1,500 paddlers enjoy this historic river.

Volunteer tasks include check-in/registration, set-up, boat number spotting, safety, and clean-up, and experienced canoeists/kayakers are also needed to follow racers on the river as “sweep” boats. Please contact Meg Schermerhorn or Sally Berkowitz at (508) 698-6810,, or visit

826 boston is the 7th branch of author dave eggers' non-profit (826 national) which started with 826 valencia in california. they are dedicated to helping students from the ages of 6 to 18 develop their expository and creative writing skills.

in order to raise funds, inspire
creativity, and advertise their programs to each local community, most of the writing centers include a street-front retail store filled with unusual products, entertaining signage, and their books for sale. in boston, it's the greater boston big foot research institute. as they prepare for the grand opening of this store front, they're looking for volunteers to do various tasks:

1) Product Assembly
Help us bag monoculars, label piasa bird talons, and tie leather tags onto camo vests. Reply to if you are able to come for any part of the following times to 826 Boston:
Thursday, March 27, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 31, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

2) Publicity Pick-Up
Our lovely intern, Katie, will be at the Tam, 222 Tremont St. (right at the Boylston T Stop), from 3:00-5:30 p.m. on this Friday, March 28, with posters, postcards, and other promotional materials. Swing by, grab some promotional materials, have a pint, and then flyer the town with the lovely NASSR postcard (which is also downloadable from our website). Katie will be the one with the GBBRI T-Shirt on.

3) Events & Fundraising Team Meeting
Help us pin down the logistics leading up to April 12, organize and assign tasks, and plan additional fundraising opportunities for that day & night. Reply to if you are able to attend the meeting on Thursday, April 3, 6:00 p.m. at 826 Boston.

*casey inevitably will find some nice pictures to accompany with this post! she's an internet superstar (you know what i mean. keep it clean, people, keep it clean.)

Photo numero uno is courtesy of
Photo numero dos is courtesy of some random site posted on

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