Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014 -- Events and Ideas!

Happy Earth Day, New Haven!

Earth Day this year is April 22nd, 2014. Although we should strive to celebrate Earth Day every day, this designated day is a nice reminder to care for our environment. Let's do our part to keep New Haven and surrounding communities clean so we can enjoy cleaner air, better health, and an improved quality of life!

Here's what we can do to celebrate and help:

Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride is coming to New Haven on Saturday, April 26th! Enjoy New Haven by bike and raise funds for 20+ local organizations. Register/donate by visiting the Rock to Rock New Haven page.

Carpool with a friend and check out some other Earth Day CT events (courtesy of the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection)! 

Recycle! Don't let water bottles become landfill. Dispose of them in blue recycling bins for curbside recycling service. For those without curbside service, you may use the Recycling Center located at 260 Middletown Avenue, off I-91 exit 8. 

Donate! Before you junk that dinner set or laptop, think about local schools (i.e. St. Martin de Porres Academy) or shelters (i.e. Columbus House) that may be able to put your old material to good use.

Garden! Enjoy pesticide-free, GMO-free fruit and vegetables courtesy of your very own garden! This would be an especially fun project for families with younger kids.

Cut the loops! We've all seen those plastic pieces that hold 6-pack cans togerher, but did you know that they could wrap around an animal's neck? Remember to "cut the loops" and possibly save an animal's life. Let's not let any of our Long Island Sound birds end up like this poor little guy pictured below.

Cutting the plastic from cans of six-packs can save this guy's life!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What's Up New Haven: April Showers Prize Pack for Instagrammers!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Cindy, winner of the April Showers Prize Pack on Instagram!! Thank you for your continued support for What's Up New Haven. :)

What's Up New Haven is excited to announce the items for its second giveaway! Our first prize pack was a hit, and the newest prize is available to Instagrammers only, as a way to say THANKS for the follows, "likes" and the support! (Twitter fans, be patient! You guys are awesome and next for prize pack eligibility.)

What's Up New Haven "April Showers" Prize Pack!

April Showers Prize Pack

Even though April is off to a sunny, 50-degree start, let's not forget that yesterday we had SNOW showers in New Haven! This prize pack was crafted with the hopes of getting you through a damp, gloomy April. All items (except coffee mug) were purchased at The Shops at Yale.
  • Origins Gloomaway Body-Buffing Cleanser and Loofah: This grapefruit-scented body wash and beautifully textured puff will leave you feeling happy and clean -- even on Elm City's grossest of days!
  • Blue State Coffee Cascara Dried Coffee Cherry Tea: This bold tea from El Salvador is a great brew to keep you warm and to give your body that needed boost during the day!
  • Campus Customs Storm Duds Mini Umbrella: Whether its your first Yale accessory or your 40th, we really are in "Yale Haven". Let's celebrate it!
  • Denali $25 Gift Certificate: Treat yourself to that windbreaker you've been eying! Here's some motivation...
  • What's Up New Haven Coffee Mug: This stainless steel mug would pair beautifully with that Cascara tea! Just throwing that out there.
How to Enter
  • Remember: This giveaway is for Instagram members, so make sure you have an account!
  • Post a picture of your favorite New Haven hangout to Instagram. 
  • Make sure to hashtag #whatsupnewhaven or tag @whatsupnewhaven in the caption!! This is how I will find your submission, and this will automatically enter you into the drawing.
  • Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner will be announced on April 15th!
Good luck and have fun! :-)