You're Invited! CT Sierra Club Summer

Potluck Picnic and Hike

When: Saturday, August 8th at 1pm
Who: Everyone! New members, old members, families and friends are all welcome
Where: Seven Falls Park, Haddam, CT (Click here for directions)

Contact Amanda:  860-416-0081, or amanda.kenyon@sierraclub.org

Delightfully rustic, Seven Falls Park is a beautiful, small, roadside park with waterfalls, a brook, and a shady picnic area.  Join us for a potluck picnic and meet your fellow club members to socialize or learn about our environmental activism and fun outings going on in state. Bring a dish with 4-5 servings, and a place-setting for yourself, as well as a water bottle. There is a charcoal grill on-site. We will have just one picnic table, so please bring camping chairs or picnic blanket, if possible. Feel free to bring games and activities.  

Pre-Picnic Hike 10:30 a.m. 
Come hike – and celebrate – the National Park Service’s recently designated New England Trail.  We will hike the Bear Hill Loop Trail section, along a brook, past waterfalls, stone walls, and rock ridges.  Expect intermediate terrain with some short steep parts at a medium pace.  Bring boots, water.  Leave 10:30 a.m. from Seven Falls Park, Haddam.  

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FROM HARTFORD, NORTHERN CT:
take I-91 South.  Go 10 miles
Exit left onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 10 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM NEW HAVEN AREA:
I-91 North.  Go 19 miles
Take exit #18, following signs onto Rt. 66 East.  Go 7.5 miles
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM SOUTHEAST CT SHORELINE:
Take I-95 South to Old Saybrook
Exit onto Rt. 9 North.  Go 18.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM FAIRFIELD / HOUSATONIC COUNTIES:
FROM I-95 NORTHBOUND:
Take I-95 North, to New Haven, exit onto I-91 North.  Go 19 miles
Take exit #18, following signs onto Rt. 66 East

FROM MERRITT PARKWAY:
Take the Merritt Parkway Northbound to Meriden
Take exit #68, and keep following signs thru a long interchange onto Rt. 66 East

FROM EITHER WAY:
Continue on Rt. 66 East 7.5 miles to Middletown
continue straight at a big intersection with Main St., (leaving Rt. 66.)
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM EASTERN CT:
head to Willimantic
get onto Rt. 66 West.  Follow it about 28 miles
Rt. 9 South
Stay on Rt. 9 South 4.8 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, the light onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM WESTERN CT, DANBURY, WATERBURY:
Take I-84 Eastbound
Exit onto I-691 East.  Go 8.9 miles
In Meriden, continue straight, as the road becomes Rt. 66 East
Continue on Rt. 66 East 7.5 miles
go straight at a big intersection crossing Main St., (leaving Rt. 66), going with the “Rt. 9 South” sign.
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, the light onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot
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Gas Pipeline Educational Forum  Tolland Public Library,
21 Tolland Green,
Tolland CT. 06084
Wed., July 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Food & Water Watch, 350CT, Toxics Action Center and the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club.

There are numerous pipeline expansion plans currently undergoing approval at the federal and state level, yet many Connecticut residents are unaware of the costs associated with these projects.

Please attend our forum if you want answers to the following questions:
1. How will pipeline expansions affect my town & neighborhood?
2. How will the cost of these new projects affect my energy bill?
3. Is methane, or fracked, natural gas, really a bridge fuel?
4. What are the health and safety impacts for local residents?
5. What is the effect on the environment of piping fracked gas under rivers, through wetlands, and across sensitive ecosystems?
6. How does leaked methane impact climate change?
7. More gas = more fracking = more toxic, radioactive fracking waste. What does this mean for CT? 

There is significant concern about the effects of these construction projects on the economy, environment, health and safety of the citizens of Connecticut, and development of low carbon, renewable energy alternatives.

This event is free and open to the public.
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