Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Beyond Exit 17 - Local Happenings Off Campus

Block Party
Fair Trade Boston, a campaign of the Boston Faith and Justice Network, is throwing a Fair Trade Block Party, Friday, September 10 to celebrate Boston's official designation as a Fair Trade Town. The free event will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Prudential Center, Boylston Plaza, and will feature free samplings of the wide variety of Fair Trade products now available in Boston.

Fair Trade Futures Conference

North America's largest conference on fair trade will take place in Boston at the Marriott Hotel, September 10-12. Futures conferences take place every five years, and this Boston conference is the largest conference on fair trade issues and thinking in history. More than 1,000 entrepreneurs, students, activists, and other interested individuals have already registered.

Life is Good Festival
A two-day festival features a variety of games and art activities in addition to its three stages, which will play host to a variety of musicians ranging from Corinne Bailey Rae, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, Guster, Train, They Might be Giants, and more. 100% of the profits from the event go to the Life is Good Kids Foundation, which helps children who face domestic violence, poverty, and loss. The festival takes place September 11 and 12th at the Blue Hill Reservation in Canton, MA.

Hynes Convention Center's CollegeFest

CollegeFest, celebrating its 25th year, is the most heavily attended back-to-school event in New England, attracting over 15,000 college students each year. Located at the Hynes Convention Center, CollegeFest is a Boston institution featuring live music, celebrity appearances and free stuff from more than 100 local and national sponsors.

Mystery DineAround
Friday, September 10, the North Shore's most creative chefs are participating in a special charity event to benefit the North Shore Cancer Walk. Local food celebrity Billy Costa will host the event. Participants will arrive at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in Salem, and be taken to a mystery location for their meal via shuttles. After dinner, guests will return to the Hotel for a dessert buffet, dancing, and silent auction. For information visit salemwaterfronthotel.com

Boston Harbor Islands
The weather is gorgeous these days, and perfect for a trip into the city. It is easy to visit the Boston Harbor Islands from the North Shore. Explore historic sites, watch wildlife, hike, kayak, picnic, fish, swim, camp, and much more. For ferry schedules, tours, or information on camping overnight, click HERE.

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