A 360-mile bike ride may not be what most 70-somethings decide to do, but it’s good to know that Kendal at Longwood residents Charlie Hill and David Leonard did just that. They completed a seven-day ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP Trail) on to the C&O Trail (the Towpath Trail or Mule Trail). Endurance training, careful planning, supportive wives and one steep ridge climb on an 80-mile biking day added up to a trip of a lifetime.
Attention men! Put that razor down because No-Shave November is here. This quirky tradition started in 2009 as a way to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Participants give up shaving and hair maintenance in November and donate the money they’d spend to the cause. Celebrate that wild and free hair and help cancer patients who can’t grow it themselves. Don’t want to give up shaving and haircuts for a whole month? Check out the website for other ways to get involved. No-Shave.org.
Clean Energy, Happy Earth
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a world that ran on clean, renewable energy? Phoenixville is taking a big step toward finding out by passing the clean energy initiative—a commitment to use only renewable sources of energy by 2035. The first in Pennsylvania to go completely green, Phoenixville will rely on wind, solar and hydro sources to reduce air pollution. Find out more about what the Borough Council plans for this environmentally friendly initiative at Phoenixville.org.
It’s time to party, because the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is celebrating its 100th birthday! Make the most of your next trip to Center City by traveling down the Parkway and stopping at its many attractions. Take a selfie on the Rocky Steps at the art museum, find your favorite Renoir at the Barnes Foundation or walk through the giant heart at the Franklin Institute. But most important, wish this beloved boulevard a “Happy Birthday.” VisitPhilly.com.
Want to go to the zoo, but don’t feel like dealing with Philly traffic? Let the zoo come to you instead! Peter Gros, a wildlife expert from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet, is coming to West Chester. Gros teaches about the importance of conservation and preservation of our planet’s wildlife while he brings live animals on stage. Gros and his surprise lineup of wild animals are coming to West Chester University’s Asplundh Hall November 4th. For tickets and more information, WcuPaTix.com.