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CNN did this piece on the dog meat trade in Asia. It's legal in Vietnam, but not in Thailand. But dogs are smuggled from Thailand anyway. The Soi Dog Foundation works to end the suffering. Consumption of dog (and cat) meat in South Korea is also a problem. International Aid for Korean Animals is active there.

Jazz in the Garden (free) at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on Friday nights; runs through August 29.

Music on the Mall is a series of free concerts on Tuesday nights on the National Mall; it runs from May 28 until Aug. 29.

This video accompanies John Legend's song "You & I". There is also a Crowdrise fundraising campaign to fund groups that empower girls and women.

Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series (free concerts at Yards Park) - through Sept. 19

 Beginning on July 1, Fairfax County residents can e-cycle old or unwanted electronics any day of the week, not just Sundays, at both the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Landfill Complex. Please see info of their site for details about acceptable items and county residency details.

Key Largo is one of the free movies that will play at  Screen on the Green on the National Mall. Screen on the Green starts July 22.

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary will have hay rides and a big yard sale. It's a chance for kids to meet the pigs, chickens, goats and more. July 26.


The Metro Silver Line in scheduled to open the first five stations on the line on July 26 at 12 noon.

This summer the movie "6" is expected to be released. The movie looks at the possibility of thousands of species becoming extinct.

Montgomery County Fair Aug. 8-16

Jay Kordich, known as "the Father of Juicing", turns 91 on Aug. 16. He's still very active, teaching about the healing power of vegetables and fruit.

Here's a photo from space taken by astronaut Reid Weisman. enlarge

Maryland Renaissance Festival - some days during August, September and October; check site for specific days

Here'a s look at the plug-in version of the Prius.

National Book Festival (indoors this year) Congressmen John Lewis and James Clyburn are just two of the many authors. Aug. 30

Pups in the Park - take your dog to the baseball game (benefits the Washington Humane Society)  Sept. 7 (SOLD OUT)

Fall for the Book regional book festival Sept. 11-18

Skeleton Twins, with Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, opens Sept. 19.

DC Vegfest Sept. 20


DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza Sept. 27

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary 17th annual Open House and Fundraiser; RSVP requested. Oct. 5

Here's an all electric bus that's already in use in some cities. The manufacturer, Proterra, makes these buses in Greenville, SC.

Toyota will begin selling a fuel cell car in 2015. It will be zero polluting, have a range of about 300 miles, and be able to refuel in about 3 to 5 minutes. So it has advantages that electric cars have, without the longer recharging time. Initially, it will probably be sold in California. The car will be refueled with compressed hydrogen. California already has a small network of refueling stations, something the DC area does not have. The price is expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000.

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Edward Norton's Crowrise is now allowing fundraising for individuals who have experienced a tragedy. Previously, it was just for organizations. And it's not just for people, but for animals that may need funds for sudden medical care.

Help a woman and her dad pay a $100,000 medical bill for brain surgery.
Help Hoah's Ark Animal Sancturay care for dogs rescued from a puppy mill.
Help a woman honor her father, and raise awareness of stomach cancer, as she climbs Mt. Killmanjaro.

review of an exciting new supplement: Oceans Alive 2.0

appeal for fostering

Recommended electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids - mileage figures are miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); prices are BEFORE federal tax credit. These credits (for electric vehicles   for plug-in hybrids) range from $2,500 to 7,500.

base price
Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid 95 $29,990
Chevrolet Volt 98
Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid 100
Ford Focus Electric 105
Smart fortwo Electric Drive 107
Nissan LEAF 114
Honda Fit EV
(available at Maryland dealers)
lease only

Probably the best values in LED bulbs:
Philips 433227 10.5-watt Slim Style Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb, Soft White

Ledare bulb from IKEA (60 watt equivalent for $4.49)

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Search pics of lots of pets from area shelters.

Baltimore City police officer Jon Boyer is one of the men featured in the Show Your Soft Side calendar, drawing attention to the problem of animal abuse.
Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond

Photographer Melissa McDaniel's book Puppy-Mill Survivors

news feed from Good News Network

Companies are stepping up to the plate and making very large green power purchases:



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