Archive | October, 2011

ioby’s Second Annual Benefit in Our Backyards

31 Oct

It’s time for ioby’s second Annual Benefit in Our Backyards- have you bought your tickets yet? Taking place this Thursday, November 3rd, the lineup looks like it may top last years event, with passed hors d’oeuvres coming from Rawstar in Prospect Heights and Fette Sau in Williamsburg, coupled with tasty beverages provided by Kings Country Distillery, Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and of course, Brooklyn Brewery, the largest sponsor and location of this amazing benefit.

If that weren’t enough, you’re also guaranteed to leave with some amazing swag. Custom ioby glasses will be given to all guests, along with the potential to win some one-of-a-kind auction items: gift certificates to restaurants like Franny’s, Jimmy’s No. 43, Bubby’s, VNYL. Cake decorating and cheese making classes, kayak tours, SCUBA diving certification classes and boat rides galore. And of course, the people behind ioby always have a few surprises up their sleeves, so don’t have any regrets about missing the party – purchase your tickets today!

I also want to mention this year’s “Heroes In Our Backyards” honorees:

Bk Farmyards
Velo City
Sustainable Flatbush
The Community Association of Tompkinsville Park Promoting Arts and Fun (CATPAF)
Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary
Jackson Heights Green Alliance
Prospect Farm
Astoria Park Alliance

Congratulations to all of the recipients, and I’ll see you on Thursday!


If you’re attending, be sure to use the hashtag #iobybenefit while you’re there to tweet the epicness going on, and tweet me at @GiveAndGetNYC so we can meet in person!


Kickin’ It with Kids: Soccer-loving volunteers needed

7 Oct

Seeds in the Middle is a nonprofit organization in Crown Heights inspiring social change through sustainable health.  One of their many programs is a youth soccer league, and it currently could use a few extra volunteers for the fall clinic. So dust off your cleats (or just your sneakers, whatever you have) and head down to the pitch at Lefferts Avenue!

In addition to teaching kids a sport you (hopefully maybe) love, there’s the potential for you to gain something most coveted in NYC: full field 11v11 games either before or after one of the weekend sessions. That’s right, free full field soccer in NYC! This is a win-win opportunity for any soccer-loving volunteer!

So, the current time slots are as follows, running now until Thanksgiving:

3:30-5  Co-ed, K-Grade 2 (Oct 1-Nov 19)

3:30-5  Co-ed, Grades 3-6 (Oct 1-Nov 19)
5-6       Girls, Grades 3-6  (Oct. 6, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17)

1 – 3     Co-ed, Grades K-2 (Oct 1-Nov 19)
3 – 5     Co-ed, Grade 3 & Up (Oct 1-Nov 19)

1 – 2     Girls, Grades K-2 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
1 – 2     Girls, Grades 3-6 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
2:30-3:30     Adult/parent pickup (Oct 1-Nov 19)*
4 – 5     Boys, Grades K-2 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
4 – 5     Boys, Grades 3-6 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
*Please note that pickup games are free for volunteers, but non-volunteers will be asked for a $10 suggested donation to help subsidize the Seeds youth program.
Field Location: Albany/Lefferts Avenues, Brooklyn (3/4 train, Kingston Ave)

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email your availability and contact information to Zoe at

Seeds in the Middle is an organization based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn which aims to inspire social change amongst school age children, beginning by improving their health, enhancing arts education and greening their environment. Their mission is to create sustainable health and battle the childhood obesity epidemic, which is prominent in Crown Heights. For more information about their programs and how you can get involved, visit their website