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Your Very Own Community Music Fiesta

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Planning a music festival in your community? And, why not? People of your community deserve a little time out after all the hard work they do for the society and for each other. Arranging a day long musical fiesta can unite all the people in your neighborhood and help everyone to have a wonderful day together. And what more can people ask for if some long-lost, classical instruments are flaunted in your music fest? To make the day more special, you can even arrange a small musical performance using the traditional instruments to make your people feel the wave of nostalgia for the life they had left behind them.

Why are flutes an eminent musical instrument?

Whenever you are trying to name some classical instruments, I bet, the word ‘flute’ first comes to your mind, followed by sitars, violins, oboes, etc. And why wouldn’t they? Flutes are considered one of theoldest man made musical instruments. These are small and high-pitched band implement that creates a whistle-like sound. But due to the high usage of modern instruments like guitars, pianos, electric keyboards, etc. the soothing sound of flutes is heard very less nowadays.

Types of flutes

Flutes come in various shapes and sizes. When we speak of modern flutes, there are six main types:

  • Bass flute in C- high pitched flutes, with one octave lower than the ordinary flutes
  • Alto flute in G- a form of transposing instrument, which is notated a 4th above its actual sound
  • Tenor flute- type of flute that is pitched one step lower than the C flute
  • Concert flute in C- C-pitched flute, with its range over three octaves
  • Soprano flute in E flat- flutes having a range of three octaves
  • Treble flute in G- flutes with a three octave range, starting from g1. It is also a transposing instrument, with a pitch a 4th lower than their actual sound.

It will be amazing if you can manage to display all the types of flutes mentioned above in your community festival. And if you are planning to buy flutes for your event, then there is a great news awaiting you. You can get flutes for sale in any shop of musical instruments. You can even opt for buying flutes online if you are planning to buy in bulk, as the online retailers tend to offer lower prices than the usual.

Taking care of your flute

Once you have bought the flutes, it is essential to take good care of them. The following are some practical tips on caring for your flute:

  • Make sure your hands are clean and dry while handling a flute  During assembly, always remember to hold the parts of the flute on the edge and not on the keys
  • Never use metal polish on your flute
  • Never lubricate your flute
  • If you are not using a flute, disassemble and store it inside your case
  • Always clean your flutes after using them to prevent the deterioration of the pads

Now that you have a good idea about flutes, it will be easier for you to arrange the folk musical event that you are dreaming of for your community. Hire some professionals to play them and have a wonderful day with your family and neighbors.

How Can Communities Benefit from Thermal Imagining Technology?

Up until the recent past, people believed that thermal imaging technology benefits were limited only to the law enforcement field. And rightly so: after all; who did not dream of becoming a super hero with X-ray vision to see through walls? Today however, thermal imaging technology has come a long way. It can be used for many activities some of which can actually help communities save energy and money while also aiding in search and rescue operations, accident investigation etc. Apart from detecting heat and energy losses in buildings to save precious fuels, thermal imaging technology can also help protect workers and technicians from unseen dangers in institutional or commercial buildings.

Let us study thermal imaging technology in detail.

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How does thermal Imaging work?

Thermal imaging is based on the principle that all objects, natural or manmade, emanate heat. This heat comes in the form of infrared energy which the best thermal imaging cameras can easily detect. Thus, what would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, can easily be spotted through such cameras.  The earliest thermal imaging devices were invented solely for the purpose of military operations. Today, however, they have various uses including:

  1. Law Enforcement and surveillance
  2. Firefighting applications-for saving lives and tracking
  3. Industrial applications
  4. In predictive maintenance for finding hot spots

What can Thermal Imaging do for your community?

Thermal imaging can be used for many things to benefit communities:

  1. Prevent crime- Smart drug dealers and criminals mostly know about the standard surveillance methods which they can easily disable. These include video cameras, night vision, and binoculars. However, through the thermal imaging cameras, one can easily spot criminals who use blinding headlights of their cars for concealing illegal activities. Suspicious activity can also be spotted through fog, dust, foliage, smoke and other obscurants even from very large distances.
  2. Aid in search and rescue operations- Thermal imaging devices can be used for searching and rescuing missing or lost children as well as elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Best quality thermal imaging equipment can see 1500ft in any direction over forests, hilly terrain, fields, parks, water bodies and wooded areas as long as the person being searched is not completely submerged.
  3. Accident reconstruction and investigations- Many modern vehicles do not leave tire marks or tracks, making it difficult for accident investigators to reconstruct the crash. With thermal imaging techniques, investigators can find out which of the marks on heavily marked roadways are actually responsible for the accident. These cameras can even be used in wreckages to find important objects for evidence.
  4. Thermal imaging for detecting heat losses- Perhaps the most important use of such devices comes in the form of infrared cameras to help communities detect and prevent precious fuel/energy losses. Heat losses usually occur due to missing or damaged roof insulations, broken or missing roof tiles, invisible cracks on the roof deck etc. Using the images obtained from the infrared cameras, roofers can give visual proof to property managers and building owners about ‘Proof of repairs’, leakages in pipes and so on. Thermal imagery sensors can also be used on huge buildings to draught-proof them and overcome insulation deficiencies. This can help communities save hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy costs and also make buildings warmer and draught free.

As can be seen, the uses of thermal imaging for benefitting a community are limited only by one’s creativity. However, the sheer complexity, size and cost of these devices prevent them from being utilized to their full capacity. Hopefully, advances in technology will help lower these costs and also increase their ease of use so that they can be used for more activities than surveillance or patrolling alone.

Recycling and Reducing Waste: Tips for the Community

It is heartening to note that several communities across the United States are taking it upon themselves to reduce the amount of waste they produce. This, in turn, is helping them reduce the number of resources they require on an annual basis.

Through this brief guide, we hope to help individuals planning on setting up a group to tackle waste reduction in their communities. The guide is also focused on helping communities that are already environmentally-aware to help them continue educating families in matters of waste reduction and recycling. We also wish to benefit groups that wish to expand to other energy saving areas.

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Benefits of waste reduction and recycling go beyond the environment

Did you know that the advantages of standing up as a community to reduce and recycle actually go beyond the environment? Some examples include:

  1. Community gardening-This brings people together, helps form friendships, and also lets communities get fresh fruit and vegetables.
  2. Composting- Composting and creating rich manure for landscaping has actually helped provide employment to many individuals.
  3. Recycling – This has not only helped clean up the environment; it has also boosted entire community’s self esteem.

Some recycling activities for community based waste reduction

  1. Nappy drives- Cloth/ reusable nappies help reduce the waste created by diapers. Nappies can be made from manmade materials and are cheaper, more versatile and quicker in drying (apart from being reusable) as compared to store brought diapers. Nappies can also be lined with a flushable, disposable wraps. They are equally comfortable in fit and provide excellent absorbency. Families, especially new mothers, must be educated about using these for better environmental protection.
  2. Refurbishing of old computers, bikes etc- Old laptops and bikes can actually be sold (on many online trading places including eBay.com). Many people are willing to purchase such older/broken laptops in order to practice repairing them.
  3. Composting- Community recycling groups can provide containers to every household which homeowners can use for collecting organic waste. This waste may then be used for creating community compost. A bag of composted soil can be distributed to every household for gardening.
  4. Recycling- “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Through community garage sales and flea markets, people can sell and buy furniture items and low costs. This can help prevent the waste from going into our already strained landfills. Socially disadvantaged groups also get volunteering opportunities through such projects

Tips for reducing electricity wastage

Community environmental groups can also educate homeowners to reduce electricity wastage and lower the bills. No matter if you are a tenant or a homeowner, electricity is one area where everyone can save. These Groups could also set up a local forum to educate people continually through mails and newsletters. They can also liaise with stakeholders and organizations for added support. They can read up on wind power projects and, if possible, keep a community energy diary. Local energy champions can also be appointed to balance the community’s carbon footprint. For tips on saving electricity, click here.

Hosting Community Energy Fairs

Nothing gets a better response and reaches a wider audience than an energy saving fair. Naturally, a good hosting venue would be needed for this purpose; the local church or parish would be more than willing to help in this matter. It is vital to determine the target audiences for such fairs; people who would actually benefit from them.  Once the goals of the fair have been determined, Green companies, electric retailers, as well as renewable energy installers could be invited to provide the audience with educational aspects and, where possible, supply freebies for demonstration. It also helps if the press, the radio or local TV stations come in to help spread the word about what the community is trying to achieve.

These are a few tips to help communities recycle and reduce their carbon footprint.

Community Camping Trip

If you’ve been thinking about trying to find something to do for your next community activity, why not try a community camping trip. Many people love camping trips and it can be a great thing to do after doing a cleaning project to “enjoy” the area that was just cleaned. There are many other reasons to have a community camping trip as your next refreshing community outing.

It’s An Eco Friendly Activity

A classic camping trip is one of the most eco-friendly social activities. When you are out camping you are just enjoying the outdoors in its natural state, burning firewood, telling ghost stories over a fire, playing out in nature, all of these are activities that don’t harm the environment. Many companies know how eco-friendly camping can be.

When you are out camping, just make sure that everyone picks up their trash and cleans up the camp area when they are finished.

It’s a Great Bonding Activity

When people are out camping, they are not quite as likely to pull out their cell phones and start texting their BFFs. Instead, they are likely to put their phones down (possibly because they don’t have any signal) and just look around to enjoy the natural wonders of nature. As they do this, people will naturally start talking to pass the time.

This won’t go for everyone of course, a few people might just be content passing time watching nature, and that is just fine, but others will start to talk and learn more about each other.

Simple activities, such as cookouts, hikes, or night time ghost stories, during the trip, can be a great way for people in the community to spend time with each other.

Watching sunrises, sunsets, or the stars at night can be a great way to rekindle the romance in a marriage, or a peaceful way to spend time with the family.

Just remember that if you have young children, bring some lighting along with you just in case they get scared during ghost story time or at night. Try choosing a flashlight or choosing a headlamp, as they make great sources of lighting.

It Provides Opportunity for a Great Workout

If you have heard other members of your community complain because they have put on a few extra pounds, a camping trip might be a great community activity. There are many things that you do during camping trips that provide an opportunity for a workout. Pitching tents, going on hikes, riding bikes, and gathering firewood, aren’t sedentary activities. They require you to get up and get a workout. This is why many support groups that are dedicated to weight loss go on camping trips as rewards for achieving some goal.

A community camping trip can be a great bonding experience for the entire community. It can teach children about the importance of teamwork, and being thankful for family and all of the things you have. It can also be a great way for overworked businesspeople to get away from technology and enjoy all of the great things nature can provide. Either way, a camping trip can be a great experience that can be remembered by all for years to come.

 

 

Heating Up Your Community

space-heaterIf your community has open spaces, say a park or a public ground for meetings, then you’ll know all about the hazards of standing around in the cold. Especially as the winter nears, it’s important to remember to stay warm, and a space heater is a great way to do that. If you are planning any open air events in your community, a space heater can help to keep people warm, and while most of us have jackets and scarves, it’s a nice little touch to keep the elderly or young warm when they need it the most. If you’re looking into getting one, but don’t know which one to go for, check out these space heater reviews at http://www.spaceheatercenter.com/.

–       Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater with Digital Display and Remote Control

The Lasko is a good sized, affordable space heater that comes with a remote, digital display, various settings and an automatic overheat safety feature. It’s a great way to keep a crowd warm and you can find them for around fifty dollars.

–       Lasko 5812 Automatic Air-Flow Heater with Temperature-Regulation System

Another Lasko, though this time a different model. This one is wider and shorter than the one before so it works well in small groups of people. If your event has people sitting around, then one or two of these dotted around the place will work a charm. It’s a little more expensive and can be found for around seventy dollars, and it uses an analogue knob rather than a digital system.

–       Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater

If you’re going to an event and just want a heater for yourself then this heater will be a lifesaver. It’s easy to carry around and uses gas to heat up a large space. The initial cost can be quite high, over a hundred dollars, but it can be found for around seventy. Keep in mind it will need gas to fire as well, which adds to the cost. But it’s portable and effective and won’t let you down if you need heat.

–       Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black

If you’re looking to really splash out and show off, then this heater will be excellent for you. It can stay in the back garden and heat everyone up when you have friends and family over for drinks or a barbeque. It’s aesthetically pleasing, and looks like a real fire, but it does cost almost three hundred dollars and isn’t portable.

All of these Infrared Heaters have their own special features. Click here to check out some more heaters.

Handcraft Work from Home: A Way to Help Your Community

Community-based projects are an excellent way to bring out positive changes in your community. Whether it’s redesigning artwork for your street or clearing trash from an alley, it can provide even a small positive change.

However, improving your community will only work best if there is an active participation of the residents. As I noticed, a lot of people are very eager to help their community, but only few are really active. It’s either they don’t have the money or the time. So despite the deep aspiration to thrive, many communities across the country are still struggling.

Community Participation

But it’s important for you to know that making a positive impact in your own community doesn’t necessarily need a heap of money or loads of time. In fact, even while you’re just at home watching your favorite TV show, you can still make a difference. Simply think of great ideas, use your skills, and share them with the others in your neighborhood.

One effective way to do this is to encourage your neighborhood and involve them in handcrafts or DIY projects. Doing handcrafts from home can be enjoyable and fun. Not only that, it’s also satisfying and financially rewarding. People in this age are looking for unique gift ideas for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations, as well as special accessories that they can use for everyday wear.

So if you are a community group or an individual seeking to create a wonderful project, making handmade items is a great option. There are hundreds if not thousands handcraft ideas to choose from. And one of the popular ideas is making bracelets, particularly leather bracelets.

Why Leather Bracelets?

Leather bracelets are so on trend right now. Leather is a very durable material and owning an item that is made from it is supposed to be a status symbol. For many years, it has been one of the best choices of popular and not-so-popular individuals when it comes to accessories. In fact, even in today’s modern generation, it’s still considered one of the best choices of fashion conscious people.

Aside from the quality of the material, people wear leather bracelets because they provide an undeniable sexy and enigmatic appeal. Furthermore, leather bracelets work well for any kinds of wardrobe. If you’re wearing a casual suit and want to add some sense of formality, just wear a leather bracelet and you’ll instantly get that smart tailored appeal. And if you’re wearing a simple shirt and jeans but want to get some creative or rocker look, just wrap around a leather bracelet on your wrist and you’ll acquire that cool charm you’re looking.

Leather continues to be an in demand material in jewelry fashion, so it’s definitely a great idea for a new community-based project. The process is easy that it requires almost no tools. The best thing is it can even be done by beginners. It’s an easy step to encourage your neighborhood, even the students, to participate in the improvement of your community.

As we all know, people in today’s society are always busy and focused on things that don’t have any connection with the community at all, especially the youth. So helping the young generation experience community service provides them an opportunity to not only fill their resume for school or job applications, but also give back to the place that helped raise them. As anyone who has been part of a community service knows, the fulfillment that comes from helping others can be meaningful and life changing.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready your stuff and make some handcraft materials for your community. Make sure that everyone in the neighborhood knows your plan, particularly the chairman of your community to be able to run a successful program.

Are Upright Vacuum Cleaners Still In Demand Today In Your Community?

            

In the US and particularly in California, upright vacuum cleaners are probably still in demand though the models still in use can be relatively old. This is because there are so many other types and brands of household vacuum cleaners that you can already buy within your community. The value of upright vacuum cleaners is that they allow you to clean your home or office (or even your home office) without having to stoop or bend awkwardly. However, the advent of other types of vacuum cleaners might signal a shift to more convenient types of these machines by the public.

Vacuum’s in California Communities

In California communities, vacuum cleaners are an important household helper because the dry weather means that dust tends to settle on carpets and flooring easily. Upright vacuum cleaners allow you to clean carpets without having to get on your hands and knees. This makes them handy especially when carpeting in California homes and offices tends to span from wall to wall. Since often carpeting does not get peeled off the floor and cleaned outdoors, the next best solution for cleaning is to use a vacuum cleaner. Some may do away with carpeting in their home or office to show off great floors (especially wooden floors that have been sanded and varnished to a nice shine) but carpets are important to some because of the design and style of the carpet or because the carpets can absorb sound which is great if footsteps tend to be distracting.

Downside of Vacuum Cleaners

One downside to using vacuum cleaners is that they use up quite a lot of electricity, especially the more powerful ones. Generally, the more powerful the suction power of the vacuum the more electricity is required to make it run. Not surprisingly, in the less affluent California communities you might not see people cleaning their homes with vacuum cleaners so much – but then in such communities you probably would not find wall to wall carpeting either. So these less affluent California homes and businesses probably don’t use vacuums, to keep their electric bills down to affordable levels. By the same principle, homes and businesses in the richer California communities which probably do have carpets (and high end carpets at that) would also most likely have vacuum cleaners to clean inside their carpeted rooms, because they can absorb the cost.

It is not surprising that some people hesitate to buy vacuum cleaners due to the cost of electricity in California. If you are worried that your budget for electricity will be trashed if you switch to using vacuum cleaners you may want to check out online calculators to compute your electricity consumption right now and your potential electricity consumption should you switch to upright vacuum cleaners (or any vacuum cleaner for that matter). Incidentally, the frequency by which you use vacuum cleaners is just as important as the power of the machine that you use for cleaning. Keep a record of your monthly payments for electricity as well so you can monitor the rise and fall of your consumption during the period when you use vacuum cleaners regularly.

It’s the 21st century, have you refreshed your community to go green and eco-friendly yet?

ECOFRIENDLYSeems everywhere you look you see and hear the words green and eco-friendly.  It’s a good thing coming together worldwide for a cleaner environment to live in.  That’s the world, now how about your community?  Are you seeing changes towards living in the environmentally friendly world of today or are you still not on the path of change yet?  Maybe it’s time to come together with your neighbors and start making changes towards refining your town locally to jump on the bandwagon and refresh your environment.

You don’t have to jump tall buildings in a single bound or run faster than a speeding bullet and make changes overnight.  Nor do you have to start off with a huge project either.  Start with the small stuff and make changes gradually.  Work together and as a community make decisions to catch up with the ways your community can be eco-friendly and green too along with other communities, towns and cities around you that have started.  See what they’ve been doing and gather ideas as to how you can make it work for your locale.

Maybe start and see if your town can get some recycling bins placed somewhere convenient where you can have a specific place to bring plastics, metals, and other recyclable materials to be shipped off and transformed back into usable products.  With one area to do recycling in, it makes it convenient to store up and take a trip to the bins and dump off all your recycling that needs to be done all in one place.  Talk to your city or town and see if they have interest in putting a plan for recycling into action and what steps you need to take.  Get a petition going around signed by people who support recycling bins so the city knows you’re good and ready to put it into action and make it work.

Another small step is to place doggie bins in the park.  They are barrels with biodegradable plastic bags attached to them that you pick up your doggie doo with and dispose of in the bin.  Later the company comes and picks up and empties the bin, replaces bags and takes it off to compost.  It also is great because then you can go to the park and not have to watch every single step you take so that you don’t step in doggie doo because someone just let their dog do their duty and left it laying there.  This way the owner responsibly picks up after Buddy when he does his business and disposes of it properly.  See at your next town meeting if this is an option to look into and push for it.

Hold a meeting between the locals to talk about some ideas and where to take them.  Have a get together over a barbecue while it’s still pleasant weather and discuss steps.  Don’t forget to clean up after and recycle any of GotStocks range of wholesale catering supplies that you got for the BBQ.  That way you’re starting your recycling from the get-go.  It’s time to refresh your community’s environment and make it happen.

Keeping Care of Your Neighbourhood’s Electricity

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Electricity is all around us these days. It powers our phones, our internet, our refrigerators and even some of our cars. Of course, it also powers out street lamps and our shops and businesses. If you live in a neighbourhood then you probably have a generator. All the electricity running to the grid will come from here, and each house and business will use it. It’s not a bad idea to make sure this, and individual houses, are running smoothly, as even a small electrical problem can cause havoc to a community. If you are in the California region, then you should look into an electrical company in San Diego.

–       Why Bother?

Electricity is too fickle a force to be left to its own devices, and local governments aren’t always up to scratch. If you’ve ever noticed that your wiring is dodgy or that when you turn on one device another one turns off, then you may have an issue. Sure, it could be small now, but if left to grow it could potentially evolve into a very real, and very expensive issue. Even if you’re not sure if there’s an issue, there’s no harm checking it out. These companies do a free evaluation, so you have nothing to lose by being precautionary.

–       What Happens?

Getting an electrician is a two step process. First they do a survey, checking out what they think is the issue, and then they get down and fix it. If you’re hiring a San Diego company you know you’re getting quality and professionalism. How long the job will take and how much it costs depends on what needs to be done. It could be a simple or complex, you may need only a new wire, or perhaps an entire upgrade. You don’t have to worry about them scamming you as these guys are the best in the business.

–       How Can I Trust Them?

This is a company that’s been around the block for over twenty years. They’re well known for their quality and professionalism. Of course these days you can hop online and found out for yourself, or ask around and see if they meet your needs. If there is an electrical system issue in your area, you really can’t afford to wait around. Think about hiring in a company today and getting that system repaired.

 

Business Ideas for Your Community

business ideasSometimes what a community needs the most is something that’s a little outside the box. There are really only so many coffee shops and wine bars that you can stuff into are area before it becomes overloaded. Communities thrive off diversity, so don’t hold back, why not open a specialist weapon’s store? And if you’re new to the trade, then you can find the best beginners crossbows here.

–       Aren’t they Dangerous?

When people think of weapons they think of anger and violence, but there are many different types of weapons store available and not all of them are for defence either. Some are for decoration, like antique weapons and wall mount pieces for enthusiasts. Others are for protection, and who says that’s a bad idea? Mostly, though, when it comes to a weapons store, you need to think way out along the curve.

–       What Would Work?

Take the crossbow for instance. At first glance you might think it a deadly weapon with no obvious reason to be in your community, but what if you were to start a community club for weapon’s enthusiasts? It could be like an archery range, but for crossbows. Or you could start a medieval themed community day where you highlight some of the older weapons. Or, if you live nearby a forest or fields, you could start a local hunting club. There are so many more reasons to own a crossbow than just to look cool and dangerous. It can actually be a real benefit to your community as a whole and open up new areas of business you may never have thought about before.

–       Why the Crossbow?

Sure, it might seem like an odd weapon to choose, but it’s far safer than opening a gun store or a knife shop. Both of those weapons can be easily concealed and cause real damage to people. But a crossbow is more of an art piece. It’s big, bulky and takes time to load and fire. As such, it’s not practical as a weapon on violence. But it useful as a showcase, a way to increase interest in your area in the medieval or in hunting. It could be the start to a whole renaissance fair, or shooting club. Not only that, but if you teach people the proper way to treat weapon then you could open some minds and save lives. Someone who understands a weapon is more likely to be able to protect themselves than someone who doesn’t.