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“A MORNING FOR MOMS: KIDS AND NATURE”
FREE SEMINAR AT RING‘S END WILTON OCTOBER 12
with Environmental Educator Jeff Cordulack and Color Consultant Rita T
DARIEN, Conn – (September, 2010) – Ring’s End Lumber will host a free “Morning for Moms” seminar from10:30 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, October 12, in the Wilton store at 129 Danbury Road. Color Consultant Rita T will share tips and trends for bringing the colors and patterns of nature indoors. Greenwich Audubon environmental educator Jeffrey Cordulack will speak about exploring the outdoors with children, safe outdoor practices, and how to reduce exposure to toxins in their lives. Attendees will receive a coupon for a free gallon of Benjamin Moore’s new, zero-VOC paint. Limited seating is available; parents are encouraged to pre-register by sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Parents shouldn’t be worried about knowing the names of everything or having all the answers when they explore the outdoors with their children,” Mr. Cordulack remarked. “There’s always something new to discover outdoors. Expressing interest and surprise about everyday things can open children’s minds to new concepts,” he noted. His Morning for Moms program at Ring’s End, “Exploring Outdoors with Kids and Living Greener and Cleaner,” will introduce hidden, family-friendly parks and forests that parents can explore with their children, share resources for learning more about nature, and offer tips for identifying poison ivy and checking for ticks. Mr. Cordulack will also discuss ways to avoid pesticides and other harmful chemicals in foods and the home environment.
“Organic foods can make a difference in our children’s health, so we’ll talk about the ‘dirty dozen and clean fifteen’ in fruits and vegetables, as well as what to watch for on ingredient labels,” Mr. Cordulack said. “We’ll also talk about organic lawn and landscaping practices, as well as which plastics parents should avoid and why,” he added.
Jeff Cordulack is President of The Environmental Council of Stamford and has been Events and Communications Manager for the National Audubon Society in Greenwich for the past six years. Chief among his tasks at Audubon Greenwich is the coordination of events on natural history subjects, citizen science, organic land care, healthier foods for children and other programs to encourage more sustainable lifestyles. Prior to his role at Audubon, he managed the SoundWaters Urban Ecology Program for eight years. His job there was to host lectures and field trips to increase an appreciation for nature resources in the Long Island Sound region and to emphasize how people play an important role in protecting the watershed through everyday actions. Mr. Cordulack has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Natural Resources Management and Conservation Biology. He has worked on environmental education projects in Botswana, Africa; studied natural resource issues in Belize; and traveled throughout Mexico in an effort to gain a better understanding of environmental health and sustainability issues facing people today.
“Nature’s palette inspires a wealth of ideas for bringing color into our homes, and nature’s greens offer the broadest color range on the market today,” Rita T observed. “In color planning, we’re always trying to strike a balance. Greens with more yellow, including the extraordinarily popular citron green, are energizing, while the trending ocean and water greens, which have more blue in them, will create a more calming effect in rooms where they are used. We’re also seeing trending harvest colors from the garden, including eggplant purples and tomato reds. Nature’s leaf, fern and bamboo patterns are also very popular in today’s wallpapers,” she added.
“Using color beautifully has become so much easier and safer since Benjamin Moore launched their new Natura Paint; it’s the only zero-VOC paint on the market that is available in virtually limitless colors, since it uses a patented waterborne colorant system that is VOC-free. For families, knowing their children and pets won’t be exposed to potentially harmful toxic fumes and the room can be used right away is a real plus,” she said.
Attendees at the October Morning for Moms event will receive a coupon for a free gallon of Benjamin Moore Natura paint, good for 30 days at any Ring’s End Paint Center.
Rita T, a former elementary school teacher who is widely recognized by her trademark hat, has more than forty years experience in the design world, spanning product development, interior design and color consulting. Her practical approach to decorating encourages families to recycle furnishings and add pieces, using color as the catalyst to create harmonious and useable space as rooms evolve. Focusing primarily on color for the past ten years, she creates an annual “colors for your life” palette based on current trends and personalized for her clients. She is at the Ring’s End Paint Center in Wilton from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
In-store color consultations are complimentary. Rita T can also be engaged as an independent color consultant to visit clients’ homes and help them create a custom color palette for individual or multiple rooms or a home’s exterior.
The Ring’s End Paint Center in Wilton, featuring a Benjamin Moore Signature Store, is located at 129 Danbury Road (route 7). Hours are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (Thursday until 7 p.m.). To reach the Ring’s EndPaint Center in Wilton, call the store at 203-761-1000 or 1-866-842-7833 (toll free).
Ring’s End Lumber provides a one-stop source for lumber, millwork and building materials, kitchen and bath cabinetry, paint and painting supplies, architectural hardware, tools, and hardware for area contractors, decorators and homeowners. Known for the quality and depth of its inventory and the expertise of its staff for more than 100 years, Ring’s End has full-service stores in Darien, Bethel, Branford, Niantic, New Milford, Wilton, CT, and Lewisboro, NY, a stand-alone Paint Center in New London, CT, a new Paint & Design Center in Norwalk, CT, a custom moulding and millwork manufacturing facility in Milford, CT, and a central distribution and education center in Stratford, CT. Visit Ring’s End on the Web at www.ringsend.com.