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2017 FARE Food Allergy Heroes Walk San Diego, California

Food Allergy Heroes Walk exists to recognize the courage and determination of food allergy families, and to empower these everyday heroes to end food allergy fears for good. Through widespread fundraising and walks across the country, thousands of families come together to unite behind their commitment to FARE’s mission and raise funds that will change their children’s lives through research, education, advocacy and broad awareness.

Once you register you will be given your very own web page and will have access to lots of fundraising tools to help you fundraise. You’ll be able to customize the web page with your reason for walking, send emails to ask others to join you or donate, and even link to Facebook. And of course, your FARE Walk Staff will be here to help all along the way!

The FARE Food Allergy Heroes Walk is a food-allergy-friendly event, but it is not food-free. Please remember to read all labels, and enjoy samples off-site at home.

The walk will take place rain or shine.

Due to allergies, we request that no one bring pets or latex balloons to the walk.

When should I arrive?
Registration and activities will begin at 1pm. At 2pm our inspirational walk program will begin and included a few speeches and recognitions.   The walk begins at approximately 2:30 pm, immediately after the program concludes.

What activities will be at the walk?

  • DJ with festive music
  • Giant Lawn Games
  • Superhero craft activities
  • Teal Pumpkin Coloring Contest
  • “Why We Walk” wall
  • Vendor tables with samples
  • ….and more!
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Cassini Grand Finale

Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004, after a seven-year voyage. It was the first spacecraft to orbit the ringed planet. For 13 years, Cassini joined the intricate dance of Saturn’s 62 moons. After 22 passes inside the rings, Cassini will plow into Saturn’s rippled clouds today. The spacecraft will incinerate itself to prevent any future contamination of the moons Enceladus or Titan. Farewell Cassini, I’ll miss you.✨

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2017 Teal Pumpkin Project

2017 Teal Pumpkin Project information is now available on the newly-redesigned FARE website. There you can find more information, including new free downloadable materials.

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

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40th Anniversary of Voyager

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Voyager. I can’t begin to tell you how happy it makes me to meet kids who love space + StarWars as much as I do! Space exploration brings out the best in all of us. The more we learn about the universe, the more we learn about ourselves.Voyager is a story about us. In 1977, NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft embarked on an incredible journey to the outer planets and beyond. After delivering stunning images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the probes sailed on to study the boundary of our heliosphere, the bubble that encompasses our sun, planets and solar wind. Voyager 1 crossed that frontier in August 2012, becoming the first human-made object in interstellar space, while Voyager 2 is expected to enter the space between the stars in the coming years. For as long as they continue communicating with Earth, the Voyagers may discover even more wonders before becoming Earth’s silent ambassadors to the Milky Way, orbiting the center of our galaxy forever. Voyager’s remarkable journey continues.

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Her Universe Tea Party Tuesday with The Gluten Free Nerd

I had the honor of getting to be part of a Tea Party Tuesday segment with Ashley Eckstein, the amazing woman leading the @HerUniverse brand. This woman can do it all! She’s the voice of Ashoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and Cheetah in DC Super Hero Girls. She also makes everyday cosplay apparel for girls in a way that has never been done before for the masses. I can remember being a kid and constantly thinking: why do boys get all the cool Star Wars, Star Trek and Marvel outfits. I used to have my Mom get me the boys tshirts + jackets and then have them altered by a seamstress to make them a more girly fit. One of my favorite Star Wars jackets that I still have to this day is an example of exactly that experience. I got the boys size jacket that was closest to my size and then had to have the jacket cropped from the base, pulled in from the sides, and a new zipper was put it. My parents are the coolest, and I’m so lucky they’re just as big fans of everything you see me share on my accounts as I am. All the nerdyness that makes me who I am today is thanks to them! To have a brand like Her Universe is a big deal. It allows girls to celebrate our fandom in such a sublime way! Most of my wardrobe is Her Universe, I don’t know what I would do without this brand.

 

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Support LIGHTSAIL – Solar Sailing, Flight by Light

The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is getting ready to make space exploration history as the first to demonstrate controlled solar sail flight of a CubeSat.

Known as the people’s spacecraft, together we’re ushering in a new era—the democratization of space—but there’s still so much to be done and we need your support to do it.

“We have lingered for too long on the shores of the cosmic ocean; it’s time to set sail for the stars.”
— Carl Sagan

We’re kicking off the final phase of preparations for the upcoming launch of LightSail 2 into space aboard the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket. We need your help to get there.

When you make a gift today, your contribution —and your impact on the LightSail mission—will be boosted by a $50,000 matching gift challenge issued by a generous Planetary Society member!

And, with a gift to support LightSail, you’ll be invited to share that thrilling launch day with us, either in person or online.

Our time to sail the cosmic ocean has arrived; our technology and design advances can now achieve the high performance needed in space. Thank you for joining forces with us with a gift today. Together, we’re changing the world!

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Solar Eclipse Cookies with The Planetary Society

This month I had the pleasure torn baking solar eclipse themed cookies at The Planetary Society HQ. I had a blast and can’t wait to come back to bake more sweet treats! In the meantime, here’s the recipe for the Solar Eclipse Cookies:

1 cup of organic cane sugar

2.5 cups of all purpose gluten free flour

1/2 cup of room temperature butter

1 organic egg

1/4 a cup of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum

Baking Directions:

Mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl.

Next, add in the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt.

Lastly, add in the flour and xanthan gum. I like to cover my dough and refrigerate it for an hour.

Make sure to set aside some extra flour for rolling out your sugar cookies and cutting them into specific shapes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

I usually bake these cookies for about 15 minutes.

Chocolate Icing Ingredients:

Mix 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter with 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a bowl. Microwave these ingredients for one minute at a time, removing the bowl from the microwave after each minute and mixing the ingredients until smooth.

Fill a piping bag or zip lock bag with the melted chocolate mixture. If you’re using a plastic bag, just use scissors to cut off one of the base tips of the bag. Pipe on the decorative solar eclipse chocolate image and enjoy!

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The 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible throughout the Western Hemisphere, with a total eclipse passing across the United States. The Planetary Society is partnering with the U.S. National Park Service to celebrate this spectacular celestial event.

Would you like to become an Eclipse Explorer?

The National Park Service, working together with the Planetary Society, brings you an all-new Junior Ranger booklet in honor of the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. This activity book is sure to make your first-hand viewing of this unique natural event a special experience for your visit to a National Park or public lands.

You can download your own copy of the booklet from this website by following the link below or by visiting a National Park site near you. Simply by completing the appropriate amount of work in the activity book and taking it to your local National Park site, you can even earn your own Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer badge or sticker! Download the PDF Booklet.

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Pale Blue Dot Carl Sagan Cookies with Bea Doheny, founder of Astronobeads

My friend Bea, founder of Astronobeads, was visiting San Diego this summer, so we had to make a batch of my Pale Blue Dot Cookies in honor of Carl Sagan. I love meeting more and more people who share the love of the cosmos! This recipe will be in my upcoming book: The Gluten Free Nerd Cookbook :) Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Always remember to cherish the pale blue dot, and keep looking up!

Carl Sagan is one of my favorite scientists! I get to meet lots of kids when I attend gluten free, allergy friendly, and Celiac Disease events. My goal is always make them feel like they can do anything regardless of their dietary restrictions. I also like to remind them that we are all made of stardust, they are the universe, and to always keep looking up. It means the world to me when I meet parents at expos and conferences who tell me their kids are gluten free nerds too. I love inspiring kids in any way I can to be more excited about space and science!

Below you will find my Pale Blue Dot Cookie Recipe.

Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup of organic cane sugar

2.5 cups of all purpose gluten free flour

1/2 cup of room temperature butter

1 organic egg

1/4 a cup of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum

Baking Directions:

Mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl.

Next, add in the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt.

Lastly, add in the flour and xanthan gum. I like to cover my dough and refrigerate it for an hour.

Make sure to set aside some extra flour for rolling out your sugar cookies and cutting them into specific shapes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

I usually bake these cookies for about 15 minutes.

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoons milk

Icing Directions:

Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk into a bowl until the mixtures starts to thicken.

Add food coloring of your choice, I like using the brand Color Garden because it’s gluten free and allergy friendly.

Once the sugar cookies have cooled, then you’ll be ready to spoon blue icing over the tops and add sugar sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy these cookies, and always remember to keep looking up!

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Essential Advocacy. More missions, more science, more exploration.

Everyday at The Planetary Society we work hard to advance space science and exploration. Our Advocacy Program provides each Society member a voice in the process. More missions, more science, and more exploration.

We sit at a key moment to influence the direction for space with the new Administration and Congress. While there is much bipartisan support for NASA, major budget cuts are coming down the line that may severely impact space science and exploration.

We must speak up—right now—to demonstrate public support for space exploration.

Funding for our Advocacy program is critical. The more funding we have, the more effective we can be, which ultimately translates into more missions, more science, and more exploration.

We have a plan to engage the new Administration and the new Congress to build support for space science and exploration. And we need to increase our investment in our Washington, D.C. operations.

How much we increase our D.C. operations depends on you. So does our ability to provide new educational tools and to be present at major space symposiums and meetings around the world.

Join today and support our mission

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