Community Activities, Week of March 12, 2015
BY SCOTT STIFFLER (submit your event to firstname.lastname@example.org) | CHELSEA GARDEN CLUB MEETING
With spring nearly here (finally!), it’s time once again for Chelsea Garden Club’s pre-season meeting. Strategize, compare notes, greet their newest gardeners and discuss ways to better maintain the aesthetic integrity of the side street and bike lane tree pits that CGC has lovingly adopted.
Sat., March 28 at 12:45 p.m. at the rectory of St. Peter’s Chelsea Episcopal Church (346 W. 20th St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Find CGC on Facebook and at chelseagardenclub.blogspot.com.
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING EXPO
As part of the City of New York’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process, our 3rd Council District has been given $1 million from the capital budget to spend as we see fit. City Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office has been coordinating the effort — which will culminate in a pubic voting period (April 11-19). The upcoming Participatory Budgeting Expo gives you a chance to see what projects your neighbors have been developing into proposals (composting stations, park renovation and a soccer area in Fulton Houses are among the ideas on the ballot).
Tues., March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (40 W. 20th St., btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.). For more info or to get involved, contact Matt Green of Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office. Call 212-564-7757 or email him at email@example.com.
THE 10th PRECINCT
The Community Council meets on the last Wed. of the month, 7 p.m., at the 10th Precinct or other locations to be announced. The next meeting is March 25. Located at 230 W. 20th St. (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.). Commander: Deputy Inspector Michele Irizarry. Main number: 212-741-8211. Community Affairs: 212-741-8226. Crime Prevention: 212-741-8226. Domestic Violence: 212-741-8216. Youth Officer: 212-741-8211. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-741-8210. Detective Squad: 212-741-8245.
PI DAY OF THE CENTURY in MADISON SQUARE PARK
Reality TV may provide a powerful argument against the notion we’re living in enlightened times, but consider this: earlier civilizations looked to calendric alignment and saw portents of doom — while the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) sees it as a cause for celebration. Case in point: the crowds set to create a stunning illuminated demonstration of the meaning of pi — the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter equal to 3.141592653… (the digits go on forever without repeating). Notice anything about those initial numbers?
March 14, 2015 (aka 3.14, aka Pi Day) is particularly special, as it is the only time this century when the date will align perfectly with the first five digits in pi. To celebrate, MoMath invites you to be one of the hundreds who’ll surround Madison Square Park’s north fountain with MoMath’s shimmering, glowing light sticks (the distance around the circle can be compared to the distance across it, showing the true meaning of pi). A smaller circle within the fountain, and a larger circle outside the first, will show “the surprising and beautiful recurrence of pi” (that’s a direct quote from the Museum!).
At 9:25 p.m., participants will begin the Pi Countdown to exactly 9:26 p.m. (that’s 18.104.22.168.26), followed by free hot chocolate and…pie. Attendees are encouraged to bring or sport their favorite circle or illustration of pi. If you’re the parent of a young math enthusiast who should be asleep in the p.m. hours, come to the morning Pi Day activities. Beginning at 9 a.m. in Madison Square Park, kids will learn the real meaning of pi and count down together at 9:26 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the Museum will open 30 minutes early for the special occasion. During regular Museum hours, visitors can participate in a number of exciting Pi Day activities, from a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to circular tic-tac-toe to pi puzzles. Guests can make pi personal by finding a unique number sequence in its infinite digits, and make pi even more delicious by using candy to estimate its value.
Pi Day takes place on Sat., March 14, 8:30–9:30 p.m. at Madison Square Park’s North Fountain (26th St., btw. Fifth & Madison Aves.). MoMath is located at 11 E. 26th St. (on the north side of Madison Square Park). The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Purchased in advance online, admission is $15 ($9 for children, students, seniors). Otherwise, $1 more at the door. All Pi Day events are free, included with the price of admission. Visit momath.org or call 212-542-0566.