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Charity spotlight

A Natural Selection

What are your plans for Earth Day 2012? When you think of charities to help out, think trees and grass and critters, and the organizations working every day to protect them.

We love nature, so it's only natural that we love The Nature Conservancy too. This organization works around the world to save lands and waters for nature and people.

The Nature Conservancy has preserved more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and they operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. With a foot in all 50 states and more than 30 countries, they protect habitats from grasslands to coral reefs in places all the way from Alaska to Zambia. Check Nature Conservancy out today.

Great idea

Earth Day is April 22, but you can celebrate all year long with clever craft activities!

One of our favorites is planting a simple herb garden. Just grab a grownup and a small planter. Decide on your three favorite herbs -- we recommend pizza toppers like basil and oregano, and mint for summer lemonade. Use a long rectangular planter and cluster the seeds in three areas so they grow together.

Start the seeds indoors now, and before you know it, you'll have a garden full of good taste. When the seedlings are sturdy in a few weeks, move the planter outside and enjoy your delicious greens!

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Let Us In On the Fun!

Are you throwing a party to help your community? Tell us about it!

Send us a short video clip of your party (no more than 3 minutes) or send us photos and a short essay about what you did, and your favorite charity will be eligible to receive a donation from The Good Fun! Book's publisher, Blue Marlin Publications! Blue Marlin makes it part of their business to give back, and with every book they publish, they donate a percentage of the profits to a charity.

If you share your party with us, Blue Marlin just might write a check to benefit the charity you're helping! Once every three months, Blue Marlin will review the submitted videos and essays (along with photos) for that quarter, pick a winning party, and send that party's charity a check for $100 on your group's behalf!

Here's what to do if you're writing an essay and sending photos:

  • Tell us who or what your party helped
  • Tell us how you did it
  • Tell us where you did it, at school or at home
  • Tell us why you chose to help this cause
  • Tell us what your group is called (if it has a name)
  • Tell us how you feel you've made a difference!
  • Do NOT include identifying information like last names
  • Send us this information by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by snail mail to:
    Francine Rich, Publisher
    Blue Marlin Publications
    823 Aberdeen Road
    West Bay Shore, NY 11706

Here's what to do if you're sending a video:

  • Plan your party
  • Film it, then edit it down to a short clip
  • Do NOT include identifying information like last names or addresses
  • Post it on a site like YouTube
  • Send us a message with the embedded coding so we can view your video and post it here on our website
  • Tell us who you're helping and how
  • Tell us what your group is called (if it has a name)
  • We'll let you know if Blue Marlin has chosen your party and choice of charity

Special note: If you are younger than 13, you MUST have an adult contact us. We cannot accept party videos sent by anyone under 13.