info 03.16.12

Donors Choose
the skint

So we like to think of MUG as hard-nosed, but we have a tough time being tough when it comes to an email like the one below from the Communities Manager of Donors Choose.

Over the years, Manhattan User's Guide readers have supported thousands of students in public schools. We are blown away by the generosity of the MUG community! Thank you for your support.

With several months left in the school year, and low-income students going without basic supplies in their classrooms, we were hoping you might be willing to host another campaign.

The letter goes on to explain that for this challenge, if you enter a code word, every donation to a classroom project will be doubled. Given our—and your—passion for sharing the love of reading with NYC kids, how could we resist the request?

We normally run our Donors Choose challenges—in which we ask readers to support the cause of getting books into NYC classrooms—four times a year. Given the doubled-impact of your donations, we're adding this extra challenge. We usually ask you to support four classrooms; today, we're doubling that, too.

If you make a donation to any of the eight projects on our March giving page, your impact will be doubled. That means twice as many NYC kids will have books in their hands, twice as many imaginations fired up, thanks to you.

All you have to do it enter the code MUG! when you check out. That's MUG!, all caps, plus exclamation point.

Donors Choose says they're blown away by the generosity of the MUG community. We are, too. Nothing that happens at MUG means more to us.


skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 10am-5pm (thru 3/18): 60+ high school teams from around the world had six weeks and the same materials to build robots that solve a pre-determined problem. see our future overlords the fruits of their labor as they compete at the annual nyc first robotics competition. jacob javits center, free.

fri (runs thru 6/13): 120 works of photographer francesca woodman (nsfw), who committed suicide at age 22 in 1981, go on display at the guggenheim. pay-what-you-wish saturdays 5:45-7:45pm (reg $18).

sun various times by borough: pay tribute to cyclists killed during the past year at the annual memorial ride and walk. free.

sun 2pm: put on your walking shoes for frank jump's fading ads of greenpoint walking tour and learn the area's commercial past. we dare you to ask what ailment syrup of figs treats. meet at word, free

sun 3, 4pm (+ 3/23, 25-30): carnegie hall and the san francisco symphony highlight american 20th century music for the american mavericks series. today: 20-member ensemble alarm will sound performs music by cage and vaèse at abrons arts center (3pm), and violinist jennifer koh and pianist reiko uchida play adams, higdon and mazzoli at the brooklyn public library (4pm). free.


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