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Celebrating Earth Days: activities planned in Quincy during week of April 21

Feather Publishing
4/13/2014
 

Several community groups and organizations are collaborating to bring Earth Day activities to Quincy during the week of April 21. Drought is on everyone’s minds this year, and a film called “Treading Water” will be a highlight of the week.

The film, made by CSU Chico anthropology professor Dr. Jesse Dizard, is about groundwater in the North State, and features many familiar images from the Plumas County area.

Come to the West End Theatre at 7 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, for the film, which will be introduced by Dr. Dizard, and followed by solution-based strategies and water policy information from a local panel of experts: Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Powell and Michelle Beaman.

The sixth Community Sustainability Awards will be presented just before the film begins. Awards will be presented in four categories: individual, business, group and student. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; come for conversation and refreshments at the Alley Cat Café. Seating is limited.

Earlier on Earth Day, Feather River College will be hosting activities including a drum circle starting at noon in the green by the flagpole. This will be followed by a short talk about FRC’s energy consumption and use by Facilities Director Nick Boyd and an unveiling of the new bear-proof trash containers and water-bottle filling stations.

Finally, FRC’s Student Environmental Association will sponsor a trash pickup contest starting at 1 p.m. Bring gloves and enthusiasm for trash-hunting. Prizes will be awarded.

 

Other Earth Days events

Organizers agree that children need to be aware of environmental issues. Accordingly, kids’ activities are planned for Monday, April 21, at the Alder Street Garden at Quincy Elementary School. Garden activities, recycled crafts, games, a nature walk and an Earth Day pledge are on tap for kids kindergarten – sixth grade. Drop in anytime between 1:45 and 3:45 p.m.

The Feather River Land Trust is hosting a family walk at the Leonhardt Learning Landscape on Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. Find out about public access points and public use of the property on this walk, guided by Paul Hardy and Rob Wade. Meet at the Quincy High School parking area and call Vanessa at 283-5758 for more information.

Join in Plumas Corporation’s community stewardship project at Greenhorn Creek in American Valley on Thursday, April 24, at 5 p.m. Learn about stream restoration and help with willow planting and weeding. For more information and directions to the project site, contact Gia at 283-3739.

The Earth Days Committee is a nonpartisan group of community members that gathers spontaneously each spring to bring the community events in celebration of the Earth. The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans to rally together to force environmental protection into the national political agenda.

“Our aim locally is to increase awareness about environmental issues and generate participation among the citizens of Plumas County through hands-on activities,” say committee members. For more information or to participate in Earth Days planning next year, contact Darla DeRuiter at dderuiter@frc.edu or 283-0202, ext. 262.


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