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News - April 8, 2011

Go green at Pleasanton Earth Day Fest

From booths and 'green' crafts to EcoTainment

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Celebrate the earth and learn more about helping it at the Pleasanton Family Earth Day Festival next Saturday at the library. Booths will offer information about composting, energy and kid-sized carbon footprint calculators. Children also can make recycled art and natural birdfeeders at craft tables, and there will be free bicycle safety checks.

City Naturalist Eric Nicolas will give short interpretive lessons about the natural world around us. And Doug Nolan's "EcoTainment" kicks off at 3 p.m. in the library meeting room, with juggling, comedy and audience participation to convey a green message perfect for ages 5 and up. Free admission tickets will be at the children's desk beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Art by Pleasanton students based upon a "green" theme will be on exhibit. Ongoing short films created as part of "The Story of Stuff" project will also be shown throughout the day. This project was begun with the goal to get kids asking new questions, such as: What is this made of? Where did it come from? Who made it? What happens when I throw it away?

The Family Earth Day Festival will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16. Earth Day activities throughout the month include:

* Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. -- Scott Lankford discusses his book, "Tahoe Beneath the Surface."

* Friday, April 15, noon-5 p.m. -- Free E-Waste Event at the Fairgrounds (enter at Gate 12, Valley Avenue).

* Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Free E-Waste Event at the Fairgrounds continues; unused or expired pharmaceutical drugs will also be collected Saturday only.

* Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Family Earth Day Festival at the library.

* Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m. -- Climate: What's Love Got to Do With It? Free presentation at the library by Doug Grandt of "The Climate Project." Best for middle school age.

* Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. -- Library presents a free screening of the movie "Dirt!" at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.

* Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. -- Celebrate Earth Day at the library with a free screening of the film "Tapped," which examines the bottled water industry.

* Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. -- Library will host Uncle Jer's Bee Show, featuring a traveling honeybee hive and an engaging presentation about bees and beekeeping. Best for ages 5-plus. No registration required; free admission tickets distributed at the children's desk at 1:30 p.m. on show day.

More than 200 countries participate in Earth Day, which was begun in 1970 by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson as a way to force the environment onto the national agenda, the same year the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act were created. The Clean Water Act passed in 1972.


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