Earth Day Norway 2017, the week of April 22
NORWAY - Earth Day Norway is coming April 22nd. Community members have put together a week of events that everyone is invited to. Earth Day began in 1970 in the United States and around the world in 1971. Earth Day in Norway will officially begin with the ringing of the Peace Bell, recognized worldwide when the United Nations received the Japanese Peace Bell in honor of Earth Day at the 5th Annual Earth Day Rally & Parade at Longley Square on April 22nd at 11am.
There are Earth Day events going throughout the week though, starting on Tuesday at the Norway Memorial Library with the Children’s Librarian Annika Black teaching kids how to make paper pots for planting seeds, robotic hands and mini rockets for S.T.E.A.M.ed Up for Science on April 18, 19 and 20, 1:30-2:30pm.
On Friday, Nettie Gentempo will be teaching Felt Mask Making at the new Navaeh Dance Studio at 290 Main Street above “Tuckers.” This is offered by the U. Maine Cooperative Extension’s Area Resources for Kids (ARK) program with Cyndy Tinsley. Call 743-6329 to preregister, fee is $5.
Friday evening at Café Nomad (445 Main Street) they will be extending their dinner hours to 9pm to present the Mountain Poets Society who will be reading “Poems for the Earth.” Local band Earthfunk will bookend the poetry with live music of Oen Kennedy on guitar and vocals and Rusty Wiltjer on drums.
Towns around the area will be taking part in what will the 1st Annual Earth Day “Trash Bash” starting at 8am til 10am on Saturday, April 22. In Harrison last year, 94 volunteers picked up 1,101 lbs. of trash that AM Enterprise hauled off. Volunteers will be given free tee shirts and BBQ lunch thanks to businesses that sponsor the event. Harrison’s Earth Day Clean Up is a great model for all the towns in the area. If your town is not formally sponsoring an event, please get your own posse together with trash bags and pick up along your towns roads or in places that are ecologically sensitive so that we can preserve our waterways.
Waterford’s Trash Bash will meet at the Library at 8am with snacks after at 10am. Bring your own bags and gloves. Norway’s will be coordinated by Western Foothills Land Trust and will have Trash Bashers pickup along Lake Pennesseewassee. Meet at the picnic area at 8am with bags and gloves. Oxford and Otisfield will be meeting at the Rec Center in Oxford at 8am. Paris, Hebron, Sumner, Buckfield and Hartford welcomes residents and businesses to coordinate their own pickups. Please let CEBE know how much you picked up and where at 739-2101.
The Earth Day Rally and Parade begins at 11am with speakers including Rev. Sarah Shepley, Jesse Wall and Rev. Don Mayberry in Longley Square on the corner of Deering and Main Street in Norway across form the Norway Opera House. Community Sing will lead the paraders down one side of Main Street on the sidewalk to the Rowe School and back up the other to the Advertiser Democrat and then up Whitman Street to the Alan Day Community Garden. Everyone, especially kids, are welcome to join in the parade. $200 worth of prizes will be given out to both adults and kids for creativity, resourcefulness, environmental message and originality. FMI contact CEBE at 739-2101.
At the Alan Day Community Garden you will be able to learn about renting Garden Plots for the coming season, the Youth Leadership program, and Community Supported Agriculture shares. Lunch will be served with soup for sale. Kids of all ages will have games and activities to take part in. Music will be by Oen Kennedy, the Gordon Family Band and Community Sing. And if the weather warms and dries out the earth they will have tours of the Garden.
The free Earth Day Community Concert will begin at 2pm until 5pm at Longley Square with live music from the Fedoras, The Youngerbloods, Navaeh Dance Circus and Singepole Mountain Band. A Film Fest at 5pm will follow at the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) at 447 Main Street with Earth Day movies such as The Story of Stuff, Billions in Change and Racing Extinction. Local popcorn will be provided by Fare Share Co-op.
On Sunday April 23rd there will be a Nature & Bird Walk from 9-11am at Ordway Grove for kids to adults with Oen Kennedy. Meet at CEBE at 447 Main Street to go and learn how to listen for, identify, whistle and sing with the birds.
From 11-12:30pm there will be a Community Sing. Everyone is welcome to come and learn simple songs that inspire and bring joy. All ages and all voices welcome. No experience necessary.
Interesting & Amazing Animals will be presented at CEBE from 12-1pm by Oen Kennedy who will explore our wild world of animals through images and song. This is a free event for kids and their parents and anyone else who wants to see what a pangolin is.
The Earth Day Concert with Heather Pierson & Friends will once again celebrate the earth at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Norway at 479 Main Street at 2pm on Sunday.
At 4pm on Sunday at CEBE there will be a short talk by John Waller from Resource for Nonviolence and Scott Vlaun from CEBE about sustainability and fossil fuel, followed by the film Power of Community. This is a free event.
For more information, please call CEBE at 739-2101 or contact anyone from the organizations and businesses listed above about their events.
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