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2018 Schedule


DATE: April 18, 2016

RE: Earth Day Oxford Hills 2018, the week of April 22



NORWAY – Earth Day is coming on Sunday, April 22nd and will be celebrated with events and a parade in Norway. All are welcome to participate in the parade, and children and encouraged to dress up as their favorite animals. Community members have organized a week of events to bring people together in celebration. Earth Day began in 1970 in the United States and around the world in 1971.


There are Earth Day events going throughout the week. The Paris Public Library is hosting a “Selfie Scavenger Hunt,” Outside Edition. Participants must complete the selfie challenges, showing one of the library’s staff the photos they took, by 6 PM Friday, April 20. All ages are welcome to participate. Checklists of the required photos will be available at the library’s circulation desk, starting Monday, April 16. Each person who finishes receives a prize and will be entered into a drawing for one of the three grand prizes, a gift certificate to Tribune Books.


On Thursday the 19th at 10 AM the Paris Public Library’s weekly storytime will have an Earth Day theme. Children can listen to two stories related to Earth Day and do a fun craft to make binoculars out of recycled materials.


The annual Earth Day “Trash Bash” will begin on Saturday the 21st at 8 AM. At this event, volunteers will in Bolsters Mills, Buckfield, Harrison, Hebron, Norway, Otisfield, South Paris, Waterford and West Paris will gather with trash bags and pick up along towns roads or in places that are ecologically sensitive so that we can preserve our waterways. For details about each town listed, please contact CEBE at 739-2101 or visit


Also on Saturday the 21st, the Nevaeh Dance Studio will host an “Eco Kids” felt mask-making workshop where children can make masks for the Earth Day Parade on Sunday the 22nd. A suggested donation of $5–10 will help to cover the cost of materials for this event, but all are welcome to attend, regardless of ability to donate. From 12 PM–6 PM, a banner-making session and potluck will take place at CEBE in Norway. You’re invited to bring your creativity and a dish to pass, and help make giant banners for the parade on Sunday. At 6 PM, there will be a free showing of the film Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at CEBE. Popcorn and refreshments will be available.


On Sunday the 22nd, the day’s events kick off with a Bird Song Walk hosted by Oen Kennedy. Participants will meet at 8 AM at the Alan Day Community Garden, located at 26 Whitman St in Norway. Oen will help us tune into bird’s songs and learn how to identify, whistle and sing with the birds. The event is for children and adults and will conclude at 9:30 AM.


At 10 AM, Longley Square in Norway (on the corner of Deering and Main Street in Norway across from the Norway Opera House) will be warmed by a firepit and will feature music by The Fedoras and Oen Kennedy from Earthfunk. At noon a “Music & Movement” event featuring singing, dancing and guided standing yoga will be hosted by Kathryn Gardner and Marissa Caminiti.


The Earth Day Rally and Parade begins at Longley Square at 1 PM with speakers including Rev. Don Mayberry, Katey Branch, and Scott Vlaun. Paraders will march down one side of Main Street on the sidewalk to the Rowe School, where the Nevaeh Dance Studio will offer a performance on the front walkway of the school. Kids will have the opportunity to share what they love about Earth Day, nature, or the animals they are celebrating with their costumes. Following the brief performance, the dancers will lead the parade across the road and back down the other side of Main Street and up Whitman Street to the Alan Day Community Garden. Adults and kids are welcome to join in the parade.


The celebration continues from 2:30–4 PM at the Alan Day Community Garden where attendees can purchase a cup of warming soup for lunch. Community Garden leaders will be on hand to share information about renting garden plots for the coming season, the Youth Leadership Program, and Community Supported Agriculture shares. Kids of all ages will have games and activities to take part in. There will be music, games, a scavenger hunt and a photo booth too!


An “Amazing Animals 2” talk follows at CEBE from 4:30–5:30 PM with Oen Kennedy, a life-long naturalist and world traveler who has seen many amazing animals and animal occurrences. He will be sharing his love and enthusiasm for a group of unusual beings through images and songs. This talk will be both entertaining AND educational for all ages (especially kids)! Oen will be joined by musicians Rusty Wiltjer and Colin Tomkins.

The celebration will be capped off with an Earth Funk Dance Party at Norway Brewing Company, where attendees can kick up their feet, enjoy food, and cap off a day of celebrating the Earth from 5:30–8 PM.


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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