Have no fear, winter weary neighbors, Earth Day is here. It’s time to grab your green gear and celebrate the planet. Here is a guide to a number of fun, educational, earth-wise events in the upcoming weeks, including lectures, films, clean ups and flea markets.
Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance Fundraiser
The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Avenue
Thursday, April 17, doors open at 7p, show starts at 8p
Help save the creek and protect the Piermont Marsh by attending a benefit for the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance. BILLYPALOOZA features Doc Lane & Loose Change, Billy Procida & Drew Ciganek, w/Adam Burke & Harriet Dunkerly. Limited Seating. 100% of ticket proceeds go to Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance. $25 at the Door. To purchase tickets visit www.turningpointcafe.com. Piermont Straus Foundation is serving as the fiscal sponsor of this event. Tax Deductible Donations made out to Piermont Straus Foundation, 479 Piermont Ave., Piermont, NY 10968
Green Screen Film Series
Nyack Library Community Room, , 59 South Broadway
Tuesday, April 22, 4p
The Rockland Youth Environmental Society invites you to screen ‘Tapped,” a documentary which examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. There will be a discussion following the film. This event is free and sponsored by the Nyack Library Teen Room.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Lafayette Theater, 97 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern
Tuesday, April 22, 7p
ROSA (Ramapo Organized for Sustainability and a Safe Aquifer) and the Rockland Water Coalition present a program of story telling. In addition to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the evening includes the Spring into Rockland silent action that will continue online at the Rockland Water Coalition through May 6.
Auction items include:
- an airplane ride over Rockland
- an outing on the Hudson River in the Riverkeeper boat
- kayaking on a Rockland waterway
- a two-hour nature/art workshop for up to six people at Strawtown Studio on historic South Mountain Road
- a rare 45-rpm recording by Dave Van Ronk, whose memoir sparked the movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”
- a Longaberger picnic basket
- consultation on building a tree house
- a massage
- private meditation lessons
The program includes 12 short films making it acceptable to come late or leave early if necessary, but you will want to try to come for the entire showing. The showing benefits local community environmental charitable and activist organizations.
Year Round Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, April 23, 7p
Learn how to maximize the space you have and organically grow vegetables and fruits all year long in a workshop presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension
All About Fracking
Thursday, April 24, 7p
A program about fracking and its impact versus wind, water, and sunlight: clean renewable energy co-sponsored by the Sierra Club of Rockland County.
Please register by calling 845-358-3370.
Pascack Community Center, 87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet
Saturday, April 26, 9a-1p
Learn to make your home eco-efficient while saving money presents an expo with information on affordable energy, saving and water, conservation actions, and practices for inside and outside your home. Learn to make your home eco-efficient while saving money presents an expo with information on affordable energy, saving and water, conservation actions, and practices for inside and outside your home.
Topics to be covered include:
Home energy assessments
Energy efficient heating and cooling systems
Water saving devices and techniques
Rain barrels, rain gardens, xeriscaping, mulching, and composting
Rain barrels ($75) and composting bins ($55) will be available for sale.
For more information please call: 845-639-2056
Keep Rockland Beautiful
Nyack Community Cleanup
April 26 9a-noon/Rain-date: April 27 9a-noon
Help remove tons of litter from village streets, parks and waterways as part of the “Great American Cleanup Campaign.” Volunteers will meet up at the Nyack Center (corner of Broadway and Depew) before 9a, to pick up supplies, enjoy refreshments and exchange ideas with neighbors before heading out to chosen sites from 9am-11am. Find KiRBy, the Cleanup Gnome (He’ll be hiding in littered sites), and win a prize. Students earn community service credits for every hour they roll up their sleeves. Afterwards, tools will be returned to Nyack’s Memorial Park for village Earth Day festivities, noon to 5pm. Share cleanup stories and achievements and then join in the fun: live music, craft projects, educational exhibits and games. Info: 845.708.9164.
Nyack Earth Day
Saturday, April 26, 12-5p
Nyack’s Earth Day Committee will sponsor live music, a clothing swap, environmental demonstrations, arts, crafts, food and fun—all to save the earth and to raise funds for the Nyack Skate Park. This year will feature craft projects, local artisans, live music, educational exhibits, trade tables, giveaways and food vendors. Admission to the event is free. Nyack’s Earth Day Committee will sponsor live music, a clothing swap, environmental demonstrations, arts, crafts, food and fun—all to save the earth and to raise funds for the Nyack Skate Park. This year will feature craft projects, local artisans, live music, educational exhibits, trade tables, giveaways and food vendors. Admission to the event is free.
Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?
Sunday, April 27, 7p
Join “Butterfly Lady” Maraleen Manos-Jones for this illustrated journey with Monarch butterflies.
Please register by calling 845-358-3370.
Tree drawing by Bill Batson