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Earth Week celebration

PLATTSBURGH - Last week, the 'burgh featured information about an Earth Day celebration happening at the Farmers and Crafters Market Pavilion, this Saturday, April 17, organized by the Every Day Earth Day Committee.

The day's events kick-off with a People Powered Pickup, with the community encouraged to walk or bike toward the pavilion, collecting trash, beginning at 11 a.m.

The actual celebration will be held from 12-4 p.m. and include kid-friendly activities, music by the Natalie Ward Band and Pat Ostrander, as well informational booths by other Earth-oriented groups.

The celebration will continue at the North Country Food Co-op at 4 p.m. for a Dinner and Dance, hosted by Colleges for Change (For more information about this event, see page 13). During the rest of the week, the committee has planned a Wake Up Film Festival, with the hopes of bringing awareness to the community about issues affecting the Earth.

The film festival will be held April 20-23, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, 4 Palmer St. with the following tentative schedule.

Tuesday, April 20 - No Impact Man: A documentary which follows the Manhattan-based Beavan family who abandon their high-consumption lifestyle to live a year without making any impact on the environment.

Wednesday, April 21 - Food Inc.: Follows the production of food and how it is primarily controlled by a handful of multinational corporations.

Thursday, April 22 - The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water: Two on-line based short films that show the real cost of our consumer-driven culture.

Friday, April 23 - End of Suburbia: Documents how the planet cannot sustain the suburban way of life and how the demand for fossil fuels outweighs the supply.

Following each film, time will be set aside for thoughtful group discussion.

Children are also encouraged to attend the film festival, as there will be educators on-hand to provide educational activities, for children age 4 and older.

The last event of the week, which is be organized by the League of Women Voters and Learn & Serve America, is the Environmental/Global Youth Awareness Fair, Sunday, April 25, at Champlain Centre Mall. From 12-2 p.m. people can visit various tables throughout the mall being run by government officials and community partners, speaking about environmental and global issues.

For more information about the events hosted by the EDED committee, contact Sarah Cronk at 593-3334 or visit www.localsustainability.com. For more information about the youth awareness fair, call Karen McCarthy at 562-9009.

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