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Earth Week Celebration

Community members are invited to events planned April 20-22 at the college and Beech Hill Farm
April 20, 2005 - Campus Wide

Earth Day has always held a special spot in the heart of College of the Atlantic. Most years, it has been the only holiday celebrated at the college, the only day in which classes were cancelled or moved. Last year, College of the Atlantic celebrated Earth Day by assigning all of its electricity use to renewable wind power. For Earth Day, 2005, the college has decided to spread its celebration between Wednesday, April 20 and Friday, April 22, with workshops on Wednesday and Friday, a filmmaker from China on Thursday and a jazz concert Friday.

Wednesday morning there are two opportunities to enjoy the outside and get your hands into the earth, both while learning about gardens. From 8 a.m. to noon in Turrets Garden, student Eamonn Hutton will be leading work crew in cleaning up the garden. At the college's Beech Hill Farm in Mt. Desert, volunteers are welcome to do clean-up work from 8 to 11:30 a.m. At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, visitors are invited back to the farm for tours of the farm and the woods by COA graduate Lara Judson and professor Davis Taylor.

Another chance of getting dirty on Wednesday is the roadside clean-up work from 10 a.m. to noon. Meanwhile, at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, there will be nature activities for individuals and families at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m., led by museum manager, Lynn Havsall. At noon, the greater community is invited to share in a potluck at the college, culminating at 1:45 p.m. with a tree planting Earth Day commemoration.

At 2 p.m., there will be skill-sharing workshops organized by students Myra Theriault and Sarah Bockian. These workshops include one on bike repair, another on composting and a third on recycling. These workshops will end in a softball game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday will culminate with a bonfire and open mike at Beech Hill Farm at 7 p.m.

To internationalize the spirit of Earth Week, on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m., the college is presenting Chinese novelist and filmmaker Guo Xiaolu, along with her movie, "The Concrete Revolution." This film, part objective documentary, part personal essay, charts the transformation of Beijing, exposing the social costs and the change in values brought about by the creation of a new China. A discussion will follow the presentation of her film.

On Earth Day itself, Friday, April 22, William Coperthwaite, author of "A Handmade Life, In search of simplicity," will offer a workshop on the handmade life from 1 to 4 p.m. In the evening, Lynn Havsall, manager of the Dorr Museum, will lead a group on an owl calling venture. Meet at the Whale Skull across from the museum at 6 p.m. That night, in Gates, the college hosts a jazz pianist Dan Tepfer with the Dan Tepfer Trio. The John Cooper Experience will be the opening act.

The public is welcome to all listed events. For additional information, please call the college.

Wednesday, April 20
8-11:30 a.m. Beech Hill Farm volunteer work with Lara Judson
8 a.m.-noon Turrets Garden volunteer activity with Eamonn Hutton
10 a.m.-noon Trash clean-up along Route 3 near COA with Gabe Finklestein and Christina Hinckley
10:30 a.m. Nature activities for individuals and families at the Dorr Museum with Lynn Havsall

noon-1:45 p.m. Community potluck organized by Suzanne Morse
1:45 p.m. Tree Planting and Earth Day Commemoration with Isabel Mancinelli and Gray Cox
2 p.m. Skill Sharing Workshops organized by Myra Theriault and Sarah Bockian:

Bike Repair with Gabe Finkelstein
Composting with Shawn Keeley
Recycling with Leah Erlbaum

2 p.m. Nature activities for individuals and families at the Dorr Museum with Lynn Havsall.
2:30 p.m. Woodland and farm tours at Beech Hill Farm with Lara Judson and Davis Taylor
3:30 p.m. Softball game at COA
7 p.m. Bonfire and Open Mike at Beech Hill Farm organized by Lara Judson and Ben Simkins

Thursday, April 21
8 p.m. Chinese Film, "The Concrete Revolution," with a discussion by the filmmaker, Guo Xiaolu. Gates.

Friday, April 22
1-4 p.m. workshops with yurt builder William Coperthwaite
6 p.m. Calling for Owls, meet Lynn Havsall at the Whale Skull
8 p.m. Concert with the Dan Trepfer Trio, with the John Cooper Experience opening

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