Earth Week Calls for Healthy Communities, Healthy Planet

Monadnock Earth Festival 2012 - Earth DayAntioch University New England (AUNE) celebrates Earth Week April 15-21, capped by the Monadnock Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, at the Keene Recreational Center.

The theme of this year’s Earth Week is Healthy Communities, Healthy Planet. It will be filled with family-friendly events and activities, including service projects, in the spirit of working toward a healthy community and healthy planet.

All events are free and open to the public. Here’s what’s going on:

Ongoing events
Read-n-Walk. Self-guided Story Trails in Ashuelot and Robin Hood Parks will be available through May.

Sunday, April 15
Bird Watching Walk with Will Broussard
Will Broussard of Antioch University New England will stroll through Ashuelot Park, a premiere birding location. Meet at 8 a.m. for a walk that will take a couple of hours. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Monday, April 16
Container Gardening Workshop
Hosted by AUNE’s Sustainability and Social Justice Committee, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at AUNE, 40 Avon Street. Contact Rachel Brett at rbrett@antioch.edu

Tapped: Viewing and Discussion
Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, 7-9 p.m.
After the documentary Tapped, there will be a short discussion.

Tuesday, April 17
Earth-friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library, 10 a.m. (ages 2 ½ -3 ½) and 1:30 p.m. (ages 3-5)

Blood Drive, Best Western Plus Sovereign Hotel , 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Help save a life by donating blood. Call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, April 18
Day of Caring
AUNE students, as members of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity, will match volunteers to community service projects from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer with local organizations and projects like community gardening, American Red Cross, and the Keene Senior Center. For more info or to sign up, contact serd.ane@antioch.edu. You can also just show up at AUNE.

Earth Friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library 10 a.m. (Ages 3-5)

Thursday, April 19
Day of Caring
Volunteer with local organizations and projects like community gardening, American Red Cross, and the Keene Senior Center. Contact serd.ane@antioch.edu. You can also just show up.

Earth Friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library 10am (ages 1½ -3)

Friday, April 20
Earth Friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library 10 a.m. (ages 1½ -3) and 11a.m. (ages 1½ -3)

Saturday, April 21
Monadnock Earth Festival, Keene Recreation Center. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshops and seminars on Persian dance, story-telling and the Billion Acts of Green Pledge kiosk. Learn about protecting forests from invasive pests, and the art of communicating nature. Keene Mayor Kendall Lane will present Keene’s Green Business Award at 2 p.m.

The many eco-friendly businesses located in the Monadnock region will be available for you to meet. Refreshments are for sale all day at the Snack Shack by several fund-raising organizations, including AUNE’s Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, and the Student Alliance. Or pedal your way to a delicious smoothie at the bicycle blender.

These activities will be taking place at other locations on April 21:

Walk with Tom Wessels
AUNE forest ecologist Tom Wessels leads a guided tour of Pisgah State Park’s old-growth forest. Meet at the Horseshoe Trail Head at 9 a.m. Hike to North Round Pond and back, about two hours round trip.

Earth Friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library 10 a.m. (all ages)

Conant Public Library, Winchester, New Hampshire
Earth Day festival activities for children: Reading Circle, Recycle Relay, and Decorate A Tree. Call 603-239-4331 for more details.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) Bike Maintenance Clinic
EMS hosts a bike maintenance clinic on basic repair and maintenance and network with other riders. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the AUNE campus.

E-cycling
Diversified Computers hosts an E-cycling event, collecting unwanted computer and related equipment for proper recycling, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in front of their store at 255 West Street. Find more information.

Toadstool Bookstore Reading Circle
An enchanting Earth- Day related story time. 11 a.m. to noon. Colony Mill Marketplace, West Street, Keene.

Find more information about the Monadnock Earth Festival here, or contact Lisa Yeaw at lyeaw@antioch.edu. For more information about volunteering in service projects and events, please contact Rachel Brett at rbrett@antioch.edu.