Earth Day to be celebrated with movies, panels, tree giveaways

hduncan@macon.comApril 20, 2013 

Middle Georgia is celebrating Earth Day with an array of events varying from tree giveaways to academic panels to movies and workouts.

Monday features a Go Green Fitness event at the Spring Street entrance to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. Various fitness trainers will offer mini-workouts in styles from military to yoga and walking. The Medical Center of Central Georgia will offer body mass index checks. Several bikes will be given away. Arrive by 5:30 p.m. to register and warm-up for the 6 p.m. event.

Two movies are part of the week’s lineup: On Tuesday, the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Forsyth Road will show the movie “Big Miracle” at 6 p.m. On Wednesday at Coleman Hill, “March of the Penguins” will be shown from 7-9 p.m., with live music before the movie.

On Wednesday, a Community Earth Day will be held at Mulberry Street Park in partnership with the Mulberry Market from 4 to 6 p.m. Besides the locally grown and made foods for sale at the market, there will be live music, a pet adoption area, a tree giveaway, information tables and other giveaways.

Also next week, Georgia College and State University will host the 2013 Water, Energy and Transportation Symposium in Milledgeville and Macon.

The conference, which runs from Monday to Wednesday, features panels in Milledgeville with topics such as “Sustainability and Survival the Role of Water” (featuring, among others, Tony Rojas, executive director of the Macon Water Authority). An invitation-only event in Macon on Wednesday features a panel discussion of green energy and technology.

For more information about the conference, visit www.gcsu.edu/shadesofgreen. To register, email doreensams@gmail.com.

Bibb County public schools also have scheduled several Earth Day events. Here are some of them:

• Rice Elementary School will kick off a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, National Volunteer Week and Every Child Healthy Week with a community garden dedication and groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday. A luncheon will follow. Students will nurture the garden and harvest items to sell at the Jessie Rice Farmers Market. Proceeds will go back to the school to help other student businesses. Rice Elementary is located at 3750 Jessie Rice St.

• The Springdale Elementary School Seekers Club will have an outdoor ceremony Monday at 12:20 p.m. Students have decorated paper bags with poems and pictures commemorating the importance of protecting the planet by recycling, reusing and repurposing. They used the bags as collection points for pencil shavings, which will be used as mulch for the school’s flower beds. Monday’s event will open with reflections from the students followed by the spreading of the shavings. Springdale is located at 4965 Northside Drive.

• At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Alexander II Magnet School is partnering with Kohl’s and the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission for a tree planting ceremony at the College Street school. Guests will join second-grade students in planting two sycamore trees on the school grounds. Second-graders have spent the school year learning about the seasonal changes of trees and their life cycle. During the celebration, city forester Randall Hunt will speak to students about the importance of planting trees.

On Saturday, the city of Macon is holding an “adopt a tree” event in Tattnall Square Park from 11 a.m. to noon.

The same day, High Falls State Park in Jackson is seeking volunteers to help plant hundreds of trees the National Wildlife Federation donated to the park. Some seedling trees will also be given to volunteers. Visitors are encouraged to bring work gloves, shovels, trowels, or post hole diggers. No parking fee for volunteers. To learn more and RSVP, call (478)923-3053.

To contact writer S. Heather Duncan, call 744-4225.

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