Town to show some love for planet on 'Green Day'
Published 3:57 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2013
Earth Day officially is Monday, April 22.
But Westport will shower the planet with love on Sunday, April 28 -- declared Green Day.
Sponsored by Staples High School's Club Green, Green Day includes a full day of activities across town, ranging from a beach cleanup to gardening activities and nature programs, sustainable energy demonstrations and a pair of films.
Activities at four venues are free and open to the public. The only event for which admission will be charged is a fundraising, documentary film in the town hall auditorium, according to the Green Day website -- www.westportgreenday.com .
Club Green around this time in recent years has sponsored Ecofest at the Levitt Pavilion, a festival to promote sustainable living, according to the site.
But with the Levitt closed this year for major renovations, the students put together a series of Green Day events at five locations.
Activities are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with a community cleanup of the beach at Longshore Park.
Volunteers -- adults and kids -- are needed to pick up debris left by Hurricane Sandy last fall, organizers said. The effort is being coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Department, which urged volunteers to wear rubber or hiking boots and bring work gloves.
Wakeman Town Farm off Cross Highway has planned a family-friendly series of activities between 10 a.m. and noon, including hands-on planting, meeting farm animals, kids crafts' activities and gardening workshops for adults.
At Earthplace on Woodside Lane, highlights include guided nature walks, pond-science activities and displays about sustainable energy -- including a showcase of electric cars.
The Westport Library will put Ecology 101 in the hands of Dr. Seuss.
From 2 to 4 p.m., the library will have screenings of "The Lorax," the animated film based on the Seuss book about the pollution of a once-pristine valley. Related children's activities are planned.
The lone event requiring tickets is the Westport Cinema Initiative's screening of the documentary "A Place at the Table," which examines hunger in America.
The film is planned at 4 p.m. in the town hall auditorium.
Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Westport Cinema Initiative and Operation Hope, which sponsors a community kitchen and a food bank to serve the hungry.
Green Day schedule
8-10 a.m: Beach cleanup at Longshore Club Park, 260 South Compo Road. Adults and kids will clean up beach debris left by Hurricane Sandy. Hiking or rubber boots, gloves and water bottle recommended. Parking at Longshore Golf Course, first tee.
10 a.m.-noon: "Spring Fun at Wakeman Town Farm," 134 Cross Highway. Family events include kids crafts, helping to plant gardens, meeting farm animals and garden mini-workshops. Information on area farms and farmers' markets will be available. Park on Wakeman Drive adjacent to the farm.
Noon-2 p.m.: "Nature Walks, Pond Science, and Green Technology" at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. Guided nature walks and pond-science activities, building toy solar cars. Electric cars will be displayed by the Westport Electric Vehicle Club. Programs on town's sustainable-energy initiatives, including solar power. Parking on site.
2-4 p.m: Screenings of "The Lorax," an animated film based on the 1971 Dr. Seuss book, and related children's activities at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road. "The Lorax" is the tale of how a once-beautiful valley became polluted, with a ray of hope at the end. Parking on site.
4-6 p.m.: Screening of the documentary film "A Place at the Table" in the town hall auditorium, followed by a panel discussion on hunger in America. The film views what producers call a hunger "epidemic" through the eyes of three individuals. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Westport Cinema Initiative and Homes with Hope. Sponsors have urge attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Operation Hope's food bank.
Although not officially Green Day events, other Earth-friendly activities planned on Saturday, April 27, include:
Hazardous Materials Collection: Public Works Facility, 78 Old Hyde Road, Weston, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wastewater treatment plant tours: 4 Elaine Road, Westport. One-hour tours at 10 a.m. and noon. Staff on site to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Electric Vehicle Road Rally: Eastbound side of Saugatuck train station. 10 a.m. start, 1 p.m. finish. Electric cars on display 1 to 3 p.m., with free food and music.