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Westport's GreenDay celebrates the good Earth -- and how to save it

Published 8:40 am, Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • An up-close look at the globe's melting glaciers is offered in "Chasing Ice," an award-winning documentary film to be screened Sunday afternoon, May 4,  in the town hall auditorium. The screening is the last of five "GreenDay" events planned over two days to put a focus on the environment. Photo: Jeff Orlowski, Contributed Photo / Westport News
    An up-close look at the globe's melting glaciers is offered in "Chasing Ice," an award-winning documentary film to be screened Sunday afternoon, May 4, in the town hall auditorium. The screening is the last of five "GreenDay" events planned over two days to put a focus on the environment. Photo: Jeff Orlowski, Contributed Photo

 

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GREENDAY EVENTS
• Saturday
Brook cleanup: From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will clean up Dead Man's Brook. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave. Organizers suggest participants wear hiking or rubber boots and bring gloves and a container of drinking water.
Sewage plant tour: Tours of the town's water-pollution-control plant, 4 Elaine Road, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The process and technology of treating waste water will be explained.
Animals and nature: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, will offer animal demonstrations at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Guided nature walks and pond-science discussions will be offered 10:30 a.m. and noon.
Town farm activities: Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, will offer gardening and animal demonstrations, information about community supported agriculture and children's activities from 1 to 4 p.m.
• Sunday
Documentary film: "Chasing Ice," the award-winning 2012 doumentary about the melting of the world's glacier will be screened in the Town Hall auditorium. A discussion of climate change will follow. Tickets are $10, available at the door or online at www.westportcinema.org. Proceeds benefit the Westport Cinema Initiative.
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The environment will be the focus of two days of activities in Westport this weekend -- commencing with a brook cleanup and culminating with the screening of a documentary film about the globe's melting glaciers.

In all, five events are planned as part of GreenDay, an annual environmental-awareness program organized by Staples High School's Club Green.

Among them are gardening and animal demonstrations at Wakeman Town Farm, nature walks and wildlife programs at Earthplace, a tour of the town's waste-water treatment plant, and a volunteer cleanup of Dead Man's Brook off Imperial Avenue.

The weekend's grand finale will be the screening of the award-winning film "Chasing Ice," in which time-lapse photography to documents that glaciers around the world are melting.

The screening will be Sunday at 4 p.m. in the town hall auditorium.

The show is sponsored by the nonprofit Westport Cinema Initiative, and a discussion on climate change will follow, the group said. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the cinema initiative, which is raising money to build a multi-screen movie house off Main Street.

National Geographic photographer James Balog had been skeptical about climate change, so he and his team crisscrossed the arctic placing time-release cameras to photograph glaciers over time.

The resulting time-lapse video compressed years into seconds and shows mountains of ice melting and disappearing, the cinema initiative said.

Parts of the 75-minute film were shot in Alaska and Montana, and in Iceland, Greenland, France, Italy and Denmark.

Released in December 2012, "Chasing Ice" was judged best documentary at the Berkshire, Big Sky and Crested Butte film festivals and won audience awards and more than a dozen film festivals, according to the film's website.

On Saturday, Wakeman Town Farm is offering three hours of activities between 1 and 4 p.m.

The farm and education center will offer tours of its gardens and livestock areas, a hands-on demonstration of square-foot gardening and a homesteading workshop.

Also planned are sheep-shearing and wool-spinning demonstrations, plus a traditional May pole dance and a drum circle for children, according to a release from the farm.

The farm also will dedicate a new greenhouse and formally thank the Westport Woman's Club for its support of the farm.

Wakeman Town Farm is at 134 Cross Highway.