Celebrate Earth Day with us at the Brower Center, 4/18/15

20150406earthdayOn Saturday, April 18th, from 12-6 PM, a big, new Earth Day event is taking place at the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley, 2150 Allston Way, between Shattuck and Oxford. The event includes community learning opportunities, family art activities, hands-on workshops, films, live music, and more. The Ecology Center is thrilled to be part of this new event. It’s going to be just a few blocks from our Saturday Farmers’ Market, so come pick up the best produce around and then come join the many activities at the Brower Center! The full schedule of events is available here.

Here’s details on what we’re offering for the event, focused on reuse, repair, and resistance to protect and honor our connection to our planet. Come take part!

    Ecology Center Info Table
    12pm – 6pm

    Garden Tool Repair Clinic with the Berkeley Tool Lending Library
    1pm – 3pm
    Could your garden tools use some TLC this spring? Bring your shears, loppers, clippers, rakes, shovels, hoes, planes, and chisels to the event, sharpening and tightening of tools will be demonstrated.

    Making Seed Tapes for Easy Planting
    1pm – 3pm
    Using strips of newspaper, plant starch paste, and seeds, we will make strips with seeds spaced for easy planting and growing. Seeds that do well using this method include: cherry tomato, carrots, squash/pumpkin/zukes, chard, onions. Bring your own, or some seeds will be provided from BASIL, our seed library.

    Crafts from Paper Discards
    2pm – 4pm
    Make decorative and practical envelopes out of old calendar pages and other colorful paper. Great for enclosing Earth Day cards!

    Recycled Textile Crafts
    2pm – 4pm
    Using felted wool scraps, we will sew simple Coffee Sleeve Cosies to help keep your hands cool and your hot beverage hot!

    Film Screening and Discussion: “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Gwich’in Women Speak”
    4:15 – 5pm – Goldman Theater
    Join us for a short film about indigenous women in Alaska fighting oil and gas development on their sacred lands. Director Miho Aida will follow screening with an interactive discussion, and action steps audience members can take.

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