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Earth Week 2014

Charlottesville Earth Week 2014 Events

 

Charlottesville Earth Week Poster Contest Awards
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Earth Week will hold an award ceremony to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Eco Fair Artwork Contest. Charlottesville City School students, grades K-12, were invited to submit artwork to be displayed during the Republic Services EcoFair on April 27 at the Main Street arena. More than 1,000 entries were received, and two winner per grade level will be announced, with a $50 first prize and a $20 second prize.

Main Street Arena on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall
A solar powered venue!

 

Bringing it Home (Film Screening)
Thursday, April 24 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us for a screening of an award winning documentary about a father’s search for the healthiest building materials, which leads him to the completion of the first hempcrete house in the US. Hemp mixed with lime is a non-toxic, mildew/fire/pest-resistant, energy efficient building material. The drawback – industrial hemp is currently illegal to farm in the US. Come be inspired and learn more about sustainability, healthy houses and a greener future for America. Learn more atwww.bringingithomemovie.com

Film followed by discussion
Free Parking, $5 at the door (proceeds go to Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition)
C’ville Cofee, 1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA

Contact Joni at 978-857-1508 or Jason at info@vahemp.org with questions
Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/58996047

 

Fire Your Dryer!
Friday, April 25, 5 – 7 PM, Downtown Mall Central Fountain

Transition Charlottesville is holding a Clothesline Party to launch their campaign to encourage more line drying. They’ll have BENT Improv, the Green Grannies, clothespin games for kids, a raffle to win an umbrella drying rack, and the chance to make your own laundry soap. Come by and discover how easy it is to harness free, renewable energy!

Get updates and more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/297727867051785/

 

 
Rivanna River Sojourn
Sat, April 26 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Annual Rivanna River Sojourn, a professionally guided paddle down the Rivanna River from Crofton to Palmyra. Hosted by the Rivanna Conservation Society and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Transportation, guides, safety measures, drinks and snacks will be provided.
$35 Adults – $25 Child (under 12)

Register and get more info:
www.rivannariver.org
434-97-RIVER
rcs@rivannariver.org

 

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Public Tours (Go X-Stream Makeover Event)
Sat, April 26 10:00 AM, Second Tour at 1:00 PM

Wonder where your wastewater goes? Come to one of 2 public tours of the Moores Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
695 Moores Creek Lane, Charlottesville (Woolen Mills area)

Register and get more info:
www.rivannariver.org
434-97-RIVER
rcs@rivannariver.org

Riparian Buffer Planting and Invasives Removal (Go X-Stream Makeover Event)
Sat, April 26 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join the Master Naturalists in removal of invasive plants and replacement with native species. 
Quarry Park – Off Monticello Ave (Rt. 20 South)
Turn right on Quarry Park Road at the southern edge of Charlottesville near the intersection with Rt. 64.

Register and get more info:
www.rivannariver.org
434-97-RIVER
rcs@rivannariver.org

 

River Cleanup (Go X-Stream Makeover Event)
Sat, April 26 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Help clean up the Rivanna River! This cleanup will take place at Quarry Park on Moores Creek in Belmont. Trash bags, gloves, water, snacks and some tools will be provided. We ask that you wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, closed toed shoes, and a hat.
Meet at the Rivanna Trails Foundation’s Shed.

Register and get more info:
www.rivannariver.org
434-97-RIVER
rcs@rivannariver.org

 

Fluvanna County Earth Day Event
April 26 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

An outdoor Earth Day Celebration at Pleasant Grove in Palmyra, organized by the Fluvanna Master Gardeners. 
Pleasant Grove Park, Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra, VA, 22963

More details and updates:
http://www.fluvannamg.org/events/earth-day-at-pleasant-grove-in-palmyra-save-the-date/

 

EcoFair – presented by Republic Services
Sunday, April 27th, from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville.

There will be music, workshops, kids activities, and delicious food! Every environmental non-profit and sustainable business in the area will be there, so its sure to be a great opportunity to learn about environmental topics and meet the people engaged in them. We are also showcasing several alternative fuel vehicles in our first ever “Green Auto” section!

This year, we are introducing “clusters” based on different environmental topics. Interested in Renewable Energy? We’ve got five companies (including our sponsor Sigora Solar) so you can get answers from people who work in the field. 

Prefer using Arts and Education to make change? We’ve got a poster contest (its the yellow wrapping around the right of the map), as well as a wonderful selection of organizations and businesses who are sure to be a treat for the eyes, mind and soul.

The Acoustic Music Lounge is also new, and features handmade patio furniture from Cloud Cabin Arts. It will be a laid back jam session with appearances by The Winterline, E. Malia and the Corn Buskers, Tyler Dick, and other special guests!

We’re also really excited to introduce “mini-workshops” throughout the day. Every workshop will be around 30 min long, and if you miss the first one don’t fret, the whole schedule is repeated later in the day.

Here is the workshop schedule:

11:00 & 2:00
Better World Betty
Becoming an Eco-Conscious Consumer
Homesteading Workshop Tent

11:30 & 2:30
Living Sky Foundation
Earth Allegiance Collaborative Art Project
Arts and Education Workshop Tent

12:00 & 3:00
Edgecomb’s Imported Auto
Car Maintenance for a Greener Treadprint
Edgecomb’s Tent, Transportation Cluster

12:30 & 3:30
C’ville FoodScapes
Edible Landscaping 101
Green Economy Workshop Tent

1:00 & 4:00
Charlottesville Earth Week
Storytime with Megan McDaniels
Kids Corner Tent

1:30 & 4:30
Appalachian Voices
How to Write Letters and Influence People
Nature Cluster Workshop Tent

A big thank you to our amazing and diverse list of sponsors, be sure to check them out:
Republic Services
Sigora Solar
EdgeCombs Imported Auto
Living Sky Foundation
Relay Foods
ReThreads
RideShare
Wimsaur Creations

Student Art Contest

Second Annual Earth Week Art Poster Contest!

 We are pleased to announce that we are working with Charlottesville City Schools to put on the 2014 Earth Week Art Poster Contest for students in grades K-12. A cash prize will be awarded for a winner from each grade level, and all of the posters will be on display at the Main Street Arena during the 2014 Eco Fair! 

We will announce more information when it becomes available, but for now, please see the link below for information about last year’s contest: 

http://www.earthweek.org/blog/2013-poster-contest/

 

 One of the winning pieces from the 2013 contest.

One of the winning pieces from the 2013 contest, by Rachel Jones – Charlottesville High School, Grade 9.

 

 

 A wall covered in beautiful student art from the 2013 art contest.

 A wall covered in beautiful student art from the 2013 art contest.

 

 

 The winners from last year's poster contest!

 The winners from last year’s poster contest!

Eco Fair Kids Corner

Eco Fair Kids Corner

Children of all ages can join the fun at Main St. Arena at this year’s Kids Corner at the Earth Week Eco Fair!

The Rivanna Master Naturalists are going in circles this year. Follow the water cycle in an “Incredible Journey” which ends with a beaded bracelet. Or explore the rock cycle to see how mountains, soil, and rocks are all connected–and how one turns into another. 

Ever want to feel a fox or a fowl? Ivy Creek Foundation is bringing its hands-on displays featuring fur, feather, and fang. To reinforce your fondness for fauna, we’ll be offering two creative classes during the afternoon.

At 2:00 pm, we’ll learn more about animal skulls and then practice making skulls out of clay that you can take home. 
At 4:00 pm, we’ll learn about butterfly anatomy and make our own butterflies from feathers and pipe cleaners.



Parents are invited to play with us too!

To learn more about the Kids Corner sponsoring non-profits, check out their websites:

Ivy Creek Foundation

Rivanna Master Naturalists

 

Annual Children’s Bike Rodeo

This year’s Bike Rodeo is also taking place on Sunday April 21st, from 1-3 p.m. Bring your kids and their bikes for free, hands-on bike riding activities to teach and promote bike safety.  A fun event for folks 6-12 years of age. Free bike helmets, t-shirts, raffle and bike powered blended smoothies for participants.  

Location: Frank Ix Building, (Entry from east side near Blue Wheel Bicycles) 941 2nd Street, SE

For more information: www.cvillecommunitybikes.org 

 

Bike Rodeo 

Events

Community Bikes

Wed, April 16 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Community Bikes will help you tune up your bike or get you on a recycled bike. Costs are very affordable. We charge $5/hr to help you work on your bikes with our tools.
405, Avon St, Charlottesville

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth (Film Screening)

Wed, April 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This award-winning film challenges our culture’s beliefs about endless economic growth and suggests that unrestrained growth is undermining prosperity, human fulfilment, and the environment. A part of the film focuses on our own Charlottesville/Albemarle community. Sponsored by Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP), the 54 minute film will be followed by questions & comments from the audience with Jack Marshall as moderator.
McIntire Room, Central Library (JMRL), 201 E. Market St., Charlottesville
Library offers 2 Hours Free Parking Validation at Market St Parking Garage
FREE EVENT 

Contact Elizabeth at 434-529-8229 with any questions.
Film Trailer at:  vimeo.com/30647439

 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

Wild and Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films that tell a story about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love and defend them. There will be 17 different short films, with entirely different films at each venue.

Wed, April 16 at the Dickinson Theater (PVCC) in Charlottesville 7:30 PM
Films include Ryan’s Stories, Right Now: Living with Mountain Lions, and Sacred Headwaters.

Thurs, April 17 at the Visulite Cinema in Staunton 7:00 PM
Films include Reynaldo, A Brief History of the 5cent Bag Tax, and Backyard.

$10.00 each night.
Content appropriate for everyone
A full list, links to all films and tickets can be found here: http://www.wildvirginia.org/?page_id=1487

 

 

 

Rivanna Conservation Society Brown Bag Lunch (Go X-Stream Makeover Event)

Thurs, April 17 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Come have lunch with Nick DiPasquale, Director of the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program
Topic: The environmental status of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville

Register and get more info:
www.rivannariver.org
434-97-RIVER
rcs@rivannariver.org

 

 

 

Outdoor Adventure Day

Sat, April 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The Green Adventure Project is organizing a day of outdoor family fun, including a scavenger hunt, lawn games, orienteering, recycled boat races, a family nature hike, fishing lessons, crafts, food vendors, and more!
Darden Towe Park, 1445 Darden Towe Park Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911

More info:
www.greenadventureproject.org
www.facebook.com/greenadventureproject

The Economics of Happiness (Film Screening)

Mon, April 14 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Would you like more free time, less stress, a more fulfilling, secure job, to see family and friends more? Come see The Economics of Happiness at the Tea Bazaar. This inspiring movie touches on the challenges that we face, and then tells about the beautiful traditional culture in Ladakh, and shows current initiatives around the world where towns are localizing jobs, growing food and creating happier communities. Sponsored by Transition Charlottesville-Albemarle and Cville TimeBank.
Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 414 E. Main Street, Charlottesville

Questions?
Contact Sally Bastian
295-2612

 
Sustainapita

350.org Central Virginia Potluck

Tue, April 15 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Join 350.org Central Virginia for a family style meeting. There will be children activities for all ages so bring the kids and a potluck item. We will work advancing our petition to Albemarle School Board encouraging them to put solar panels on our schools.
Quaker Meeting Hall, 1104 Forest St, Charlottesville

Featured Events at the University of Virginia

UVA Bike the Lawn

Monday, April 22 * 3:30 – 5:30 pm

UVA’s Triathlon Team will host a trainer ride session on the Upper Lawn, along with Blue Ridge Cyclery and other community biking groups.

UVA Renewable Energy Dialogue
 
Thursday, April 25 * 6:30 – 7:30 pm
 
Join this dialogue between speakers, students, and community-members on renewable energy and Charlottesville’s energy future, held in Clark 108.
 
UVA People eARTh 
 
Friday, April 26 * 2:00 – 5:00 pm
 
This will be the last event of U.Va. Earth Week put on by U.Va. Sustainability and it will feature volunteers coming together to form a giant Earth for an aerial art piece.
 
This event will take place on Lower Nameless Field (map) on Friday, April 26th at 2 pm.  If you would like to take part in creating this aerial Earth art please sign up on this Google form.  At least 200 volunteers are needed, so please help spread the word. We will be giving out free blue ponchos for everyone to wear in order to create the oceans of the Earth.  An aerial photo will be taken at the event and it will be emailed out to all participants. Please contact dcm3ez@virginia.edu if you have any questions.

All UVA events listed here are free and open to the public. Click here for a full listing of events in and around the UVA campus. 

 

Virginia Festival of the Book – Locavore: Hunting & Eating Locally, JMRL Central

Thursday, March 21 * 6:00 pm

http://www.vabook.org/site13/program/details.php?eventID=50

Sponsored by Earth Week

Featuring Pam Dawling (Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres) and Jackson Landers (Eating Aliens).

Sierra Club – Spring Wildflower Hike

Sunday, April 7 * 2:30 – 5:00 pm

See the spring ephemeral wildflowers along the Rivanna River at Key West. Virginia Bluebells and Trout Lily are a few of the wildflowers we might see. We will meet at 2:30 PM. This hike is a short distance – we will spend time viewing the wild flowers. Contact Dave Redding at hfcusa.org@gmail.com or 434 826-9505 by April 5 to reserve your space and get meeting location.  In case of inclement weather, call for an update.

TomTom Festival – Tom Yum

Saturday, April 13 * 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

http://www.tomtomfest.com/2013/evententry/tom-yum-field-to-fork-expo

Tom Yum is a community food festival based in Downtown Charlottesville and celebrating local food innovators. On Saturday, April 13th, farmers, chefs, artisans, and pioneers in sustainable food are coming together to build connections and share skills in their community. In 2011, Forbes named Charlottesville the “locavore capital of the world.” With a rich food culture and tradition of innovation, Charlottesville is setting a global example for the future of sustainable food.

Spring Garden Expo – Fifth Season Gardening Company

Saturday, April 13 * 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Demonstrations on mushrooms, fermented foods, goats & goat cheese, home brewing, kombucha, raised garden beds… not to mention pizza from Mona Lisa Pasta and a 10% discount on everything in the store.

For more information, visit the 5th Season website!

Tom Talks 1 – Entrepreneurship

Saturday, April 13 * 6:00 pm

http://www.tomtomfest.com/2013/evententry/tom-talks-i-education-technology-entrepreneurship-leadership

E-commerce and local food; how local food is Changing and why Charlottesville is at the heart of it. Caesar Layton was the President of Arganica when it merged with Relay foods, becoming one of the more exciting start-ups to expand in Charlottesville. Caesar is interested in alternative methods for expanding the local food movement through CSAs and the return of the farmers market. 

Tom Talks 2 – Social Capitalism

Sunday, April 14 * 4:00 pm

http://www.tomtomfest.com/2013/evententry/tom-talks-ii

You Decide: Consumer choice and the rapid growth of clean energy. Sandy Reisky is the founder and CEO of Apex Wind Energy. Since entering the renewable sector in 2000, his companies have developed over $1 billion of wind and solar energy facilities now operating around the country. He is interested in the role of technology and consumer choice in driving change in energy markets.

Sierra Club – The End of Suburbia

Monday, April 15 * 6:30 pm

McIntire Room of the Main Library on Market St. in Charlottesville.  

This documentary describes how urban sprawl and America’s dependence on the automobile has changed our society and is contributing to climate change.  Free and open to the public.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18

Tuesday showing: PVCC Dickinson Fine & Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville, 7:30 pm

Thursday showing: Visulite Cinema, Staunton, 7:00 pm 

Presented by Wild Virginia, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings together a selection of award winning films that tell a story about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love and defend them. The festival is a call to action. The stories give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festival’s, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Tickets are $10 per person.

For more information, go to: http://www.wildvirginia.org/?page_id=338. 

Newsplex Healthy Living Expo

Saturday, April 20 * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

http://www.newsplex.com/expo/misc/193297591.html

Want to learn how to live a healthier life?  Come to the Charlottesville Newsplex Healthy Living Expo on Saturday April 20th from 10am to 2pm at the Main Street Arena.  Sample nutritious foods, get valuable healthy tips, and discover fun exercises.

Ivy Creek Native Plant Walk – Early Flowers

Saturday, April 20 * 2:00 pm

Join Tana Herndon to see the wildflowers and native plants of mid-Spring at Ivy Creek.  Free.  All ages welcome, co-sponsored by the Virginia Native Plant Society.  Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.

National Park Week

Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 28

The National Park Service is proud to once again join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage. You can plan your visit by what you want to do, or where you want to go … or you can browse our event calendar and check out the special programs offered that week. Also, from Monday through Friday, April 22 to 26, every national park will have free admission!

For more information, go to: http://www.nps.gov/npweek/  

Historic Garden Week

Saturday, April 20 – Saturday, April 27 

Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

For more information, go to: http://www.vagardenweek.org/index.cfm 

Ivy Creek Barn History Day

Saturday, April 20 * 2:00 pm
 
Ivy Creek’s barn, reconstructed and reopened in 2012, was the showpiece of the River View Farm when the natural area was owned by the Carr-Greer family.  Barn History Day includes displays donated to explain both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area.  Open every Saturday from April through November.

Ragged Mountain Trails Work Day

Monday, April 22 * 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
It’s time to rebuild the trails at Ragged Mountain! Meet at Ivy Creek Parking Lot at 8:30am for car pooling to Ragged Mountain. We will be working on new trail construction for needed relocations. Will return to Ivy Creek Parking Lot at 12 Noon.  You should bring water, work gloves, and snack if desired. Be sure to wear Closed Toe Shoes–they are required! Please RSVP to ivycreek.director @ gmail.com and put “RMNA Work Day” in the subject header.

Earth Day Picnic for the Planet

Monday, April 22

Charlottesville Picnic Planner Needed! The Charlottesville Office of The Nature Conservancy is looking for a volunteer to help plan a picnic on Monday, April 22. We are hoping to have a larger event (25-50 people) and capitalize on some unique opportunities. For example, perhaps we could have some local chefs cook local food for the group or have local bands playing or other conservation related activities. If you are interested in planning and organizing a picnic at this scale please call Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).

UVA Food Collaborative GMO Discussion

Tuesday, April 23 * 6:00 pm
 
The UVa Food Collaborative and Environmental Sciences Department will be hosting a GMO panel discussion on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 pm in Nau 101. The event will feature several speakers, including Manuel Lerdau, Professor of Environmental Sciences and of Biology, Michael Rodemeyer, Executive Director of the Policy Internship Program, Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives with Consumers Union, NY, and Eric Hallerman, Head of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Department at Virginia Tech.

Admission is free and Whole Foods will be providing some refreshments.

Charlottesville Green Drinks

Wednesday, April 24 * 6:00 pm
 
 
There will be a BONUS Green Drinks this month, in honor of Earth Week! Champion Brewing is hosting this extra session. Stop by and say hi!

Chestnut Orchard Weeding (Fortune’s Cove Preserve)

Friday, April 26 * 12:00 – 2:00 pm 
 
The Nature Conservancy is looking for 5-7 volunteers to help with chestnut orchard maintenance and weeding. The Conservancy will provide tools as we weed the chestnut orchard of tall grasses and vegetation that will outcompete the saplings for resources. If you can help call Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at 540-335-1302 (c) or 434-951-0572 (w). Carpooling is available from Charlottesville.

Ivy Creek Trails Work Day

Saturday, April 27 * 9:00 am
 
Join Ivy Creek’s volunteers working on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing and meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot on Earlysville Road.

Ivy Creek Barn History Day

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm
 
Ivy Creek’s barn, reconstructed and reopened in 2012, was the showpiece of the River View Farm when the natural area was owned by the Carr-Greer family.  Barn History Day includes displays donated to explain both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area.  Open every Saturday from April through November.

6th Annual Rivanna River Sojourn

Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 
 
For details and registration, see http://rivannariver.org/calendar.html 
 
RCS Rivanna River Sojourn, jointly hosted by RCS and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, is a 2-day water-trail down the Rivanna River.  Day 1, 8:30 am, paddle from Milton to Palmyra.  Day 2, 8:30 am, paddle from Palmyra to Columbia.

Annual Plant Sale, Virginia Native Plant Society 

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 pm
 
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase garden grown native wildflowers, trees, and ferns from the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.  Held outside at Ivy Creek’s Barn and Education Buildings.  No Rain Date:  Rain moves us inside both buildings.