Earth Week events scheduled

It has been a busy week of earth-friendly events for Summerland residents with more to come during the weekend.

It has been a busy week of earth-friendly events for Summerland residents with more to come during the weekend.

Summerland’s six-day celebration represents one of Canada’s largest Earth Week celebrations.

On Friday evening, Centre Stage Theatre will be the place to take your family to enjoy two feature films.

Epic, a funny and exhilarating animated adventure the whole family will enjoy, is at 6 p.m.

This film will be followed at 8 p.m. by Revolution, a full length feature film inspiring people to change the world and save our planet.

Revolution has won awards at international film festivals and shows us that we can make a difference.

On Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, Grasslands Nursery will host a square foot gardening workshop.

Learn how to grow more food with less space, less water, less seed and less effort.

Registration is limited, so call the nursery to ensure space is available.

In the afternoon, Cameron Baughen of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will present the principles of composting at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

The day will finish with a hands top-dressing demonstration. Bring your gloves, rake and a bucket.

Saturday afternoon also provides continuing family fun.

Children will be delighted by the variety of events, including Imagination Station from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Summerland Art Gallery where kids of all ages can use recycled materials to make crafts.

From there, make your way over to the lower level of the Summerland Library where families can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Children can plant a square inch salad garden to take home.

The week will culminate with the eighth annual Earth Day Celebration on Sunday at Dale Meadows Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Native trees and shrubs will be planted and invasive species will be removed along the jogging path by Prairie Creek.

A display area will feature information on endangered wildlife and habitats, landscaping with native plants, bird boxes, invasive plants, wildlife trees and more.

Kids will be entertained with face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt.

“The challenges facing our society require action and participating in Earth Week is a positive step towards our commitment of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions in Summerland,” said Lisa Scott, one of the Earth Week event organizers.

For further information on Earth Week, visit the website at  summerlandearthweek.ca or Facebook page at facebook.com/SummerlandEarthweek2014.