Events planned for Earth Day Week

Events for children and adults are scheduled to mark Earth Day Week later this month.

The activities, organized by the Community Cultural Development Committee in cooperation with various community organizations, will be held April 14 to 20.

They include a street festival, a trade show, park enhancement and more.

Barbara Thorburn of the committee said the cooperation between various organizations is impressive.

“This is the most exciting thing to happen to Summerland in terms of cooperation,” she said. “We feel this is going to be the biggest and the best Earth Day Week in the Okanagan by far.”

On Thursday, April 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Dr. Andre Piver will speak at the Philosophers’ Cafe at the Summerland Art Gallery from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Piver will speak on the Transition Town Movement, an initiative to support local agriculture and local industry to reduce dependence on oil.

On Friday, April 15 from 3 to 9 p.m., the Summerland Merchants’ Association will hold a street festival in downtown Summerland.

The event will include non-motorized soap box cart races, prizes for decorated bicycles and other activities for children and adults.

On Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Green Business Expo at the IOOF Hall on Main Street and the lower level of the library on Wharton Street will showcase environmentally friendly businesses.

These range from organic food producers to companies building or installing heat pumps and water-reducing plumbing technology.

Also on that day, Don Gayton will present a seminar on renovating for energy efficiency, in the lower level of the library at 1:30 p.m.

At the Summerland Community Arts Centre, Imagination Station will offer activities for children from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. in the red tent outside the library, Linda Beaven will read the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, a children’s book on the importance of conservation.

On Sunday, April 17, volunteers will clean up a creek bed at the fifth annual Earth Day Celebration in Dale Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once again, a section of Prairie Creek will be restored as volunteers plant native trees, shrubs and flowers along the creek while removing invasive plants.

On Monday, April 18, Liz Marshall’s documentary film, Water On The Table, will be shown at Centre Stage Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The film examines issues surrounding freshwater.

On Wednesday, April 20, the Summerland Art Gallery will host another Philosophers’ Cafe event. Members of the agricultural community will discuss natural methods of growing crops and organic farming. Gary Strachan, a viticulture consultant, will moderate the meeting.