MONTROSE – Earth Day will be observed around the globe next Monday, April 22. In honor of the occasion, the City of Montrose has lined up a whole week’s worth of events celebrating its commitment to a cleaner, greener, healthier community and planet.
A loosely knit committee of individuals representing local entities, ranging from municipal government and environmental groups to the Montrose Botanic Gardens and Montrose Regional Library, has been gathering over the past several months to organize Earth Week Montrose 2013.
Get in a green frame of mind this Saturday, April 20, when local Girl Scouts and environmental advocates will be on hand at local shopping centers including Wal-Mart, both City Markets and Safeway, encouraging shoppers to forego single-use plastic bags and giving away reusable cloth bags.
While most folks are familiar with the environmental refrain, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” Lori Syme (Montrose’s “Bag Lady”) said she prefers to use another “R” word: “Refuse.”
“I’m tired of the rest of it,” she said. “Nothing goes away. Once you have made a plastic bag, it doesn’t disintegrate. If you just refuse it in the beginning, then you don’t have to wonder what else to do with it.”
Saturday, April 20 is also a free day at Montrose County Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a free community shred day at both Alpine Bank locations in Montrose (2770 Alpine Drive and 1400 E. Main Street) from 8-10:30 a.m. Limit five boxes per person.
Earth Week shifts into high gear on Monday, April 22 with an opening ceremony at Centennial Plaza at noon. Each day of the week through Saturday, April 27, there will be inspiring daily lectures and children’s book readings at the Montrose Regional Library with themes ranging from water conservation to recycling, “Connect with Nature” activities at Montrose Botanical Gardens, and a free mini-film festival with different environmentally themed movies screened each night at either the Montrose Pavilion or Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Barn at 1601 North Townsend Avenue.
Among the featured movies will be Bag It, a light-hearted and eye-opening look at how single-use plastics are affecting our health and the health of the planet. This film will be screening on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. Producer Michelle Hill will be on hand for a Q&A afterwards to help those in the audience process what they have just seen.
Additionally, Chico Bag swag (duffels, backpacks, etc.) will be given away as prizes for those who ace a “quick quiz” geared toward measuring filmgoers’ single-use plastic IQ.
The complete Earth Week movie schedule includes Earth Days (Monday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Habitat Re-Store Barn); Bag It (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Montrose Pavilion); Living Downstream (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Habitat Re-Store Barn); No Impact Man (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Habitat Re-Store Barn); and The Lorax (Friday, 6 p.m., Montrose Pavilion).
Admission is by donation for all screenings, with funds benefitting the Community Green Improvement project. Filmgoers are asked to bring their own chairs and a blanket or jacket for the screenings at the Re-Store Barn. Post-movie discussion will take place outdoors around a fire pit while roasting marshmallows.
As part of the Earth Week festivities, the City of Montrose sponsors its annual Spring Cleanup, Thursday through Saturday. Residents can drop off waste at a site located on the San Juan Bypass, directly across the street from the Sunrise Peak apartments. (Look for signs.) In previous years, city street crews collected acceptable items placed curbside throughout Montrose. This year, items must be brought to this single collection point on April 25 and 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Electronic waste will be accepted as well. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of e-waste items prior to the July 1, 2013 statewide ban of e-waste disposal at landfills.
Finally, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to visit to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison for free from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26 as part of National Park Week during which there is no entry fee at all national parks.
Visit www.watchnewspapers.com or www.cityofmontrose.org/earthweek for a complete Earth Week Montrose 2013 schedule.
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Earth Week Montrose 2013
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Activities that will take place all week:
- The National Park Service will sponsor “National Park Week” Monday, April 22-Friday, April 26. There is no fee Monday through Friday at all national parks. Visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison for free. The South Rim Visitor Center bookstore will have a 15 percent discount on all items.
- Montrose High School essay contest and sculptures out of trash; sculptures to be displayed in Centennial Plaza during closing ceremony.
- Carol McDermott’s writing activity for all middle school students (25 submissions will win a free single-day pass to the Aquatic Center. Names will be drawn at the closing ceremony on Saturday.)
- Montrose Recycles will have a display case at the library with information about what goes into recycling/e-waste and on Saturday will move exhibit to Centennial Plaza.
Earth Week Activities:
Saturday, April 20
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Free day at the Montrose County Landfill
- 8-10:30 a.m. – Free community shred day; on-site document shredding at both Alpine Bank locations, 2770 Alpine Drive and 1400 E. Main Street. Limit five boxes per person.
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Girl Scouts will give away reusable cloth bags at Wal-Mart, both City Markets and Safeway.
Monday, April 22 – Earth Day (Wear green today!)
Theme of day: Reduce your waste – not just today but every day!
- 12-12:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony in Centennial Plaza
- 1-1:40 p.m. – Marshall Pendergrass, President Gunnison Gorge Anglers - Trout Unlimited speaks on water conservation, fish habitat and local hydro projects (low water effects on fish) at Montrose Regional Library community meeting room
- 1-2 p.m. – Middle school writing submissions hung in Montrose Regional Library
- 3:30-4 p.m. – Volunteer Jan Touslee reads books to children about reducing waste, Montrose Regional Library
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at the Montrose Botanic Gardens
- 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Free movie at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Barn: Earth Days
- 7-8 p.m. – Introduction to Beekeeping, talk by John Sheridan at Montrose Regional Library
Tuesday, April 23 – Theme of the day: Water Conservation
- 10-11 a.m. – Mayor Judy Ann Files hosts clean-up at Buckley Park (public welcome to attend)
- 12-12:40 p.m. – Brown Bag Lunch at Montrose Regional Library community meeting room. Speaker: Dave Kanzer, Chief Water Engineer for Colorado River Water Conservation District.
- 3:30-4 p.m. – Volunteer Sara Anders reads to children on topics of water conservation at Montrose Regional Library
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at Montrose Botanic Gardens
- 6-8 p.m. – Free movie at the Montrose Pavilion: Bag It
Wednesday, April 24 – Theme of the day: Refuse/Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
- 12-12:40 p.m. – Brown Bag Lunch at Library community meeting room. Speaker: John Harris, Public Works Director for the City of Montrose. Topic: Recycling and the process – what can and cannot be recycled and why.
- 3:30-4 p.m. – Volunteer Paul Paladino reads books to children about recycling and reusing/repurposing everyday things, Montrose Regional Library
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at Montrose Botanic Gardens
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Free movie at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Barn: Living Downstream
Thursday, April 25 – Theme of the day: Rethink your habits (Be mindful of how
much you consume.)
- Carpool/Walk/Bike/Bus to Work or School day. (All Points Transit offers free rides on the Montrose city bus)
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. – Spring clean-up (Residents can drop off waste, including e-waste, at a site located on the San Juan Bypass, directly across the street from the Sunrise Peak apartments. Signs will direct people)
- 12-1 p.m. – Bring your lunch and bike to the Montrose Botanic Gardens (located just south of the Montrose Pavilion)
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at the Montrose Botanical Gardens
- 3:30-4 p.m. – Volunteer Paul Zaenger reads books to children about how can we help the planet, how we can use less; Montrose Regional Library
- 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Free Movie at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Barn: No Impact Man
Friday, April 26 – Theme of the day: Trees, Trees, Trees! It’s Arbor Day
7 a.m.-7 p.m. – Spring clean-up (Residents can drop off waste, including e-waste, at a site located on the San Juan Bypass, directly across the street from the Sunrise Peaks apartments. Signs will direct people)
10-11:30 a.m. – Connect with nature activity is planting one tree at every elementary school in Montrose (Total of 5)
3:30-4 p.m. – Volunteer Nancy Kelso reads “The Lorax” to children at the Montrose Regional Library
6-8 p.m. – Free Movie at the Pavilion: The Lorax
Saturday, April 27 – Theme of the day: Reconnect/Replenish/Renew
- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Spring clean-up (Residents can drop off waste, including e-waste, at a site located on the San Juan Bypass, directly across the street from the Sunrise Peak apartments. Signs will direct people).
- 12-3 p.m. – Closing ceremony and Going Green Expo in Centennial Plaza. Exhibits and trash sculptures will be set up, a few fun contests will be held, prizes will be awarded as well as food and music.
- 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. – Short speech by mayor thanking everyone
- 1-1:15 p.m. – High school student that wins essay contest will read his/her essay
- 1:15-1:30 p.m. – Drawing of 25 names of middle school students that participated in Carol McDermott’s writing activity. Those drawn will receive a free swimming pass for a day to the rec district.
- 1:30-3 p.m. – Fun contests and prizes awarded
- 1-3 p.m. – Seed Saving & Seed Swap in the Montrose Regional Library community room
Movies for Earth Week Montrose, April 22-26
Admission is by donation for all events, with funds benefitting the Community Green Improvement project. Free reusable cloth bags to first 20 to arrive at each event. Chico Bag Products on sale 40% off.
Earth Days: Monday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. (Habitat Restore Barn-1601 N. Townsend)
Visually stunning, vastly entertaining and awe-inspiring, Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration.
Bag It: Tuesday, 6 p.m. (Montrose Pavilion)
In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. Multiple film awards. Reusable bags will be given to the first 40 people plus Chico Bags products will be sold and some given as prizes. The film’s producer Michelle Hill is scheduled to be available for Q&A after the screening.
Living Downstream: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (Habitat Re-Store Barn-1601 N. Townsend)
In Sandra Steingraber’s personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water. The cinematic feature-length documentary has won numerous awards. Steingraber’s books will be for sale with a 25 percent discount from Hasting’s. Bring your own chair and a blanket or jacket. Camp fire and marshmallows following.
No Impact Man: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.(Habitat Re-Store Barn-1601 N. Townsend) Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. Bring your own chair and jacket or blanket. Camp fire and marshmallows following.
The Lorax: Friday, 6 p.m. (Montrose Pavilion)
The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure. Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. On his journey Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees