Local Earth Day Events
Earth Day is April 22 and the annual observance was planned by AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) for Saturday, April 21. The 2018 events were held at the United Methodist Church, 5810 Bryant Road, Ludington.
The 2018 Earth Day theme was "Woods, Water and Wheels: Nature, Get Out and Love It."
The 2018 schedule included the following events:
9am - Guided Nature Visualization Meditation, Al Haslam
9:30am - Qigong, Lynne Onuma
11am-12pm - Workshops
Young Living - Essential Oils
Backyard fruit orchard - Dave Jones
Republic Recycling - Matt Biolette
1pm-2pm - Workshops
CRA River Care Program - Paul Kogelschatz
Comprenew - Scott Vandercoy
Landscaping for a Better Tomorrow - Vicki Sawicki
2pm-3pm - Workshops
Live animal exhibit - Randy Baker
12pm-1pm - Biology and Ecology of the White-Tailed Deer, Randy Baker
2pm-3pm - Alternative Energy, Emil Ureel
3:30pm-4:30pm - Uniformity to Diversity in Food, Phil Howard, MSU
Petunia Parade booth, Live Animals (Randy Baker), Sun Burning (Alan Wernett), Button Making, Eco Bags (AFFEW), Family Hike 1pm led by Dave Dister, Eco Bags, Art Posters
AFFEW (Julia Chambers), Audubon (Heidi Moloney), Friends of the Ludington State Park (Heidi Moloney), Nature Photos (Steve Begnoche), Little Red Organics (John Ferree), Beekeepers (Lenny Feldberg & Joan Riise), Conservation District and North Country, CISMA (Dani McGarry), City of Ludington water treatment plants, US Forest Service - Manistee Recreation (Jon Thompson, assistant ranger, Cadillac), Spirit-of-the-Woods Hiking Club (Bob Duning), Hale Hemp Oil( Coleen Avedisian), Young Living Essential Oils (Mary Scheffler), Petunia Parade (Kathy Radtke), Little Manistee Watershed Council Jim Squier), Tree Seedlines (Needlefast Evergreen), ACRE Ag Tech (Doug Huesdash, Old Silo Farms (Travis). Outside are Aquatic Species (Jennifer Scholl, Manistee), Nature Hike at 11 am led by Dave Dister, Family Hike at 1pm led by Dave Dister and Hoop Dancing (Aamoo niini/bee man), Sun Burning at 3pm (Alan Wernett).
Food & Drink available all day. Silent Auction awards at 4:35pm; raffle drawing at 4:45pm.
Other Earth Day activities held at
Sandcastles Children's Museum, 129 E. Ludington Ave., will host an Earth Day Tree Craft on Friday, April 20 for toddlers and preschoolers from 10am-1pm. On Saturday, April 21, Sandcastles hosts a Planting for Earth Day with recyclable containers from 10am-3pm. Admission for both events is $7/person with under 1 free; Sandcastles members are also free.