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Full slate of Earth Day activities at April 24 celebration

The 40th annual Earth Day will be celebrated Saturday, April 24, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

This is the second annual Earth Day celebration brought to you by Southwest Organization for Sustainability and the workshop presenters from nonprofit and private organizations in Pagosa Springs

Event schedule

10-10:50 a.m. — Adult workshops:

• Gardening for Dummies. Learn about preparation of soil, starting seeds and choosing the best plants that grow in our altitude and climate zone. North Conference Room.

• Living Simply. For those interested in “a way of life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich.” In addition, join us to learn about “Community Currency” and what it will take to get the program started. East Tile Room.

• Nature School with Jason Stuck. A nature connection mentoring program he is running this spring and hopes to continue in the future. Join Jason to learn about the program, how to be involved and what it will take to support its existence. East Conference Room.

• LPEA. Workshop. Mat deGraaf will teach a one-hour workshop about some easy ways to save water and money. Senior Dining Room.

11-11:50 a.m. — Adult Workshops:

• Gardening for Dummies, Part II. Learn about starting seeds. North conference Room.

• ECO CLEAN, brought to you by Queen Bee Sauce. Come make your own earth friendly household products. You will receive recipes and information on simple cleaning solutions. Bring one or several empty 8- to 12-ounce containers or spray bottles. You will make several things: a laundry additive, a homemade soft scrub like cleaner or an all purpose dry shakable powder cleaner. The spray bottle will be used for an all purpose cleaner, or wood cleaner. The cost of this workshop is $10 to help pay for the ingredients. East Tile Room.

• Bird Language. Join Jason Stuck to listen to the concentric rings of nature and learn how to interpret bird behavior so you can understand what is happening in the forest, or even your own backyard. East Conference Room.

• The benefits of medical marijuana. Senior Dining Room.

• LPEA. Overview of home technologies, lighting and the many energy-efficient rebates offered by LPEA. Free CFLs and door prizes. South Conference Room.

12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Earth Century: How Do We Get There? Dick White, Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, will identify challenges that are unfolding in this century and some locally-based approaches to building a sustainable community. Audience contributions will focus the discussion on Archuleta County.

• Gardening for Dummies, Part III. Learn about choosing the best plants to grow at our altitude and in our climate zone. North Conference Room.

• Costa Rica Adventures. A local family shares their experience in Monteverde, Costa Rica. This workshop will alleviate any fears you may have about living abroad with your family. Join Anna, Lesli and John while they share stories and pictures of living in a sustainable community during the winter months of 2009-10. East Tile Room.

• Bird Identification with Becky Gillette of the Southwest Region Audubon Society of Colorado. East Conference Room.

• PAWSD, with Mat deGraaf, conservation coordinator. Did you know that about 2/3 of your indoor water use goes to washing clothes and flushing the toilet? PAWSD offers rebates on washing machines and toilets that save both water and money. Did you know that in the summer months, watering your lawn and garden accounts for roughly half of your water bill? Sprinklers and hoses are OK, but there are better ways. Let us show you how. Did you know that this past winter (2009/10) about 1.3 million gallons were lost due to frozen/broken pipes? Much of this could have been avoided with proper winterization. It’s easy, come and see. We will also have free giveaways and door prizes. Senior Dining Room.

• Earth Century: How Do We Get There? Identify challenges that are unfolding in this century and some locally-based approaches to building a sustainable community. South Conference Room.

Kids’ workshops

10 a.m.

• Pagosa Waldorf Initiative. A children’s workshop. Paulie Cole will perform a storytelling puppet show for youngsters ages 3 to 7. Arts and Crafts Room.

11 a.m.

• The Forest Service and Audubon Society will join efforts to present IMPACT MONSTER. Kids will discover plants, wildlife and other natural resources as they come to life in this interactive skit, helping children experience first-hand impacts humans have on the environment. Parents are also welcome to participate. Arts and Crafts Room.

Kids’ workshops continue with Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen of Aikido of the San Juans. The Universe Breathes is an earth connection activity for children ages 5 and up, their parents and other adults. Aikido’s founder said, “Those who practice the Art of Peace must protect the domain of Mother Nature, the divine reflection of creation, and keep it lovely and fresh. Everything — even mountains, rivers, plants and trees — should be your teacher.” Participants will learn breathing and blending exercises and basic body movements. Arts and Crafts Room.

Lunch will be provided for a fee by Tess Challis, noon-12:30 p.m. To help us reduce waste, please remember to bring your own plates and silverware. The Kid’s Plate ($5) includes Zen rice or pasta, salad with kids’ favorite poppy seed dressing and a cookie. Adult’s plate ($10) includes Zen rice, coconut-peanut adzuki beans, salad with ginger dressing, edamame and a cookie. Natural sodas will be available for $2.

Also, don’t forget the annual clothes swap. Bring clothes to swap (one given-one taken. If you do not have clothes to give, the cost is $1 per item. Shopping bags and annual SOS memberships are for sale. All proceeds benefit Southwest Organization for Sustainability.