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Earth Day 2023 celebration being planned

By Pauline Benetti | Southwest Organization for Sustainability

The SOS Earth Day Planning Committee is well into planning Earth Day 2023, so mark that day on your calendar: Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and beyond. The event will take place along the Riverwalk in Centennial Park, roughly between the two foot bridges with an entrance at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) site. 

Our theme this year is “** GROW ** Soil — Gardens — Peace — Community.” 

Our Earth Day celebration is dedicated in memoriam of Puja Parsons and Phyl Daleske — both planet warriors, each one in her own unique way.

Once again, we extend a warm invite to any business, nonprofit organization, agency, organization, etc. that believes it has a stake in the outcome to participate in our celebration of planet Earth, our home. Contact information is below. 

During the days preceding April 22, several opportunities to reflect upon the meaning of Earth Day offer themselves. 

On April 14 and 15, the GGP’s Colorado Environmental Film Festival invites you to a gala evening on Friday evening and to two viewings of nine environmental films on Saturday at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m. Tickets are available at www.pagosagreen.org. 

At 6 p.m. on April 20, the Library Lifelong Learning Lecture Series will host Bill Hudson presenting “A Curious View of Northwest Coast Native American Art.” 

The library will also host an Earth Day display from April 16 through Earth Day which will include, among other attractions, Darryl Saffer, local environmentalist and photographer/filmographer. His recent prize-winning film “Pagosa Is My Name” tells the environmental story of our home. Watch for a showing of this film soon.

Participate with a booth or table and a giveaway of some type appropriate to the celebration. Contact us at sospagosa@hotmail.com or call (970)264-5232. 

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