Updates from the Environment subcommittee:
EARTH DAY UPDATE:
Date: Saturday, April 22
Location: Hopkins Green Park, corner of Jefferson & Nelson, Lexington
Time: 4pm to 8 pm, free showing of The Lorax starting at about 8:15 pm
Plans for Earth Day are going great, thanks to a lot of people pitching in–we will have working models of a solar power installation, a glass beehive (so you can see inside) and possibly a model of stream and groundwater exhibition, as well as activities for kids and the free movie, The Lorax, starting around 8:15 when it should be dark enough. There will be related exhibits, such as gardening for pollinators and using native plants in your landscaping. It’s possible there will be a forest ranger on hand who can talk about fighting the recent Goshen forest fire, the hazards of fires and the potential benefits.
Bring blankets to sit on for the movie. We have also invited a lot of musicians to stop on by and play for a while. Personally I’m hoping accordion and cello performances (you know who you are!) Don’t forget there is Walk for Life Resilience–getting to the event under your own power–to make the event visible. B Eli Fishpaw will be on hand to discuss assessing your own carbon footprint. We will have an organic farmer, talking (at her booth) about the benefits of buying local. And we may have nature-related art.
There will be two open forums–one at 4:30 and another around 6:30, where individuals can talk to the crowd about their particular environmental concerns. Just remember, this is a non-partisan, non-political event. The talks shouldn’t take more than three minutes each, so the suggestion is for speakers to identify their concern, say why it matters and, if possible, suggest a solution. If there interest in a panel discussion of a particular issue, we could schedule that, too. It would be wonderful if advocates of two sides of an issue–say groundwater regulation, just as an example–could politely discuss their points of view with one another. Contact B Eli Fishpaw if you are interested.
There will be representatives of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, Friends of the Chessie Trail, Boxerwood and 50 Ways Rockbridge on hand with information on their organizations and concerns. There will also lists of which legislators and governmental bodies deal with some particular issue, as well as their addresses–probably also postcards for you to write and mail on site.
Expenses have been kept to a minimum, but we would welcome donations to help with the cost of the movie license ($285) and various printing and kids supplies ($150). Tax deductible contributions can be made through RACC–they’ll need your name an address, or you can make a voluntary cash donation at the celebration.
Hope to see you all on Saturday afternoon!
Updates for the LGBTQIA+ subcommittee:
Updates from the Publicity subcommittee:
The Maury River Friends are sponsoring a talk by Linda Rabbin about her book “Sanctuary and Asylum: a Social and Political History” on May 21 at 3:00 pm, location TBD. Information about the book can be found at: http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/RABSAN.html
Bob Goodlatte Open Door Meeting this Thursday:
- In Lexington every third Thursday of the month, from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Rockbridge Co. Administration Building, Second Floor, 150 South Main St.
- Show up and ask your questions!
March for Science Bus:
- Date: Saturday, April 22
- The bus leaves the W&L Parking Garage at 5am, and leaves DC at 5pm.
- The cost is $71.
- Contact Lisa Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!