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Earth Week April 19 - April 24

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Several events next week at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh will build up to the Earth Week Festival on the banks of the Saranac on Saturday, April 24.

Earth Week festivities start with a distribution of "free bikes" on Monday, April 19 at noon at the Adirondack Experience house (Broad Street, across from Kehoe Administration Building). Between 30 and 40 bikes have been donated and fixed up as part of the Burghy Bikes Pilot Program. These bikes will be distributed to specially painted bike racks on campus and will be available for free use by faculty and students who want to peddle their way across campus. They then would leave the bikes at specific racks for the next people who wanted to use them to get around campus.

Burghy Bikes is part of a national and international movement. Many colleges around the country and communities in Europe have similar programs. The Environmental Action Committee on campus is sponsoring the pilot program, and it hopes to expand Burghy Bikes next fall with more bikes and bike racks.

Also on Monday, April 19, a public discussion, "Bush and the Environment," will be held at 7 p.m. at the Shelter from the Storm (Clinton Street).

Tuesday, April 20, will feature a movie showing of Koyaanisquatsi and Columbians Speak Out About Violence and U.S. Policy at 7 p.m. in Room 202, Yokum Hall.

On Wednesday, April 21, those wanting to help with cleaning up the Saranac River can meet outside of the main entrance of the Angell College Center at 12 p.m. Later in the evening, a lecture panel featuring Dr. Kate Joyce, assistant professor of earth and environmental science, Dr. Fritz Kissner, professor of child education and physics, and Dr. Gary Kroll, assistant professor of history, will address the issue of renewable energy at 7:30 p.m. in Room 153B, Hawkins Hall.

A tree planting will take place on Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m. underneath the Adirondack Guide sculpture outside of Beaumont Hall. At 12:15 p.m. at the same location, a drum circle will form with the unveiling of the new compost bins. At 7 p.m., Jeff Cochran presents "Walking the Earth" in the Amnesty Room, Angell College Center.

On Friday, April 23, volunteers are needed to help set up for the grand finale of Earth Week - the Earth Week Festival on Saturday. Those interested in volunteering for set up can call 518-562-3169 or can meet at the Macdonough Monument in downtown Plattsburgh at 1 p.m.

The Earth Week Festival on Saturday, April 24 will feature local vendors, raffle prizes, crafts, dancing and live music from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Macdonough Monument area (across from City Hall in downtown Plattsburgh). Musical guests include: Celebration free jazz (12 to 1:30 p.m.); Roy Hurd playing Adirondack folk (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.); Lee-ward Down (3 40 4 p.m.); Mike Peterson Band (4 to 6 p.m.); and Smoke House Brown (6 to 8 p.m.). The festival is free and everyone is welcome.

Earth Week events are sponsored by the Environmental Action Committee, the Earth and Environmental Science Club and Campus Democrats.


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