Literary Hook: April 21 and 22 offer events for Earth Day

Last week, this column highlighted two significant events for Earth Week. Here are two more.

Saturday, April 21, noon to 4 p.m., the Community Earth Day Celebration will take place at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford. Practical information about many aspects of environmental stewardship will be provided, free of charge, at this enlightening event. More than 30 environamental organizations will participate, with exhibits, demonstrations and other information about various local projects and initiatives you can participate in.

Educational presentations and films will highlight solutions to global problems. Free trees, live animals, organic food, alternative energy demonstrations, nature photography—and more—make this event interesting for all ages. Call Joe Haverly at 815-921-4374 for more information.

The next day, Sunday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., “Honoring our Roots: Earth Day Unplugged (spiritual ecology ceremony) at the YMCA Log Lodge will be presented by the Four Winds Center for Spiritual Ecology. This gathering to honor our connection to the earth will borrow from Native American traditions to praise, grieve and renew our commitment to living responsibly and sensibly and sensitively as part of a sacred network. Prayers, music, poetry and artwork will honor our roots. All are welcome.

A couple of haiku to celebrate Earth Week follow:

In April twilight

High in the icy blue sky

Only crows cawing.

Cold spring morning walk—

My plump red, hooded jacket

And cardinal watching.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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