Web Exclusive: Defenders announces Earth Day celebration, recycled art contest
By Aimee Collins, McHenry County Defenders
Excitement abounds at the 2003 Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. This years theme is Live Lightly on the Earth.
Just in time for Easter weekend, children can dye free-range eggs with earth-friendly dyes, participate in a scavenger hunt, and join Barter Bash by bringing an unwanted toy are to trade for other toys. These are just a few of the hands-on activities you and your family can participate in during the event. There will also be food, games, prizes, and lots of educational, interactive booths on topics such as organic gardening, solar power, and more! Vote for your favorite booth in the first Best Booth Contest!
Participate in two recycling drives! Bring your used athletic shoes for donation to the Second Annual Nike S.O.S. (Save-Our-Soles) Shoe Recycling Program. The shoes will be made into surfaces for running tracks, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Also, bring your used cellular phones for donation to an agency that reprograms phones for victims of domestic abuse.
The event is organized by the McHenry County Defenders, the McHenry County Conservation District, the McHenry County Conservation Foundation, the Land Foundation of McHenry County, the McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program, the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute of MCC, and the Back Porch Benefit Foundation.
Recycled art contest April 19
Once again, the McHenry County Defenders, a local environmental organization, is hosting its Trash Transformed recycled art contest in conjunction with the 2003 Live Lightly Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 19 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. The Earth Day Celebration is a fun, family-oriented event with food, games, awards, entertainment, and a number of interactive, educational booths on topics such as organic gardening, solar energy, and recycling. Bring the kids and learn how you can live lightly on the earth!
This is the sixth year that the Education Committee of the Defenders has sponsored an art contest in the memory of Lou Marchi, an advocate of 100 percent recycling and a founding member of the McHenry County Defenders. The contest is designed to encourage practical and/or artistic use of used materials. For example, old license plates are transformed into dustpans, yard tools welded together become yard art, six pack rings woven together create volleyball netsthe possibilities are endless!
There will be a separate contest for student and adult entries. Participants are encouraged to have fun and let their imaginations run wild. Artwork should be created using primarily recycled materials with a VERY MINIMAL use of glue and tape. The goal is to create either a functional or purely artistic item from materials that have already been used.
Artwork should be submitted to the McHenry County Defenders, 124 Cass St.
Suite 3 (on the Square in Woodstock), by April 11th, 2003. The Defenders office hours are Monday – Friday, 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at the noontime ceremony at the 2003 Earth Day Celebration. Winners will
receive small cash prizes or awards and will have the option of displaying their artwork for an extended period at MCC. All other artwork must be picked up at the Earth Day event.
Information: Call McHenry County Defenders at 815/338-0393 or log on to www.mcdef.org.