Apr 11th, 2013 @ 3:55 pm | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University will host its second annual Earth Day Festival Monday, April 22, from 5:00–9:00 p.m. at Medicine Wheel Park in Valley City. The festival will highlight the celebration of Earth Week, with other events planned on the VCSU campus and Valley City through Thursday, April 25.

Earth Day Festival activities begin Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Medicine Wheel Park. (In the event of inclement weather, the festival will shift to VCSU’s Osmon Fieldhouse.)

Participants can sign a recycling pledge at the welcome table to register for door prizes, and various groups and businesses will have tables set up emphasizing earth-friendly practices and products. Norway spruce tree seedlings will be given to the first 100 families attending.

Informational tables include:
• Prairie Waters Education and Research Center—program information and giveaways
• EBC Fraternity—electronic-waste recycling information and collection of discarded printer cartridges and cell phones for recycling
• Norwex— earth-friendly cleaning products
• Llama Trax Gardens—information about their garden-shares program
• VCSU Environmental Law and Regulations class—recipes and samples of homemade earth-friendly cleaning supplies
• Betco—supplier of green cleaning and floor-finishing supplies and equipment for businesses
• WELCA, Saviors Lutheran Church—selling Fair Trade coffee and cocoa
• “What in the World is Going On?” group—information about their “Solar Energy in Valley City?” panel discussion to be held Tuesday, April 23; recycled art activity; and Clay Jenkinson as President Thomas Jefferson
• Valley Recycling—information about recycling in Valley City

Kids’ activities began at 5:00 pm. and include earth-awareness coloring projects and bubble-blowing with bubble-blowers made from recycled materials. At 7:00 p.m., children may participate in a variety of old-fashioned games and win earth-friendly prizes.

Musical entertainment will began at 5:00 p.m. with performers Chuck Bowen, Charlie Kreidelcamp, Michael Whistler and Harley McLain performing half-hour sets. At 7:00 p.m. the VCSU Quantum Brass ensemble will perform, followed by the VCSU Sax Quartet at 7:30 p.m.

At 8:00 p.m. the festival entertainment will culminate with a performance by the Buffalo River Singers, a Native American group from Fargo-Moorhead, around the Medicine Wheel.

The festival will conclude with opportunities for star-gazing through telescopes.

Other Activities

Valley City grocery stores—Marketplace Foods and Leevers Foods—donated paper grocery bags that the three elementary schools in Valley City are decorating with Earth Day pictures and slogans. The decorated bags will be used in the two grocery stores during Earth Week.

The VCSU community is invited to wear color-themed apparel Monday through Thursday, April 22–24. On Monday individuals are encouraged to wear green in support of keeping the planet green; Tuesday the color is blue in support of clean, healthy water supplies; Wednesday is white in support of a clean planet, and Thursday is yellow in support of a sun-shining, healthy atmosphere for our planet.

On Monday, April 22, members of the VCSU community will be encouraged to check their ecological footprints online at www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator. Members of the Valley City community are urged to do the same.

On Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m., Valley City’s “What in the World is Going On?” group will host a panel discussion on the topic of “Solar Energy for Valley City?” at Epworth Methodist Church, 680 8th Ave. SW, Valley City. Don Hoff, VCSU science professor; Jack Hansen, solar consultant at Enterprise Sales; and Dave Schelkoph, Valley City city administrator, will talk about the potential for residential and business solar energy in Valley City and surrounding areas. The discussion will be moderated by Dayne Zachrison, Epworth pastor.

Wednesday, April 24, is National Walk@Lunch Day. Members of the VCSU community will also be encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to and from work that day. Walkers and bikers may gather at 12:05 p.m. outside the VCSU Student Center for a short celebratory walk/ride.

The VCSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club is also organizing a campus clean-up Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, April 25, members of VCSU athletic teams will do clean-up work at two city parks, and members of the VCSU community will be doing their spring highway clean-up as well.

The VCSU Earth Day Festival and Earth Week activities are coordinated by the Earth Week Committee headed by Bob Anderson, associate professor of science, and Rhonda Fairfield, executive assistant to the president. Volunteers include the VCSU Student Senate, members of the VCSU Fish and Wildlife Club, the VCSU Project Management class, select VCSU athletes and coaches, EBC Fraternity, Valley City’s “What in the World is Going On?” group, and VCSU staff, faculty, and emeriti faculty.

VCSU Earth Day Festival and Earth Week activities are subject to change; visit www.vcsu.edu/earthday for up-to-date information.