2013-04-04 / Local & State

Earth Day Festival Set For April 20

Event sponsored by Fulton County Library Teen Advisory Board
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Children and adults alike are urged to visit the Fulton County Library later this month to partake in a second annual Earth Day Festival sponsored by the library’s Teen Advisory Board.

Having boasted a very successful, first-ever Earth Day celebration in 2012, this year’s plans should bring about even more hands-on and educational activities as well as fun and fellowship for attendees. Scheduled for Saturday, April 20, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., this year’s festival follows the theme “unplug it.”

According to Teen Advisory Board (TAB) President Kristiana Beers, organizers have been working diligently since January coming up with innovative ideas for games and crafts using recyclable materials ranging from cardboard milk cartons and 2-liter soda bottles to greeting cards and tin cans.

Among the new offerings will be pizza planters, allowing children to learn about recycling as well as gardening through the planting of tomatoes, peppers and basil that once harvested can be used to make their own pizza. In addition, children can try their hand at constructing owls and butterflies from cardboard paper rolls.

Beers said Fulton County recycling coordinator Greg Reineke will again be on hand to help students construct their own wooden bluebird boxes. Additional stations will also be set up for participants to make tie-dyed T-shirts, stamps from potatoes, boxes from greeting cards, bookmarks and magnetic art.

Other new additions to this year’s festival will be a special demonstration by the Franklin County 4-H Robotics team as well as the Fulton County Master Gardeners, who will be bringing information about beneficial and harmful insects. Local teacher and sleddog enthusiast Herb Brambley will be bringing some of his furry, fourlegged friends for a meet-and-greet throughout the day, while Pennsylvania Game Commission Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Jim Fittry will be displaying a variety of pelts and speaking with visitors on different species of animals and birds found in the commonwealth.

TAB will be assisted during the event by members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 339, who will be offering face painting, food concessions and overseeing a multitude of games such as seltzer can stack, ping pong toss, water bottle bubbles, soda bottle bowling and tower building with gumdrops and toothpicks.

As always, the festival is free and open to the public. However, donations are greatly appreciated and benefit TAB. Festival organizers noted each visitor is eligible to receive a free facepainting. Any designs beyond the initial painted design are $1 each.

In addition to its regular involvement in the community, TAB meets on a monthly basis at the Fulton County Library for teen night. Individuals must be 13- years- old to participate. Teen nights typically consist of Wii, games, crafts and snacks, but special events are routinely held such as back-to-school parties and foreign cuisine nights. The next teen night is set for Friday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m.

Additional information regarding the Fulton County Library’s Teen Advisory Board or the upcoming Earth Day Festival can be obtained by contacting library Director Jamie Brambley at 717-485- 5327.

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