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Earth Day: More like "Earth Month" in Prescott

Photo by Matt Hinshaw<br>
Prescott College student and volunteer Nathan Fenech removes nails from a board that was picked up during the annual cleanup. 
 Photos by Matt Hinshaw

Photo by Matt Hinshaw<br> Prescott College student and volunteer Nathan Fenech removes nails from a board that was picked up during the annual cleanup. Photos by Matt Hinshaw

Earth Day is more like Earth Month in Prescott, thanks to Prescott College and its partners.

The college and the Open Space Alliance kick off the events at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday with the annual Earth Day celebration on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in Prescott. Information booths offer a wide variety of ways to help the planet through everything from recycling to solar energy. Live music and food also will be on site.

Six more events follow at Prescott College, along with Prescott Creeks' annual Granite Creek Clean-up and fun for kids at the Prescott Library. All are free unless noted otherwise.

Following is a chronological list of local events celebrating Earth Day.

• Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. - Rachel Carson Chautauqua at Prescott College Chapel, 220 Grove Ave. Alumna Fiona Reid portrays the well-known conservationist and "Silent Spring" author on the 50th anniversary of her death. Reid's performance also honors Make Way for Monarch's call to make April 14 a day for action and contemplation of monarchs and other imperiled pollinators. See makewayformonarchs.org for more details.

• Tuesday, April 15 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. - "Climate Change: A Vision of Possibility" at the Natural History Institute at Prescott College, 312 Grove Ave. Evolutionary theologian Rev. Michael Dowd talks about how to stay inspired in the face of the growing climate crisis.

• Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. - Oscar-nominated "More than Honey" documentary about bees at Prescott College Crossroads Center at 215 Garden St., followed by a discussion about pollinators.

• Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. - "Campus Conversations" at Natural History Institute at Prescott College, 312 Grove Ave. Features Buddhist scholar Grace Burford and conservation biologist Tom Fleischner talking about the role of natural history in their lives.

• Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. - Prescott Public Library and its Friends group offer fun with crafts and food for children ages 7-12. Call 777-1537 to register.

• Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Prescott Creeks organizes its annual Granite Creek Clean-up event. Volunteers have removed 36 tons of trash from local creeks, lakes and trails since 2007. Volunteers get trash bags, maps, t-shirts, snacks and coffee. To sign up, go online to prescottcreeks.org. After the clean-up event, see art created from the trash that's on display at Granite Creek Park.

• Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. - "Falling in Love with the World: The Path of Natural History." Prescott College Natural History Institute Director Tom Fleischner talks at the college's Crossroads Center, 215 Garden St., about how to practice natural history in our every-day lives.

• Saturday, May 3 at 4-7 p.m. - "One Man's Treasure Upcycled Art Auction" at Prescott College Crossroads Center, 215 Garden St., supports Prescott Creeks by auctioning art made from trash along local creeks. Cost is $40 and includes wine and appetizers. RSVP at omtauction.kintera.org.

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