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Quad Cities in Brief: Documentaries plus Earth Day planning offered March 16

Documentaries plus Earth Day planning offered March 16

The Prescott Indivisible Environment team will show two documentaries in conjunction with the Prescott Area Vegan and Vegetarian Group at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation Davis Hall, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott.

The short films, “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” and “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” are part of the evening’s program, which also includes planning for the Earth Day and People’s Climate March. Patti Sheaffer also will speak on satellites, rocket engines and the Holocene’s end.

Community invited to share opinions about education funding crisis

Persons from throughout the greater Prescott area are urged to attend a Community Outreach Program, which will focus on the latest strategies to improvise funding support for education (PreK through grade 12) in Arizona. The public program is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Hanger Room of the Student Union Building at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

The meeting is a follow-up to the recent statewide 110th Arizona Town Hall that brought participants from throughout Arizona together to develop recommendations to help solve the funding crisis facing schools in Arizona. Planned by the nonprofit civic organization Arizona Town Hall (ATH), the program’s topics will include “…the state’s failure to adequately fund Arizona schools and teachers in achieving the goals identified for the PreK-12 education system. The current system does not meet the needs of the state,” according to an ATH Report of Recommendations from the 110th Town Hall. Among those speaking will be Tara Jackson, president, Arizona Town Hall; Rosemary Agneessens, community organizer for Rural Arizona Schools Coalition; Marty Grossman, councilmember from Town of Prescott Valley; Joe Howard, superintendent, Prescott Unified School District; and Billie Orr, council member, City of Prescott. Orr and Ray Newton, also speaking, are both members of the ATH board of directors.

The host for the program is ERAU Chancellor Frank Ayers. Lunches are available for those attending. The cost is $15. Students will receive complimentary lunches. Those interested in attending should register at www.aztownhall.org/Events or by calling 602-252-9600.

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