Events focus on saving the environment and celebrating Earth Day

As the nation prepares for the annual Earth Day celebration on April 22, several programs in the Homewood-Flossmoor area are providing information and ways to celebrate special efforts to recognize how to be environmentally kind to the earth.
 
The Flossmoor Public Library and the Flossmoor Green Commission are presenting two special programs dealing with the environment on Saturday, April 14, at the Flossmoor Public Library.

“Introduction to Seed Saving” will be given at 1 p.m. The program is an interactive discussion presented by heirloom seed enthusiast Anna Stange. She will share information to help get started with a seed collection and seed exchange program.
 
The second program is “Demystifying Recycling” at 2:15 p.m. A representative of Homewood Disposal will address questions about curbside recycling, where and how to recycle out-of-the-ordinary collection items, such as electronic waste and chemicals.
 
Meghan McElligott, recycling education coordinator for Homewood Disposal, is the special for the League of Women Voters meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway.  She will share information on the company’s growing response to the need for recycling.
 
The Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center is sponsoring an Earth Day celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, that will include an evening of stories, folklore and songs around a fire for marshmallow roasting.
 
The Homewood Science Center is showing “Vanishing of the Bees” movie at 4 p.m. on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day.  This free showing will be at the center, 18022 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
 
The movie, narrated by Ellen Page, offers an economic, political and ecological look at the implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.
 
In addition, Homewood-Flossmoor High School students in Zoobots and the Environmental Science clubs recently planted bulbs for the organic garden at the school, reports Kim Smith, chair of the Science Department.
 
She said students in microbiology classes will be visiting Graceland Cemetery on April 19 with Advance Placement Art students to study lichens and discuss environmentally friendly methods to control lichen growth at cemeteries to keep the cemetery beautiful and the ecosystem diverse.  

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