CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College is hosting several events to celebrate Earth Week from April 22 through 27. All events during the week are free and open to the public, and will take place on the PSC main campus, 202 S. Halsted St.
From 1 to 2 p.m. April 22, the program “Cooking with Local Foods,” will be presented by Adrian Martino and Marco Caso, of Fratellos, in the Conference Center Rotunda. From 3 to 4 p.m., there will be a tree planting ceremony, featuring a special poem reading by the Earth Day Poetry Contest winner. Participants should meet in the Conference Center Rotunda. In the event of rain, an alternative date has been scheduled on April 25.
On April 23, a Green Vendor Fair, featuring more than 20 green vendors, will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Atrium. Additionally, a program, “It’s Easy Wearing Green Fashion Show: Eco-friendly trends for pets and their humans,” will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium, and a community discussion panel, “How is our local community responding to and stimulating the green economy?” will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium.
Events on April 24, include, “Greening Your Body,” presented by Jan Dowell from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Atrium, and a nature preserve cleanup from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. A rain date for the clean up has been slated for April 25.
Programs scheduled for April 25 include a noon to 2 p.m. program, “Jobs in Energy Efficiency,” presented by Will Baker, of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, held in the PSC Conference Center; “Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures: Conservation Through Education,” scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium; and a movie presentation of “Dr. Suess’ The Lorax,” scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Heritage Bank Room.
The weeklong celebration will conclude with a community recycling drive, co-sponsored with SouthSTAR Services’ EcoSafe Processors, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, in Parking Lot C. Among the items being collected are E-waste, batteries, paint, light bulbs, clothes, and shoes.
“SouthSTAR has a truly inspiring initiative, providing people with disabilities the training and skills necessary to work in the green economy,” said Allessandra Cairo, PSC sustainability coordinator.
“This year’s Earth Week events are sure to impress. We've covered it all from eco-friendly trends for pets and their humans to Bubba the Alligator teaching kids about the importance of conservation,” Caro added. “I'm really excited so many vendors and community members pulled together to make Earth Week happen. It is sure to be a fun, exciting and educational experience for everyone,” she said.
For more information, contact Cairo at (708) 709-3764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.