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 Kite-making, Planetarium Show, Workshops Part of SRU 'Earth Festival' 



April 12, 2005

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine;


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Kites for children, a planetarium show, hands-on education stations and an organic beer-making workshop are among the activities organized for the 15th Earth Festival April 23 at Slippery Rock University’s Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

Free and open to the public, events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. atthe center on Harmony Road, across from N. Kerr Thompson Football Stadium.  Since 1991, Earth Festival has energized the community about sustainability and the environment with fun and educational activities for all ages, Macoskey director Thomas Reynolds said.

 This year, the center honors its founder, the late Dr. Robert A. Macoskey, professor of philosophy, with a memorial tree planting at 12:30 p.m.  The planting is a tribute to the continuing legacy of Macoskey on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Earth Festival will also feature a sustainable marketplace featuring locally made crafts, as well as food and beverages.

 Children and adult’s activities will be held throughout the day and include:

         Kite Making and Flying with the Fly! Pittsburgh Kite Club

         Baby Farm Animal Menagerie

         The Portable Planetarium Experience

         Earth Quest: Hunt for the Earth Guardian

         The “It's My Earth!” interactive learning station

         The Salvage Art Puppet Troupe

               Adult activities include:

                       Hybrid-car demonstration

                         Organic beer-making workshop presented by the North Country Brewing Co. (must be 21 to participate, no tasting)

                          Apple tree grafting workshop

                          Soap-making workshop

                          Bio-diesel making workshop

                          Performances by the Pittsburgh-based “The Rank Strangers” bluegrass band and “Healthy Forest Initiative,” a local musical group.

             For more information call the Macoskey Center at 724-738-4050.

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