Archives For Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22, 2012. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

It’s time for another HeidiTown segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. During the week these segments run Wednesday, between 12 and 12:30 p.m., and on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

For those of you who may wonder why I never mention the price of admission to events and festivals on the radio, it’s because it’s against the policy of public radio.  I am not even allowed to say whether an event is free because that’s a momentary value. So for those of you who have wondered, now you know the rest of the story!

The following is the transcript from the radio show, but if you prefer, you can listen to the show HERE.

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

This is my segment for April 20 through the 22, 2012 and wow, this is a busy, busy weekend with everything from family-friendly festivals to jazz and science fiction. Eclectic, right?

First, Earth Day is Sunday, and there are lots of events planned around this celebration of Mother Earth.

To celebrate Earth Day in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Colorado, head to the Garden of the Gods. This Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be wildlife demonstrations, native American dance performances, crafts and live music. The annual Garden of the Gods park cleanup will be the same day. Go to GardenoftheGods.com for more information and directions.

Here in Fort Collins, Earth Day festivities will be held in Civic Center Park. There is a combination of activities planned and families are encouraged to bring along the kiddos. With informational booths, arts and crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden, it will be a great day to be in Old Town. Visit SustainableLivingAssociation.org for all the details.

There are many Earth Day events planned around Denver. The Museum of Nature and Science, one of my favorite museums in the country, has Earth-friendly family-fun on Sunday with GeoDome shows, crafts, renewable energy activities and more. Get info at DMNS.org.

The Denver Zoo, also one of my favorite places, is hosting a Party for the Planet on Friday, April 20 from 10 to 1. Learn about what local area students are doing in their own neighborhoods to save the planet. Learn more about this and other zoo activities at DenverZoo.org.

At the Denver Botanic Gardens enjoy Family Fun Nights – Earth Day Extravaganza on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October, families have the unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecal Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers.

Get the entire lineup at BotanicGardens.org. And by the way, this facility is one of the top-rated botanic gardens in the US and you should plan to visit this season.  Just don’t forget your camera!

There are a few Earth Day events at local parks, including Barr State Park on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. This is their 42nd annual Earth Day Celebration, and one of my preferred bird watching areas in Colorado.  Also celebrate at Mueller State Park near Divide Colorado on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents and children are invited to enjoy activities like crafts and hiking.

There are other events happening this weekend including the Mead Roubaix Festival on Sunday, April 22. I’ve previously mentioned this event that includes a bike race and a family-friendly festival. They have a large Kids Zone and bike tune ups, so you should definitely bring the kids and bikes to this event. Mom and dad can enjoy the vendors and beer garden while the kiddos play to their heart’s content. You can read all about the Mead Roubaix Festival on HeidiTown.com.

The 42nd UNC Greeley Jazz Festival is this weekend. This renowned event is one of the largest and most well respected of its kind in the country. Music lovers can learn more at Arts.UNCO.Edu.

Trekkies take note! StarFest is this weekend in DTC. This is Denver’s largest science fiction convention. There are 100 events taking places at three different convention hotels and special guests this year include Jonathan Frakes of Star Trek fame. There’s even… and I’m not making this up… a Klingon Feast planned. I’m also telling you that as a life-long trekkie, I totally want to go to this event!  Go to StarLand.com for the schedule and maybe I will see you there!

Phew, I told you this was a busy weekend.  There’s a lot more, but I’m running out of time, so be sure you tune into the blog and to HeidiTown’s Facebook page this week for more.  Remember, it’s Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.

I also tweet a lot of fun festival info and you can follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown. Lastly, you can circle the town on Google Plus.

If you missed anything today or need web info, I post a transcript of this show each week to HeidiTown.com.

Thanks for listening and until next time, I will see you online!  Or at a festival near you!

Little girl on pony.

Mead Roubaix Festival (Photo courtesy of the Mead Area Chamber of Commerce).

I really enjoy sharing events like the Mead Roubaix Festival with my readers. Small town festivals are at the heart of what this blog is all about. There is just something extra charming about festivals held in little communities around Colorado.

The first Mead Roubaix Festival was held last year, and it is a combination of bike race and community fest. The bike race attracted 600 participants who made their way to Mead, Colorado, a town of about 3,000 that is one mile west of I25 and approximately 36 miles north of Denver.

Not being a cyclist, I had to look up what the word roubaix meant. It turns out it is derived from the French word rubble and has come to refer to a bike race where the riders ride a route that has paved and unpaved sections. The Mead Roubaix bike race is a 12.5-mile loop on a mixture of hard packed dirt and paved roads around the town.

Because this festival occurs in conjunction with a bike race, even if you aren’t racing you should bring along your bike because a Longmont bike shop, Bike-N-Hike, will be giving free tune ups at this event.

The day starts out at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and at 9:30 there’s a “Who Let the Dogs Out” doggie dash being sponsored by the business where I board my dog, Happy Tails Dog Ranch in Berthoud, Colorado. The dash includes a two-mile walk with bandanas for the dogs and goodie bags and prizes for participants. You can find info on the doggie dash here.

Mead Roubaix 2011 racers

Mead Roubaix race 2011. Courtesy photograph.

The festival has a large Kids’ Zone where children can play all day for just $5. There’s a bungee trampoline, bounce house, obstacle course, pony rides and more. And while the kids play, mom and dad can browse local vendors’ booths and partake in refreshments in the beer garden.

I think the Mead Roubaix Festival will be a great opportunity to get the family out and start working on those summer tan lines – mine usually involve stripy feet from wearing a variety of sandals.

The Mead Roubaix Festival takes place Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Mead Town Park, 441 Third Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for the bike race is currently underway at CyclingEvents.com/MeadRoubaix.

 

Rated G

Directed by Jacque Cluzaud and Jacque Perrin

Narrated by Pierce Bronson

Heidi’s Illustrious Review: 4.5/5

Word of Warning: No warning. I think everyone, including children, should see this movie.

I have had a special bond with the ocean since childhood. In fact, I was born in a Southern Oregon hospital that is perched high on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific. The ocean is something I’ve always loved and respected, and I feel extremely lucky to have grown up along its shores.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to study oceans. In fact, while other children looked up to rock stars, football players or astronauts, my hero was a marine biologist who worked at the local interpretive center.

I now live 1200 miles from the nearest ocean and I didn’t become a marine biologist, but I never lost my awe and admiration for the sea. Over the years I’ve watched hundreds of documentaries about the ocean, so I was excited when I heard about Disney new film.

Disneynature released “Oceans” on April 22, Earth Day. Disneynature is an independent film label of Walt Disney Company with its headquarters in France. Its first film was “Earth” in 2009. 

Disneynature didn’t skimp on this production. The budget was 50 million euros, or 66 million dollars. The film explores five oceans, was shot in 50 different places and took over four years to film.

The quality of the film is breathtaking. The audience is transported to a world unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. If you’ve watched as many nature shows as I have, you’ve probably seen most of what is captures in this film, however, seeing it on big screen is a different kind of experience.

From diving birds to hermit crabs, to the exquisite blanket octopus and silvery swirling balls of sardines, “Oceans” is a true feast for the eyes, and leaves no ocean stone unturned. My only complaint with this 103-minute film is that I didn’t learn more. While it’s visually stunning, the narration seemed to lapse at times when I really wanted to know what I was seeing on the screen.

There is a subtle environmental message in “Oceans,” and while it’s not hard-hitting enough for some, I felt it was just about right. If this film beat people over the head with a message, many would leave the theater angered, feeling they’d just been attacked by another preachy eco-flick. I believe, if people care about a subject such as the ocean, the desire to protect that subject will follow, and I think “Oceans” will inspire that sort of concern in those who see it, especially children.

Despite a few scenes depicting the cycle of life – Orcas and sharks hunting seals – this is an ideal film for all ages. It won’t be in theater much longer, so plan accordingly. 

 

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2010 — Leave a comment

It’s not surprising that the DVD of “Avatar” was released on today – Earth Day.  But sorry folks, I still don’t like this one.  The only thing that saved this movie from itself was the amazing 3D graphics.  So unless you have a 3D television it is simply not worth it. 

I know, I know.  Some of you LOVE this movie, so fire away!

Read my review of AVATAR HERE.