We all share the same address — earth. And it’s this commonality of existence that should be lifted up and celebrated, according to Communities First, Inc. which is inviting area residents to attend its first annual ‘My City, Our Earth’ event at the Masonic Temple.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live animals, eco-friendly crafts, kid-friendly activities and delicious local food will be among the many activities designed to strengthen community connections. Other scheduled events include:
11a.m.- 2p.m. Animal Interactions. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with animals from a boa constrictor and 2-foot long lizard to a turtle and learn more about their habits and role in our ecosystem.
11a.m. – 1p.m. Shred It. Area families are encouraged to securely dispose of confidential paperwork via the event’s on-site paper shredding service partner.
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Rock On! Adventurers will have the opportunity to climb a 25-foot tall rock wall.
1p.m.- 2 p.m. Bird Watch. Everyone will have the opportunity to see live birds of prey and learn about Michigan species from a raptor rehabilitation specialist.
Environment-themed activities will take place throughout the entire event, according to Essence Wilson, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Communities First, who is particularly excited about the opportunity to engage young participants.
“Many kids are experiential learners,” says Wilson. “So we’ve included lots of opportunities for families to engage from our touch and feel table and pot your own plant station to our interactive exhibits. We’re giving the community the opportunity to talk and interact with wildlife specialists and touch live animals and, for the really adventurous, to scale our 25-foot tall rock wall.”
Participants can pick-up valuable information about recycling, parks and gardening, learn how to make their home more energy efficient and maintain family health and access resources on transportation, green cities, and water safety.
More than $600 in give-a-ways will be distributed at the event, including free books for kids.
Editor’s Note: Although the My City, Our Earth’ event is free, donations are welcome. The Community Foundation of Greater Flint helped fund this event. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register at: CFI.TicketLeap.com/MCOE2019