Promoting green living at the EcoFest

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Grove City residents and guests from neighboring areas came out by the hundreds last weekend to beautify the community – and learn a few tips on how to keep it cleaner and healthier – through two Earth Day events that highlighted the importance of protecting and preserving the local environment. On the morning of April 20, dozens of people walked the parks and main thoroughfares picking up litter found in the creek beds and along the side of the roads as a part of the annual Keep Grove City Beautiful Cleanup event and later that morning dozens more came out to Town Center Park to partake in educational and enjoyable activities for the entire family at EcoFest. Hosted annually by the city of Grove City and the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department, EcoFest had more than two dozen agencies, businesses and organizations on site to promote greener living and environmental education and conservation. Among the vendors that were featured at the event was RecSchool, a local early childhood education program whose mission is to nurture children’s self-confidence and love of learning through play, meaningful classroom experiences and a connection to the natural world. Here, RecSchool coordinator Michele Demmy proudly displays artwork children made to commemorate the solar eclipse that took place earlier this month.
Nero, a 7-year-old mixed breed, enjoys the floral arrangements from Kat’s Cut Flowers.
One of the most popular stations at EcoFest was the ‘build-your-own backyard bird feeder’ hosted by the Gardens at Gantz Park volunteers. Here, Xavier Ice, 4, dips a Crisco covered pine cone into bird seed to take home to the hungry birds that hang around his Grove City home.
Mark Berman, a.k.a. BUGMAN, has fun teaching children and adults about the wonders of “Grandma Rose,” a Chilean rose hair tarantula.
When local resident Mike Tampurages has to go to the grocery store, he almost always uses his Yuba ‘Supermarche’ to get to his destination. He said the front portion of the bike can hold a weeks’ worth of groceries for his family of four.
Mark Miller showcases some of the upcycled props used in productions at Little Theatre Off Broadway. Primarily created by prop master and recycler extraordinaire Berkley Biggs, this sword was made out of cardboard and old golf clubs while the helmet was made out of an old bicycle helmet and cardboard.
Hayes Intermediate Green Team members Rylee Walker (left), Khadijatu Kanneh (middle) and Lily Williams (right) assist guests with creating necklaces and decorations made out of small tree stumps.
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