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Earth Week Festival

Life Science Department
April 05, 2017

Please join us for our 11th Annual Earth Week Festival, April 17-22. This weeklong series of FREE events is open to the public and celebrates Earth Day with a variety of activities at both our main Folsom campus (FLC) and El Dorado Center (EDC). Click here for maps.

The event schedule includes:

Plastic Paradise film screening and discussion
Monday, April 17, 5:30-6:50pm, in Cypress Hall room FL2-209 at FLC
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined. Film and discussion hosted by Professor Cecilia Osorio.

Sustainable film screening and discussion
Tuesday, April 18, 6-8 pm, in the Peregrine Room (upper level of the Falcon's Roost, room FR-240) at FLC
This film weaves together expert analysis of America's food and farming system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer from Illinois watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago. The film unearths the future of agriculture - a marriage of age-old tradition and groundbreaking science. Industry pioneers from around the nation reveal the secrets behind human health and environmental protection. Woven into these stories are the foremost experts of the food industry - connecting the dots between agriculture, the environment, economics and public health. Their stories are a reminder of America's troubled past and the devastating consequences that await the country if left unchanged. Sustainable empowers audiences and gives them hope for the future - that through this food revolution, we can all save humanity. Film and discussion hosted by Professor Steve Holzberg.

Dance Club: MOSAIC performance
Wednesday, April 19, 12:30-12:50pm, in front of the Falcon's Roost at FLC
MOSAIC Dance Club performs a MOSAIC of dance styles, and our student population is reflective of the college life experience! A diverse cast of dancers, MOSAIC cultivates a culture on inclusiveness, welcoming dancers of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes, colors and lifeways. Our mission is to: Discover Yourself in dance!Come dance with us at FLC! Help bridge cultures and life experiences through Dance at FLC!

Financial Aid Awareness/Literacy Fair
Wednesday, April 19, 11am-2pm, in front of the Falcon's Roost at FLC
Thursday, April 20, 10am-1pm, in front of Building B at EDC

Attend this FREE Financial Aid Awareness Literacy Fair to learn about all of the different types of Financial Aid available for new and continuing community college students year-round. Bring your questions and get FREE one-on-one assistance, learn about important dates and deadlines, and the different types of aid that you may be eligible for. Informative and interactive plus FREE food, games, and prizes.

Escaping the Holocaust, Sharing the Planet presentation
Wednesday, April 19, 2:30-3:50pm, in Lilac Hall room FL5-113 at FLC
Thursday, April 20, 10:30-11:50am, in Lilac Hall room FL5-113 at FLC

When her mother died at the age of 96, Susanne Sommer discovered letters and other documents stored away in folders, shoe boxes, closets and trunks. The correspondence described her parents' desperate efforts to leave Nazi Germany in 1938. At that time, the situation for Germany's Jews had become increasingly ominous, and most countries, including the United States, were hostile to receiving Jewish refugees. To tell her family's compelling story, Susanne compiled these letters and collaborated with a local playwright to write Echoes in the Heart. Presented by HIST 313: U.S. History Class/Deborah Moreno.

Before the Flood film screening and discussion
Wednesday, April 19, 6-8pm, in the Peregrine Room (upper level of the Falcon's Roost, room FR-240) at FLC
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions. Film and discussion hosted by Professor Steve Holzberg

Noontime Concert: The FLC Commercial Music Ensemble presents "Soul of America"
Thursday, April 20, 12-1pm, downstairs in the Falcon's Roost at FLC
This group of talented FLC Music students will take us on an exploration of American musical culture. From country to soul, rock to R&B, funk to folk to hip-hop and beyond, we will take a tour of the amazing tapestry that is American music, and American life. Music by: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, John Legend, John Denver, Lukas Graham, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon and more...

Literature of the Wild
Thursday, April 20, 12-1:30pm, in the Large Lecture Hall (Buckeye Hall room FL3-173) at FLC
Dr. Tim McHargue (DSPS) and Tom Goff (Reading and Writing Center) invite FLC faculty, staff, and students to
share in our "Literature of the Wild" poetry reading in honor of Earth Week. Interested poets and writers may
share a favorite poem or SHORT piece of prose (by themselves or others) on nature, the environment, or
anything celebrating the wild wonder of the world.

Heritage Interpretive Trail Tour
Thursday, April 20, 1-2pm, meet (promptly at 1pm) in front of the tennis courts at FLC
Cultural Resources Manager and Local Historian Melinda Peak will lead a tour of the campus Heritage Interpretive
Trail, which was preceded by a wildlife trail, a Niesenan trail, Johanna Luellen's ranch, and a Natomas ditch
(transporting water for gold miners, farmers and cattle ranchers). Come see the beautiful wetlands trail where
Melinda will tell stories of all this and more. Join Professor Moreno's U.S. History class.

Earth Day on the Greens
Thursday, April 20, 11am-1pm, lawn area at EDC
Fun fair with music, games & booths organized by the EDC Student Activities Club

March for Science sign making party
Friday, April 21, 11am-2pm in Aspen Hall room FL1-130 (Makerspace) at FLC
Join science students and the Eco club to make signs for the Science March in Sacramento on Earth Day!
Decorative supplies, good company, and snacks provided. BYO T-Shirt or Lab coat to decorate.

Wall-E film screening and discussion
Friday, April 21, 2:30-4:30pm, in the Community Room (Aspen Hall room FL1-20) at FLC
The highly acclaimed director of FINDING NEMO and the creative storytellers behind CARS and RATATOUILLE
transport you to a galaxy not so far away for a new cosmic comedy adventure about a determined robot named
WALL-E. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a
new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on
a fantastic journey across the universe. Film and discussion hosted by Professor Steve Holzberg

March for Science
Saturday, April 22, 10am- 4pm in Sacramento. Please Note: Students are encouraged to get their Universal Transit Pass (UTP) sticker at the library so they can take light rail for FREE to the 13th Street station in Sacramento by 9:45am, and then walk over to meet up with the rest of the Eco Club and FLC science students at 10am in front of the Department of Fish and Wildlife on 9th and S. From there we will join the march which starts at Southside Park, 2115 6th Street.
Join FLC students, staff and faculty and the greater Sacramento Community as we demonstrate our passion for
science and sound a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Show your support for robustly
funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse,
nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to
enact evidence based policies in the public interest. For information on the motivation behind the coordinated
marches visit marchforscience.com or https://sacramento.downtowngrid.com/events/march-for-science/