Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating Earth Week April 22-26 with a variety of activities. This year’s theme is “Billion Acts of Green.” All events are open to the public and being held at no charge at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road, unless otherwise noted.
Monday, April 22:
Recycled Art Garden Stone, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Participants can make and take home their own garden stone made of recycled glass.
LLCC Earth Day Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center. Learn about and rejoice in the food the Earth provides. Participants enjoy a multi-course dinner utilizing local seasonal ingredients. Chef Denise Perry will offer remarks on the menu selection of each course. Dinner includes wine. Cost is $59. To make reservations, call 786-2432.
Tuesday, April 23:
High Tunnel Tour, 2 p.m., Workforce Careers Center. LLCC Agronomy Professor Bill Harmon will discuss how a high tunnel can be used to extend the growing season and about the successes of high tunnel gardening at LLCC. Take a tour of the high tunnel to explore season extension principles and vegetable growing practices.
Prairie Restoration Planting sign-up, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Sign up to help the LLCC Environmental Club restore the prairie native landscape on campus. Learn from Becky Croteau, associate professor of biology, about the restoration project, which is bringing back the plants that have been in Illinois for thousands of years.
Wednesday, April 24:
Community Garden Kickoff, 4:30 p.m., Workforce Careers Center. Join LLCC campus horticulturist Lawrence Strubhart to learn how to start a garden; find out what grows best; and how to grow healthy, delicious produce all season long. Tour the community garden and sign up for a raised bed in the LLCC Community Garden to grow your own vegetables, herbs or fruits.
Thursday, April 25:
Food Patriots Movie Showing and Greenie Awards Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Trutter Center."Food Patriots" focuses on an issue that directly touches all of us—food. Touched by his son's struggle with a food-borne illness, filmmaker Jeff Spitz weaves his family's humorous story into a tapestry of stories about people who are changing the way Americans eat, buy and educate the next generation about food. The film depicts personal stories that show ordinary people taking control of food and creating healthier lives, a less polluted environment, a new sense of community and new jobs. Open discussion with local food experts will follow the movie viewing. The movie is co-hosted by Slow Food Springfield and Illinois Stewardship Alliance.
The Greenie Awards recognize individuals (one LLCC faculty member, one LLCC staff member, and one LLCC student) who initiate or support an activity with positive environmental outcomes; encourage participation and involvement; work together with other individuals, groups, and organizations to meet their goal; and/or demonstrate a sustained effort or campaign on campus related to sustainability and environmental awareness.
Friday, April 26:
Bottle Water vs. Tap Water Challenge and Seed Sprinkling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Participants will be tested on whether they can tell the difference between bottled water versus tap water, which tastes better and which is better for them. Participants may also pick up wildflower seeds for spring planting.
Monday-Friday, April 22-26
Solar/wind trainer on display, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the A. Lincoln Commons. Free popcorn will be provided using the solar/wind-powered trainer.
For more information, contact Julie Rourke, workforce development director, at 786-4616 firstname.lastname@example.org.