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Young Filmmakers Contest Will Thank Local Teachers

Image from the 2018 Brooks Eco-Eagles contest submission, “Little Mermaid: 2050.”

Local students took top prizes in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest at the elementary and middle school levels in both 2018 and 2017. Winning films premiered at the One Earth Film Festival in March at Columbia College along with top films from across the country at high school and college levels. At that time, students were fêted with monetary prizes, certificates, T-shirts, and a reception.

In order to thank local teachers for encouraging their students to enter the contest, a second screening of local winners will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. This Teacher Appreciation Breakfast and Screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

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Architect Douglas Farr Discusses ‘Sustainable Nation’


Meet architect, planner and author Douglas Farr from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Discuss ideas from his new book, “Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future.” His first book, “Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature” helped shift the focus of urban sustainability from the stand-alone building to the high-performance neighborhood.

Given the urgency of the many challenges that society now faces, “Sustainable Nation” hopes to accomplish an even more dramatic shift to focus on how long change takes and the many ways to drive change faster than ever before. The book suggests that society can overcome its major challenges and de-carbonize within four generations: the lifetime of a child born today. The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.

One Earth Film Fest Will Screen WALL-E at Millennium Park


Enjoy a warm breeze and the glittering lights of the city at a free, outdoor film in Chicago’s Millennium Park this summer.

One Earth Film Fest will screen the animated film “WALL-E” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events is part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series.

Each outdoor film, shown on Tuesday evenings, is jointly programmed (with DCASE) by a different, independent, Chicago-area film festival. For example, “WALL-E” is a double feature with the film “Crash,” presented by the Peace on Earth Film Festival at 8:30 p.m. that same evening.

Family and friends can either sit in chairs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out with a picnic on the Great Lawn while watching films on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Outside food and beverages, including alcohol, are permitted at this film series, and refreshments are available to purchase from Goose Island Beer Company, Riboli Family Wines and Pepsi at various locations throughout the park.

The 2008 film “WALL-E” is a 98-minute, G-rated film. In a distant, but not so unrealistic, future, mankind has abandoned the trash-covered earth, and WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot, has been left to clean up the mess.

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It’s Time to Plan a Green Event for Your Block Party!

Spring has sprung, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming.

Host a green show & tell event at your block party to explore ways we can do our part to support Mother Nature. You can choose from one of the following topics offered by Green Community Connections and friends or design your own event.

  • Mobilizing for monarchs. Stories of the amazing monarch butterfly (with West Cook Wild Ones).
  • Tips for a beautiful, family-friendly, chemical-free lawn (with Deep Roots Project).
  • Simple strategies for eating sustainably and reducing waste (with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse).

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Review: ‘The Genius of Birds’ by Jennifer Ackerman

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If you’ve ever wondered about pigeons’ navigational abilities, parrots’ linguistic skills or the musical memory of mockingbirds – and even if you haven’t — it might be time to pick up a copy of The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.

You’ll have a chance to discuss this book at the upcoming Nature Book Club, presented by Chicago Audubon Society and Trailside Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Ages 14 & up. Call 708-366-6530 for details.

Ackerman, an accomplished science writer who has tackled the human body, the common cold, and heredity in previous books, turns her considerable writing skills to the subject of birds. She gathers rich reporting about the latest ornithological research, her own first-hand observations and a colorful writing style to pull together this engaging book about avian intelligence.

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