Sustainable Alliance Festival

September 08, 2010

The inaugural Sustainable Alliance Festival will be held September 24 to October 3 throughout the city of Alliance.
Residents from the Alliance area and surrounding communities are invited to attend the various events during the festival including bike and bus tours, family-friendly games, numerous learning experiences, food, music and all things sustainable.
All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Sustainable Alliance Festival, visit www.greenallianceohio.org or contact John Bienz at (330) 823-3196.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 
Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25
Live viewing of WALL-E (rated G)
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
In a futuristic world, human beings have destroyed earth and evacuated the planet leaving the cleanup to an army of robots they’ve programmed to do their dirty work. Due to a mishap, the dutiful WALL-E is the only one left.
 
Saturday, September 25
Tour of SARTA Hybrid Bus
9 a.m. – Noon, Farmers’ Market, 210 E. Main St.
Tour the new hybrid bus and receive information on how to travel throughout Stark County with SARTA.
 
Historical Bike and Vintage Bus Tour
Tours depart at Noon and 1:30 p.m., Farmers’ Market, 210 E. Main St.
Along with a guide, tour downtown historical sites on a vintage bus or on a bicycle. To reserve your spot, call the Chamber of Commerce at (330) 823-6260.
 
Saving the Future: The National Ash Seed Collection
1 – 3 p.m., John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, located six miles south of Alliance on Daniel Street, just off Route 183
Learn how to identify local ash trees and the emerald ash borer, and how to help collect seeds to help save the trees. To make a reservation for this event, call the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.
 
Sunday, September 26
Family Games
2 – 4 p.m., John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, located six miles south of Alliance on Daniel Street, just off Route 183
Enjoy nature-oriented outdoor games for the entire family. To make a reservation for this event, call the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.
 
Live viewing of WALL-E (rated G)
3 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
In a futuristic world, human beings have destroyed earth and evacuated the planet leaving the cleanup to an army of robots they’ve programmed to do their dirty work. Due to a mishap, the dutiful WALL-E is the only one left.
 
Monday, September 27
SARTA Travel Training
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center, University of Mount Union
Learn about SARTA’s new travel training program which provides personalized instruction for individuals or groups who would like to learn how to plan trips and use the fare box on an actual bus. Following the hour long training session, those in attendance will receive a free monthly pass.
 
Tree Planting
Noon, University of Mount Union
Individuals will have the opportunity to plant trees. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Shade Tree Commission.
 
Alliance Leadership Seminar on Sustainability Planning
7 p.m., Glamorgan Castle Board Room,
Join Mayor Toni Middleton, University of Mount Union President Dr. Richard F. Giese and a panel of experts on sustainability planning. Alliance Area Preservation Society awards will also be presented at this time. Tours of the Castle will be given at 6 p.m. for a donation of $5.
 
Tuesday, September 28
Live viewing of the movie Dirt! The Movie
7 p.m., Lower level of Bracy Hall of Science, University of Mount Union
Dirt! The Movie is a funny and educational movie about the importance of the earth’s living skin.
 
Rain Gardening Workshop
7 p.m., Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. N.E.
Discover the benefits of having a rain garden and how it helps your area water.  You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to create one in your own backyard.  The workshop will include a presentation by certified master gardener Elaine Regas where she will discuss location, siting and sizing, creating a layout, planting ideas and maintenance.
 
Wednesday, September 29
GLOBE Workshop – Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. N.E.
The workshop is geared to 4-H and scout leaders, community organizations and students interested in focusing on meaningful science research activities. The workshop will be led by Nancy Baker-Cazan, master trainer for the Stark County GLOBE Program. 
 
Thursday, September 30
Faculty Panel: Sustainability Across the Curriculum
4 – 5 p.m., Tolerton and Hood Hall Room 100, University of Mount Union
Faculty members Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, Dr. Martin Horning, Dr. Ivory Lyons and Dr. Naoko Oyabu-Mathis will discuss how the concept of sustainability plays a role in their four different disciplines. In the process they will specify how they are integrating the concept into one of their courses in the upcoming year.
 
Friday, October 1
EcoART: Celebrating and Exploring Sustainability
7 – 10 p.m., Jupiter Studios, 346 E. Main St.
This event will feature the work of local artists and art students, and will include a display of re-purposed fabric and fiber by the YWCA, live music and a silent auction of rain barrels.
 
Saturday, October 2
Ohio Proud’s Kitchen-on-Wheels
9 a.m. – noon, Farmers’ Market, 210 E. Main St.
Join chefs Dorsey Ney and Dawn Wagner for a seasonal cooking demonstration. The menu will include items provided by Ornery Goat Dairy, Tri Pine Farm, Maize Valley Farm and Arrowhead Orchard. Free samples will be available.
 
Watershed Tour
Tour departs at 1 p.m. from the Alliance Area Senior Center, 602 W. Vine St.
Join Dr. Dean Reynolds to learn more about how Alliance processes its water and about the natural resources of the area. To register for the tour, call the Alliance Area Senior Center at (330) 821-3348.
 
Ohio Solar Tour: Stark County
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Various locations throughout Stark County
The statewide event will feature tours at ten local sites in Stark County featuring solar, wind, geothermal, green design and energy-saving technologies. For a list of sites, maps and additional details, visit www.greenenergyohio.org.
 
Sunday, October 3
Fall Harvest Festival
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Alliance Area Senior Center, 602 W. Vine St.
The festival will include food, music, raffles, books and much more. Displays and discussions of sustainable practices in the homes, ways to dispose of leftover medications and a history of bus transportation in Stark County will also take place.
 
Ohio Solar Tour: Stark County
1 – 4 p.m., Various locations throughout Stark County
The statewide event will feature tours at ten local sites in Stark County featuring solar, wind, geothermal, green design and energy-saving technologies. For a list of sites, maps and additional details, visit www.greenenergyohio.org. A special exhibition with demonstrations will be held at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on the University of Mount Union’s campus. Technical representatives also will be available to answer questions.
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