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HCC TO OBSERVE "EARTHWEEKS 2009"

BRIDGEPORT - A used blue-jeans drive, movies, teach-ins, poetry readings, forums, "hands-on" community service projects and a "green fair" are on the HCC agenda through April 30 as the college observes Earthweeks 2009.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Environment Club, the events, which are free and open to the public, include:

  • Blue  Jeans Drive through April 13. Old blue jeans will be  collected to be recycled into home insulation. They can be dropped off in the  student activities area and cafeteria in Beacon Hall and in the cafeteria and  Broad  Street entrance to Lafayette  Hall.
  • Movie: Car of the Future, Tuesday, &  Wednesday, April 14 and 15.  This  Nova broadcast deals with that distinctly American obsession, the car: Where  do you turn in today's car market? Is new technology about to transform the  way we drive? Join Tom Magliozzi and his brother Ray- better known as Click  and Clack, the Tappet brothers- as they take an intelligent, yet light-hearted  look at America's four-wheeled  future. April 14 - 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Room 287,  Beacon Hall; April 15 - 6:30 - 8:00  p.m., Event  Center, Beacon  Hall
  • Movie: Garbage Revolution, Tuesday &  Wednesday, April 14 & 15. This film follows the McDonald family of  Toronto,  Canada, as they  track their environmental impact through garbage for three months. All their  waste is accounted for during that time, even the kids' lunchboxes. While the  topic is serious and the footage provides interesting statistics on how each  of us contributes to global warming, there are many humorous moments as well.  The director encourages the audience to join an online community on the film's  web site to recount its own experiences, and to share videos, stories and  ideas for change, April 14 - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Event Center, Beacon Hall. April 15 - 12:00-  2:00 pm, Room  287, Beacon  Hall.
  • Music/performance: Culture of the Environment, featuring  folk singer Geoff Kaufman and his "Tree of Life" program, Thursday, April 16.  Bringing a vibrant focus to environmental concerns through music. Geoff sings  and plays guitar, concertina, whistle, and traditional percussion instruments.  2 p.m.: Kaufman will develop a performance piece with HCC Theater Arts  students. 7 p.m.: piece will be performed and Kaufman will give a solo  performance. Part of the college's Third Thursday Cultural Celebration series.  Performing Arts  Center, Lafayette  Hall.
  • Poetry  reading: Feeling the Eco Muse,  Wednesday, April 22 Earth Day 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff will  read poetry with an environmental theme, with the music club providing music.  Performing Arts  Center, Lafayette Hall. 
  • Environmental Forum, featuring  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Thursday, April 23, 9:30 -  11:30 am. The forum will address Bridgeport's environmental needs, how state,  local, and private individuals and organizations are leading the fight to meet  those needs, and  ways the general  community can serve as its own best environmental defender. Events Center  Beacon Hall.
  • Community Service Project, Saturday, April 25, •  9:00 - 2:00 pm, Ansonia Nature Center. This hands-on effort will  involve corduroying trails - laying down logs and earth where the land is  eroded, damaged, or just plain soggy. For those not certain that physical  labor like that is the best thing for them, the Nature Center will have many  more jobs for people to do, so anyone- kids included- can come and join in.  This counts as community service work in many public school districts as  well.
  • Green  Fair, Thursday, April 30, 10:00 - 2:00 pm, Atrium, Lafayette Hall. Business,  environmental, and grassroots organizations will staff tables and talk to  students and faculty about their organizations and the important environmental  issues with which they are involved.
Housatonic is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 9Exit 1) in downtown Bridgeport.