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Join us for the dedication of the Watchung Park Pollinator Garden!

MONTCLAIR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INFO@MTCENV.ORG Sept. 11, 2017
Additional Contact: Lyle Landon, Co-chair, 201-247- 0288

POLLINATOR GARDEN PRESS RELEASE

A dedication of the Pollinator Garden at Watchung Park will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 PM. The Pollinator Garden was made possible through grants from ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) and the Montclair Garden Club to the Montclair Environmental Commission (MEC). The project began last October and would not have been possible without the contribution of over 80 hours of labor performed by MEC, Montclair Garden club members, citizen volunteers and a youth group, who built the raised beds, prepared the soil, purchased the plants and building materials, planted, watered and weeded. The result is a thriving garden of native, deer resistant plants, providing nectar and pollen for bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Educational placards will be posted on the day of the event.

The public is invited to the family-friendly presentation which will include short scientific explanations and musical interludes about bees, birds, butterflies and bats. The importance of pollination to our ecosystems, and its connection to healthy food, will be explained. Councilman Sean Spiller, liaison to MEC, and Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Robin Schlager will offer opening remarks. The short science segments will be presented by MEC members, the Montclair Community Farms group and other experts. The musical numbers will be performed by local musicians and include Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimski-Korsakov), Blackbird (Beatles), Butterfly (Mariah Carey) and Bat out of hell (Meatloaf). TV 34 will film the event and it will be the next subject of A Greener Day, MEC’s monthly environmental show. The presenters and Master Gardeners will be on hand afterwards to answer questions from the audience and the mobile farm stand truck will be parked nearby for fresh produce purchases.

The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs for comfort. If inclement weather forces a cancellation a notification will be posted on the MEC website: mtcenv.org. The Montclair Environmental Commission meets monthly at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month, and the meetings are open to the public.

Green Film Series: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green proudly present the 81st screening of their Green Film Series tonight, Thursday, August 17, at 7:40 p.m. at the Clairidge Theater, 486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 07042.

For the first time, this month’s Green Film will not be shown at the Library. Instead, we are offering a deep discount to a first-run feature film: “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”. Tickets for Green Film Series participants will be just $5.00 (cash only). Please arrive on time to purchase your ticket and find your seat for the 7:40pm screening.
We are excited to invite you to the follow-up to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary that brought climate change into the heart of popular culture. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

This riveting and rousing next step shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
The film shows Gore’s work with fellow environmentalists, researchers, business people, and politicians, and also details his behind-the-scenes efforts at the UN’s 2015 Climate Change Conference, where the groundbreaking Paris Agreement was negotiated. He pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Bring the family, a neighbor, or a good friend for this important documentary. For further questions, please contact Marnie at marnievyff@gmail.com or the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

Lenape Trail Walk, Wednesday, August 9th at 6:30pm

Enjoy a 1.7 mile walk along part of the Lenape Trail, a 32-mile urban trail in Essex County. We will follow the yellow blazes to discover how the Lenape Trail connects 4 Montclair parks: Brookdale, Yantacaw, Tuers, and Bonsal Preserve. We will learn about native and non-native trees and plants, the Lenape settlers in Brookdale Park, the Dutch origins of Upper Montclair (Speertown), the original site of the Upper Montclair Golf Club, and see where farms (with houses still standing) were located along Alexander Avenue that fed New York City residents in the late 19th century. We will end at an 1845 dairy farm, aka Applegate’s, where ice cream awaits!

The starting point is Brookdale Park – Enter the Park from Bellevue Avenue. Go south down the park road and park in the first parking lot on the left – near the soccer fields & the bleachers. The walk will begin at the northern end of the parking lot. Please RSVP to info@mtcenv.org or on Facebook.

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