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Weevils rock you and the Earth Day Festival

Those interested in environmental issues get double the pleasure during April as two events take place showcasing efforts to preserve this area’s environmental quality.

Partners for Milfoil Control, which includes the Tri-State Water Quality Council (as a fiscal sponsor), Idaho Conservation League, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, Panhandle Environmental League, Selkirk Conservation Alliance and Sandpoint Mothers for Safe Water, is inviting the public to a Spring Bash and Weevil Release Party on April 11 to help launch a new tool for attacking milfoil infestations in Lake Pend Oreille. Partners for Milfoil Control is raising funds for a native milfoil weevil demonstration project that offers a potentially sustainable approach to dealing with the Eurasian watermilfoil problem. This fundraising event is near the deadline when all money needs to be raised in order to implement the project this summer.

The Weevil Release Party includes a showing of the film “FLOW,” four live musical acts and an Auction for Action. Admission is $12 for all three venues including the film at the Panida Theater, the Auction at Stage Right Cellars, and music at the Little Theater, all in Sandpoint.

FLOW won “best documentary” awards at the Vail and United Nations Association film festivals. In addition to identifying problems, FLOW offers an inspiring portrayal of the people and institutions providing practical solutions to global water issues.

The Auction for Action features great items to bid on including a flight over Lake Pend Oreille and specialty lake cruises on the Shawnodese with Lake Pend Oreille Cruises. A wide selection of local arts, crafts and services will also be on the bidding tables.

Weevil Rock You, the musical portion of the program, is scheduled in the Little Theater (accessed via Stage Right Cellars). Holly McGary, Beth Pederson, Rex James Trio, and Bluegrass Scramble are featured. Doors to the Panida open at 6 pm; those who arrive early can enjoy Eichardt’s lobby service featuring beer and wine. At 7 pm the film will be presented, with an opening performance by Cynthia’s Preschool & Kindergarten.

Then at 9 pm it’s the music and auction at Stage Right Cellars and the Little Theater. The auction will be open for bidding at Stage Right Cellars during the days prior to event, beginning on Thursday, April 9. Tickets are available at Common Knowledge, Eichardt’s, Stage Right Cellars, and the Panida Theater box office. Individuals may contribute tax-deductible cash gifts securely on-line at www.tristatecouncil.org.

A little over two weeks later, more than 20 local organizations will be participating in the Second Annual Sandpoint Earth Day Festival on April 26 at the Sandpoint Community Hall.

This free event  is sponsored by the Idaho Conservation League and city of Sandpoint,  and celebrates the commitment and ingenuity of area residents who are working to protect North Idaho’s quality of life.

The festival will be preceded by a double feature on Earth Day, April 22, at the Little Panida Theater, featuring two short movies: Sacred Planet by Disney and the award-winning documentary Red Gold, about the controversial Pebble Creek Mine in Alaska. The movies will be shown at 6:30 pm and admission is $6.

One highlight of the April 26 festival will be the Earth Day Café, featuring culinary creations made almost entirely with locally grown food. Last year’s menu included yak stew, pull-apart pork sandwiches on homegrown wheat rolls, and cookies.

Local musicians will provide entertainment, while the Arts Alliance will give kids a creative outlet. Idaho Fish and Game’s education program will have live owls on hand for teaching children about raptors.

Sandpoint’s Community Hall will be lined with displays of information featuring the work of local and regional organizations from 11 am to 4 pm.

For more information, call the Idaho Conservation League at 208-265-9565.

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Landon Otis

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