Free Friday family films kick off Earth Day

By: Irene Smith, Special to the Loomis News
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The Annual Loomis Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 24, will include free family friendly environmental films. They will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, as well as throughout the Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 24, beginning at noon. All shows are in the Loomis Train Depot, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road. The film screening is sponsored by the Town of Loomis Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee. There is no charge for viewing the thought-provoking films, which can educate, entertain and enlighten children and adults. The Free Friday Family Night's showings include: "A Simple Question,” a film about fourth-grade students taking on the impossible task of restoring over 20 miles of creek-side habitat, partnering with ranchers, scientists, government agencies and schools. Also on Friday's lineup is "The Story of Stuff,” an animated film about people’s obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities and our health. "Bruin Ranch,” also on Friday’s slate, is a short film about Placer Land Trust's efforts to purchase 2,300 acres of pristine oak woodlands along the Bear River in Placer County. Additional environmental films will be available on Friday as time and audience allows. Other film offerings over the weekend’s events include "Pollen Nation", about the threats to bees that pollinate 1/3 of food; "A Chemical Reaction,” about reducing the harm from lawn and garden pesticides; "Trashed,” about where trash goes; and "Synthetic Seas,” about the increasing threat of plastics in oceans. Popcorn will be served. Seating is limited. For more information, call 652-5685.