Earth Day celebrations are set to continue this weekend in Elkin after Jonesville opened the celebrations at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center on Saturday.
The Elkin Presbyterian Church will host its second annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with assistance from the Elkin Presbyterian Preschool.
This kid-centered celebration is intended to educate as well as entertain.
“There will be child-friendly, family-friendly fun [and] educational booths,” said the Rev. Stuart Taylor, coordinator of Watershed NOW and pastor of the church. Among those will be local beekeepers and Living Waters, the hydroponic farmers who seek to educate children on growing possibilities as well as providing basic nutrition.
Live music will be provided and barbecue will be for sale.
The celebration has been planned by Abby Catoe, Karen Chandler, Misty Cranford, Dee Neil, Rob Libbert and Vicky Tysor to be, “all toward the end of celebrating the goodness of creation and promoting stewardship of the earth,” according to Taylor.
The event also will celebrate young people who have acted in good stewardship.
At 11 a.m. Watershed Now will honor members of Make Earth Great Again (MEGA) with a contribution for this Elkin Elementary environmental club.
Call 336-835-4545 for more details.
Celebrating Earth Day the preceding week to help with attendance at both functions, the Jonesville Historical Society assisted by the Jonesville Public Library welcomed visitors to the Yadkin Valley Senior Center.
In addition to such planned children’s activities as rock painting and educational presentations by librarian Jennifer Marion and Yadkin County Ranger John Kessler, conversations provided unexpected education for adults as well.
“It’s the embers that can really be the problem,” said Kessler of recent wildfires.
“People will have a small contained fire, but they won’t pay close attention to the embers. The fire could be right here [at my feet], but an ember has blown way up in the trees and caught fire.”
Kessler stressed the importance of observing the wind as well as moisture when considering a fire.
“You can never tell when the wind is going to sweep an ember off,” said Kessler.
Local resident Butch Casstevens agreed that it is important to be observant and educated.
Participating in such programs as the Earth Day Celebration and other activities at the history center, library and senior center can help do that for free.
“It needs to be gotten out that there are things here in the community for the kids to do,” said Casstevens.
A history enthusiast himself, Casstevens believes understanding the past helps make a better future.
“[They need to know history] so that they can know what history is and they can make it themselves.”
To visit the Yadkin Valley Senior Center in Jonesville, call 336-244-5064.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.