Sunday, April 24 from 10am-6pm on Silver behind Nob Hill location.
The Peace Center will be tabling; anyone interested in helping out contact 268-9557.
By Robin Seydel
(Originally published on the La Montanita Co|Op website. Schedule included at the end of the article.)
This 26th Annual EarthFest comes at a time when it is clear we have much to do for planetary and personal health and well-being. In February of this year we repeatedly broke, matched or came close to some of the hottest daily temperatures ever recorded. Additionally this year has seen an uptick in awareness of the social and economic justice issues that need to be addressed for true democracy and justice for all.
Over the years we have watched EarthFest grow with much good environmental and justice work done and connections and relationships grown. We are deeply moved by and thankful for how the New Mexican community has come together, to grow this festival into one of the most beloved of spring events. The joyous nature of the festival with its the coming together of friends new and old coupled with the good work we can accomplish when we cooperate makes EarthFest an important part of how we positively impact lives in our community and restore and sustain our little planet.
This year, recognizing that we are stronger when we come together, we are encouraging people to do just that and focus on collaborating on climate chaos, renewable energy, water quality, conservation, food self-sufficiency, economic and social justice and so many related issues. Come meet and lend your energy in support of the efforts of the many dedicated people in our communities who are working on these and other issues.
We firmly believe that with the same cooperative spirit that for 40 years enabled the Co-op to thrive and become the community hub for a sustainable future it has become, we can and will overcome the challenges we face.
You can expect an inspiring day filled with information, education and action booths from dozens of environmental, social and economic justice organizations from around the state. Meet local farmers, pet baby goats and get seedlings for a sustainable food supply, drought-resistant plants, and beautiful art from fine local artists and craftspeople. And of course you’ll get to eat great Co-op food and dance in the streets with friends and neighbors new and old.
RIDE A BIKE!
As the many of you who have attended the Co-op Earth Fest know due to the popularity of the event, and Nob Hill parking realities; it’s best to hike, bike or carpool to the festival site. Given that, we are once again honored to be working with Chuck Malagodi of the City of Albuquerque’s Bicycle program on the annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo and other bicycle education. Look for this part EarthFest at the west end of the festival grounds near Tulane.
A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS
As always you can count on seeing some of our community’s fine local artists and craftspeople, hearing some of your favorite musicians and thrilling to performances from our gifted local performers. Some festival favorites, like the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, National Institute of Flamenco’s Alama Flamenca, Baile Baile Folklorico and Adama Africian Dancers and Drummers are coming back, and we are once again honored to have them grace the little stage under the big tent in the middle of Silver Street. See the full entertainment schedule on this page so you don’t miss any of this great, local and FREE music.
Space goes quickly so reserve yours today. We give first priority to non-profit environmental, social and economic justice organizations, farmers, gardeners and farming organizations. Due to space considerations and Fire Department regulations NO POP-UP CANOPIES will be allowed.
We’re hoping for a beautiful day, and with Mother Earth’s blessing we will once again take time to celebrate “Her” and reaffirm our commitment to restoring and sustaining our beautiful blue/green planetary gem.
EarthFest Entertainment Schedule
10:00am: Ehecatl Aztec Dancers
11:00am: Eileen and the In-Betweens
12:00pm: Alma Flamenca
1:00pm: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
2:00pm: Baile Baile Dance Company
2:30pm: Adama African Dancers and Drummers
3:00pm: Silver Strings Band
4:00pm: Cowboys and Indian
5:00pm: Blue Hornets
Friday, Apr. 22
International celebration of the Earth since 1970! Medicine Drum Circle presents Drum & Dance Celebration at 2pm at Tiguex Park, and picnic at 1pm.
Thursday, Mar. 10, 5:30-8:30pm
Charlie King will be performing a benefit concert at the Peace Center, thanks to Dina Afek of Jewish Voice for Peace ABQ. Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. His political musical influences are the folk music revival of the 1960s, and the protest songs of the Civil Righs and Vietnam War era.
“With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” -Billboard
“One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” -Pete Seeger
Saturday, Mar. 26, 10:30am-3pm
March begins 10:30am from the NHCC (4 th & Cesar Chavez) and ends there as well, with a fiesta until 3pm including a performance by Las Cafeteras.
Call 268-9557 if you can help table for the P&J. Info via cesarchaveznm.org.
Friday, Feb. 19, 6pm
On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians. Although several men were charged with killing the agents, only one, Leonard Peltier, was found guilty. This film describes the events surrounding the shootout and suggests that Peltier was unjustly convicted.
Written by Eric Sorensen for IMDB
Doors open 5:30pm
Light refreshments served
Friday, Jan. 15, 6pm
P&J Movie Night presents Trudell, about Native American poet and activist John Trudell, who passed away last month. Co-sponsored by The Red Nation. Doors open 5:30pm, light refreshments served.
Sunday, Jan. 17, 5pm
Singer/songwriter Laurie Dameron presents “What Can I Do? Spaceship Earth,” a fun and inspiring multimedia presentation about global warming and how to reduce our carbon footprint.
More info: facebook.com/WhatCanIDoSpaceshipEarth or,
Call 268-9557 if you can help Enid organize this event.
Friday, Dec. 18, Noon
2015 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil begins at Healthcare for the Homeless Memorial Wall (1217 First St. NW), with a silent march at 1pm to the vigil and open mic, at St. Johns Cathedral.
For more info:
Saturday, Dec. 12, 6-10pm
Please call 268-9557 if your grassroots social justice organization wants to table at the Gala. Note: new, bigger location this year: First Unitarian Church social hall, corner of Carlisle and Comanche. Call 268-9557 if you can bring posole, desserts or items for auction. Peace Center Holiday Gala featuring food and drink for sale, silent auction, live music by Native Roots (reggae), and most likely the Raging Grannies! Suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Friday, Nov. 20, 6pm
P&J Movie Night presents Abrazos, a short film about U.S. citizen Guatemalan children traveling 3,000 miles to meet their families and explore their heritage for the first time. Co-sponsored by NM Faith Coalition for Immigration Justice, the film is 44 minutes, followed by discussion. Doors open 5:30pm, light refreshments served