The weekend of October 13-16 offers a progression of four irresistible Cool Davis events.
2011 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival: On Thursday, October 13, the Cool Davis Initiative with co-sponsors Sierra Club and Tuleyome presents award-winning films at the Richard Brunelle Theater at the Davis High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the films beginning at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring their own cups, snack bowls, and cloth napkins. Tickets are $10 at http://2011daviswildandscenicfilmfestival.eventbrite.com and at the door (if still available).
Electric Vehicle Rally & Art About: On Friday evening, October 14, folks can catch an unusual entry in the 2nd Friday ArtAbout. A cool electric vehicle rally will wind its way through town from 5:00-6:00 p.m., and stop at the end for a show & tell. Taking off from our festival theme, the ArtAbout will feature “Low Carbon Pathways to an ArtFull Life” as the community is encouraged to walk, bike or take alternative transportation to downtown for an evening of art and energy efficiency!
Cool Davis Day of Service: Saturday, October 15, Cool Davis will coordinate environmental, climate mitigation, and eco-justice activities for volunteer participation. Projects include planting flowers for bees (Davis Bee Charmers), transplanting seedlings for habitat restoration (Putah Creek Council), learning about local farmers and seasonal produce (Davis Food Coop), preparing winter gardens to feed the hungry (Davis Community Garden and F.A.R.M), maintaining hiking trails (Tuleyome/Sierra Club), sewing reusable Veggie bags (UCD Craft Center), learning about gardening and planting seedlings (Sodexo), and collecting acorns (UCDavis Society for Conservation Biology/Audubon). Volunteers may sign up at www.cooldavis.org.
Cool Davis Festival 2011: On Sunday, October 16th, the community is invited to the free second annual Cool Davis Festival at the Davis Veterans Memorial Center. With the theme, Celebrate Healthy Pathways to a Low Carbon Life!, the festival connects low-carbon lifestyle choices with a healthy environment, personal well-being and a thriving community.
The festivities start when the Vets Theater opens at 12:30 with Heavenly Music: Earthly Pictures featuring the DHS Baroque Ensemble. At 1pm, Mayor Joe Krovoza welcomes everyone, Tree-o plays, a panel of food experts discusses “Practical Ways to Eat Healthy, Spend Less, and Reduce Your Food Print” and the Mayor introduces the recipients of the 2011 Eco-hero Awards.
The panel presents Chris Jones – a key developer of the Cool California carbon calculator – speaking on how our food choices effect our carbon foodprint, Danielle Lee – Sustainability Manager for UC Davis Dining Services – addressing health & wellness, buying locally grown foods, supporting sustainable agriculture, and a local farmer/ educator. Guests may purchase a picnic lunch from Caffe Italia Pizza with a Purpose (supporting Farm to School), Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, and Fat Face Popsicles beforehand.
At 2:00 p.m. over 50 Festival exhibits open such as: how to prepare veggies, green cleaning and canning demonstrations, free local food tasting, solar cooking, gardening and irrigation tips, composting mini-classes, children’s activities including a bike rodeo and crafts, biking and an electric vehicle show and much more. Our popular Carbon Cafeteria will return with energy and water conservation experts demonstrating practical household energy conservation, home retrofit solutions, and carbon reduction on our dinner plates. Energy Upgrade CA will offer one-stop retrofit assistance.
Meanwhile, the theater offers entertainment all afternoon, featuring a new interactive children’s play by Nature’s Theater called Junky’s Last Stand about junk food, the Vocal Art Ensemble, Ecokinesis Dance Company, inspirational original songs about Earth by local composers, and special recognition of businesses and organizations on the cutting edge of sustainable practices.
Visitors should come early – by bicycle, on foot, on Unitrans if possible – if they hope to experience everything! Everyone should bring her own water bottle or cup to help make this a zero waste event. The complete program will be available at www.cooldavis.org the week before the festival.