Iowa City has been coping with what is, evidently, some sort of freakish week-long thunderstorm complete with flash floods, power outages and way too much sogginess. With that said, what follows are some Earth Month highlights for April 18-30, wherein we will grit our teeth, smile politely and thank the Earth for being such a swell place (most of the time).
Thursday, April 18
Climate Change Rally
Climate advocates will meet outside the office of Congressman Dave Loebsack at 125 South Dubuque Street (located in the Pedestrian Mall) at 4:00 p.m. to rally in support of congressional action to combat climate change.
Saturday, April 20
Iowa Riverwalk Cleanup
The Iowa Riverwalk Cleanup kicks off Saturday for those looking to help pick up trash along the banks of the Iowa River. Interested parties are directed to check in near the UI Water Plant at 208 West Burlington Street at 8:30 a.m., with the cleanup occurring from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Groovy Katz Broadway Hair Show
Saturday night, stylists from The Groovy Katz Salon and Spa will host a musical-themed “Broadway Hair Show” at the Blue Moose Tap House in support of our local chapter of the National Audubon Society. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes music from blues artist Kevin “BF” Burt as well as a silent auction.
Monday, April 22
Documentary screening: Truck Farm
The Iowa City Public Library will screen Ian Cheney’s documentary Truck Farm at 12:00 p.m. in Room A.
[dropcap style=’default’]T[/dropcap]he Iowa City Public Library presents “Truck Farm,” the story of quirky urban farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he’s got: his Granddad’s old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city’s funkiest urban farms and to find out if America’s largest city can learn to feed itself. –via Iowa City Public Library
Take Back the Tap: Taste test challenge
From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Take Back the Tap (TBT) will host a taste test challenge on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway in an effort to educate the student body about the myths of bottled water. TBT contends that drinking from the tap is not only good for, but just as pleasing to the taste buds as well.
Documentary screening: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time
At 7:00 p.m., the Iowa City Public Library is back at it with another Room A documentary screening, this time featuring Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time.
[dropcap style=’default’]T[/dropcap]he Iowa City Public Library presents the first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold. “Green Fire” highlights Leopold’s career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. –via Iowa City Public Library
After the screening, a discussion will be led by Thomas Dean, Aldo Leopold Foundation Land Ethic Leader and Little Village columnist (as a matter of full disclosure).