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Lots of opportunities to honor Mother Nature on Earth Day

The Earth is getting a lot of attention over the weekend – from Literature Alive’s “Listening to the Wild” presentation Friday to the “Kids are the Future!” celebration at Loma Rica Ranch Sunday. Mother Nature is front and center, as well she should be. While the day is full of fun, it is also full of messages sounding warnings about the plight of our world.

To focus attention on the Earth, Literature Alive (with co-sponsor South Yuba River Citizen’s League) presents its 13th annual “Listening to the Wild.” Presenters will read and sing about a variety of wild experiences. David Forsythe tells of an ice-diving expedition in the Antarctic; Judy Halebsky recites a poem about whales – “they’re straining fish through their horse hair teeth/pulling in mica and cod and sea weed”; and Kelly Fleming sings “The Rain That Drives Me On.” The Inkwell, a student poet collective, expects to dazzle and inspire, as well.

This year’s featured writer is former ranger Jordan Fisher Smith. His book “Nature Noir,” in which he tells of his 14 years watching over 48 miles of the American River canyons, has been wildly successful. He says of his experience: “One thinks of places like Yosemite or Yellowstone or Denali as emblems of nature, but in fact, the American River canyons are more representative of global ecosystems, which are all in peril now. We are living in the middle of the largest extinction of other life – that is, nonhuman life – on earth in 65 million years. That is an event of greater significance than the resignation of Tom DeLay, the fall of Soviet communism, the invention of the Internet, or the failure of movie stars’ marriages.”

For an interview with Fisher Smith by Judy Crowe, as well as the biographies of other presenters, go to our Web site at http://www.theunion.com/entertainment.

WHAT: “Listening to the Wild” by Literature Alive

WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday

WHERE: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $10 general, $8 student, and $9 Literature Alive members-at the door.

INFORMATION: 272-5812 or visit http://www.Litalive.org

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