Bethel to Celebrate Earth Day

The second annual Bethel Community Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the lawn of the Municipal Center. The non-profit event is co-sponsored by The First Congregational Church of Bethel, the Town of Bethel, and Bethel Parks and Rec.

Fun for all ages, the event will host local vendors, non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, craftspeople, and farmers, all dedicated to environmental awareness and preserving our planet. Food trucks will be on hand, and local musicians will provide entertainment.

Great off-site events will be happening concurrently throughout Bethel’s downtown:

  • The Toy Room: Come and meet dogs from Guiding Eyes for the Blind and learn more about this organization. The Toy Room will donate 15% of all purchases made during the event to Guiding Eyes.
  • Byrd’s Books: An art table for all ages will be available throughout the day. Special nature-themed books will be available.
  • Bethel Music Center: A free ukulele will be raffled off.
  • Touch of Sedona: Prizes, free gifts, flower planting, gardening, intuitive readings, a raffle, refreshments, and special sale items are all on offer. Kids’ activities include story circle time, prizes, a yard rock hunt, a fairy garden, and bird feeder crafts.
These four Bethel businesses, along with 22 other downtown locations, are all part of the Earth Day local passport. From now through the 21st, visit these participating businesses (identifiable by the Earth Day Flag on display) and ask to have your passport stamped. Your completed passport will qualify you for prizes and raffles at the Earth Day celebration!

On Sunday, April 22 from 2:00-3:30 pm, Bethel Public Library will host a panel discussion called, “Ecotheology: Caring for and Connecting with Our Earth.” Panelists include Geshe Lobsang Dhargey, resident teacher at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding; Jane Ellingwood, Ph.D., of the First Congregational Church in Bethel; and Ms. Eman Beshtawii, founder and director of the Al Hedaya Islamic Center in Newtown.

The speakers will discuss principles and practices from their faith traditions of caring for and respecting Earth, of the interconnectedness of living beings and all aspects of nature, and of the integrity or worth of the non-human world. They will also consider the role of human beings in endangering Earth and its inhabitants on the one hand, and in working to protect Earth and in trying to achieve sustainable human-Earth relationships on the other hand. Questions from attendees will be encouraged.

Registration for the program is required. Register through the Bethel Public Library’s online calendar at www.bethellibrary.org or by calling 203-794-8756 x4.