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Communities celebrate Earth Day in novel ways

ANNUAL FUND-RAISER: Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston’s 2013 Auction and Regatta cochairwomen Meryl Thompson of Marblehead (far left) and Louise Sharp of Swampscott (far right) and this year’s signature artist, Christopher Gurshin (second from right), and Paul Zekos, the event auctioneer, recently unveiled Gurshin’s painting “Marblehead Memories Forever.”

ANNUAL FUND-RAISER: Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston’s 2013 Auction and Regatta cochairwomen Meryl Thompson of Marblehead (far left) and Louise Sharp of Swampscott (far right) and this year’s signature artist, Christopher Gurshin (second from right), and Paul Zekos, the event auctioneer, recently unveiled Gurshin’s painting “Marblehead Memories Forever.”

GREEN SCREENING: The 2013 Earth Port Film Festival will be presented at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on Sunday.

The evening of short films by independent filmmakers and videographers focuses on environmental action, with an emphasis on building awareness of the causes and effects of climate change and how these challenges are being addressed.

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The festival is cosponsored by PortMedia and Transition Newburyport. It was inspired by a desire to highlight and raise awareness of both pressing environmental issues and the important role of community media.

The audience will take a virtual trip around the globe to see how people are addressing climate change and other ecosystem issues. Film subjects include a student environmental justice activist in Boston; an Inupiat community protecting Arctic waters; an off-grid community in India undergoing an energy revolution; a young woman in Kenya challenging a threat to a community’s water supply; and a poetic tribute by one man to his bicyclist father.

The film festival is designed for all ages. Several films were submitted by student filmmakers and/or feature young people, including “Frog, Chemical, Water, You,” “Bottle vs. Tap,” and “Kids Can See It, Why Can’t We.”

A preshow reception with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m. and film screenings begin at 7. Advance tickets are $15; $10 for students. Tickets at the door are $17 and $12.

Proceeds from the festival support PortMedia, a nonprofit community media center that provides independent and original public affairs, arts, education, and government programming to Newburyport and the surrounding area.

For tickets ,call 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org. For a schedule of films, visit www.earthportfilm.org.

SEARCHING FOR CLUES: The Cape Ann TimeBank will hold a green technology scavenger hunt Saturday, the Eco-Trip, in downtown Gloucester.

Players, who can work solo or as a team, solve verbal and visual puzzles to learn what local businesses are doing to help the environment by using green technology.

Using a provided map, players are encouraged to walk to the businesses, which are located downtown or close to it.

“The Eco-Trip is designed to be fun, healthy, and educational,” said Nancy Goodman, a TimeBank coordinator. “The Eco-Trip arose out of a love of Gloucester and our hope for its future as we will be forced to meet our needs from energy sources other than oil and gas.”

The event culminates in a free pizza party at Latitude 43, the Eco-Trip’s final destination. Prizes of gift certificates and merchandise from local merchants will be awarded.

The event runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $15, and proceeds benefit The Cape Ann TimeBank, individuals and businesses that strengthen the community by offering their services to one another and to community groups. For every hour of service members offer, they are eligible to ask for an hour of help in return.

For more information, contact Judy Bloomfield at 978-281-0088 or 1judybloom-field@gmail.com To register for the Eco-Trip, visit www.capeanntimebanks.org.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE:
Sheryl Meehan
of Lawrence is the new volunteer manager at Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, based in Danvers. Her past positions include manager of volunteer services for Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill. She will lead the team of volunteer coordinators and oversee recruitment, training, and retention of 450 volunteers serving some 90 communities in Massachusetts . . . Laurie Phillips is the new personal moving consultant at Brooksby Village, a retirement community in Peabody. She helps future residents sell their homes by referring local realtors and vendors such as painters, carpenters, and home staging companies. She also offers downsizing tips and helps residents settle into their homes at Brooksby Village. Phillips, a realtor since 2005, holds a license with RE/MAX Prestige. . . . Noemi Custodia-Lora of Haverhill, an assistant dean of foundational studies and liberal arts and sciences at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, has been named an American Council on Education fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to identify and prepare promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Custodia-Lora was one of 50 fellows nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their schools.

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