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Newtown Theatre to host Earth Day special event

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In celebration of Earth Day, the historic Newtown Theatre is partnering with local environmental groups to present a special movie screening and panel discussion at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The night will begin with a screening of several short environmental documentaries, including “Wild in the Garden State,” which follows a New Jersey couple who turned their suburban lawn into a beautiful ecological garden.

Following the documentaries, a panel of experts will discuss the following topics: “Becoming a Greener Consumer,” “Greening Your Food Dollars,” “Re-wilding Your Backyard,” and “Shifting to Renewable Energy.” The panel will be moderated by WHYY’s Marty Moss-Coane, and attendees will walk away with changes they can make in their own lives to improve the health of the world.

Panelists will include:

• Phil Coleman, president of aFewSteps.org, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the energy costs and carbon footprint of the communities of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District;

• Faran Savitz, from PennEnvironment, a policy and action group with a mission of building a greener, healthier world;

• Alisa Shargorodsky, founder and CEO of ECHO Systems, a circular model for reuse in grocery, restaurant, and event spaces;

• Mary Anne Borge, a naturalist and instructor at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, a Pennsylvania master naturalist, and editor of Butterfly Gardener;

• Robin Hoy, founder and a director of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, founder of the Wrightstown Farmers Market, and co-chair of the Wrightstown Township Environmental Advisory Council.

Partners on this special event include the Newtown Township, Newtown Borough and Wrightstown Township environmental advisory councils, the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, Wrightstown Farmers Market, Bucks County Ready for 100, the Heritage Conservancy, and PennEnvironment.

Tickets are available at TheNewtownTheatre.com for $15 per person or $10 for members of the theater or any of the partner organizations. Any remaining tickets will be sold for $25 at the door, 120 N. State St. in Newtown, on the night of the event (if available). All seating is general admission.


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