Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:26pm

Forests will be the focus of JCC's Earthfest, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20 outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center on the Jamestown Campus.

The event, sponsored annually by JCC's Earth Awareness Club and the college program committee of the JCC Faculty Student Association, is free and open to the public.

Earthfest will begin at 11 with a multimedia presentation by Deb Lanni, JCC professor of communication and media arts, on sustainability. Performances by local acoustic guitarist Matt Maloof are featured throughout Earthfest and Jeff Musial of Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics will present an animal show at noon.

Throughout the event, vendors and exhibitors will provide earth-friendly products and information.

A tree seedling adoption will be conducted by the Earth Awareness Club thanks to tree donations made by the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Proceeds from the sale of fairly traded products by Earth Awareness Club members will be donated to environmental organizations as part of this year's Earthfest theme in support of the International Year of Forests as proclaimed by the United Nations for 2011.

The organizations that will benefit from the club's fundraising efforts are the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy's Last Mile Campaign, Allegheny Defense Project, the Rainforest Conservation Fund's Rainforest Corridor Program in Sri Lanka, and the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

JCC's Earth Awareness Club promotes an increased understanding and appreciation of the natural world and its creatures, wise environmental stewardship, enhanced knowledge of important environmental issues, compassionate living, and local awareness and action.

The club hopes that members of the JCC community, as well as members of the community at large, will join together in celebration of the Earth and learn more about how to be better stewards of the wonders that nature provides.

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