SPEAK hosting Earth Fest on April 22

FREMONT — Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK), a student organization at Trine University, will host Earth Fest from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 22 at Briali Vineyards, 102 W. S.R. 120, Fremont.

The event is free and open to the public.

Earth Fest is an event to celebrate Earth Day through arts and crafts, music, food and educational experiences. It will include a variety of activities that place an importance on saving the planet we all share, both in the community and around the world.

Musical performances will include Clusterfolk at 11 a.m., Soltre at noon, Janathan Watkins at 1 p.m., Danielle Gyger at 2 p.m., John Getz at 3 p.m., The Thriftniks at 4 p.m., Rachael Barry at 5 p.m., Andru Bemis at 6 p.m. and Drew Nelson and Friends at 8 p.m.

Presentations will include “Local Tree Identification” by Rita Smith at 11:30 a.m., “Community Conservation” by Bridget Harrison at 12:30 p.m., “Sustainability in Jamaica” at 1:30 p.m., Indiana Forest Alliance at 2:30 p.m., “How Native Plants in your Backyard Help Biodiversity” by Martha Ferguson at 3:30 p.m., “Climate Change” by Wes Bickford at 4:30 p.m. and “Invasive Species” by Dave Drogos at 5:30 p.m.

Four workshops – “Art with Barb” at 11 a.m., “Nature Journaling” by Amy Oberlin at noon, “What’s Inside Your Garden Gate” by Lou Ann Homan at 1 p.m. and “Wild Edibles” by Tammy Alvord at 2 p.m. – also will be part of the day.

At 7 p.m., keynote speaker Seth Sutton will present on the topic of “We the 7th,” which involves an in-depth look at Native American communities in western Michigan. He also will discuss the current political landscape in the United States, tribal sovereignty and traditional arts.

For more information about Earth Fest, visit the SPEAK for the Earth Facebook page, or speakforearth.org.