ACT LOCALLY: GRID's Round-up of local events and newsy bits

Courtesy of Clark Park's Earth Day Fest and Flea MarketSaturday, April 16, 9am – 5pm

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Earth Day Fest and Flea Market to promote social justice and sustainability for the African community. There will be a variety of vendors selling music, food, books, clothing and jewelry. There will also be workshops and speakers. Come out to Clark Park at 43rd and Chester to help celebrate social justice in a sustainable forum. This is a FREE event! Rain Date: April 17. For more information, visit uhurufleamarket.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, April 16, 10am

 In celebration of Earth Day, the Fairmount Park Commission is teaming up with the Wisahickon Restoration Volunteers and the US Fish and Wildlife Commission to maintain and clean up the environment by hosting an Earth Day Volunteer Event at three different locations. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community. This is a FREE event! For meet-up times and locations near you, click here.

Saturday, April 16, 1pm – 4pm

Join Green in Chestnut Hill (GRINCH) for its Weird Waste Day held in celebration of Earth Day. For a small fee, all your old electronics, such as cell phones, TVs, printers, etc., will be reused or dismantled instead of being chucked into a landfill. Get rid of all the electronic junk you have lying around but while helping to preserve our environment. The cost is $.40 per pound or a $15 flat rate for air conditioners. Come out to 23 W. Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill to participate. For more information, visit greeninchestnuthill.blogspot.com/

More events and a film trailer after the jump.

Sunday, April 17, 10am

Do not miss an opportunity to see a screening of “The Economics of Happiness,” a film documenting how globalization “breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness” and how to find happiness in the midst of these feelings (Read Shaun Brady's review in this month's GRID) This screening is sponsored by the Food Bank of South Jersey and will be playing at Rave Motion Pictures Ritz Center located at 900 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees, N.J. This is an all day event. For afull synopsis of the film, visit theeconomicsofhappiness.org/synopsis

View the trailer:

Sunday, April 17, 2-3:30pm

Wonder where your food came from and how it ended up on your plate? Join Philadelphia University, Philadelphia Food Trust and the Wyck Historic House and Garden as they collaborate to take you on a tour that examines produce up close and personal. Dirt to Dinner Plate: Agriculture Today is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. This event will take place at the Wyck Historic House and Garden, located at 6026 Germantown Ave. Reservations are required. To register, email rschultz@wyck.org or call (215) 848-1690. For more information and directions, visit philasciencefestival.org/events/2011/04/dirt-dinner-plate-agriculture-today

Sunday, April 17, 2:30–3:30pm

Interested in herbal medicine? Join Lilith’s Apothecary at City Planter for their Herbal Medicine-Making Class. This will teach you about the medicinal properties of common kitchen herbs and how to grow them on your own. The cost is $10 and participants will be given two free herbs to take home. City Planter is located at 814 N. Fourth St. Please contact City Planter to register for the classes at info@cityplanter.com