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

Courtesy of The Morris Arboretum's Events WebsiteSaturday, April 9, 9am

Just getting into the gardening scene? Julie Cox, master gardener and avid vegetable gardener, can answer your questions, or help with any dilemma a novice gardener may encounter. Her EZ Steps to Grow Vegetables discussion will include topics like, site selection, planting, nurturing, soil testing and harvesting in a mostly organic approach. This event will take place at the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center, located on N. Horticultural and Montgomery Drives. For more information:

Saturday, April 9, 10am

Don’t miss award-winning, environmental educator, Jack Golden’s comedic show about recycling: Garbage is My Bag at the Bruce Montgomery Theater (in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts) at the University of Pennsylvania. Golden stars as the comedic expert Dr. T., who goes digging through mountains of trash in search of answers to our garbage problems. This show is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Tickets are $10 for all ages. To buy tickets:

Saturday, April 9, 11am – 3:30pm

The Morris Arboretum, located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in Chestnut Hill, will be hosting its annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Celebration, to celebrate one of the finest collections of Japanese plants and gardens in the region in honor of the Arboretum's founders, John and Lydia Morris. Held in collaboration with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia  the celebration will host a variety of events and activities for the whole family. For the full list of events and times, visit:

Even more events after the jump!

Sunday, April 10, 2pm – 6pm and Monday, April 11, 8:30am – 9pm

Ground for Hope, an interfaith environmental education and training event will present workshops, environmental justice and advocacy training, as well as teachings on Eco-Preaching, green facility instruction, and tours of green job sites and buildings. For the full schedule and registration details, visit:

Tuesday, April 12 6:30pm – 8pm

The PennyPack Farm and Education Center presents, “Bag It!” a sustainable environment film that showcases the scope of environmental issues plastic bags cause, and the effects plastic has on waste and recycling, ocean health and marine debris as well as human health. The film screening will take place at the Ambler Theater. To buy tickets: For more information about the film:

Bag It Intro from Suzan Beraza on Vimeo.