Virtual event to include children’s stories, tree plantings, poetry, music

📸 Courtesy photo of Peruvian-born guitarist and ethnomusicologist Carlos Odria.

SOUTHBRIDGE — Grassroots Central Mass and Starlite Gallery in Southbridge will host a virtual Earth Day festival, “You Can’t Live Without It,” online, showcasing stories, poetry readings, art and live music, Saturday, April 25 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Attendees are free to drop in to the event by visiting https://grassrootscentralmass.com/earth-day/.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated by millions around the world to raise awareness and advocacy for improving air quality, cleaning up contaminated lands, and protecting our water resources. While efforts to combat Coronavirus have prevented in-person celebrations and events, there is evidence the reduction in activity has reduced pollution and greenhouse emissions around the globe. This event will celebrate Earth, those who protect her and those inspired by her, in a socially-responsible, virtual forum.

The evening will include children’s stories, tree plantings and tips, poetry readings by Poetorium artists and others, and live musical performances. Among the featured musicians, Peruvian-born guitarist and ethnomusicologist Carlos Odria is slated to perform. Odria is a popular and talented guitarist who fuses jazz, Latin and other musical influences. He is in demand for venues across Central Massachusetts and will offer this rare at-home performance.

Visit https://grassrootscentralmass.com/earth-day/ for the full schedule and participation instructions.

Grassroots Central Mass is a collective of neighbors and activists in Massachusetts towns from Southbridge to the Brookfields to Barre working to help our communities, state and country to move forward on issues that impact us all. Starlite Gallery, at 39 Hamilton St., Southbridge, is a unique bohemian lounge offering original live music, craft beers and craft cocktails, art exhibitions and installations that provide patrons with a creative and stimulating social environment.

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