UPDATE: Southborough marks Earth Day with Planet Palooza celebrations 

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Bee climbing into a yellow flower
A bumble bee dives inside a flower in Northborough. Upcoming events in Southborough will highlight pollinators among other things.(Photo/Sandy Howard)

UPDATE: This article has been updated to note the postponement of a planned garden showcase and concert.

SOUTHBOROUGH – Southborough is moving forward with the final events of its multi-week Planet Palooza celebration, which has been coordinated around the 52nd observance of Earth Day this past weekend. 

Organized by the Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission, and dedicated to the memory of Southborough naturalist Linda Hubley, the slate of events has already featured an Earth Day clean-up day, guided nature walks and more. 

Now, organizers are entering the final days of an ongoing poster contest while planning a special presentation on pollinators

A previously planned garden showcase and earth day concert have been postponed to a date in June to be announced at a later time.

“COVID derailed our original plans for a one-week celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, but now we’re back – better than ever with more events than we could fit into a week,” Preservation Commission Chair Freddie Gillespie wrote in an email to the Community Advocate discussing plans earlier this month, prior to these recent postponements.

Poster contest closes on April 29

The poster contest asks contestants ages 0 through grade 12 to submit a hand-drawn poster on 8.5” by 11” paper. Submissions will be judged on their creativity and their relevance to both Earth Day and this year’s “Invest in our planet” theme.

Contestants should hand deliver or mail their posters to Melissa Danza, Conservation Commission, 9 Cordaville Road, Lower Level, Southborough, MA 01772 before April 29.

They should include their name, age, grade, school and phone number/email on the back of their poster. 

One winner will then be selected from each school in the Northborough and Southborough school district. 

Pollination expert to give presentation

A presentation by Dr. Robert Gegear on Thursday will highlight “eco-technology” that has helped those studying pollinators continue their work. It will also discuss ways that individual citizens have used data collected through pollination studies in various biodiversity restoration projects. 

Gegear is an assistant professor as UMass Dartmouth who has worked extensively with local community members at the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough. 

His presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the main floor of the Southborough Library.

Learn more about Planet Palooza programming at https://www.southboroughtown.com/open-space-preservation-commission/pages/planet-palooza-celebrating-earth-day-2022.

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