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Sierra Club Offers FREE Screening of The Whale on July 4th

TheWhaleMountainsideFilmsNo baseball game, barbeque, or music on July 4th? Not to worry. Join the Nassau County Sierra Club for a free family-friendly movie, The Whale, which will screen at the Fernandina Beach Public library on July 4th at 6:45 pm before the fireworks start downtown.

The Whale is a documentary film. While not written or edited specifically as a children’s film, it is accessible and entertaining for children ages 6 and up. Children particularly respond to the film because it has the emotional force of a real story rather than being lists of facts. While the film does not provide answers to all the questions, a child’s curiosity is fed rather than ignored and what they most want to do when the film is over is talk about Luna the whale.

The film follows a lost young orca that uses humans for his need to socialize. People called him Luna. Because orcas are highly social animals and Luna had found himself alone, cut off from his pod, he seemed to think he could make a life among humans. So he tried to make contact with people at docks and boats along a fjord called Nootka Sound, on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island.

Luna, whom the press called “The Lonely Orca,” became the subject of controversy in both public and scientific arenas over what should be done with him—whether to catch him, befriend him or force people to stay away from him.

Although Luna was healthy, and his presence in the area delighted tourists and drew a large number of paparazzi, there were concerns that his behavior was endangering people. The relationship between the First Nations tribe and the local authorities – and how the two groups have contrasting views of what’s best for Luna – makes for interesting conversations after viewing the documentary.

This is not an advocacy film. But it is an amazing story. This film is more mysterious than most and has been described as “a complete emotional experience” because it tries to come to terms with the feelings of a whale.

Fort Clinch Beach Combing and Clean Up

Fort Clinch Beach Combing and Clean Up

Fort Clinch Beach Combing and Clean Up

In partnership with Fort Clinch State Park, the Sierra Club will be conducting a beach combing and beach clean-up outing on Saturday, November 14, 2009. This nature walk and clean up will include identification of animal tracks, shells and dune plants along with removing debris from the dune scarp to the waterline along the shore of Amelia Island.

The event will start at the Fort at 11:30 a.m. We will meet in front of the Fort Museum. The route will be from the Fort east to the fishing pier. It will be a two to three hour excursion.

The trip is free and open to the public. The Fort entry fee is waived for participants and individuals are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for the Fort Clinch Food Drive.

Attendees should also bring water and sunscreen. The outing will be conducted by a qualified Sierra Club Outings Leader. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. Please RSVP by November 12, to Len Kreger at (904) 432-8389 or Len.Kreger@rocketmail.com.

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Nassau County Sierra Club Bicycle Outing

American Beach, Florida

American Beach, Florida

The Nassau County chapter of the Sierra Club is planning a bicycle outing that will be full of the island’s natural beauty and some history, too. This trip is free and open to the public and includes a historical and cultural presentation by the author of “An American Beach for African Americans”, Marsha Phelts. RSVP by November 2, 2009, to (904) 432-8389 if you want to participate in this roundtrip, leisurely paced ride that will be held on Saturday, November 7.

At 9:30 AM the trip departs from the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center and is about 13 miles round trip. The route includes the Egan’s Greenway, the Amelia Island Parkway, Fletcher, Jasmine, 1st Street and in American Beach. After the lecture, you can have lunch on the beach or stop in at Gourmet-Gourmet for a real treat.

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