2015 Earth Day Recap

The 2015 event was held
Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
McKenzie Park
Downtown Panama City, Florida
Our thanks to everyone who helped make the 2015 event a success!

2015 Photos

Entertainment Schedule

Start Time 10:00 AM – Sound System provided by Curt McCarthy
10:00 – 10:45 Kristen Barkuloo (original music folk/country)
10:45 – 11:15 Gypsy Parvana Belly Dance
11:15 – 12:00 Pyramid Singers By The Sea (children’s choir)
12:00 – 12:45 CatNip Pat & The White Mouse Jugglers (original music/blues/rock & roll)
12:45 – 1:00 Heather Clements (hula hoop demonstration)
1:00 – 1:30 Gypsy Parvana Belly Dance
1:30 – 4:00 Lucky Mud & The Roberts Hall Revue:
Marvin Holdman
Emily Webb
Sarah Lotring
Marty Hendrickson
Charlotte Warnberg Moreau
(folk/bluegrass/country/original music)

Registered Participants

  • Friends of St. Andrews Bay (BEST): t-shirts, fruit trees & Our HOST
  • St. Andrews Bay Resource Management Association: environmental displays and touch tank for the children
  • Bay County Audubon Society
  • Gulf Coast Women’s Club Conservation CSP: shorebird building display for the children
  • Friends of St. Andrews State Park
  • Camp Helen State Park: wildlife displays
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection: display and handouts
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: display
  • Florida Forest Service: display with handouts and goodies for kids
  • Beach Plastics Apocalypse by Kurt Cox: beach cleanups
  • NWFL Renaissance Faire: creating awareness, generating interest for future event
  • Muth & Son’s Solar & Plumbing Service: solar panel display
  • Greenthumb Calboys: edible landscapes & urban farming
  • University of Florida IFAS, Extension Service: educational materials on landscaping
  • Sweetbay Chapter Florida Native Plant Society: education display
  • Florida Trails Association, Panhandle Chapter: display on hiking trails
  • Bay County Conservancy: display & information
  • Floridians For Solar Choice: petitioning for 2016 ballot initiative & information
  • Democratic Executive Committee: voter registration & information
  • Bay Greens: Green Party of Bay County display
  • Publix Supermarkets: greenwise display & re-usable bag giveaway
  • Lynn Haven Lions Club: free eyeglasses
  • Easy Access Program: mobility management training
  • Goodwill Industries-Big Bead: repurpose, recycle, reuse
  • Bay County Recycling & ENGEN LLC: recycling & waste to energy display
  • Girl Scout Service Unit 610: native plants giveaway to support butterflies
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County: environmental education display
  • Interfaith Harmony Council: spiritual awareness & diversity display
  • Crystal Cottage: promoting personal & planetary peace, meditation retreats, workshops, mentoring classes & seminars
  • Emerald Coast Pagan Community: information display
  • Panama Animal Welfare Society: animal rescue & advocacy
  • Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop: backyard bird feeding supplies & information
  • Indigo Earth Spa: massage, chair massage, essential oils & organic products
  • Recycled & Upcycled ARTS by Rebecca Logan
  • Art by Sandra Becker
  • Face & Body Painting by Janet Kirksey
  • Repurposed Antiques & Other Items by Leon Jones
  • Angelic Art & Design by Cheryl Dungan: canvas oils & acrylics, wood signs, crafts, scarves, jewelry, t-shirts
  • Art By SLY: handmade pottery & jewelry
  • Mother Earth Hematite: healing stone jewelry
  • Wildflower Oil Power by Terrilyn Iles: essential oils & homemade Goat’s Milk Soap
  • Dawn Shoffer Crafts & Gulf Coast Oilers: essential oils, fabric covered buttons & more
  • Mona Gaskell Hand Painted Items: for home, garden & wearables
  • Tropicandles of PCB: hand poured candles
  • Ron & Robyn Plowe Hand Painted Glass, Wood, Metal & Fabric
  • NIKKEN Total Wellness: water filtration systems & personal water bottles
  • Blue Sunshine Company: handmade soap
  • Kivett Design Studio: handmade jewelry from recycled objects
  • Nomadic Winds: jewelry, drums, crochet clothing & HOOPS
  • Gypsy Parvana Belly Dance: entertainment & display
  • Caribean Cuisine by Iris Sanchez
  • Little Miss Chessiest: sandwiches & sides
  • FINNS: seafood salads
  • Amavida Coffee

2014 Earth Day Recap

2014 Registered Participants Included:

BEST, Friends of St. Andrews Bay, host and tree give-away
St. Andrews Bay Resource Management Association, touch tank for the kids
Bay County Audubon Society
Friends of St. Andrews State Park
Florida Trail Association
Arizona Chemical, Biorenewable Solutions
Publix Supermarkets, Recyclables exhibit
Goodwill Industries, Race/Walk Sponsor
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Displays and Poster hanouts
Girl Scouts, Sandcastle S.V.GIO, Plant seedlings give-away
Lynn Haven Lions Club, Eyeglasses give-away
Trash Rolloff Curbside Recycling
Almost Eden Organics,LLC, Organic Produce
Kritters Inc., Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Bay County Solid Waste, Recycling Program drop-off
Gulf Coast Womens Club Conservation Department
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Sweetbay Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
Bay County Master Gardeners, plant sale
PAWS, Animal Rescue and Advocacy
Unity of Panama City
Wild Birds Unlimited, backyard bird feeding supplies
Latiolais Consulting, Reiki and Massage
Bay County Democrats, voter registration
Crystal Cottage, healing arts and planetary peace
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County, community involvement activities
The Zen Center, teas, incense, jewelry, candles
Green Thumb Cowboys, Permaculture design and landscaping
Panama City Artists , plein aire paintings in the Park
Nikken, Water filtration systems
Muth and Sons Plumbing and Solar, display
Wild Root, heirloom and organic seeds, succulents, air plants, garden gifts
Perfectly Posh, natural based pampering products
Mother Earth Hermatite, healing stone jewelry
Beyond Sassy, birdhouses, crocheted flower hairclips, barettes, headbands, flipflops
Comfy Cuddlers, soft sculptured dolls, stuffed animals, quilts, pillows
JIM & SOFIA Redmomd, Hand Made Crafts
Jewelry By Mary Anne, Handmade Jewelry
Robyn Plowe, Handpainted Glass, wood, metal, fabric, figurines
Art By SLY, ceramics and earthenware pottery
Kivett Design Studio, Enamel & Recycled Jewelry
Mona Gaskell, Hand Painted Wearables & Home Decor Items
Sunshine Designs By Dawn, Sunreflectors-fabric covered buttons, pins, magnets, ribbons
House Of Crafts and More, childrens aprons,nightgowns,dresses And canned salsa, veggies, jellies and more
Caribbean Cuisine by IRIS SANCHEZ, empanadas, arroz compollo, black beans and more
Little Miss Chessiest by Christian Lawrence, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta salad and chips
Gypsy Parvana Belly Dancers, performance belly dance
Mother Earth Drummers
Paul McAuliffe, Flutes
Black Fin, Reggae Music
Lucky Mud and the Roberts Hall Revue
Catnip Pat and White Mouse Jugglers
Wildflower Oil Power, Essential Oils
Indigo Earth Spa, MASSAGE

2014 Entertainment Included

Mother Earth Drummers
Paul McAuliffe (Flutes)
Gypsy Parvana Belly Dance
Black Fin, Reggae Music
Catnip Pat & White Mouse Jugglers
Gypsy Parvana Belly Dance
Lucky Mud & Gary Nichols
The Roberts Hall Revenue: Marty Hendrickson, Charlotte Warnberg-Moreau, Harry Warnberg, John Austell and Marvin Holdeman

2014 Sponsors

BEST, Inc. Friends of St. Andrews Bay
Cyber Sytes – Web SYtes by Design
The Jelks Family Foundation

2008-2012 Event Recap

2012 Sponsors

BEST, Inc. Friends of St. Andrews Bay
Cyber Sytes – Web SYtes by Design

2011 Sponsors

BEST, Inc., http://www.friendsofstandrewbay.org/
CYber SYtes, Inc., Web Site Design & Hosting,
Walmart, http://www.walmart.com/

2010 Sponsors

BEST, Inc., http://www.friendsofstandrewbay.org/
CYber SYtes, Inc., Web Site Design & Hosting, http://www.cysy.com/
Knology, http://www.knology.com/
Tyndall Federal Credit Union, http://www.tyndallfcu.org/

2009 Event

2009 Sponsors

CYber SYtes, Inc., Web Site Design & Hosting, http://www.cysy.com/
Knology, http://www.knology.com/
Walmart, http://www.walmart.com/
The Home Depot, http://www.homedepot.com/

2009 Participants

Bay County Audubon Society
Bay County Master Gardeners
Bay County Health Dept.
Bay County Recycling
Florida Trail Assn
Friends of Bay County Animal Control
Gulf Coast Women’s Club Conservation Dept.
Kritter Inc. Wildlife Sanctuary
Lake Powell Community Alliance
NW FL Water Mgmt. District
Save the Manatee Club
Sierra Club
St. Andrew Bay RMA
St. Andrew Bay RMA Turtle Watch
Sweetbay Chapter of the FL Native Plant Society
B Naturals Studio
Cooking Wood
Creative Collaborations
En Visions
Kivett Design Studio
McDowell, Suzanne
Mother Earth Hematite
Nerret, Katherine
Panama City Artists Assn
Persimmon Primitives
Pyramid School of Fine Arts
Project Joy Boots
Jennifer Marsee
Redmond, Jim and Sophronia
Sandra Becker
Vision Quest Gallery
Frida Natural
Gladis, Janet
Yoga For You
Muth & Sons Plumbing
Publix # 823
Save the Earth Rain Barrels
Sun Electro
Wheelers Farm Organic Produce
Wild Cat Creek Ecovillage
Yolo Board of Bay County, Inc.
Zen Garden Market
B’s Dog House
Blue Moon Cookie Co.
Caribbean Cuisine
Kocina d’amor
Thai-American Assn of Bay County
Capstone House
Green Party of Bay County
Legal Svcs of NW FL
Panama City Flyers Cycling Club
RotorAct Club of GCCC
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Adam Purvis and Friends
Lucky Mudd
McDowell, Suzanne
Mother Earth Drummers
PC Belly Dance / Troupe Lotus
Scott Wetter
Tidewater Cats
Turtle Foot and Friends
Interplanet Prod
Panama City Spacewalk

2009 Entertainment

Entertainment by Mother Earth Drummers, Panama City Dance Troupe, Scott Wetter, Lucky Mud, Tidewater Cats, and More.

2008 Event

2008 Participants

St. Andrews Bay RMA, Bay Watch, Turtle Watch and Seagrass Programs
Save the Manatee
St. Andrews Bay Environmental Study Team
Florida Extension Service Master Gardener Program
Green Party of Bay County
Bay County Conservancy
Wild Cat Creek Eco Village
Muth Plumbing, Solar Hot Water
Gulf Coast Womens Club, Conservation Dept.
Florida Trail Association
Shell Club of Bay County
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Sierra Club of Bay County
Publix Greenwise
Arizona Chemical, Environmental Dept.
ACLU of Panama City
Rescue Mission Recycling Program
Bay County Recycling Program
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Audoban Society of Bay County
Northwest Florida Legal Services

2008 Entertainment

Music by Foot and Friends, Matt Law, Larry Couch, and More. Readings by Virginia Dixon from her new book “What Happened to Willie.”

2008 Food

Food on Site: Iris Sanchez, Carribean Quisine
Food off Site: St. Andrews Coffe House, Granite Cafe, Captains Table, Hunts Oyster Bar and Uncle Earnies (all within two blocks walking).

2008 Vendors

Pet Butler
Grove Garden
Urban Hippie Candles
Pine Straw Baskets by Cindy Middleton
Massage by Janet Gladis and Friends
Kivet Design Studio and Many More.

2008 Sponsors

Arizona Chemical
Cyber Sytes – Web SYtes by Design
St. Andrews Bay Resource Management Association

Recycle Tips

Get a list of all Bay County area recyclers.

Six things you can do:

Reduce rubbish
Only buy things you really need. Most of what we throw away could be used again. Think twice before you put something in the bin. Try and cut down on the amount you buy new and then throw away.

Reuse products
Use containers again. Ask your school or workplace to provide reusable cups, plates, cutlery etc.

Give away or sell
Charity and nearly new shops as well as community and organization rummage sales are good places to donate or sell second hand clothes, toys and furniture. It is also well worth shopping at second hand outlets.

Repair or adapt
The best environmental choice is to repair, restore or adapt a product you already have. You may need professional help but it could still be cheaper than something new – half of electrical goods left at dumps work or require only very basic repairs.

Cut down packaging
The amount of plastic packaging waste is astronomical. Buying fruit and vegetables loose could cut your waste drastically. Take a shopping bag with you and try not to buy drinks in plastic bottles. Write to the companies concerned asking them to change their policies.

Recycle more
Recycle things yourself, and buy recycled products. For information on household waste disposal get in touch with your local authority for recycling schemes in your area – and ask them to improve their recycling services. Why not start your own recycling program at work or school?

There are lots of innovative things you can do to help reduce your trash – check out some of the tips below to get started. Making use of your mountain of plastic bags:

  • Use them as wastebasket liners.
  • Place them in the bottom of plant pots and hanging baskets – they act as great drainage systems.
  • Children can use them for carrying PE gear to school.
  • Scrunch them up to surround items when you’re packaging as an alternative to bubble wrap.
  • Use them in the garden to hold your grass cuttings and hedge trimmings before transfer to a compost bin.
  • Use them when packing for a trip to keep dirty/wet clothes and shoes away from dry clothing.
  • Use them as ‘doggy doo bags’ when out walking your dog!
  • Some supermarkets recycle plastic bags, so you can return plastic bags to them.
  • Re-use washed zip lock bags for sandwiches and snacks rather than using plastic wrap.

Ideas for recycling paper:

After children’s drawings and paintings have been displayed for a while they can be used to wrap presents — this also makes the present special.

Discarded paper can be cut and stapled together to make notepads. Alternatively, if you save five reams, it will cost you a small amount to get a print company to convert this paper into ‘proper’ notepads.

‘Use the envelopes you receive in the mail a second time by placing a new address label over the last address. I call this the OMT System (“One more time system”). Old envelopes can also be used for scribbling down shopping lists, to-do lists, and notes.’

Resealable envelopes can be reused many times: ‘My daughter takes one to school when she orders her lunch. The envelope has all details written in felt on the front and the money sealed inside. She brings the envelope home and we use it again until it gets too shabby.’ Old calendars, colorful pictures, etc. can be used to make your own envelopes. You can unstick a used envelope and use it as a template for making envelopes.

Old rolls of wallpaper can be used for childrens’ drawings.

Junk mail can be used as scrap paper, or as bedding for pets.

Cardboard cartons can be used to collect paper for recycling, instead of plastic bags (even breakfast cereal cartons are good).

SPCA and pet shops appreciate old newspapers.

Toilet paper rolls can be recycled — they’re made of cardboard.

To fill in a rainy day get a paper recycling kit and get the kids to rip up old used paper to make recycled paper, it can be great fun.

Old magazines are appreciated by:

  • Doctors and dentists’ offices
  • Motels
  • Offices that have waiting rooms
  • Friends

Ideas for recycling household waste in the garden:

Aluminum trays from pies and cakes make ideal ‘drip saucers’ to put under pot plants.

Old tires can be used outside for plant pots – especially good for plants that like warm soils as they trap the heat.

The following waste items can be modified and used for planting seedlings:

  • Egg cartons
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers for cherry tomatoes
  • Old boots and shoes
  • The cardboard rolls from toilet paper.
  • Plastic ice cream containers.
  • Lawn clippings can be used to cover weeds and keep from growing in the garden through winter.
  • Broken crockery can be used as drainage at the bottom of pot plants.

Cans can be used as:

recycle2Water reservoirs for new plants and trees. Tape a piece of hose pipe in a can and fill the can with scoria or pumice. Then, when you plant a new tree or plant, bury the can below the root level and leave enough hose poking out of the ground. You can water the plant in summer by pouring the water into hose pipe. If the hose is short enough it can be mowed over on a lawn and does not look obtrusive.

Pot plant holders. Decorate the outside of the can to your liking, put some soil in it and plant away. (Make sure you put some drainage holes in the bottom of the tin before you start potting the plants.)

Old newspapers (including those gathered from your friends) can be used to mulch and weed control the garden. Wet newspaper and place thickly on the garden. Cover with bark or stones.

Plastic milk bottles can be used to hold snail bait and are pet proof.

Old stockings can be used to tie up plants in the garden.

Plastic ice cream containers can be cut into strips for seed labels.

Ideas for recycling organic/garden waste:

If you’ve done any trimming of trees and hedges, contact the local Zoo to see if they can use these for their animals, either as food or environment improvement.

Avoid using kitchen waste disposers and compost food scraps instead. This reduces the load on sewage treatment plants and local government can concentrate on the treatment of real sewage.

If you need leaf mulch for your garden approach a local school and ask what they do with the leaf litter. Some schools throw theirs away.

Ideas for recycling other items: Old or broken household goods such as toasters, transistor radios can be used by others for parts. Sell them cheaply at a garage sale.

Carry a supermarket bag with you when you go walking so that you can pick up glass, litter or other plastic bags.

Schools and kindergartens often need boxes, plastic bags, old buttons, used wrapping paper, greeting cards, ribbons, tiles, crockery and other materials for art resources. They may also want old phones, keyboards, etc as learning toys.

Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and boxes can be used to wrap someone else’s presents.

Recycle jars by using them for home preserves.

Ice cream containers can be reused around the home in a number of ways:

  • Storing food in the freezer
  • As a container for toys, crayons, clothes pegs
  • Cookie container

Meat trays, yogurt containers, egg cartons, and film canisters can be kept and used by the kids to ‘create stuff’. This is a great way to keep the kids amused and even make gifts for family and friends.

An upside down bottle with small holes in the top can be used to provide water for your pets while you are on holiday.

Materials left over from home sewing can be used by schools for collages. Larger pieces can also be used for patchwork and crafts by people in convalescent and nursing homes.

Use ice cream and other plastic containers to put kids toys in. Also good for nuts and bolts, sewing supplies, or clothes pin containers.

The black meat trays from the grocery store make great paint trays for both adults and kids.

Stronger plastic bottles can be used to hold tools and nails etc in the shed. Simply cut three sides and leave one side longer and nail to the wall in the shed.

Old furniture, clothes, kitchen items, and are always wanted by organizations like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, the Human Shelter Thrift Store, and so on.

General tips for recycling and avoiding rubbish:

recycle3Buy a smaller trash container for the kitchen. This makes you to remember to recycle.

Make sure bottles and cans are clean before putting in the recycling bin. This prevents flies both at home and the recycling station.

Reorganize the kitchen so it has an efficient recycling area with good sized bins to help with sorting and holding. This will encourage other members of the household to contribute and help share the work instead of it being reliant on one person.

Cutting both the tops and the bottoms off tin cans (and placing them inside) and squashing them makes them smaller to fit into the recycling bin.

Spread the word. By telling other people and helping them to get started, we increase the savings that can be made. Also get your children involved – if we can educate them early, they will grow up and appreciate waste reduction and will be able to apply these skills in later life.