Earth Day Opening Weekend at Habana Outpost!

Guys- So sorry I sat on this all week. I was starting a new job and, you know how it goes.

Anyway, Fort Greene's eco-friendly hot spot Habana Outpost has its opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, in honor of Earth Day. They're offering a packed schedule, including kids' concerts, composting classes, movies and umbrella recycling. Now, if only they'd revise that ordering-truck situation so that diners aren't left for an hour waiting for their corn...

Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost

Saturday, April 19th & Sunday April 20th 2008

Two days of free workshops and events for the whole family!

Kid’s Corner-Saturday& Sunday 12-6

Throughout the weekend there will be free arts & crafts, games and entertainment for children focusing on recycling and nature.

The ABC’s of Bees and Beekeeping - Saturday 2:00pm

Local beekeeper John Howe (the Brooklyn Bee) will explain how honey is made with a live observation hive and arts and crafts projects.

FINDERS KEEPERS!!!! TOSSERS WEEPERS!!! – Saturday 3-4 &Sunday 2-3

Recycling within Your Environment – This hands-on workshop will explore how to reuse what is in your home, community and environment. On this day, that environment will be Habana Outpost! Children will be asked to go on a scavenger hunt through the Habana Outpost area and use what they find to create new objects or give old objects new purpose and meaning. Brought to you by the Leadership Learning Lab

Composting With Red Worms – Sunday 1-2

Learn the basics of composting at home with live red wiggler worms! Use kitchen waste to make valuable, all natural plant food…compost.

Composting Workshops for Adults – Saturday & Sunday 2:00 & 5:00

Brought to you by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Department of Sanitation, these fun workshops will teach you how to start composting at home.

Electronic Waste Recycling – Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 4:00pm

The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) will be collecting your unwanted electronic waste in their e-waste container.

Recycled Art Show- Awards ceremony Sunday at 4:00pm

Local high school and elementary students will create art out of trash. The work will be on display throughout the weekend and the winners will be announced on Sunday at 4:00pm

Umbrella Recycling- Saturday 12:00 – 4:00pm

Umbrella Recycling: A BYOBU (bring your own broken umbrella) Design Project

Bring your own broken umbrella (BYOBU) to recycle, rehabilitate or re imagine. Learn how to craft a reusable (grocery) bag out of a dead umbrella. All other materials provided. Meet up under the solar panels with master tailor and sewing teacher Bonnie Barton.

Shop Green- Saturday & Sunday 12-6

Local vendors and designers will showcase green products and services in an outdoor market

Featuring: Trixe and Radar, Lower East Side Girls Club and Recycle a Bicycle.

Get Involved-Saturday & Sunday 12-6

Meet local eco-minded groups and individuals to find out how you can get involved!

Participating Groups: Good Magazine, Green Home NYC, Green Brooklyn, Greenopia, Atomseco, The Society of Clinton Hill, Sunset-Ridge Waterfront Alliance

Films –

Sunday at 3:00pm

The Water Under Ground- In spring of 2006, the Lower East Side Ecology Center partnered with Center for Urban Pedagogy, City-as-School, and RECYouth to explore the Water Underground–the millions of gallons of water that enters the city, gets used in various ways and discharged to local waterways each day. The Water Underground video is a 25-minute student-led exploration of where water comes from, where it goes and what happens along the way.

Sunday at 3:00pm

Rooftop Bees - A film by Melissa Lohman Wild -John has an unusual hobby for a longtime resident of New York City. He maintains three beehives on his Brooklyn rooftop. This short doc gives a glimpse into the practice of urban beekeeping and shows how John’s bees are helping to pollinate the Big Apple.

Please visit our website for more information- or call 718 858 9500

Habana Outpost - 757 Fulton Street ( corner of South Portland) Brooklyn, New York 11217