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Learn to Maintain Garden Biodiversity

Third installment of 2011 Edutainment Series is Wednesday at 7 pm in the library with a URI outreach agent.

The third program of the 2011 Summer Edutainment Series on Wednesday, July 13, will focus on how to maintain diversity in your garden for its good health.

The program, titled "Natives, Invasives and Biodiversity," starts at 7 pm in the library auditorium.

Kate Venturini at the College of the Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island will talk about the native coastal environment, and the ecology and management of invasive species and biodiversity.

Venturini is an outreach agent for the college, educating landscapers, developers, master gardeners, nonprofit groups and homeowners about dealing with invasive plants, using native vegetation, managing storm water and protecting water quality.

A week later, on July 20, will be Kids Film Night! with “WALL-E,” a funny romantic comedy about a lovable robot assigned to clean up the environmental mess that man made on Earth. 

“Gardening to Attract Birds” is the next program on Tuesday, July 26. Roseanne Sherry, coordinator of URI’s Master Gardener Program, will talk about how to landscape with natives and other plants that attract birds year-round.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, will be another Film Night! Two episodes of National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth series, explore the effects of global warming and water pollution on living systems. The episodes are titled “The One Degree Factor” and “Troubled Waters.”

Home composting is the focus of the Aug. 10 program. Sejal Lanterman, URI’s outreach coordinator for the sustainable horticulture team, will talk about the methods and benefits of home composting.

Aug. 24 will be another Kids Film Night! The documentary, “Mircocosmos,” looks at the world of bugs, described as “amazingly beautiful” when viewed through a high-powered lens that invades their world. 

Then on Aug. 31, the series ends with another film night. “Home” includes footage in 50 countries, all shot from aerial perspectives, by Yann Atus Bertrand, who shares his sense of awe about planet Earth.

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