Fall Films with the Harris Center

BAG IT! in PETERBOROUGH on 12/5

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes – single-use disposable plastic bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away”? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to wildlife and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Jeb’s journey in this feature-length, award-winning documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are they made from? What happens to them after they’re discarded? When Jeb’s explorations take a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it, starting now.  Thursday, December 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shieling Forest Forestry Learning Center in PeterboroughCo-sponsored by the Harris Center, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the UNH Cooperative Extension.

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ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY JUNCO in KEENE on 11/21

Readily found in backyards and city parks as well as wilder landscapes, Juncos — little gray songbirds sometimes known as “Snowbirds” — can be easily overlooked.  But for scientists who study animal behavior, ecology, and evolutionary biology, the Junco is a rock star.  Ordinary Extraordinary Junco: Remarkable Biology from a Backyard Bird shows just how much wild bird studies can teach us — from how the body works to how new species form — in an exciting illustration of the fact that absolutely nothing in nature is “ordinary.”  Thursday, November 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Putnam Theater at Keene State CollegeCo-sponsored by the Harris Center, the Monadnock Conservancy, and Keene State College.

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MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD in PETERBOROUGH on 11/8

This feature-length, documentary film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experiences of toddlers, children in middle childhood, and adolescents, at a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors.  (This will not be true for most children growing up today.)  Friday, November 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist ChurchCosponsored by the Harris Center and the Cornucopia Project.

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Both films are free and open to the public, though donations will be accepted at the door.  For more information on these and other fantastic fall offerings from the Harris Center, visit our online Calendar of Events.