Commissioner Amoroso was the lead on this and took the phone calls, it was his # on the flyer. The Tree Give A Way, a success this year, thanks to Kiwanis and the Lake Worth Tree Board who implemented it. By chance also this Saturday the World Tai Chi and qigong Day, that is always observed the last Saturday of April at 10 a.m. in 100 cities (80 nations) “people come together, to breathe together providing a healing vision for our world”.
Serendipity? perhaps. Earth Day is an outgrowth of the environmental movement, the consciousness from a time of sit ins and grassroots activism. The founder of this day, April 22, 1970 was Senator Gaylord Nelson. Earth Day is observed in 175 countries now and is responsible for the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. My vicarious participation was via observing who, what, where today in Lake Worth. Starting with Tai Chi in Bryant Park and it did indeed start at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Participants age ranged from 9 to 79 many came to Tai Chi via the Silver Sneaker program. Then I headed to the Great American Clean Up in Tropical Ridge neighborhood and found the park full of children many from Bridges of Highland and as all the events put together by CRA LULA there was entertainment and food for everyone. The maligned blue tree took a back seat to the shiny new playground equipment and remained a beautiful backdrop for the kids frolicking and being themselves.
Next on to the Cultural Plaza for the main event. Here again it appeared to be about kids as it should be, they will inherit what we leave behind. There was an abundant amount of trees this year provided by Kiwanis and a proper Lake Worth I.D. got you a tree. The Front Porch was there representing all of Lake Worth and it was the coolest most comfortable place to visit. Coffee, water and those great cup cakes all available for a small donation.
Didn’t matter where you were today, it was a hot 84* day. The only ones not breaking a sweat were the kids, and they were everywhere enjoying everything with gusto. It was a learning day for them. A real surprise for me, was the participation of the kids in the drum circle, they had a natural understanding of the “Mozart Effect”.The the rhythm of the lead drummer started and before you knew it the entire circle was full, just that quick, with kids drumming. that is something I had not anticipated. It was wonderful to experience their joy. Lake Worth could initiate a regular drum circle for kids followed by a healing circle. Such a feeling of well-being. This would also keep lots of people in the downtown area. There were many lessons learned today by song and by demonstration and observations.