Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters—struggles and victories—into the Earth Day book.

The Apalachicola chapter of the environmental story will be celebrated this Monday, April 22 at The Holy Family Senior Center. ECCC will host a Butterfly and Nature Workshop following Ramon’s taco lunch at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Weems Memorial Hospital. We will hear from Nancy Jones, an avid expert on monarch butterflies and their migration, and Lisa Bailey, education specialist at Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) speaking about her years of tagging monarchs.

“Planting a garden for Monarch butterflies is a great citizen science project to help save a species and do something positive for our environment,” said Jones.

“We have been tagging monarchs during their fall migration for the past 18 years, so that adds up to over 17,000 monarchs tagged in Franklin County by Reserve staff and volunteers,” said Bailey.

ECCC’s goal for the garden started as a simple beautification project and it blossomed into an initiative that can both nourish and preserve this community for years to come. Mayor Van Johnson will be present to dedicate the garden.

If you would are interested in attending this event or if you need a ride, you can contact us at holyfamilyseniorcenter@gmail.com or 653-3134 or call ECCC directly at 850.509. 5009. Please visit our Facebook pages Holy Family Senior Center and Eccc - E Triple C to stay up to date on the latest events and activities at the Center

The Summer Breeze FAN...Raiser. Please support our effort by donating fans to seniors in our community to keep them Cool during the upcoming summer season. Donations can be brought to Holy Family, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also make a monetary donation to ECCC and we will purchase fans with your donation.

Lunch is every day from 11 a.m. to noon, and Chair Yoga every Monday at 10 a.m.

Friday, April 19: Senior Explorers Club 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22: Earth Day Celebration 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 24: Senior Chorale noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 25: Eating Well Being Active noon to 1 p.m.
Friday, April 26: Lunch & Bingo 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.