Published in the April 1, 2016 edition

MELROSE — The First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster St., is hosting the Earth Festival on Sunday, April 3.

The morning begins with an Earth Festival worship service at 10 a.m., followed by the Earth Festival from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Special to this year’s event is guest Massachusetts Conference UCC President and climate activist, Rev. Jim Antal. He will be speaking on the message of offering hope in the face of climate change.

The Earth Festival will help you learn how to decrease your impact on the environment, beautify our earth and ways to make a difference with sustainable living ideas.

Games and activities will be available for kids. Refreshments will be provided.

At the festival, residents can:

• Take home a tree seedling to plant in a yard.

• Save energy and save money by scheduling a no-cost home energy assessment from MassSave.

• Learn about recycling and purchase a composting or rain barrel from the Melrose Recycling Program.

• Residents can capture their own piece of the sun by going solar on your home, business or non-profit.

• Make the community a more livable place through the Make a Difference sustainability program.

• Grow your own food by planting beans and squash seeds provided by the Melrose Seed Bank.

• Learn how the church is saving energy and money through energy efficiency improvements and with the 360-panel solar array.

For more information, contact Lori Timmermann at