Wild About Nature features free nature-related entertainment


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Dorinda Klein, right, and her brother Joey Klein get ready for Wild About Nature, a free day of nature-related entertainment. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 at The Avenue Viera. Kinna Blow Dry Bar, one of the exhibitors, will be there to offer unique hair styles.

VIERA VOICE Kristy Wright

The Avenue Viera will host Wild About Nature from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Families can enjoy a free day of nature-related entertainment.

Presented by Recycle Brevard in partnership with the Viera Voice, Wild about Nature will feature a live butterfly exhibit from Judi’s Butterflies, nature and animal exhibits, including ambassador animals from Brevard Zoo and adoptable animals from the Brevard Humane Society, food samplings, face painting, online pet contest, local green vendors, contests and prizes, a raffle for goodies donated by local organizations, live music by Deja, wild hair styling from Melanie’s Salon, Viera, and a live nature painting demonstration by Rockledge artist Eric LaMarr, who specializes in marine paintings and was commissioned to create art for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville collection.

Marcia Booth, president of Recycle Brevard, hopes the fun event also will raise awareness of nature’s plight and what the community can do to correct errors from the past.

“The goal is to bring information about our natural resources and how people can help the environment on a daily basis,” Booth said.

“Through this event, we want to create a fun environment for families to learn about nature, wildlife and actions that can be taken to conserve our natural resources and protect our animals and the environment.”

Booth launched Recycle Brevard in 2011 after learning that only 30 percent of Space Coast residents recycled. The nonprofit aims to educate the community on the “3Rs” of recycling, reducing and reusing.

A Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project and a member of the Space Coast Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Booth was recognized with the Recycling Award from Keep Brevard Beautiful in 2012 and 2014. Additionally, in 2014, Booth received the inaugural Charlie Corbeil Conservation Award at a dinner sponsored by the Viera Voice.

Proceeds from Wild About Nature will benefit the Brevard Humane Society, a non-profit, no-kill shelter that finds homes for unwanted pets, as well as the Connect to Help Protect, an educational program series developed by the all-volunteer 3Rs and Beyond to help re-establish connections with nature so individuals can assume the role of protectors of nature. VV

For more information, go to recyclebrevard.org.