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Hello Dear Readers! It’s Earth Day this Sunday. I’m assuming you’re all earth-friendly recycling folks so I’ve got a couple of other earthy things on the list for you, here’s what we’ll be discussing today:

• Trashy Art • Earth Day Freebees • Twin Peaks • Lancaster Poppies
• Downtown Disney • May at the Walt Disney Family Museum

You know the saying, One man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Well, that swell little museum just north of Disneyland — Muzeo, has Earth Day activities planned this Saturday, one of which involves students turning what most folks throw away into art pieces. And best of all Muzeo’s TrashARTist Earth Day Expo is free thanks to sponsors like Disneyland:

Muzeo’s Free Earth Day Expo is loaded with fun for the whole family — Enjoy craft booths, student TrashART projects, music, food trucks and even some cool prizes! This event takes place outside of Muzeo in the event plaza and on Center Street Promenade. Be sure not to miss the award ceremony for the Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge which will be held at 3:30 PM. TrashART sponsors include; Orange County Department of Education, Wells Fargo Foundation, Disneyland Resort, Real Goods Solar, Anaheim Public Works, Republic Services and community partner Anaheim Public Utilities.  Prize sponsors; Anaheim Hilton, The Catch Restaurant, Volcom and Ultra Star Cinemas.

Muzeo TrashARTist Earth Day Expo will take place Saturday, April 21st from 11:00 AM — 4:00 PM. The expo is free to all. And if you feel like seeing The Word: Ink & Blood or Resonating Fields, the current Muzeo exhibitions while you’re there, the kiddies are free Saturday — up to 4 kiddies free with each full price general admission. Muzeo is located at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA. For more information, visit this link.

Dealnews.com recently listed a few eco-friendly give-aways and deals that’ll some retailers will be offering on April 22nd in honor of Earth Day

• Target Corp. is giving away one reusable shopping bag per customer April 22, available at the guest services desk at each store.
• Beauty brand Origins will give away one full-size sample of a cleanser in exchange for a bottle of your current skincare product. All bottles and packaging will be recycled.
• Barnes & Noble will offer a 20% discount on Earth-friendly toys and games from its online store.

And … so you can get out into the world and enjoy some nice parts of the earth —

• The National Park Service is offering free admission to all 397 national parks from April 21-29.

Speaking of getting out and enjoying all the glorious sights the earth offers, Earth Day is the perfect day to see nature’s jewelry, aka, flowers,  and there are two flower sites for you to consider this weekend:

First up is the Twin Peaks Daffodil Project. Daffodil-lover Julie Greer began with planting a few daffodil bulbs in the fall of 1989. By 2000 she had raised money to plant 10,000 of the pretty yellow flowers. Unfortunately, Julie passed away in 2001 but her husband Tom carries on her daffodil legacy and now 80,000 daffodils bloom  in the mountain town of Twin Peaks each year. Tom says:

It's daffodil time once again! We had 4 ft of snow in February to slow down the daffodils this year. The snow berms on the south side of the road are slow to melt. I'm guessing we should have a pretty good show of flowers from April 10th to 20th.

It sounds like quite an amazing floral display! To get to the area where the daffodils are, take the 210 freeway heading toward San Bernardino and exit at the Waterman exit, turning left toward the mountains. Waterman changes names to Highway 18 — follow Highway 18 approximately 14 miles, just past the Cliff Hanger Restaurant and make a left on Lake Gregory Drive and then an immediate right onto Highway 189. The daffodils start about a mile up on Highway 189. For more information, visit this link.

If you’ve ever been out to the Antelope Valley to see the California Poppy Reserve, you know how spectacular that floral display is. The city of Lancaster throws a party for the poppies every year and this year’s festival is scheduled for April 21—22, 2012. The Poppy Festival runs from 10:00 AM — 6:00 PM on both days and this weekend we should have perfect weather  to get out and celebrate those beauties:

The California Poppy Festival celebrates Earth Day, while highlighting Lancaster’s abundant crop of vibrant poppies (the official state flower), some of which you will be able to see at the Festival. Poppy paintings, crafts, foods, and souvenirs will be available for purchase at the Festival. In addition, a visit to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, located only 15 miles from the festival grounds, is an excellent side trip. Two days of celebrated performers, unrivaled events, and mouth-watering delicacies continue to keep thousands of people coming back year after year. Come discover for yourself the Antelope Valley's favorite springtime event -- the California Poppy Festival.

The California Poppy Festival is located at Lancaster City Park, 43011 N. 10th Street West in Lancaster, CA. Adults tickets are $8.00, Seniors (ages 62+) & Children (ages 6-12) are $5.00 and Kids under 6 are free. For more information, visit this link.

Back in Anaheim, the Disneyland Resort will be celebrating Earth Day with events in Downtown Disney:

On Earth Day, April 22, bring your entire family to get outside and enjoy the benefits of nature with the following organizations at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort from 12 noon – 5:00 PM. Activities will be presented at no cost to encourage the next generation to spend more time outdoors, and its importance to their wellness!

• USA Volleyball – The pros who train Olympians will demonstrate how the sport is played and pull youngsters into the fun.
• Next Level Sports – Future athletes can shoot hoops and participate in kickball games.
• The First Tee of Los Angeles – Budding golfers will get pointers on how to hit the links with a perfect swing.
• OC Coastkeeper & The Coastal Conservation Network will share what it takes to keep our coastline and beaches safe for our wildlife.
• Sun Safe Tee will be on hand to educate sun-seekers about proper sun protection.
• DJ Wendy will be spinning tunes and hosting conservation trivia for chances to win ESPN Zone game cards.
• Seedlings w/planting instructions will be given to participants while supplies last

For more information, visit this link.

And of course, DisneyNature (the Disney Studios division behind the films “African Cats,”  “Oceans” and “Earth”) and Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre will also take note of Earth Day with the new True Life Adventure “Chimpanzee” Narrated by Tim Allen for a Special Limited Engagement April 20 – May 3:

With every showing of Chimpanzee,” at the El Capitan Theatre, the Wildlife Learning Center (WLC) will present a special showcase of  “Animals from Around the World” live on the El Capitan Stage.  Inspired by the captivating story of an adult male chimpanzee who raises a young chimp in Chimpanzee,” the Center’s biologists will teach audiences about the fascinating ways animals raise their young.

DisneyNature also has joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for a special “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzeesprogram. For every moviegoer who sees “Chimpanzee” during the film’s opening week (April 20-26, 2012), DisneyNature will make a donation to JGI through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in order to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. (Information about the Jane Goodall Institute is available at www.janegoodall.org).

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. and tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 818-845-3110. 

Do note the El Capitan Theatre will have a special “Tiny Tot Tuesday” on Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. only:

During this special screening of “Chimpanzee,” parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way – complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

To find other Earth Day events scheduled for your area, visit this link.

We’ll end today with May’s list of activities at the Walt Disney Family Museum. A lot is going on up at the museum — Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia opens, there’s a new movie of the month, Pixar’s Brad Bird is showing up, and lots more. Let’s take a look:

• May’s Film of the month is The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) — Screens daily at 1:00 PM and 4 PM (except Tuesdays and May 5, 19, and 20). Admission to the film is $7.00 general; $5 for under 17: Before they were the classic Disney, fairytales were tales with quite different storylines. Explore what Walt saw in these stories and how he gave each film their own “Disney Treatment.” Among these classic tales was The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men. In honor of its 60th Anniversary, the film will be screened daily at 1 and 4 PM in The Walt Disney Family Museum’s state-of-the-art digital theater throughout the month of May.

At the end of World War II, Walt Disney wanted to reboot his Studios so that all his “eggs weren’t in the cartoon basket.” He and his brother Roy met the challenges of the postwar years by diversifying their production and expanding beyond the animation industry—and, more than 20 years after his arrival in Hollywood—Walt finally realized his dream of becoming a producer of live-action. Originally released 1952, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men was the Disney Studios second feature-length live action film after the 1950 release of Treasure Island. With the success of these two films combined, the Studios gained the confidence and funds to test out new techniques with the next—and arguably the most successful and technologically advanced—live action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Special Exhibition Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia — opens May 11th — September 17th, 2012 in the Theater Gallery (free with admission): Kley, Walt Disney’s most admired European illustrator—is paired with art from Disney’s famed animated film Fantasia (1940). This exhibition features 29 drawings by Kley and more than 25 sketches, concept art, and maquettes from the Walt Disney classic film. Also on view are four of Kley’s sketchbooks which feature some 50 pages of intricate drawings. The Kley artworks are from Walt Disney’s personal collection and are on view for the first time as a collection in the United States.

Walt Disney was known to seek great inspiration from European fairy tales for his films; not only was he inspired by them, he made them his own. Walt also looked to European art as a source of inspiration, especially book illustration. Heinrich Kley was one of Walt’s favorite illustrators and he collected Kley’s work in depth. During a trip to Europe in 1935, it is well documented that Walt returned with some 350 illustrated books and artworks that he acquired with the intention of using as a source of inspiration for future projects. He responded to the beauty, drama, and powerful visual narrative and irony of Kley’s work. In a 1964 television interview Walt said, “Without the wonderful drawings of Heinrich Kley, I could not conduct my art school classes for my animators.”

A little background on Heinrich Kley:

Heinrich Kley (1863–1945) was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and studied art with Ferdinand Keller at the Karlsruhe Academy and later with C. Frithjob Smith in Munich. He began his career as an illustrator and a mural painter focusing on portraits, animals, landscapes, and architecture. By the turn of the century Kley’s interest changed to modern industrial life, including factories, blast furnaces, ship docks, industrial buildings, and machinery. One of his best-known oil paintings from the time is Tiegelstahlguss bei Krupp (Crucible steel casting with Krupp).

With his move to Munich c.1910, Kley gave up painting to concentrate on pen and ink drawing. His bizarre and imaginative juxtapositions of humans and animals engaged in social situations, (dancing, eating, etc.) or in dream-like, surreal situations were imbued with his sarcastic wit. He quickly became famous for his work as it appeared in satirical magazines of the day including Jugend and the notable humor periodical Simplizissimus.

In 1937, Kley was first introduced to the American audience through Coronet Magazine which published his work in three consecutive issues. According to Disney animator Joe Grant, Kley was an enormous influence on the look of the film. “The Dance of the Hours,” a ballet with music from Ponchielli’s opera Gioconda, features dancing animals that could be right out of the pages of one of Kley’s sketchbooks. To this day, Kley’s drawings rank among the most imaginative and satirical cartoons of all time.

Special Programs of Interest in May at the museum are:

• The Disney Treatment: Walt’s Versions of Classic Stories — Pixar Director, Brad Bird on Saturday, May 19th at 3:00 PM $12.00 general; $9.00 for under 17: Director (The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible/Ghost Protocol) and two-time Academy Award®-winner (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) Brad Bird will discuss how Walt adapted well-known and even previously-filmed stories and created what are widely regarded as “definitive,” versions. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men; Treasure Island to Swiss Family Robinson, Bird will explore the appeal of these tales to Walt—and how his individual and personal viewpoint made them enduring classics.   

• May’s Look Closer is, The Work of Heinrich Kley: Bizarre, Imaginative, and Inspirational offered on Friday, May 25; Saturday, May 26; and Sunday, May 27 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM in the Theater Gallery — free with Museum admission.

Classes and Activities for May include:

• On Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th — Disney Discoveries! From 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM — a drop-in program, free with museum admission, at the Learning Center Art Studio: Attention all young merry men and women! Come ye, come all to our Disney Discovery celebrating the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney’s live action film, The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men. For this activity, we will be creating Robin Hood hats and Maid Marian tiaras.

• On Saturday, May 19th — Voice-over: Basic Acting & Character/Voice Development — Class 1: 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM in the Learning Center Media Studio. Class 2: 2:00 PM — 5:00 PM in the Learning Center Media Studio: These classes—taught by Disney voice-over artist Ned Lott—will focus on performance for different applications in the art of voice-over acting. You will receive training on how to develop your acting for creative character voices. Space for the classes is limited. Registration and additional fee are required. For information, please contact: [email protected]

• On Saturday, May 26th — Teen Animation 1.0 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM in the Learning Center: Learn the classical art form of hand-drawn animation. This class will prepare you with the techniques needed to begin your own animated scene. Using the latest technology, you will get to test your animation and receive critical feedback to improve your sills. Space for the classes is limited. Registration and additional fee are required. For information, please contact: [email protected]

The Walt Disney Family Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is closed on Tuesdays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission tickets are $20.00 adults, $15.00 seniors and students and $12.00 for children ages 6 to 17; Admission is free for members. It is located at 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit this link.

Okay, we’re done here for another week, thanks for stopping by.  I’ve got some recycling to do so I’ll leave you and say good-bye till next week. In the mean time, if you want to know what I’m up to, you need to follow Pressing Matters on Twitter. You never know what you’ll find there — food, museums, shopping, Disneyland! Follow along as I search for the all the latest Pressing Matters & tweet about what I find:


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