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Presentations on wildlife and the environment, including test drives of alternative-fuel vehicles, will highlight Lafayette College’s celebration of Earth Week April 17-22. Activities are sponsored by the student organization LEAP, which stands for Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection.

Sophomore Becky Dreibelbis of Hamburg, Pa., is the coordinator.

“The purpose of this week is to educate students about their natural surroundings, as well as to create awareness about the problems associated with the huge consumption of fossil fuels which our automobiles currently require,” she says.

The week will culminate on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, with “Earth Day Celebration 2000,” sponsored by LEAP and the American Studies Club, from noon-6 p.m. on March Field. Festivities will include a display of alternative fuel source vehicles and a chance to test drive them, live bands, food, and exhibits and talks sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission, Water Commission, and Game Wardens.

Here is the complete schedule of events for the week:

Monday, April 17, 4: 30 p.m., College Quad — Presentation on reptiles by Ed Yandrisovits of the Lehigh Valley Herpetological Society

Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m., Marlo Room, Farinon College Center – Presentation on the rehabilitation of wildlife and humans’ interaction with animals in the wild by the Pennsylvania Raptor and Wildlife Association. A live rescued bald eagle will be present.

Thursday, April 20, noon, Marlo Room, Farinon College Center — Presentation on alternative-fuel vehicles by Susan Summers of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. A free lunch will be provided

Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., Limburg Theater, Farinon College Center – Slide show on the goals and accomplishments of Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary by Laurie Goodrich

Saturday, April 22, noon-6 p.m., March Field – Earth Day Celebration 2000

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