Sabtu, 7 Jun 2008

Khalifah, Art & Science Shows in the galleries

Ecology in Islam: Protection of the Web of Life a Duty for Muslims By Dr. Hasan Zillur Rahim, physicist-engineer in Northern California, editor of IQRA, newsletter of the South Bay Islamic Association, in San Jose, CA.

"The earth's resources land, water, air, minerals, forests are available for our use, but these gifts come from God with certain ethical restraints imposed on them. We may use them to meet our needs, but only in a way that does not upset ecological balance and that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Thus, not knowing about stewardship and accountability, we reduce Qur'anic teachings to narrow definitions of crime and punishment. This is reflected in unenlightened environmental leadership found in some Muslim countries today.

The Fundamental Role of Water

Several verses of the Qur'an deal with the hydrological cycle and the fundamental role water plays in sustaining life on earth. In referring to the fertility of the soil, to the unique properties of fresh and sea water, to the course of rivers and the presence underground of springs and aquifers, and most significantly to the aquatic origin of life, the Qur'an places water at the top of all the natural phenomena on earth. The miracle of water is emphasized in a particular verse where God, addressing those who may doubt the truth of resurrection, first gives the example of the growth of the fetus within the mother's womb, leading to the birth of a human being."

Among all known hominids/hominoids, humans have the flattest swim-fin-like or flipper-like hands and feet (compare H sapiens hand X-ray to Phocid and Sirenia forelimbs vs. Pongo/Pan), all other hominoids have more phallangeal/metatarsal bone curvature.

Live play performance by the schoolkids, reptile show, bird show, Arts Alive exhibit (3D Fabrications) and Open Studios (all public invited to see artists work). Quite busy, I did some painting, washing up, carried in the snakes (huhu!); Naturalists and schoolteachers will be speaking.

June 7, 6 to 9 p.m. 411 Twelfth Street, Eureka. The Ink People Center for the Arts will host a show of fish prints, masks and interpretive wildlife posters made by students at the Transitional Opportunity Program School (TOPS) and Lincoln Elementary School. The featured artwork is produced through Ink People's O. G. Redwoods Are Alive! program. This monthlong science and art project is implemented with the help of many local and state agencies as well as community nonprofit organizations.

Enjoy the artwork of some very talented local youths at this community event, a part of Eureka’s monthly Arts Alive! program. Meet live reptiles, amphibians, and birds of the redwood forests. Talk with ecologists who study and care for our natural world. Learn how you are part of the web of life.

MORE INFORMATION: For information about ASK ME (Art & Science Kids interested in Media & Education), contact program director Barbara A. Domanchuk at (707) 442-8413 or (707) 768-1738. ASK ME is a DreamMaker program of The Ink People Center for the Arts.

This event is made possible in part by the League's Education Grants Program.


"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist and poet

Environmental Seminars in the Russian River Area

The public and aspiring docents are invited to the Russian River area of California for seminars on topics ranging from redwood ecology to environmental living. Sonoma Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

Russian Gulch State Park

HIGHLIGHTS: Along with majestic redwoods, Russian Gulch State Park is home to 7,630 feet of ocean frontage, a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water.

ACTIVITIES: Swimming, tide pool exploring, skin diving, rock fishing, a 36 foot waterfall, a paved three-mile bicycle trail, and miles of hiking trails through the redwood forest. Call the Visitor Center at (707) 937-5804 for details.

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