Published: May 29, 2015

Lafayette is in for a youth-driven jolt of energy this weekend, with three youth-organized events on tap, focused on service and public awareness.

On Friday evening, April 26, Centaurus High School sophomores who participate in the University of Colorado's Public Achievement program will present Green-a-Palooza -- an Earth Day inspired event designed to bring awareness to global warming.

Starting at 6 p.m. at Festival Plaza, 309 South Public Road in Lafayette, student presenters will speak on a number of environmental issues and green practices.

"Members of the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee will be making presentations," said Elaina Verveer, CU Public Achievement Director. "They have the day off from school Friday and will be drafting their remarks on green practices, like sustainability."

In recent months, Centaurus students have researched environmental issues and worked alongside CU student coaches to develop the cooperative service learning project.

In addition to Centaurus students, speakers from the CU chapter of the Colorado Ocean Coalition and the Thorne Nature Experience will make brief remarks.

Music entertainment will be provided.

At sunset, or around 7:30 p.m., Eats & Sweets ice cream shop and deli, 401 South Public Road, will present Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax" on a 16-foot projection screen in Festival Plaza. Visitors are invited to stay through the film, which will conclude around 9:45 p.m.

"Eats & Sweets is really great about partnering with relevent nonprofits and schools," Verveer said.

Eats & Sweets owner Bobby Pangilinan said 15 percent of the night's proceeds will go to a local environmental group of Centaurus students' choosing...

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