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News - May 2, 2014

Around Town

BROWNIES GO HOLLYWOOD ... A group of 8- and 9-year-old girls who make up Brownie Troop 60068 of Palo Alto were one of the three finalists selected in the open category of the city's 2014 Greenlight Film and Fashion Festival, which, to celebrate Earth Day, showcased short films on environmental topics made by local kids in grades K through 12. The films had to be five minutes or shorter (or a five-minute excerpt from a longer film), and entrants had to choose one of eight designated topics to focus on: role models, "lessons from the past," changing climate change, "be the inspiration," environmental justice, "pick a law," pollution and health, and "Who is exposed?" The festival took place on April 24, with finalists from the 70 submissions screening their films. The Brownie troop's film, "Good Brownies Save Water!," shows the 14 girls split into two groups, with one group more on the ball when it comes to water-conservation and the other, dubbed "Girls of Anarchy Troop One-Half," not so much. In a series of comedic sketches, the troop's better half gives tips on how small changes in habit can save water. The young filmmakers, who all attend Fairmeadow Elementary School, used money earned from the sale of Girl Scout cookies to fund the film. As a finalist, they were awarded $250 along with a trophy. To watch the film, search for "Good Brownies Save Water!" on YouTube.

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