Section: ENTERTAINMENT,  Page: C7

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 1995

Nature walks, storytelling, live performances, hands-on workshops and Imagination Celebration events are among featured programs for families at the State Museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The ``Toast of the Town Earth Fest!'' celebrates the earth as the Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology and the State Museum present an environmental festival at the Outdoor Learning Center in Lincoln Park.

Visitors will learn to identify trees, flowers and birds; go on guided nature, geology and history walks through the park; enjoy music and foods from around the world; play a variety of booth games; and enjoy hands-on workshops.

Participants are invited to bring items from their own collections of rocks, plants and interesting earth finds to be identified by museum biologists, geologists and anthropologists.

``Furrytales and Touchables,'' brings stories to life as youngsters touch real animal skins, bones, plants and more while listening to a storybook reading in the museum on Saturday at 11 a.m. ``Memories Are Made of This'' featuring the Salt & Pepper Mime Co. will be presented at 2 p.m.

Imagination Celebration Family Day featuring programs throughout the day will be held in the museum's Terrace Gallery on Sunday. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hands-on art activities including jewelry-making, painting, sculpture, puppet-making and more will be featured at Creation Stations in the Terrace Gallery.

The state Theatre Institute Young Playwrights Showcase will present a reading of original plays by students from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. The celebration finale will feature the rhythms of ``Odadaa'' from 3-4 p.m.

Visitors can tour the exhibit ``New Paltz: The College Collects,'' in ``Art Through the Ages'' where they will examine art from the ancient to the contemporary. Artist Chris Kobuski presents a hands-on workshop and folksinger Jim Gaudet reflects on the world of art through song from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 27. Call 1-800-ARTS-N-ED by May 17 for reservations. For information call 474-5801.