Wallet-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day

BY ANGELINA MARTIN

Cities around the 209 are celebrating Earth Day this year with festivities that promote the wellbeing of the environment – and your finances – with hands-on activities, music and fun, all free of charge.

MODESTO
Earth Day in the Park is hosted by the City of Modesto every April to demonstrate support for protecting environmental resources. An entire day of “green” education, this event has given community members the unique opportunity to learn how they can make their surroundings greener and create zero waste by sharing ideas on reducing, reusing and recycling at home, school and work.

Hundreds of vendors participate in the family-friendly event, including exhibitors, food, kids’ arts and crafts and even a petting zoo. Attendees can participate in yoga, or can try to win a prize by guessing the weight or count of different recycled commodities. Live entertainment will be provided by acts like Bubblemania & Co. and The Silly String Band.

There will also be a free O B-Green event – a convenient drive-through that gives festival-goers the chance to recycle e-waste, ink cartridges, batteries and more.

The 29th annual Earth Day in the Park Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at Graceada Park, located at 401 Needham St.

Modestans are also encouraged to take part in Love Modesto, which will also take place on April 21 beginning at 8 a.m. The day of service focuses on community projects like volunteering at convalescent homes, donating blood, building homes and more in order to better the community.

For more information about Earth Day in the Park, visit www.modestogov.com/415/Earth-Day and to sign up for Love Modesto, visit www.lovemodesto.com.

STOCKTON
Stockton locals are invited to the 30th annual Earth Day Festival, which will revolve around the theme “Every Day is Earth Day” this year. As the area’s premier environmental event, the festival will focus on educating local residents on how to take care of the environment.

The event typically attracts residents from all over the 209, with up to 10,000 people attending throughout the day.

This year’s festival will kick off at 9 a.m. with an hour of yoga on the park green and at 10 a.m. a March for Science will take place. Starting at 11 a.m., attendees can visit an array of informative and interactive booths, demos, displays and exhibits from over 80 vendors throughout the day. Local schools will provide a variety of hands-on activities and environmental organizations will educate guests on important green issues and how they can make a difference.

There will also be a variety of local bands and cultural groups providing entertainment during the event, including a number of jazz, blues, rock, new age electronica, bluegrass and swing music. Entertainment will end with an organic drum circle at 4 p.m.

The 29th Earth Day Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22 at Victory Park behind Haggin Museum in Stockton. For more information, visit livegreensanjoaquin.org or email [email protected].

CALAVERAS
The theme of this year’s Calaveras Earth Day Celebration is “Working Together,” and the 20th annual event will mix music, dance, food and families for a day of enlightenment.

“The spirit of Earth Day is to recognize that not only humans inhabit this planet. We all evolved together and are codependent,” committee member Alan Willard said. “Our relationship with forests, oceans and all the creatures therein are integrally intertwined.”

The focus of the celebration is leaving Earth a better place than we found it, Willard said, and the day is hosted by Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth & Family and Calaveras Greens.

The Calaveras Earth Day Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22 at Utica Park in Angels Camp. For more information, call committee members Willard (209-293-4379) or Don Payne (209-795-6536).

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