Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with area events
• BATH — Mustard Seed Market & Café, 3885 W. Market St., will celebrate Earth Day, along with its 29th birthday, April 17 from noon to 4 p.m. with free tree seedlings, free food samples, free children’s activities and a raffle to win one of 29 autographed “Mustard Seed Market & Café Natural Foods Cookbooks.” The Montrose Café also will offer a vegetarian buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local country band Lawless will entertain the crowd from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. This year’s Earth Day free tree seedling giveaway will take place April 17-18 beginning at 9 a.m. while supplies last. The seedlings will be given out to customers on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 trees per household. Seedling varieties available will include Norway spruce, common lilac, white flowering dogwood and red bud.
• CLEVELAND — The 21st annual EarthFest celebration at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be presented by Cleveland’s Earth Day Coalition April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the zoo and EarthFest is free for registered participants in the Walk or Bike for the Earth events and those who ride the RTA Clean-Air Bus from Public Square to the zoo. Regular EarthFest admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and members. EarthFest includes more than 160 environmental exhibits, an organic food market, a clean-transportation area, a “green” home-improvement area and an interactive children’s area. For details or to register for the Walk or Bike for the Earth, call 216-281-6468 or visit earthdaycoalition.org.
• FAIRLAWN — The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron (UUCA), 3300 Morewood Road, will present its Fifth Annual Green Faire April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will include eco-friendly activities for all ages, socially and ecologically responsible vendors and exhibitors, food and entertainment. Activities will include helping to plant a children’s garden of sunflowers, hearing “eco-storytellers” Jonatha and Harold Wright and donating old, outdated electronics to the on-site Goodwill truck. Through a partnership with the Dell RECONNECT Program, computers will be refurbished for reuse or recycled for their components. Reflecting this year’s theme of “Respect Life, Restore Earth, Renew Spirit,” there will be three different raffles to win: A $50 donation, in the winner’s name, to a socially responsible organization of their choice; free soil analysis from NaturaLawn® of America, a magnolia tree and assorted gardening items from Graf Growers; and two one-hour massages from Namaste Massage Therapy and Yoga and an assortment of spiritually uplifting items. Proceeds will go to support ongoing “green” projects at UUCA. For details, visit www.uuakron.org.
• DOWNTOWN AKRON — Earth Day will be celebrated April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mustill Store. Attendees can bring recyclable items, including cell phones, iPods, ink cartridges, laptops and more, to the Mustill Store yard. At noon, Bryan Kinnamon will give a presentation called “A Glimpse Into a Greener Future,” which will discuss green solutions in area communities. Inside the store will be planet-friendly munchies for purchase. The Mustill Store is located in Cascade Valley Park off West North Street, just west of the Howard Street intersection.
• SOUTH AKRON — Residents can recycle batteries, electronics and telephone books, along with many other commonly discarded items, for free during Metro Parks, Serving Summit County’s annual Earth Day Celebration April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Coventry Oaks Pavilion in Firestone Metro Park, 40 Axline Ave. Visitors can drive through the drop-off line, where staff and volunteers will unload recyclables from vehicles. The first 100 individuals or families who bring items to be recycled will receive a free “green” giveaway. Akron-based Neoshred will collect cardboard, phone books, newspapers, magazines and books. Hudson-based E-waste will collect batteries and electronics like cell phones, computers, VCRs and radios (not TVs). Musical instruments will be collected by 91.3 The Summit for the Akron Public Schools’ “Music Alive” program. For more information, call 330-867-5511.
• DOWNTOWN AKRON — Dandelion Dreams Inc. will host “Restore Our Earth: Living and Learning the Greener Lifestyle” April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. This family event is a celebration of Earth Day and Minority Health Month. Visitors can receive eco-conscious giveaways, tips on recycling and presentations on eating natural foods. Lawrence Parker, executive director of the Akron Cooperative, will speak on sustainability and self-sufficiency. Additional highlights will include vocalist Raw Purr, solar and wind energy education, and skills for green jobs. Plus, children can celebrate “Dandy” the Green Lion’s birthday. There also will be a “Let Us Give Thanks” gathering. For exhibitor information, call 330-794-3943 or visit www.dandeliondreams.org. This environmental education event is free and open to the public.
• WEST AKRON — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will offer a Leave-No-Trace Ethics program April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road. Outdoor education volunteers and naturalist Dave Gates will share the seven tenants of Leave-No-Trace (LNT) in this family-oriented program with activities, games, videos and more. For more information or to register, call 330-865-8065.
• BRECKSVILLE — Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association (CVNPA) will have its fourth annual Electronic Recycling Day April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Station Road Bridge Trailhead, 13513 Riverview Road. This is a CVNPA members’ only event; members must bring their membership card. Memberships also will be available to purchase at the drop-off location starting at $35. Ten items per person, not counting cell phones or ink cartridges, will be permitted. Acceptable items include audio-visual equipment, BlackBerries, cable TV boxes, calculators, cameras, CD-ROM drives, video game systems, cell phones, circuit boards, computer equipment, fax machines, floppy drives, hard drives, laptops, mainframes/servers, microfiche readers, microscopes, modems, monitors, MP3 players, PDAs, power supplies, printers, tape drives, telephone systems, telescopes and TVs.
• WEST AKRON — The Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., will celebrate Earth Day with its annual event, Party for the Planet, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Numerous environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand to educate visitors about the small steps they can take to help the planet and conserve natural resources. And for the first time, the zoo will host a paper drive in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Co., which will be on hand collecting items to be recycled. Visitors are encouraged to bring in newspapers, phone books, office and school paper, magazines, brown paper bags, catalogues, junk mail and cardboard to be recycled. The Akron Zoo’s mascot, Conrad Conservation, will make an appearance during the event, and the zoo’s Green Team will have a booth and pass out Conrad tattoos. Zoo admission is $6 and parking is $2. For details, call 330-375-2550 or visit www.akronzoo.org.
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