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EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES

Thursday & Friday, April 9–10
During Safari Days: The Annual Green Summit. Informative speakers on environmental topics. Healthy living alternatives, new developments in construction, emerging new energy sources and awareness for a healthier environment. Reedley College, 995 N. Reed Ave., Reedley. For more info, contact jim.mulligan@reedleycollege.edu or 559-638-3641.
Saturday, April 11
America’s Party for the Planet. Hosted by the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 894 W. Belmont Ave. Opportunities to become aware of local environmental and conservation issues and to empower national and global connections. Local conservation organizations will provide interpretive and interactive activities for children and families. Free with zoo admission ($7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 2–11 (free for children under 2) and $3.50 for senior citizens 62 and older). Members receive free admission. Breakfast with the Animals, a pancake breakfast, is available 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. for an additional charge. For more info, call 559-498-5921. To order tickets, visit www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/events.html.
Saturday, April 18
California State Parks Foundation’s 17th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Presented by PG&E and a grant from California State Parks Foundation at the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Volunteers are needed at parks throughout northern California. To register to volunteer, visit calparks.org or call 1-888-98-PARKS. This year’s project will consist of the construction of two life jacket loan stations, the planting of drought-resistant trees and general park cleanup and improvement. There will be projects on both the south (Fresno) and north (Madera) sides of the park. For more info, contact 559-822-2332, travis. kappen@parks.ca.gov or steve.barber@parks.ca.gov or visit www.calparks.org.
Garden Fest. Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Dr., Bakersfield. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. In its 10th year, Garden Fest has become Bakersfield’s premiere springtime garden event. Garden Fest is an open house featuring environmental horticulture and agriculture programs for a day of family fun. With more than 150 vendor booths featuring gardening, pets, farmer’s market, cooking, outdoor leisure, arts and crafts, and environmentally friendly home improvement ideas, there is something for everyone.
Modesto’s 26th Annual Earth Day in the Park Festival. Corner of Needham Street and Sycamore Avenue. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free StaRT shuttle bus to and from Graceada Park from CrossPoint Church Parking lot on Needham Street every 20 minutes. An entire day of green education, unique entertainment performances, delicious food, kids’ arts and crafts, a Trash-Formation art contest presentation, prizes and more. Free Boyett B-Green Recycling on Stoddard Avenue between Park and Sycamore Avenues is a drive-through event where all recyclables donated are matched dollar-for-dollar by Boyett Petroleum. All of the funds are applied to the City of Modesto’s “Adopt a Park” program, currently raising money to improve the play equipment at Wesson Ranch Park. For more info, e-mail vrice@modestogov.com.
Monday, April 20
Fresno State Chemistry Club “I Pledge” campaign. Downing Planetarium for K-12 school students, during Vintage Days and on Science I, 1st floor lobby area. 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. For more info, e-mail annabellelolinco@mail.fresnostate.edu.
 
Wednesday, April 22
Oakhurst Feed and Pet Supply hosts its sixth annual Earth Day Celebration. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Speakers will focus on reducing water usage along with recycling in the home. Information from industry experts in the areas of animal care and sustainability. For more info, call 559-683-7977.
Earth Day Fair. Memorial Garden in front of and east of the Kennel Bookstore at Fresno State. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The Fresno State Sustainability Project (FSSP) is hosting this fair to engage, educate and empower. A free drawing encourages students, faculty and staff to participate in FSSP events and rewards them for pledging to live more sustainably. The FSSP is an interdisciplinary collaboration of passionate people with a commitment to facilitating a culture of sustainability on the Fresno State campus and throughout the Fresno community. The fair will inform Fresno State students and faculty about sustainability initiatives. For more info, contact 559-240-9662 or keh511425@mail.fresnostate.edu.
Thursday, April 23
Earth Day Celebration. Scholar’s Lane, UC Merced. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For more info, contact 925-963-3043, jfoster@ucmerced.edu or recycle@ucmerced.edu.
Saturday, April 25
Earth Day Fresno. Radio Park (First Street and Clinton Avenue). 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Learn about water conservation, recycling, composting, organic gardening, air quality issues, solar energy and more. Hands-on exhibits and vendors of Earth-friendly goods and services. Car buffs will see the latest in renewable energy technology, including an electric school bus and other innovative clean energy vehicles. Cyclists will enjoy free valet bike parking by I Bike Fresno, a bike show and simple bike repairs. Demos of commuter, cargo and family bikes, which are great alternatives to cars. Live music and delicious foods provided by popular local food trucks and vendors. Lots of children’s activities including games and crafts. Free recycling provided for used pens and broken or outdated electronic devices. The entire event will be powered by the sun and AgWell Solar. Earth Day Fresno and West Coast Waste are sponsoring an Earth Day Art Contest for grades K-12. The contest theme is “I take care of the Earth because the Earth takes care of me.” For more info, contact 559-270-3310, publicity@earthdayfresno.org or 559-225-2547 or visit www.earthdayfresno.org.
Earth Day Visalia. St. John’s Riverwalk Park (Ben Maddox Avenue and St. Johns River). 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For more info, visit www.ci.visalia.ca.us/depts/administration/natural_resource_conservation/partnerships_n_additional_resources/earth_arbor_day.asp.
Greater Bakersfield Green Expo. Yokuts Park. For more info, visit www.gbgreenexpo.org.
Sunday, April 26
Stockton Earth Day. Victory Park. For more info, e-mail stocktonearthday@gmail.com.
Friday, May 1
10th Earth Day Celebration. Science at the Prospect Ed Center, 645 N. Prospect Ave., Porterville. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Teachers and their students in grades K-6 and the community-at-large. For more info, contact 559-782-7095 x611 or sreynolds@portervilleschools.org or visit http://pecglobalscience.jimdo.com/earth-day-2015.
To view Earth Day events in California, visit www.seecalifornia.com/events/earthday/california-earth-day.html. For events around the world, visit www. earthday.org.
Compiled by George B. Kauffman
  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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