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Plenty of earthy events remain for Earth Day

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Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of columns provided by the organizers of this year’s local Earth Month events.

By Betsy Kelson

If you’ve been promising yourself a night out to take part in the Earth Day celebration, some educational and interesting events are still coming up.

At 5 p.m. today, the Evergreen Metro District will offer a tour of its water treatment plant at the Evergreen Dam. If you have ever wondered what happens to the water that flows over the dam, come join us. If you can’t come tonight, then stop by at 10 a.m. or noon on Saturday and take the tour.

Also tonight, April 17, after the water treatment plant tour, Our Earth, Our Chance, Evergreen Audubon and the Evergreen Nature Center present An Evening for Earth Kids. The doors open at The Place, 27886 Meadow Drive, at 6 p.m., and the celebration of what you can do for Our Earth begins at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the West Jefferson sixth-grade choir, and there will be skits by Evergreen Montessori students. Hearthfire Books will present a reading, and the Evergreen Nature Center will provide fun activities for kids.

Want to see what’s been going on at the Evergreen recycling center? Come down to the EDS Transfer Station and Recycling Center at 5801 Highway 73 for a tour of the sorting system on Thursday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and learn how your materials are recycled and about the expansions that have created local jobs.

Then, on Saturday, come over to the Evergreen Lake House for the 24th annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair. Federal, state and local agencies will be on hand to share what they do to care for our Earth. Many of our local nonprofit organizations will also share what they do every day for our Earth. There will be lots of children’s activities and great exhibitors, and representatives from HawkQuest are bringing their feathered raptor friends to visit with everyone again.

After you’ve seen all the exhibits at the Mountain Area Earth Day Fair, stop by the Evergreen Nature Center on the south side of the lake. The Historic Warming Hut never looked so good. Evergreen Audubon has outdone itself again with new exhibits and children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or you can start at the Evergreen Nature Center and then check out the Earth Day Fair.

And finally, on Earth Day, Monday April 22, join climate champions Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist at 7 News, and Jim White, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. They will lead a lively discussion titled “Are You Climate Curious?” at The Place, 27886 Meadow Drive, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

All Earth Day and Earth Month events are free to the public.

Look for banners and fliers throughout the community announcing these great local events, or visit http://ourearthourchance.weebly.com/ or http://evergreenaudubon.org for times and locations for these Earth-friendly and zero-waste events.