SustainAbility: Ready for Earth Day
April 22 is rapidly approaching so it’s time to mark your calendar with some educational and entertaining Earth Day events.
The big celebration for Earth Day is April 23 but don’t head to the Mesa County Fairgrounds this year.
Alpine Bank will be presenting the festivities that have migrated to the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave.
The full day of events is broken up into three sections starting with early exercise activities at 8 a.m. The Community Exercise Expo features low-cost circuit training and a special free workout designed for kids. Next up is a Riverfront Trail bike ride, and kids, don’t forget to decorate your bikes.
For $1 you can browse more than 60 local, earth-friendly vendors at the Earth Day event from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live music, contests, educational speakers, entertainers, and a slew of activities for kids will add to the excitement. Locally grown and organic food and beverages will be available.
A free shuttle will travel back and forth from R-5 High School between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The fun doesn’t stop there.
From 3:30–11 p.m., you can attend the Earth Day Concert featuring four Colorado groups: Dem Bones, Jack + Jill, Lil Sum’n Sum’n and Atonga Groove Alliance. Tickets for the concert cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Family pricing is available. Don’t forget to bring a chair for the concert.
Additional sponsors include uTunes Mobile DJ, Ecofly Renewable Energies, High Noon Solar and Van Gundy’s. For information, go to http://www.gjearthday.com.
Mesa County Libraries is celebrating Earth Day with two programs at the Central Library, 530 Grand Ave.
“If Walls Could Talk” will help you learn how to make your home more energy efficient. Fritz Diether from Frostbusters & Coolth Co. will explain how walls really do talk and what they say. Ruth Michels, winner of the 2011 Excel home energy makeover also will share about her experience.
The program will be offered twice in the Central Library program area at 2 p.m. April 19 and at 6 p.m. April 21.
Get your creative juices flowing at “Recycled Found Art” hosted by Deborah Robinson at 6 p.m. April 19, also in the Central Library’s program area. Start collecting materials you generally throw away so you can share them with the group. Registration is recommended and can be made by calling 243-4442.