SustainAbility: Ready for Earth Day


Book Sale

Friends of the Mesa County Library now has a permanent collection site at First Congregational Church and is accepting unwanted books, compact discs, DVDs and VHS tapes for its spring sale. No encyclopedias, please.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the church, 1425 N. Fifth St.

The collection site is open year round and items are sorted into a variety of categories. In addition to the spring and fall sales, some books are taken to Novel Idea Bookstore at the Central Library and others are donated.

Boxes of books are given to jails, Head Start, Little Mavs Preschool, Colorado West Mental Health and the Department of Human Services. Books that cannot be reused are stripped and recycled.

You can leave items in the green book drop located by the collection room facing the church parking lot.

For details about contributing books or the spring sale, contact Maggie Lopez at 201-0868.

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

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.

Adele Israel is a Grand Junction writer who has been involved in sustainability efforts for some 20 years. Have a question or column idea for Adele? E-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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