|Celebrate Earth Day|
|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
Come join King County and Islandwood at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville for an Earth Day celebration April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit 70 acres of public space, three miles of trails and wildlife galore. Activities for all ages will include wetland restoration, art projects, scavenger hunts and more.
To register for the restoration project (bring a lunch and rubber boots and be prepared to get wet!), email Kristin Covey at email@example.com. For directions and to register for treatment plant tours (ages 9 and up only), please visit Brightwater’s Events page: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/brightwater-center/events.aspx.
Start making a difference by joining the international Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 21, at the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living. Bring your environmentally conscious family, friends and neighbors to a special afternoon gathering and potluck community dinner to meet like-minded locals, gather helpful resources and galvanize people to the environmental movement. You can take part in one or all of the following activities:
• Indigenous ceremony at the Woodinville Heritage Garden; tree planting, drumming and fire ceremony
• Tracks and Tales Nature School children’s activities; outdoor exploration, creative expression, academics and personal growth with games, songs, movement, stories, art projects and nature skills
• Tours of the new 21 Acres green building
• Resource and information tables
• Community potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share that features at least one (hopefully more) local, organic, seasonal ingredients. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your dish to share along with your own tableware and beverage. We encourage everyone to “pack it in, take it out.” Rain or shine.
21 Acres is located in the lower Sammamish River Valley at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville. For more information on the 21 Acres School, visit 21acres.org or find them on Facebook and Twitter @21acres.
The City of Kirkland is joining more than one billion people worldwide in officially supporting Earth Day 2012 and is encouraging its residents and businesses to participate in local events. The Earth Day Network, a world leader in the environmental movement, seeks to reach its goal of one billion acts of green as it celebrates the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day (www.earthday.org). The City of Kirkland’s Green Team and the Green Kirkland Partnership invite the community to attend one, some, or all of the following events being held as part of Earth Day which is officially recognized annually on April 22.
• Volunteer! Green Kirkland Partnership Earth Day event, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market Street. Earth Corps and Native Plant Steward volunteers will lead activities to remove invasive plants and spread woodchip mulch. Sign up online at www.earthcorps.org.
• Recycle! City of Kirkland residential recycling collection event, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Houghton Park and Ride, NE 70th and 116th NE. Safely recycle items that normally cannot be collected curbside or recycled readily through product stewardship program. Find event information at www.kirklandwa.gov/recycle.
• Get outside! The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) has teamed with Let’s G.O. (“Get Outside”) a youth-inspired, youth-led children and nature network initiative to learn about the natural environment along the trails in Juanita Woodlands Park on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition, FHNA will host a clean-up party on the same day from 9 a.m. to noon to help tidy up areas with recently planted trees. Meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. Visit www.finnhillneighborhood.org.
• Calculate your carbon footprint! Use the carbon foot- print calculator to see what carbon dioxide emissions you give out at a particular time and how you can reduce the emission. Find the calculator at www.kirklandwa.gov/kirklandgreen.
• Share your Earth Day story! Share with others how you will honor your Earth this year. Post your story on Facebook at www.facebook/com/KirklandEnviro.
• Learn gardening! The Cascade Water Alliance is hosting gardening classes throughout King County from April to June. “Sustainable Veggie Gardening” will be held at Kirkland City Hall Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit www.cascadewater.org for a full schedule.
The Green Kirkland Partnership is hosting restoration events on Saturday, April 28. For more information, go to www.greenkirkland.org.
King County Earth Week events offer chances to learn more and do more about the environment. Click on the county’s “It’s Easy Being Green” website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/beinggreen to discover a long list of green activities happening around the county and learn easy tips for saving money, conserving natural resources or improving our environment.