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Inland Northwest communities mark Earth Day

With Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program has worship resources on "Abundance of Life: Ethics of Energy."   The resources communicate that God gives energy sources in abundance, even though some sources like coal and gas are limited.  Sun, wind and water have the potential to generate power in perpetuity, say resource preparers. For information, visit nccecojustice.org/earthday.

Earth Day events are being planned in the Inland Northwest before, on and after Earth Day.

In Spokane, the celebration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, on Main Ave., between Browne and Division.  It will feature community booths, "green" activities for children, food, music and art.

Earthworks Recycling is compiling information on Earth Day Spokane events at earthdayspokane.org.

Spokane's Earth Day celebrations inform people on conservation, recycling, renewable energy, green businesses, habitat and wildlife protection and environmental conservation.

The day includes a Procession of the Species in which children make masks of favorite animals and join in a parade.

REI and Dishman Hills are planning a service day from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 22, with tree planting, trail building, trash clean-up, fence and deck staining, tree thinning and noxious weed removal.

Coeur d'Alene's Earth Day Fair is from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at the Coeur d'Alene Library.  Last year, 550 guests and 35 vendors came.  The 2012 theme, "Earth Day in Your Backyard," invites tips and tools for improving back yards.  For information, call 208-667-9093.

Sustainable Walla Walla Earth Week, April 16 to 22, includes Green Travel Awards for businesses, agencies, schools, churches and organizations with the best green travel programs for employees, students, customers and members April 16 to 22.

Green Travel is about low-energy ways to go to and from work, school, worship, meetings and other tasks-biking, bussing, walking, carpooling, riding scooters and other low-energy alternatives to single occupancy vehicles.

Participants may send a description of their program to Sustainable Walla Walla, PO Box 1222, Walla Walla WA 99362 by Friday, April 27.  For information, email sustainableww@charter.net.

In Pullman, Washington State University is planning an Eco-Adventure Earth Day Clean-up and Climb.  Participants will spend a day climbing at Granite Point, Wash.  For information, call 335-0104.

Colville Confederated Tribes' 2012 Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the Colville Indian Agency Pow Wow Grounds in Nespelem will include dancers, drummers and 50 information booths.  For information, call 634-2413 or visit colvilletribes.com.

Several Green Okanogan Earth Day events are planned.  A Green Building and Green Intentional Community tour of a home built with recycled materials and using eco-friendly practices begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, 411 S. Western Ave. 

Earth Day activities include information on recycling, glass crushing, solar and wind power, alternative transportation, community gardens, composting, rocket stoves, community action, conscious buying, Slow Food Okanogan and GMO food at the community center.

Sandpoint's Earth Day Festival from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at Sandpoint Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave., will include booths, children's activities, service-learning projects, music and food.  For information, call 208-946-6960.

The Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Earth Day Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at Memorial Hall at the Boundary County Fairgrounds to share ideas on reducing, reusing, recycling and sustainability as part of a Green Weekend.  For information, call 208-290-2720.

Lewiston, Idaho, will hold its seventh annual Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19.  For information, call 208-746-1187.

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute will host its annual Paradise Creek Stream Clean-up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the PCEI Campus, 1040 Rodeo Dr., in Moscow.

Ellensburg's fourth annual Earth Day Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Ellensburg Transfer Station, 1001 Industrial Way.  For information, call 962-7542.

Wenatchee's Centennial Park will become an intergenerational, interactive learning center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.  Jacobson Preserve will become an Earth Day hub for families and walkers to explore Wenatchee's wild side with naturalists at interactive stations.  For information, call 667-9708.

Chelan's Community Services Workgroup will present an Earth Day Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 17, at its Riverwalk Park.  For information, call 682-5756.