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Area groups plan Earth Day events

Earth Day Spokane returns to Riverfront Park

The national theme for Earth Day 2014 is “Green Cities.”

Earth Day Spokane will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Riverfront Park, partnering with the City of Spokane to celebrate work being done to protect the region’s earth, water and air, and recognize the 40th Anniversary of Expo ’74, the first World’s Fair with an environmental theme.

“As we showcase progress in the past four decades, we will highlight work that is still to come,” said Kerry Costigan, a volunteer with Earth Day Spokane.

Through Earth Day, organizers hope people will learn how to continue to empower citizens to work for environmental protection.

“We are gathering support from the city, businesses, nonprofits and individuals,” said Kerry.

She invites educators to inform Earth Day organizers what local schools are doing.

Children can be involved:

• For the Procession of the Species Recycled Mask Project, “we invite students to explore how humans interact with the environment every day. Students can use recycled materials to create a mask representing a creature of the earth, water or air, and bring these masks to Earth Day to wear them during the 2014 Procession of the Species.

• Student and adult volunteers are needed for activities.

• There are booths for school groups to showcase green projects or Earth Day demonstrations.

Bart Makailovich of Spokane Riverkeeper, who has been involved with Earth Day for several years, said the return to Riverfront Park from W. Main is part of the 40th anniversary of Expo ’74.

“There will be demonstration areas on land, water and air, to educate people on ways to be involved in improving the environment,” he said.

There will be a children’s area, a reading room and a video room with the idea of increasing participation of children. 

“Expo ‘74 uncovered the park and river, which had been covered with railroad tracks and factories,” he said.  “Earth Day will introduce a master plan for changes to Riverfront Park.”

As in previous years, there will be concerts all day and a few speakers.  The event will include a farmers’ market.

“For me, it’s a celebration.  It’s good to have a day set aside nationally and locally to recognize environmental issues and people working on them,” said Bart.

For information, call 208-755-5323 or email kerry.costigan@gmail.com or visit earthdayspokane.org.

CdA Earth Day is April 19

The Kootenai County Environmental Alliance and Coeur d’Alene Tribe are planning “Green Up CDA Earth Day Celebration” with yoga, crafts, an Easter egg hunt, food, presentations and information from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E Front St. in Coeur d’Alene.

Sandpoint plans its celebration

The Sandpoint Earth Day Celebration is from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison, with food, music, demonstrations, crafts, wildlife displays and displays from organizations. For information, call  208-265-9565.

Bonners Ferry holds fair

An Earth Day Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds in Bonners Ferry will educate, inspire and encourage the community toward greener, sustainable living practices.  Participants will share ideas on reducing, recycling, reusing and sustainablility.  For information, call 208-290-2720 or email colet@frontier.com.





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