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Denver Earth Day Celebrations 2014

City of Lakewood

Hosting several activities including the free “2014 Earth Day Celebration” 10 am.-3 p.m. April 19 at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., with landscaping ideas, entertainment and children’s activities, lakewood.org/earthdaycelebration; “Celebrate Lakewood Regional Parks” with a hike along the Bear Creek Greenbelt 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 22 at 2900 S. Estes St., $2 per person, reservations required, 303-697-6159, lakewood.org/parkprogramsandevents; “Community Gives Day” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22 with free wildflower seeds and experts on gardening at Whole Foods in Belmar, 444 S. Wadsworth Blvd.; volunteers are needed for an “Earth Day Project” April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, sign up by calling 303-697-6159 or visiting lakewood.org/parkprogramsandevents; Sustainability Awards for youth, individuals and businesses, 7 p.m. April 28 at City Council Chambers, 480 S. Allison Parkway, lakewood.org/sustainabilityawards

Rocky Mountain National Park

“Earth Day Celebration” offers family activities such as the Biodiversity Olympics, story time, arts and crafts, programs, volunteer trash pickup and nature walks at Rocky Mountain National Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19. Park greenhouse tours will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free April 19-20 for the kickoff of National Park Week. The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is located on U.S. Route 36, three miles west of the town of Estes Park, 970-586-1206, nps.gov/romo

Wellington Webb Municipal Building

The city of Denver presents an “Earth Day Fair” April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with information on recycling, environmental issues and reducing waste. 201 W. Colfax Ave., denvergov.org

WOW! Children’s Museum

Hosting a special “Earth Day-themed Pajama Party” April 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music, crafts, gardening and seed planting activities are included along with snacks and refreshments. Pajamas are encouraged. Tickets, available at wowchildrensmuseum.eventbrite.com, are $13 per child, $6 for members. Adults (must stay for the party) are free. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424, wowchildrensmuseum.org

The Denver Zoo

“Party for the Planet” is a showcase of environmental and conservation booths with local students sharing their knowledge, 10 a.m. to noon April 22. Zoo staff will also be on hand explaining the conservation projects and green practices used at the zoo. 2300 Steele St., 720-337-1400, denverzoo.org

Hug a Tree…or a Banana!

Children are naturals when it comes to celebrating. They innately laugh, play and have fun – I find it inspiring! So, with each passing holiday, I take part in the youthful joy and make my best attempt at teaching traditions of our culture…when I can, I explore what others do and make it a cross-cultural experience – with tomorrow being both Earth Day and Good Friday, we have ample opportunity to mix a bit of learning in with a lot of fun!

Earth Day Events for 2011

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day. Wikipedia notes that in September 1969, at a conference in Seattle, Former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator Gaylord Nelson announced there would be a nationwide demonstration advocating for the environment. It was held April 22, 1970.

Earth Day now marks that anniversary. A list of some Colorado Earth Day happenings:

SATURDAY (April 16)

Earth Day tree sale The Park People’s annual Denver Digs Trees sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Washington Park, (enter at S. Franklin St. and Kentucky Avenue); City Park, (enter at East 23rd Avenue and York Street); and Sloan’s Lake (enter at Sheridan and 17th). Trees are $45 for bare-root and $65 for balled and burlap-wrapped varieties. Available tree types for sale from 9 a.m. to noon are Pacific Sunset Maple, Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac, Eastern Redbud and Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry; tree types potentially available from 11 a.m. to noon are Bloodgood London Planetree, English Oak, Shademaster Honeylocust, Cleveland Select Flowering Pear, Triumph Elm, State Street Maple, Hot Wings Tatarian Maple and Robinson Crabapple. Trees not claimed at the sale will be sold at the sale extension on April 17 at City Park. Info: theparkpeople.org or 303-722-6262.

Earth Day celebration The 14th annual celebration of Earth Day at Garden of the Gods, 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration for a Park cleanup. With community support, the entire Garden of the Gods Park is canvassed for litter removal by more than 250 volunteers from 9 to 11 a.m. All volunteers will receive a free lunch. The Adjacent Rock Ledge Ranch is open free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free activities and guided walks beginning at 9 a.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. There will also be live wildlife demonstrations with llamas, birds of prey, Air Academy falcons and wolves. The Mr. Science Chemical Magic Show will be at 10 and 11 a.m.; there will be arts and crafts for kids all day; live music; search and rescue and safety demonstrations; wildland and fire team equipment; American Indian dancers and more. Info: 719-634-6666 or gardenofgods.com.

SUNDAY (April 17)

Museum free day/Earth Day celebration The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., is offering free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be special activities to celebrate Earth

Cheap Like Me blogger finds her frugal lifestyle is also kinder to planet

Actually, it is easy to be green, and often less expensive too, says Cheap Like Me blogger Susanna Donato. “I recycle everything I can,” says Donato, a Denver-based writer and editor.

“Items that our local recycling won’t accept, I stash in the basement to take to Eco-Cycle occasionally. I have bags of Styrofoam blocks, yogurt tubs, milk cartons, sometimes worn-out sneakers, and a bag of lids to take to Aveda.”

For the past three years, her daily installments on cheaplikemeblog.com have testified that thrift and a recycling mentality are a natural partnership.

Many are tips that your grandparents (or great-grandparents) might have followed: Use a clothesline to dry your laundry, and reusable containers for packed lunches.

She avoids buying products that can’t be recycled, a strategy she employs in deciding which fast-food restaurant to patronize. (Donato prefers Chipotle or Good Times, which both use recyclable aluminium foil as wrappers.)

“Do what you can, and think twice” is her motto. Do you really need a plastic lid for your lunchtime self-serve soft drink? Buy toys that aren’t encased in plastic tombs.

Her frugality pays off: The Donato household produces less than half a 13-gallon bag of landfill-destined trash each week, but she knows others are not as relentless about recycling and other green measures as she is.

“If it drives you crazy, don’t do it,” she said.

“Not flushing, for example. But we do buy recycled toilet paper from Amazon.com, a case of it at a big discount. Forty-eight rolls, and it’s not gone yet, a year and a half later.”

-Claire Martin

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How much garbage?

How much trash does the average U.S. household produce? How it breaks down:

30% Containers and packaging

24.5% Non-durable goods (MP3 players, shoes, clothing, toys)

17.9% Durable goods (appliances, bicycles, cars)

12.8% Yard trimmings

12.5% Food scraps

Source: “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard (Free Press, $26)

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Small change-ups that add up

•Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins and rags instead of paper towels.

•Bring an empty bag or two wherever you go, to use for groceries or other products.

•Bring a water bottle and coffee cup wherever you go; some businesses offer a discount for customers who bring their own cups.

•Use a clothesline instead of an electric drier; you’ll see a direct impact on your utility bill.

•Know what can be composted: You can’t recycle shredded paper, but it will break down in your compost, adding carbon to the mix.

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Can’t recycle?

Repurpose

What can’t go in conventional recycling bins?

•Plastic “clamshell” containers used for produce and takeout. (If the number inside the triangle is 6, the plastic can be used to make Shrinky-Dink-type projects; instructions online at skiptomylou.org.)

•Milk cartons. The waxed paper requires a different recycling process. Milk cartons can be torn or shredded to include in compost.

•Plastic caps from soda bottles, shampoo bottles, milk bottles, etc. Aveda salons will recycle them: aveda.com/aboutaveda.

•Shredded paper. The shortened paper fibers are difficult to reuse, but Denver Recycles and some other recycling centers will accept shredded paper that’s stapled inside a paper bag. Like milk cartons, shredded paper is compostable.

•Bright-colored paper. It can be shredded and added to compost.

•White block foam, books, audio-visual equipment (including computers, TVs and DVRs), bicycle parts. Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials accepts all these, and more, for a nominal fee: ecocycle .org/charm.

Earth Day Events in Denver

Earth Day is officially celebrated April 22 but dozens of events in Colorado in the days before and after have popped up, all intended to encourage folks to love Mother Earth. Organizers of the big-deal global celebration say Earth Day 2010 represents the opportunity to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs.

Here’s how the locals are responding to the challenge:

WEDNESDAY April 21

“Earth Week” film screening event “The Cove,” an Academy Award-winning documentary, follows a team of environmental activists and filmmakers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a large dolphin captivity program in Japan, where approximately 23,000 dolphins are being killed each year, will be shown at 8 p.m. at Colorado College, Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. The screening will be preceded by an introduction by Marion Hourdequin, assistant professor of philosophy and instructor in environmental ethics at Colorado College. The free event is part of “Earth Week” events at Colorado College and is sponsored by EnAct, the CC student environmental group. Info: coloradocollege.edu/news_events/ or 719-389-6607.

WEDNESDAY (April 21) Earth Week event, gardening-related “Xeriscape Magic,” a program by Lakewood’s Greenhouse staff members, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kendrick Lake Park, 9351 W. Jewell Ave. Take a lunch if desired. Pollinator posters will be given away along with pollinator wheels showing how to attract bees and butterflies. Info: lakewood.org/green or 303-987-7431.

WEDNESDAY (April 21) Earth Day event “Party for the Planet — Youth Summit,” an Earth Day event, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 and 22 at The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. In partnership with Front Range Earth Force and local schools, area students will demonstrate what they’re doing in their own backyards to save the planet and celebrate the positive impact they have on their environment through conservation project booths and “speak out” skits with an environmental message. The event is free with paid admission to the Zoo. Info: 303-376-4800 or at denverzoo.org.

THURSDAY April 22

Earth Day fair The City and County of Denver is hosting a free Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west lawn of Civic Center Park (weather permitting). There will be activities for kids accompanying their parents on “take your child to work” day and Earth-friendly table exhibits and displays by various non-profit organizations, private companies and City agencies. Info: denvergov.org/EarthDay/.

THURSDAY (April 22) In celebration of Earth Day, Evolve is hosting a clothing drive to Benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. Get involved by recycling your unwanted clothing including men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing. At the end of the event, they will weigh all the boxes and announce the total number of pounds of clothing recycled. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Evolve, 5050 Osage St. Bld. D Ste 500 Denver, CO.

THURSDAY (April 22) Earth Day expo A “Down to Earth Expo” will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakewood’s Civic Center Plaza, 480 S. Allison Pkwy. There will be live music, informational lectures, demonstrations and exhibitors from local “green” businesses and nonprofits showing how to incorporate sustainable practices into daily activities. Take a canned food or pet food donation to support a local food bank or pet shelter and receive a biodegradable pot with planted seeds. Info: lakewood.org/green or 303-987-7431.

THURSDAY (April 22) Earth Day display Tallulah Jones, 1122 E. 17th Ave., Denver, has an Earth Day display set up. The display emphasizes educating children in both being green and loving nature. They are also offering an Earth Day special: if you take in a reuseable bag, you can receive 10 percent off of your whole purchase. Info: 303-832-1230.

THURSDAY (April 22) Tree/wildflower seed giveaway A “Tree and Wildflower Seed Giveaway,” by Lakewood’s Urban Parks Division, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whole Foods Market in Belmar, 444 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Whole Foods will donate 5% or the day’s store sales to Lakewood’s Surfside facility. Info: lakewood.org/green or 303-987-7431.

THURSDAY (April 22) Whale lecture and book signing Captain Paul Watson, star of Animal Planet’s show “Whale Wars,” will give a free lecture on the importance of saving the ecosystem as it supports the planet at 6 p.m. at Colorado College, Armstrong Theater, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs. A book signing will take place prior to the lecture; Watson will sign copies of “Earth Force” and “Seal Wars” from 5-5:45 p.m. in Armstrong Hall. Info: coloradocollege.edu/news_events/ or 719-389-6607.

THURSDAY (April 22) Earth Day “lunch and learn” event “Eating for the Environment,” a lunch-time presentation, will be from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at the Colorado Springs City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, Ste. 102. In honor of Earth Day, attendees will get samples of earth-friendly foods and information to take with them. Take a sack lunch to enjoy during the presentation if desired. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from recycled City banners. Info: contact City of Colorado Spring Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-2746 or [email protected]

THURSDAY (April 22) Earth Day electronics recycling event The Associated Students of Aims Community College in partnership with Schaefer Enterprises will sponsor an “E-Cycle” event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greeley campus in the General Services parking lot, 5401 W. 20th St. Aims students, employees and Greeley residents are invited to drop-off the following electronic items for recycling: computers, televisions, electronics, cellphones, batteries and old diskettes. Greeley residents must show proof of residency at the drop-off site. Info: contact Student Vice President of Campus Life Trev Starr at 970-339-6225.

THURSDAY (April 22) Earth Day concert “Earth Day-Ja Vu,” a dance concert featuring Dan Rose, Seismic Shift and Friends, will be from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Hwy. 72. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $15; proceeds benefit Carousel of Happiness. Info: contact Janette Taylor at 303-258-3586 or e-mail [email protected]

THURSDAY (April 22) Earth Day/environmental film screening “Food, Inc.” a film by Robert Kenner exploring our nation’s food industry and the “highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA,” will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Mayan Theater, 110 N. Broadway in Denver. Free. Info: 303-744-6883.

THURSDAY (April 22) Car battery recycling opportunity AAA Colorado is supporting Earth Day by sponsoring a car battery recycling effort. From April 22 through April 24, consumers can take used car batteries to Grease Monkey, 7181 N. Pecos St., Denver or to Mike’s Conoco, 4880 Federal Blvd., Denver. A battery pick-up service is also offered for Denver metro residents. Call 303-753-8800, ext. 8196 to schedule battery pick-up from your home or business. A complete list of AAA Colorado Great Battery Round-up sites throughout Colorado can be found at AAA.com.

FRIDAY April 23

Earth Week program on birding Meet at 9 a.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., for “Birding in Belmar Park,” a free, guided bird walk through the park. Check for space availability by calling 303-987-7420.

SATURDAY April 24 Earth Day fair A free Earth Day fair, with interactive booths, activities, guided bird walks, information about composting and using water wisely and more, will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora. No registration is required. Info: 303-739-2428.

SATURDAY (April 24) Earth Day fair An Earth Day Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Lake House, 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road. There will be over 50 federal, state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses presenting up-to-date information on critical issues. There are numerous activities planned for children. HawkQuest will present live raptors. There will also be speakers and presentations. Shuttle parking is available at the Wulf Recreation Center. Admission is free. Info: evergreenaudubon.org, 720-219-7165 or visit Earth Day & Beyond on Facebook.

SATURDAY (April 24) Earth Week volunteer restoration event Volunteers are needed to do trail work, habitat restoration and litter cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of REI, Whole Foods and Vitamin Water. Info: Lakewood.org/green or 303-987-7431.

SATURDAY (April 24) Earth Day event Pikes Peak’s Earth Day event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LEED Certified Art Center at Colorado College. The 2010 theme is “40 Years of Earth Day: ReVision — RePurpose — ReNew.” The event features green businesses, children’s activities, entertainment, environmental presentations, food, art and more. Info: pikespeakearthday.org.

SATURDAY (April 24) Home energy sweep The Boulder Green Building Build needs volunteers for a 475-home energy sweep on April 24 in Longmont. The door-to-door initiative provides low and moderate income households with the free installation of energy conservation measures and energy efficiency advice. There is also a home energy sweep planned for Fall of 2010. Info: 303-441-3912 or e-mail [email protected]

SATURDAY (April 24) Earth Day neighborhood energy efficiency push The Neighborhood Action Partnership is pooling its resources for a neighborhood energy efficiency push in the Five Points and Swansea neighborhoods. Groundwork Denver will lead collaborative partners and hundreds of volunteers on a door-to-door canvas to change Denver’s incandescent porch light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs and provide residents with information on energy conservation. For info or to register to volunteer, call Reggie at 303-455-5600, e-mail [email protected] or visit GroundworkDenver.org.

SATURDAY (April 24) Open house and Earth Day celebration The Garbage Garage Education Center at the Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins, is having an open house event and Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register: 970-498-5772 or e-mail [email protected]

SATURDAY (April 24) Earth Day celebration Naturalist Jill Parker will lead an Earth Day program at 1 p.m. in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. The program explores the impacts upon the fragile “web of life” that envelops and sustains our planet. Can we “reweave” the web? Look for answers taking on the case study of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. See how these predators reshaped an entire ecosystem in unforeseen ways. The study will be related to the balance at Roxborough State Park. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Info: 303-973-3959.

SATURDAY (April 24) Earth Day event Bluff Lake Nature Center, on the eastern edge of Stapleton, is hosting a “Recycling and Reusing” event from 9 a.m. to noon. Take in electronics, baby gear and more to Bluff Lake for free (or low cost) recycling. Recycled art from or inspired by the Art Students League of Denver exhibit, “Used: Mixed Media, Recycled,” will be on display. Bluff Lake educators and volunteers will work with families to assemble small compost worm bins and reused crafts. Take in the following items to be recycled: books, CDs, DVDs, video games, baby and children’s gear, small amounts of personal documents for on-site shredding, and electronics such as toasters, printers, laptops, monitors, phones, computers, televisions, etc. Info: 303-344-0031 or visit bufflakenaturecenter.org.

SUNDAY April 25

Earth Day celebration Earthfest Boulder is a free community celebration featuring music, sustainable food and drink, farmers market, speakers, Dirt Days outdoor activities, an expo of green businesses and more. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Boulder; the festival area will include Central Park, the Bandshell and the Farmer’s Market Area. Info: earthfestboulder.net.

MONDAY April 26

Rocky Mountain Land Series Presentation and booksigning Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature,” “The Deep Economy,” and “Eaarthcq: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet,” will give a presentation and sign books at 7:30 p.m. at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St., Denver. Info: 303-436-1070.

MONDAY (April 26) Environmental film screening “The Garden,” a film following the plight of farmers on a 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the US, will be shown at 6 p.m. at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th St. Tickets are free. Info: 720-865-1472.

FRIDAY April 30

Tree giveaway Local Ace Hardware stores are giving away 16,500 free trees to consumers on April 30 in recognition of Arbor Day. Varieties may vary by location but will include Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and Fraser Fir. Free trees are available while supplies last at participating stores; each store will have 500 trees to give away. Customers must present a coupon to receive a free tree. Coupons and a video with tree planting instructions are available at myhelpfulace.com.

Photo: NASA

Explore Colorado With Fun Outdoor Events From Planet Explore

With Spring’s glorious temperatures, Colorado is a joy to explore. The North Face has made outdoor participation a priority with Planet Explore a portal to the outdoors for people of all ages to find outdoor events in their area.

In Denver, Planet Explore has teamed up with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, the Blufflake Nature Center, Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder, Big City Mountaineers and Environmental Learning for Kids to help promote these fantastic events.

1) Bluff Lake Nature Center has planned several events that will help you celebrate Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 21: STARGAZING. The Bluff Lake Nature Center will kick off Earth Day events on April 21 with a members-only event at dusk. An amateur Astronomer will bring his telescopes to Bluff Lake and share the wonders of the universe.

Thursday, April 22: EARTH DAY. On Earth Day, BLNC will partner once again with Stapleton-area business on our Locavore Earth Day event. A number of local businesses will donate a portion of their day’s proceeds to Bluff Lake Nature Center.

Saturday, April 24: RECYCLING. Bring your electronics, baby gear, and more to Bluff Lake for FREE (or low cost) recycling. BLNC will also be showing recycled art from local artists and their educators will work with children to assemble small worm bins. The recycling opportunities that will be available include B-Logistics (books, CDs, DVDs, video games), WeeCycle and Techno+Rescue (electronics). Check planetexplore.com for specifics.

Sunday, April 25: WESTERLY CREEK CLEAN-UP. Help BLNC and your Stapleton neighbors as they spend time cleaning-up Westerly Creek. This is an annual neighborhood tradition, and they collect a wide variety of trash – from the common (plastic water bottles) to the extraordinarily large (mattresses).

Saturday, MAY 1: SPRING TREE PLANTING. This is a great opportunity to teach children about nature as they learn to plant trees and shrubs. Register at PlanetExplore.com.

2) Big City Mountaineers is partnering with Leave No Trace and AEE (Association for Experiential Education) at the National Get Outdoors Day event June 12. They also have the