A roundup of 2011 Earth Day observances around Seattle and Western Washington.
Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed on April 22 as a day of environmental education and action, and many places have extended the observation to a week. Here’s a roundup of Earth Day events beginning this weekend around Puget Sound.
Earth Day Plant Sale/recycling event
FRI-SUN Gardening workshops, plant sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday; recycle home electronics, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Metropolitan Market, 1908 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-284-2530 or www.metropolitan-market.com/events).
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SAT Seattle Art Museum event to make wearable art inspired by Nick Cave’s Sound Suits exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle; free (earthbongo.com/project/188/make-art-with-us-on-earth-day).
Earth Day Duwamish Alive
SAT Cleanup and forest-restoration projects, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at several sites along the Duwamish River, Nature Consortium Earth Festival, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Pathfinder K-8 School, Seattle; preregister, space limited (206-923-0853 or www.duwamishalive.org).
Earth Day-Arbor Day Festival
SAT Activities, exhibits, guided walks, tree-planting ceremony, eco-friendly organizations’ activities and demonstrations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-452-2750 or www.bellevuewa.gov).
Earth Day Every Day, Shoreline
SAT Eco-living tips and tools for your home and yard to reduce pollution and save money, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Central Market, 15505 Westminister Way N., Shoreline (206-801-2700).
Earth Day Event, Bridle Trails State Park
SAT Help remove invasive plants in the park; lunch provided; bring gloves, pruners, shovels; 9 a.m. Saturday, Bridle Trails State Park, Northeast 53rd Street and 116th Avenue Northeast, Kirkland; parking limited, carpooling encouraged (425-827-6595 or www.bridletrails.org).
Earth Day Planting, Redmond
SAT Help plant native plants along Mackey Creek; tools, gloves and snacks provided; wear boots; for all ages, under age 18 must have signature of parent or guardian, ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by adult, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Farrel McWhirter Park, 19545 N.E. Redmond Rd., Redmond; parking limited, carpools suggested (425-556-2845 or www.redmond.gov).
Earth Day Volunteer Planting and Salmon Barbecue
SAT Help plant trees along Harris Creek, followed by salmon barbecue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Stillwater Wildlife Area, Carnation; preregister (stillysnofish.org).
Earth Day/Parks Appreciation Day, Pierce County
SAT Cleaning, planting and other activities at parks around Pierce County, bring tools, 9 a.m. Saturday in Fife, Lakewood, Milton, Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula and 11 Tacoma locations (www.parksappreciationday.net).
Earth Day Festival, Whidbey Island
SAT Information and resources on green living and environmental sustainability, children’s activities, music, noon-4 p.m.; keynote speaker, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Bayview Corner, 5603 S. Bayview Road, Langley, Whidbey Island; free (360-321-4145).
Earth Day Weekend at the Duwamish Longhouse
SAT-SUN Special exhibit: Holding Mother Earth Sacred, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Seattle Storytellers Guild: Earth Day Stories, First Nations, All Nations, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or www.duwamishtribe.org).
Get Rid of your Old Paint
SAT-SUN Bring old paint for paint recycling to community organizations, not all paint accepted, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Second Use, 7953 Second Ave. S., Seattle (206-763-6929 or www.seconduse.com).
Earth Day Plant Sale/recycling event
SAT-SUN Kids plant minicrate vegetable garden, 12:30 Saturday-Sunday, $25, preregister; plant sale, meet goats, noon-5 p.m. Saturday; electronics recycling, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Metropolitan Market, 5250 40th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-938-6600 or www.metropolitan-market.com/events).
Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail
SAT-APRIL 23 Friends of the Burke-Gilman at Sand Point project removing invasive plants on the Burke-Gilman Trail, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday through April 23, Northeast 65th Street and the Burke-Gilman Trail, Seattle (206-200-9669 or www.burkegilmanvolunteers.org).
Mercer Island Earth Day
SUN Help remove invasive plants and other park-restoration activities; snacks, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Clarke Beach, 7700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, preregister (www.earthcorps.org).
King County Earth Day Expo and Green Globe Awards
APRIL 22 King County Executive Dow Constantine, EcoConsumer Tom Watson, environmental mascot Bert the Salmon celebrate green living with tools, resources and discounts, entertainment and educational activities to make your home and garden more Earth-friendly, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22, Westlake Park, Seattle (206-296-8304 or www.kingcounty.gov/beinggreen).
Earth Day Picnic For the Planet, Pike Place Market
APRIL 22 Nature Conservancy celebration of our planet, the food it provides and the people who share it; bring your own lunch or purchase one from restaurants, farmers and vendors, 11:30 a.m. April 22, Pike Place Market, Seattle; free (www.nature.org/).
Earth Day dinner
APRIL 22 Seasonal dinner; portion of proceeds benefit Chefs Collaborative sustainable food system, 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 22, Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge, 18525 36th Ave. S., Seattle; $49, reservations required (206-214-4282 or www.opentable.com).
Earth Day Wine Tasting
APRIL 22 Sponsored by the Greater Woodinville Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, six pours and light appetizers, demos on growing and using herbs, spring container designs, 5 p.m. April 22, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; $25 (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com/events.html).
Earth Day in Snohomish
APRIL 22 Activities, information about recycling, designing eco-friendly gardens, displays of local natural products and arts, 2-5 p.m., Earth Day Open Mike Concert, 7 p.m. April 22, Snohomish (www.naturalclothingcompany.com/).
Earth Day Celebration at the Farm
APRIL 22-23 Classes, crafts, demonstrations, hay rides, animals, farm stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22-23, Dr. Maze’s Farm, 15410 N.E. 124th St., Redmond (425-869-9777 or www.DrMazesfarm.com).
Earth Day Book and Clothing Swap
APRIL 22-23 Donate clean clothing and books in good condition to trade, leftover items donated to local charity; teens, 3-5:30 p.m. Friday; children and adults, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; bring one can for food-bank donation (425-776-8722).
Earth Day Volunteer Vacation
APRIL 22-24 Help restore hiking trails in the Quinault rain forest for $99/night room rate, April 22-24, Lake Quinault Lodge, by reservation (360-288-2900).
Earth Day Audubon Center B’Earthday Party
APRIL 23 Audubon Center’s third anniversary, Seward Park’s 100th anniversary and Earth Day arts and crafts, games, activities for all ages, guided walks to the eagles’ nest, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 23, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; admission and most activities free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).
Earth Day Celebration at the PlayGarden
APRIL 23 Family garden activities, crafts, food, environmental education at facility designed to accommodate children of all abilities, 1-4 p.m. April 23, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, 1745 24th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-325-5576 or www.childrensplaygarden.org).
Earth Day Cleanup, Arboretum
APRIL 23 Student Conservation Association (SCA), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG), and Seattle Parks and Recreation park improvement removing invasive plants and other projects, bring boots and work gloves if you have them; registration 9 a.m. April 23, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle; preregister (206-324-4649 or www.thesca.org/events/earth-day-seattle-0).
Skyway Earth Day Clean Up
APRIL 23 Bring garden tools for community cleanup and planting, 8:30 a.m. April 23, District No. 20 Fire Station, 12417 76th Ave. S., Seattle (westhillcommunity.com/Events/EventsPage.htm#EarthDay).
Juanita Bay Park Restoration
APRIL 23 EarthCorps and Kirkland Parks provide tools and equipment to remove invasive plants, 9 a.m.-noon April 23, Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market St., Kirkland, preregister (www.earthcorps.org).
Mountaineers Earth Day Celebration
APRIL 23 Volunteer stewardship, interpretive hikes, storytelling, crafts, wildlife encounters, nature-inspired games for all ages, 10 a.m. April 23, The Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve, 3153 Seabeck Highway N.W., Bremerton; suggested donation $15/family, preregister (206-521-6012 or mountaineersearthday.eventbrite.com).
Earth Day Coastal Cleanup
APRIL 23 Help clean up coastal beaches and ocean-area state and national parks, April 23 (www.coastsavers.org/washington).
Earth Day Celebration, Marysville
APRIL 30 Exhibits to learn about native plants, controlling invasive plants, pollution, salmon, restoration projects; help restore Allen Creek with tree and shrub planting, invasive plant removal; tools, gloves, snacks provided, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30, Jennings Memorial Park & Jennings Nature Park, Marysville; preregister (425-508-6709).