Earth Day

April 14, 2010

April 22nd is the 40th annual Earth Day. This year Earth Day Network is emphasizing commitment to sustainability. The Day is part teach-in, part call-to-action and part celebration. They invite all of us to join with the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action in their own ways for Earth Day.

There will be many events will be held this weekend.

Woodside’s Green Fair. Woodside’s annual Green Fair will be held at the Runnymede Sculpture Farm this Saturday. It provides a rare opportunity to see this treasure in our midst with its more than 160 outdoor, often monolithic sculptures. Since the property is privately owned, it not often open to the public.

This Fair is made possible through the very hard work of the Woodside Conservation and Environmental Health Committee. We salute their dedication! Events include “A Walk Through Time,” an art exhibit made up of 88 panels that show how life has evolved on Earth over the past four billion years. The walk showcases the amazing, challenging history of life on this planet – with each step being one million years, animal life is only present in the last third – and human beings taking up the last, four-foot panel. More on this exhibit can be found here.

Also, Wildlife Associates will be bringing some animals to the event for people to see, including a turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, and arctic fox. There will be a display of children’s artwork, as well as environmental awards given for Environmental Champion and Heritage Tree. The Woodside Village Band will be on hand as well with some good tunes. There will be many exhibitors, including electric car maker Tesla Motors, energy audit companies, solar power organizations, and others. Tickets are $10 and can be secured at Town Hall. Town Hall is open M-F, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Parking will be along Runnymede Road (no parking on the property.) For more information, contact Ann Von Essen at 650-575-6940.

Live Earth’s Run For Water Sunday, Apr 18 10:00am at Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo. This event is part of The Dow Live Earth “Run for Water” on which is a series of 6km run/walks (the average distance women and children walk everyday to secure water) taking place over the course of 24 hours in 150 countries, featuring concerts and water education activities to ignite a massive global movement to help solve the water crisis

Burlingame Shorebird Sanctuary Earth Day Cleanup Saturday, Apr 17 8:00am.
Join Sequoia Audubon Society (San Mateo County) for an Earth Day cleanup of the Burlingame Shorebird Sanctuary and adjacent SF Bay Trail.

Earth Day Celebration! Thursday, Apr 22 3:30pm The Shops At Tanforan, San Bruno Celebrate Earth Day with the Radio Disney Road Crew! Learn how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and play fun games for a chance to win cool prizes.

Earth Day on the Bay 2010 Saturday, Apr 17 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Marine Science Institute, Redwood There will be family friendly geared towards providing fun, memorable, and meaningful experiences to bond you with San Francisco Bay, and the planet. The event is free but there is a charge for boat trips.

Earth Day Cleanup Saturday, Apr 17 8:30am Ravenswood Ponds, Menlo Park. Protect wildife and the environment while enjoying great Bay views. Please call 408-262-5513 x106 to volunteer at the Don Edwards SFB National Wildlife Refuge’s Annual Earth Day cleanup.

Earth Day Cleanup Saturday, Apr 17 8:30a Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont Ravenswood Point, East Palo Alto Help us protect wildlife and the environment while enjoying great Bay views!

Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup Projects Saturday, Apr 17 8:00am at
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, San Francisco. Volunteers are needed at California state parks for the 13th annual California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) Earth Day 2010 Restoration & Cleanup presented by PG&E.

Earth Day Fest 2010 Sunday, Apr 18 10:00am Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale Kids’ activities, entertainment, presentations and demonstrations of eco-friendly products and programs.

Gamble Garden – Kid’s Earth Day Event Friday, Apr 16 2:00pm -4:00pm.
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center, Palo Alto Fun and simple garden activities, and then enjoy juice and cookies under the Grand Oak Tree for children of all ages.

Here’s a list of some activities you can do at home with your kids to teach them about the environment.

• Pull out invasive plants and replace them with native species.
• Ride bikes, walk or take public transit.
• Start a family garden and grow healthy food.
• Start a compost pile.
• Switch out light bulbs for energy- efficient CFLs.
• Make art from recycled objects.

Here’s wishing all COWs an ecologically meaningful Earth Day.

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