Celebrate Earth Day this weekend!

The weather is just right for celebrating Earth Day this weekend!

Here are a few of the great Earth Day events in and around the Bay Area this Saturday April 21st…

Earth Day San Francisco
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SF Civic Center
www.earthdaysf.org

Earth Day San Francisco 2012 (EDSF) is more than just an annual event. This year’s festival is designed to bring together leading members of the green/sustainability activist movement to co-create a vision of how we address the multitude of environmental issues we face. Speakers, workshop leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, indigenous community leaders, civic agencies, musicians, and youth empowerment groups are invited to use this high-profile event to educate and activate the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions to pressing environmental issues.


The Climate Reality Project & Music Celebration
Doors open at 12noon, music starts at 1pm
1650 Stage Rd., Pescadero
http://www.justsayhelp.org

A celebration at McFarm in Pescadero. This is a family orientated day to celebrate the earth and learn about greening our lives and living more sustainable. We hope to establish a bee sanctuary. There will be entertainment, games and fun for all.


Berkeley Earth Day Festival
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MLK Civic Center Park, MLK and Allston, Berkeley

Berkeley Earth Day is an annual event held in April to celebrate the environmental movement and creatively challenge the destruction of our planet. The event will include cultural performers, speakers and resources to link individuals and groups with each other in community based ecological activities.

For more information: http://www.hesternet.net/events.html


Santa Rosa Earth Day
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Square, downtown Santa Rosa

The second annual green bazaar in Courthouse Square lines up McKenna Faith, Blue Tuesday and Letters Make Words to supply a homegrown soundtrack to e-waste recycling, veggie food trucks, kiddie games, electric car and solar demos. You can even recycle your unwanted prescription medication.

“Every day should be Earth Day — just like every day should be Mother’s Day, right?” says organizer Jann Trumbly. “But it’s always good to have a designated day as a reminder.”

For info, call Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845.


Berkeley Earth Day Festival
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MLK Civic Center Park, MLK and Allston, Berkeley

Berkeley Earth Day is an annual event held in April to celebrate the environmental movement and creatively challenge the destruction of our planet. The event will include cultural performers, speakers and resources to link individuals and groups with each other in community based ecological activities.

For more information: http://www.hesternet.net/events.html


Emeryville Earth Day Celebration
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Doyle-Hollis Park (61st and Hollis Streets), Emeryville

Join the City of Emeryville to celebrate Earth Day 2012. This is the city’s largest outdoor event of the year, you’ll surely want to save the date and come out to enjoy Earth Day entertainment, food, art, community volunteerism, and more!

For more information: http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=192 or (510) 450-7813


Oakland Earth Day Community Clean-Up
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Multiple Locations

Clean it. Green it. Mean it.

For a list of locations and more information: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/o/FE/s/ID/OAK026214 or (510) 238-7611


City of Alameda 2012 Earth Day Festival
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Washington Park (Central Ave & 8th St.), Alameda

Come celebrate the planet at Alameda’s Earth Day Festival! As part of the celebration, the goal is to present simple lifestyle changes to help the environment. Upcycling is one of those simple changes. Upcycling is a process of taking existing, old products, and making them into new products. It’s a different way of thinking about the materials we consume and what else can be done with them at the end of their useful life. For example, turn your one-time use plastic bottle into a colorful winder spinner instead of tossing it into a recycling bin. You’ve taken a useless product and made it into an admirable art piece–a product of better quality. Now you’re upcycling!

Enjoy FREE activities for the kids, Earth Day games and exhibits and learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come.

For more information: Alameda Recreation and Park Department at (510) 747-7529, City of Alameda Public Works Department at (510) 747-7930, or http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov.


Wildcat Creek Cleanup and Trash Survey
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Team 1: Looking for 20 to 30 volunteers.
Meet at the Wildcat Staging Area located on the Richmond Parkway between Gertrude and Pittsburgh Ave. Richmond CA

Team 2: Looking for 20 to 30 volunteers
Meet at Verde Elementary. 2000 Giaramita St., Richmond

Tracking types of trash that reach our creeks is a way to help identify the main sources and act on them to stop them from reaching our waterways. Volunteers are needed to help conduct a trash survey of two segments of Wildcat creek that have been identified as monitoring stations in Contra Costa County. A simple protocol developed by the Water Board and adapted by Contra Costa County Clean Water Program will be used with volunteers. There will be a short training at the beginning of the day. Some volunteers will wade waters to take samples.

Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Bring your water bottle, waders and/or boots if you have them. Snacks available for volunteers.

For more information or to RSVP: contact (510) 224-4085 or Juliana@thewatershedproject.org before April 19th.


North Richmond Neighborhood Beautification Day
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers interested in picking-up litter at the Wildcat Creek or around the neighborhood please report to: 2000 Giaramita St. (Verde Elementary School), Richmond, for registration, tools and assignments.

Volunteers interested in planting, mulching, and weeding community gardens, please report to: 237 Vernon Ave., Richmond, for registration, tools and assignments.

Adult and children volunteers are invited for a day of service and family fun to clean-up and improve the environment. Free food, t-shirts, eco-activities, games, and prizes

RSVP for groups 10+.

For more information: contact Juliana at (510) 224-4085 or Juliana@thewatershedproject.org.


Earth Day 2012 Point Molate Beach Cleanup
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Point Molate Beach Park, Richmond

The tide of trash coming down the watersheds from the latest rains will be accumulating along our shorelines and help is needed to keep marine debris out of the oceans and of our wonderful shorelines. Marine debris is harmful to wildlife and pollutes our shorelines. Come out and give Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate and other interested groups a hand.

Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Bring your water bottle and bucket if you have them. Snacks available for volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

RSVP for groups of 5+.

For more information: contact Juliana at (510) 224-4085 or Juliana@thewatershedproject.org


Wente Vineyards Earth Day
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, Livermore

Join Wente Vineyards to celebrate Earth Day! Enjoy great food, wine, information and activity booths, and live music at Wente Vineyards. It’s green fun for the whole family! Learn more about Wente Vineyards’ ongoing sustainability efforts and green initiatives by participating in complimentary walking tours of its sustainable garden and Audubon certified golf course. No admission fee. Wine tasting $15 per person, $10 for Wente Vineyards, Murrieta’s Well, & Tamás Estates Club Members.

For more information: http://www.wentevineyards.com/news/event_list/earth_day_celebration/ or (925) 456-2300