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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Activities Around Utah

Earth Day events will be held today in Salt Lake City and at various locations around Utah, and more events will take place Saturday. Most Utah national parks have events scheduled. The Deseret News has this article about activities. Below are excerpts.

Art exhibits, coloring contests for children, rock concerts for adults and a variety of other events are planned this week in conjunction with the 40th annual Earth Day on April 22.

The "Recycling the Basics" art exhibit will run through Saturday on the patio of Squatters, 147 W. Broadway, in Salt Lake City, featuring work by students.

Westminster's Earth Day on Wednesday will include live music, a plant sale, electronics recycling, Westminster Wheels program and a variety of other green events, including a tour of the Sarah House, an eco-friendly, completely minimalist dwelling created by Utahn Jeff White.

An electronic recycling event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the parking lot of the Turpin University Services building just west of the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus. Residents are encouraged to dispose of old television sets, computers, cell phones and other equipment.

On Saturday, area residents can participate in the "Bend in the River Earth Day Event," with registration and breakfast kicking off between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at 1050 W. Fremont Ave.

The event, sponsored by Salt Lake City, the Lowell Bennion Center at the U. and REI, an outdoor/recreational gear store, will include remarks by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. Afterward, participants can take educational tours or plant seedlings in the "environmental stewardship" aspect of the event.

Saturday also will offer an opportunity for residents in various parts of the state to unload unwanted medications in a safe, legal manner.

Farther south, Zion National Park has teamed up with the community of Springdale for its sixth annual Earth Day celebration. In addition to live music and a farmer's market, numerous vendors and activities will demonstrate the latest in alternative energy, such as solar ovens and other "Leave No Trace" principles. The noon to 6 p.m. Saturday event is at the lawn of the Bit & Spur Restaurant. All proceeds support the town's efforts to convert all public facilities to solar power.

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