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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day Events Abound In Utah

Earth Day is this Sunday and many related events will be held around Utah, although many will be on Saturday instead of Sunday.

This article and this article summarize many events being held around Uah. Below are excerpts.

Earth Jam" is planned for Sunday at Liberty Park, 700 E. 1300 South. The free spring festival will have a "moon stage" and an "earth stage," where artists and musicians will display their talents. The event will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hogle Zoo will throw a "Party for the Planet" on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a talk by Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and activities such as recycling paper and learning about hybrid cars. Admission is $1 off that day for anyone bringing in 12 aluminum cans or one no-longer-needed cell phone.

In Richfield, the 10th annual Natural Resources Festival continues today (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Held in the Snow College Richfield Conference Building, the events include an art show, field trips and a star party.

The Ogden Nature Center has scheduled a celebration featuring "earth-friendly vendors, exhibitors, entertainment, food and activities" on Saturday. The celebration, with trail exploration and visits to a picnic grove and tree house, has admission of $1 per person or free if you ride the bus or bike. Donations will be gratefully accepted. It will take place from noon until 4 p.m.

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.

In Moab from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, "Chalk One Up!" will host a festival at Millcreek Parkway. According to the Earth Day Network, this is a "community celebration encouraging healthy habits and habitats for humans and our animal companions. Event sponsored by Moab Arts Council, city of Moab, Humane Society of Moab Valley and others."

Statewide, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging Utahns to take advantage of free disposal of mercury products such as old thermometers, old chemistry sets and thermostats. They can be delivered to local health departments throughout Utah. Check with local health departments for times and locations.


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