Earth events!

Get your green on by attending a local Earth Day happening

The unofficial Earth Day flag.

The unofficial Earth Day flag.

Earth Day? More like a week. Or a month.

Officially, Earth Day is April 22, Earth Week is April 16-22 and April is Earth Month—complete with World Heritage Day on the 18th, John Muir Day on the 21st and Arbor Day on the 29th. Too many dates to remember? Just be green all year and you won’t have to worry about missing any of them. If you still want to celebrate the Earth, or just want to get together with a group of like-minded greenies, you can always participate in one or more of the following events or activities.

Sacramento Earth Day: Sponsored by the Environmental Council of Sacramento, the event features food, entertainment, and activity and business booths. The free event attracts thousands every year. It happens Saturday, April 23, 12:30-5:30 p.m., at Southside Park, 2115 6th Street. For more information, visit

Helping Hands: In the spirit of Arbor Day, the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network is planning a park restoration day. In addition to planting trees and landscaping, volunteers are needed to paint, repair masonry, restore and create pathways, and repair and install benches, fences and tables. Registration forms and volunteer agreements are required and can be found, along with more information, at The restoration day is Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon, along the West Sacramento River Walk and the Bryte and Alyce Norman Parks. For more information, contact Jim Brewer at <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,105,110,102,111,64,98,114,121,116,101,97,110,100,98,114,111,100,101,114,105,99,107,46,111,114,103,34,62,105,110,102,111,64,98,114,121,116,101,97,110,100,98,114,111,100,101,114,105,99,107,46,111,114,103,60,47,97,62)) } </script> or (916) 617-2288.

Swap-a-Palooza: If you like reducing waste, reusing items can be the best conduit. Grab all your old stuff that you don’t use anymore—clothes, accessories, home and garden items, tools, digital and print media, etc.—and bring it to Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet. Swap-a-Palooza happens Friday, April 22, with drop-off from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the swap from noon to 2 p.m. at Denio’s, 1551 Vineyard Road in Roseville. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, visit

City of Sacramento Earth Day celebration: This free community event features live entertainment by Radio Disney; Dr. Solar’s Solar Powered Children & Family Entertainment Show; and composting, recycling and clean-air demonstrations. Free light-rail and bus passes will be available. The celebration happens Thursday, April 21, at City Hall, 915 I Street; and Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I Street; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (916) 808-6525 or visit

John Muir in the New World: Local PBS affiliate KVIE will air the new documentary John Muir in the New World in honor of John Muir Day and Earth Day. The film touches on Muir’s influences, work and legacy, while reminding the viewer of the United States’ threatened ecosystems. Set your DVR for Channel 6: The program will air Monday, April 25, at 4 a.m.

Citywide athletic shoe collection: Elk Grove will be kicking off a city-wide recycling program aimed at keeping old shoes out of the local landfills. Throughout the remaining days of April, the city of Elk Grove, along with the Elk Grove Unified School District, Cosumnes Community Services District and Allied Waste Services of Sacramento, will collect shoes in various locations. Local students will also be educated on the importance of proper recycling techniques. For more information, contact Traci Goularte at (916) 478-2289 or <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,116,103,111,117,108,97,114,116,101,64,101,108,107,103,114,111,118,101,99,105,116,121,46,111,114,103,34,62,116,103,111,117,108,97,114,116,101,64,101,108,107,103,114,111,118,101,99,105,116,121,46,111,114,103,60,47,97,62)) } </script>.

Kids’ class at the Crocker: The Crocker Art Museum will be holding an art class for children ages 3 to 5. Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch will teach children to paint green landscapes, build pottery with clay, paint with dirt and use recycled plastic in their art. An adult must attend to supervise the child. The fee for the class is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. It happens Wednesday, April 27, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street. For more information, visit