Earth Day is a time to help and have fun

April 20, 2006|By MICHAEL BARNETT | MICHAEL BARNETT,SUN REPORTER

Take public transportation. Carpool. Recycle.

Those suggestions are given by people and organizations stressing the preservation of the environment, but people don't always pay attention to them until April 22 rolls around. That day -- Earth Day -- was created in 1970 to help improve the environment and create awareness of problems, such as global warming, that would eventually become a concern for future generations. Now, those threats are real, and it is more important than ever to be educated about the small things that can be done to help create a more stable environment. Here's are some of the Earth Day events in the area.

Ecofestival

Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Ave.

Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Providing games and entertainment, this festival takes a fun approach to learning about practices to help sustain the environment. Speakers and workshops scattered throughout the day will include bike maintenance and how to tune up your vehicle for efficiency. A Honda Civic Hybrid car will be raffled. Ecofestival coordinators will reward those who attend by bicycle or light rail. Call 410-225-0330.

Earth Day 2006 at Aberdeen

Aberdeen Festival Park, Howard and Franklin streets, Aberdeen

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Earth with an activity-packed day in Aberdeen featuring live music and environmental exhibits. The festival includes a rock-climbing wall, a moon bounce and T-shirt dyeing. Call 410-297-4215.

Super Spring Sweet Thing 7

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Baltimore Department of Public Works will be handing out rakes, shovels, brooms and gloves to people who volunteer for this citywide clean sweep. Take some time to help beautify the city's major thoroughfares by cleaning storm drains, removing graffiti, replacing traffic signs and more. Call 410-545-6541 for more information.

Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn about protecting and preserving the Earth while taking in the great green view at Quiet Waters Park. Visitors will learn about the diverse environments of the Chesapeake and how the watershed is affected by human life. The 15th annual event will include a "recycled treasures" book and yard sale, as well as many hands-on activities. Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle. Call 410-222-1777.

Leonardtown Square

Leonardtown Square, Washington Street, Leonardtown

Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come out to Leonardtown for a day of canoeing and kayaking on Breton Bay, a puppet show and music. Sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association, the celebration will present demonstrations to educate the public about conservation and will feature animal rescue groups, yoga and massages. Be sure to check out the reptile and birds of prey exhibit. Call 301-475-9791.

Green Jobs

Wheeler Auditorium, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

April 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

High school and college students, as well as adults seeking environmental careers can take part in an open house and discussion. Professionals from various industries will provide information about how to turn an interest in the Earth into an occupation. The event will be followed by "Green Happy Hour" at Max's on Broadway, 737 S. Broadway, at 5 p.m. to celebrate a week of Earth Day accomplishments. Call 410-396-5494.

mike.barnett@baltsun.com

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