Earth Day celebrations in Columbus include 10 fun things to do

Earth Day is fast approaching and groups in the area have organized a multitude of clean-ups, recycling drives and celebrations.

And if ever there was a weekend to celebrate the birth of the modern environmental movement, this is it. From Monday morning, the forecast for friday and saturday calls for lots of sunshine and highs in the 70s and 80s.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate the annual party:

• The directory Earth Day Celebration at Genoa Park will take place on Saturday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m. Hosted by the nonprofit Green Columbus, the free event will feature food trucks and live music.

Black Kahawa Coffee, Fancy Feeding You, Hisham’s, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities, Tortilla Street Food are among the scheduled food trucks.

The music program is as follows:

12:30 p.m. — Orion and the Constellations

2:00 p.m. — Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

3:30 p.m. — Honey and Blue

5:00 p.m. — George Barrie Band

• The Ohio History Center, 800 East 17th Ave., is hosting an event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. title Seeds of Caring’s Kids as Planet Protectors: An Earth Day Celebration. It is oriented towards children aged 4-12 and will include outdoor and indoor activities including educational scavenger hunts, litter cleanup, reduce and reuse activities and gardening. Families can also explore the Ohio History Center for free during the event. For more information and to register, go to https://www.seedsofcaring.org.

green columbus posted an online listing of dozens of volunteer opportunities — including cleanups and planting sessions — taking place across Columbus through early May.

• Speaking of cleaning, the 20th annual Spring Cleaning/Pizza Party at the top of the south central hill will be held April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burroughs Park behind John Burroughs Elementary, 551 S. Richardson Ave. Cleaning tools will be provided by Keep Columbus Beautiful; free pizza to follow.

• April is Earth Month in Bexley. Bexley green hosted talks, trash cleanups, and tours of recycling facilities and local landfills throughout the month. The Green Bexley Fair will be held at Schneider Park – a former landfill – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

During the last week of April, Green Bexley – a project by a group dedicated to implementing the town’s zero waste plan – encourages its residents to reduce their use of vehicles and to walk, cycle, scooter or skateboard as much as possible.

• Roll up your sleeves and to plant trees at Big Walnut Park, 1826 Lattimer Dr., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The organizers are the Women’s Council of Realtors in Columbus and the Columbus’ Recreation and Parks Department.

• Celebrate Earth Day by being creative. The Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St., is hosting a sip and paint Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 and the deadline to register is Friday 11:59 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Sips of wine are available; otherwise, soft drinks will be provided.

• Isn’t Earth Day all about going out? Friday from 2-4 p.m., Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are hosting a service day at Highbanks, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center. Take home a free tree or shrub after helping plant trees, pull garlic mustard, and clean up litter along US 23. Advance registration is required. Questions? Email naturalist Jen Moore at jenmoore@metroparks.net.

If you go, go to Big Meadows near the pine trees and outhouses. Big Meadows is at the back of the park. Follow the signs and park in the first parking lot on the right once you come down the big hill.

• On a more practical note, Integrated Building Systems, 950 Michigan Ave., is hosting a recycling campaign Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recycle computers, mice and keyboards for free; LCD/flat screen monitors; servers and network equipment; laptop; cell phones, desk phones, PBX systems; cords, cables, wires; stereos, game systems, video recorders; defibrillators, ultrasound equipment; digital cameras; security equipment; toner, ink cartridges and more.

Charges apply for CRT Monitors, LCD/Flat Panel TVs, Desktop Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines, Large Desktop Copiers, MAC All-in-One Tube PCs and TVs tube. To find out the exact prices, payable in cash and by check only, go to https://www.ibswebsite.com/ewaste.

• If you attend Sips and Succulents at Taft Brewporium on Wednesdays from 5-8pm, you’ll leave with a free welcome beer, two succulents and beer cans to plant them. Soil and tools will be provided. The cost is $20.

mtrombly@dispatch.com

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