What To Do this Upcoming Earth Day

Earth Day is a time to reflect on our habits and how they impact our planet.

Friday, April, 22nd is Earth Day. This often-missed holiday is nothing more than another day on the calendar for most people. However, if you know where to look, there are plenty of fun things to do in celebration of Mother Nature for the entire week.

Tuesday April 19th to Friday April 22nd : This opportunity does not even require you to leave your own home! Between the above listed dates are the Olympia Spring Recycle Days. Between Tuesday and Friday, the City of Olympia crews will pick up scrap metal, metal appliances, car tires off the rim, porcelain toilets and sinks, and extra cardboard for FREE. To take advantage of this benefit, you must be on the City of Olympia municipal garbage service. All items that you wish to be recycled should be placed near your regular garbage pick-up on your regular recycle collection day. For more information, contact: (360) 753-4444
 Or please visit:  www.olympiawa.gov/springrecycledays


Saturday April, 23rd: No one should spend this Saturday indoors. The 17th Annual Olympia Procession of the Species is the perfect ways to enjoy yourself around town.  The procession begins at 4:30PM rain or shine on Legion Way, and proceeds down to Heritage park by across from the waterfront. This event is great for adults and children alike. There will be massive floats, and hundreds of dancers and performers in costume representing the four seasons and the various animal kingdoms of the world. In addition, all over downtown, there will be small street vendors and art galleries that open up for this amazing celebration of art and culture.

For more information on this event, please visit the Procession website at: http://www.procession.org/Schedule.php

Saturday April, 23rd: The day after Earth Day is the Earth Day Market Ride. Hop on your bike and join people from your neighborhood in a bike-ride to the Heritage Fountain across from Marathon Park. From there, ride as one massive group to the Olympia Farmer’s Market where you can relax and enjoy the entertainment, some great food, and head back to town in time for the Procession of the Species parade! In addition, all of the riders will have the opportunity to participate in the Bicycle Commuter Contest, sponsored by the Inner-City Transit.

For more details about meeting times, routes, or the Bicycle Commuter Contest, click here: http://thurstonbcc.blogspot.com/2011/04/preliminary-details-for-earth-day.html

Saturday April 23rd: Serving your community and helping to protect the environment are among the core fundamentals of Earth Day. One of the best ways to do this is to join a work party in your local area! One such group, the Friendly Grove Work Party, will be meeting at Friendly Grove Park (2316 Friendly Grove Rd NE Olympia, WA 98501) to pull weeds and spread mulch in the planting beds. They will be working from 10AM-1PM, and tools and refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, however it is requested that volunteers under age 18 be signed in by a parent or guardian, and those under the age of 14 have a parent or guardian present for the duration of the event.

For more information, please contact Sylvana Niehuser at: (360) 753- 8365 Or email her at: sniehuser@ci.olympia.wa.us

Happy Earth Day!


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