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CELEBRATION Kalamazoo Public Library’s Oshtemo Branch 7265 W. Main, Kalamazoo April 23, 3-4:30 p.m.,, (269) 553-7980


Think you can rock out and save the earth? Smart thinking is put to action at the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Earth Week Celebration. The Earthwork Music Collective presents a family friendly showcase of some of the best in Michigan’s blossoming roots music scene to celebrate Earth Day. “I can think of no better group of musicians to help get that message out,” says Kevin King, head of patron services. The lineup includes Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Joshua Davis and Dominic Davis of Steppin’ In It, Rachael Davis, Sam Corbin, Jen Sygit, Gifts or Creatures, Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo of Red Tail Ring, and Michael Shimmin of Red Sea Pedestrians.


EARTH AND SKY DAY Grand Rapids Public Museum 272 Pearl NW, Grand Rapids

April 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE! with paid general admission, (616) 456-3977


and your family engage in the following educa- tional, musical or just plain fun events. Become part of the discussion, get your green on in a major way and perhaps you’ll feel a little better about parking your tuchus on this planet of ours.


arth Week reminds you to walk when you’d rather take your car. It shows up in April with images of picnics and the earthy smell of compost heaps. Make sure you

LOOKS BETTER ON YOU CLOTHING SWAP Grand Rapids Public Library’s Main Library 111 Library NE, Grand Rapids April 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., (616) 988-5400


The world needs your help. It needs your concert t- shirts, bags and trendy hats. Take stock of the family’s closets and purge them of clothing and accessories at the eco-friendly clothing swap held at Grand Rapids Public Library’s Main Branch. All your gently used items that you no longer need may be just what someone else can use. Reduce, reuse and recycle is the idea here and if you want something new, just pick from the loot. According to Green Team Co-Chair Matt Loch, clothing swaps are, “as fun as divvying up trick-or-treat candy with friends.” Pick through baby clothes to adult clothes while hang- ing out and gabbing with the neighborhood while you come together to save some money, save resources and save face with some new-to-you duds.


EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Various Grand Haven locations April 15, 7 p.m. & April 16, 12-4 p.m. April 15: small donations; April 16: free admission, will accept donations

This Grand Haven festival and a fair for all ages gathers the whole community for an Earth Rock Concert at the Elks Lodge on April 15 featuring environmentally themed music from local groups. April 16 brings the Earth Day Green March. Come join the procession on anything that doesn’t use fossil fuels. Parents, bedazzle the bikes with recycled material, throw the babies in


A veritable science fair of activities, kids will get edu- cated about the interconnection between our planet and the skies above in this unique combined celebration of Earth Day and Astronomy Day. “We are the per- fect venue to showcase the connection between our planet and the skies,” says Sarah Abel, marketing and com- munications specialist. “Sustainability is a point of pride for Grand Rapids.” Enjoy a staffed astronomy table, space-themed crafts, and the chance to observe the sun and planets from indoor and outdoor telescopic observation posts. Throw in live sky shows in the Planetarium, and there’s so much to do and learn in this Earth Week-appropriate event held at the Public Museum. Don’t forget to view demonstrations by local school groups on alternative energy, conservation and organic gardening as well.

PARTY FOR THE PLANET John Ball Zoo 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids April 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults: $5, children: $4

John Ball Zoo’s environmental hub includes booths, stations and demonstrations from the area’s top conservation-minded organizations. Bring a “gift” in the form of something recyclable for the convenient drive-up recycling center. According to the zoo’s Marketing Director, Krys Bylund, there will be “stations for light bulbs, computers, printers, furniture, clothing and more. People can just pull in and we’ll help them unload their stuff. Now that makes it easy to do the right thing and recycle.” Expect a showcase of animals that are threatened or endangered along with ideas on what you can do to help save these valuable species right here in Grand Rapids. n

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a wagon and get the kids involved by using their feet, bikes and roller blades. The march meets at the Franklin Street parking lot and proceeds around the parade route to the Earth Day Fair at the Grand Haven Community Center. The Earth Day Fair showcases booths of envi- ronmental organizations, businesses and community and educational groups. There will be food and games and, weather permitting, some of the fun may be out- side in Central Park.


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