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Getting Out: 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Central Mass

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Earth Day is on April 22.

Earth Day is here again (officially on April 22), and that means there are plenty of festivities being organized in the Worcester area over the next two weekends designed to both celebrate and help the environment. It is a great time to get out and interact with the local community in the name of a good cause and to appreciate how lucky we truly are to live on the Blue Planet. Here are a few things being planned in the Central Mass area that people should check out.

Go to a Charitable Event
59 South Street, Shrewsbury; 55 Lake Avenue, Worcester
Veterans Inc. is hosting its first Earth Day Event at their grounds at 59 South Street in Shrewsbury on Saturday. The charitable event will feature electronic & appliance recycling coupled with a bike collection and community yard sale. Next Step Living, through Mass Save, will also be on hand to share tips on going green such as improving your home’s energy efficiency. All electronics and appliances can be recycled for low fees through East Coast Recycling with 25% of the proceeds going to Veterans Inc.’s programs and services. In UMass Medical School, will be hosting its own charitable recylcing event for products made of fabric like towels, sheets, blankets and curtains. All proceeds will go to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of America. There will also be nearly 50 organizations present to discuss matters related to energy efficiency.

Attend an Environmental Panel
901 Pleasant Street, Worcester
Celebrate Earth Day in another way a couple of days in advance on Saturday by attending the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium in Worcester. The public dialogue, centered around exploring a new global vision built on environment sustainability, spiritual fulfillment and social justice, will take place at Friends Meetinghouse at 901 Pleasant Street. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Pachamama Alliance and Quaker Earthcare Witness.

Environmental Fun at the EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way, Worcester
Join the EcoTarium on April 19th for one of Worcester's most beloved Earth Day events. Everyone enjoys half price admission, lots of indoor and outdoor family-friendly activities, and, of course, the EcoTarium's beautiful trails, ponds, and woods that are bursting with new life. There will be musical performances, good food, face painting, story- telling, a Worcester Sharks hockey "shoot out", plus various other exhibits, activities, vendors and much more. Characters from Disney on Ice will also be making an appearance and children can practice potting flowers, making flower crafts, and creating their own Pixie dust!

Attend a Clean Up
The Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts is hosting its 24th annual REC Earth Day Clean-ups on April 27th. Thousands of volunteers are spread though numerous sites in the city to help make Worcester as clean as it can be. Literally tons of trash will be collected. You can sign up online to volunteer or to be a site coordinator. The clean-ups are sponsored by countless important Worcester community organizations, and is a true community project. REC is also co-sponsoring the Earth Day Festival at the EcoTarium.

Attend a Green Festival
950 Main Street, Worcester
Clark's annual Earth Day festival is back and better than ever on April 20th. Called Go Green on the Green 2013, the celebration will be held on the Clark University Green and will feature live music from environmentally-conscious bands, free food (including solar-cooked pizza and Jamaican vegetarian patties), face painting, special guest speakers, a car powered by vegetable oil, and many more cool things. And of course all energy being used is offset using New England Wind by MassEnergy.


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