Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22, and Evanston is going all-out with an array of observances and events on and around the big day.
Here’s a roundup of several local opportunities to mark the environmental holiday.
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Clean up the cityscape: Both Downtown Evanston (on Friday) and the Main-Dempster Mile (on Saturday) are sponsoring spring cleanups, with supplies and a few goodies for volunteers who register.
Watch earth-friendly short films: The 10 Second Film Festival is 6:30 pm. Friday, April 21, at the One Rotary Auditorium, 1560 Sherman Ave. View 10-second environmental films created by District 65 students. Tickets are required, but free.
Attend a Pow Wow: The Northwestern Spring Pow Wow: Honoring the Land will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a grand entry at noon, at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The event is open to all, but learn proper etiquette at the link above.
Celebrate at the Ecology Center: The Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, will offer family friendly activities from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, and local organizations will showcase their sustainability efforts.
Go to a cleanup and concert: The Ridgeville Park District event starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Leider Park, 1365 South Blvd., or Elks Park, 301 Callan Ave., and participants will walk to Ridgeville Park, picking up trash along the way. At Ridgeville Park, at the corner of Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be music, snacks, recycled arts and crafts, and garden projects for all.
Spruce up a beach: If you’re not done tidying up the outdoors, the Alliance for the Great Lakes plans an Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at South Boulevard Beach.