Earth Day Festival will feature music, green activities

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 03:21 PM

The Durham Earth Day Festival – a free afternoon featuring music, activities to learn about and celebrate the environment – will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Durham Central Park on Foster Street.
Performances are scheduled throughout the day beginning at 12:05 p.m., right after the event’s welcome by host Wes Hohenstein from NBC-17. Canady Thomas and Allyn Love will perform pop country, followed by spoken word with Sean Ellison at 1:05 p.m. Nina’s School of Dance will perform at 1:20 p.m., followed by jazz from the Mark Wells Duo at 2 p.m., then rap with Rodney Wright at 3:15 p.m. The stage performances pause for the Earth Day Parade at 3:30 p.m., then the genre-crossing Cool John Ferguson performs at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Off stage, there will be a kids area, a Skate Park Safety Expo, Earth Art Market, Sustainability Expo and an Eco Lounge. The Eco Lounge features speakers sharing tips on making your home “green,” setting up a worm recycling bin, how the city and county are saving energy, reasons to plant a tree, the importance of bees and recycling basics.
An electronic recycling event will be held at another site on Saturday. Electronic recycling and document shredding will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive.
For those who ride their bikes to Durham Earth Day on Sunday, there will be a bike valet service. The festival is presented by Durham Parks and Recreation and Keep Durham Beautiful. For more information, visit www.durhamearthday.org. The festival will be held rain or shine.