Durham to mark Earth Day April 27

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Are you looking for ways to “love” the earth on a local level and make a global impact? If so, attend Durham’s 2014 Earth Day Festival and learn how you can help Durham save energy and reduce our carbon footprint.

The festival sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful will be April 27 from  noon to 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park., 502 Foster Street. Carpool, walk, ride the bus, or bike to this free, fun-filled, Earth-friendly event.  Free bike valet service will be available.

This year, organizers added three new features -- an E-cycling/Recycling Yard, TROSA thrift store and Farmers Lane. Participants can dispose of their old computers, electronic equipment (except TVs or CRTs), plastic bags and other materials that are not collected curbside free of charge. The TROSA market will be on hand to vend gently used items and some of Durham’s farmers will sell their locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Additional happenings include educational eco tips from local environmental experts, demonstrations of green products and services by non-profit and government agencies and kid friendly attractions such as arts and crafts, face painting, science experiments and more.

There will be music, dance and performances on the main stage. The event will culminate with the annual Earth Day Parade and musical performances by Bulltown Strutters and Hillside High School Band.

For details about Earth Day call 919-560-4355 or visit www.durhamearthday.org.

Celebrate Earth Day all that weekend. Join Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department at the Earth Day kick-off event on April 26. The E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper. This event is free and open to the public.

For information about the Shred Truck and E-Waste Recycling event call 919-560-4186 or visit www.DurhamNC.Gov.