Sunny skies and warm breezes make April a pretty convenient month to celebrate Earth Day — it gets everyone in the celebration mood. Saturday, April 21 marks the worldwide celebration of Earth Day in an effort to promote environmental consciousness, spread awareness and cherish Earth's natural beauty among diverse populations 'round the globe.
Following is a very non-comprehensive list of some Earth Day happenings around the city. Satisfy your green thumb and pick a way or two to celebrate his year. For more greenie-friendly events, check out the events calendar at greenumbrella.org.
• Staples stores around Greater
Cincinnati are holding a limited-time
binder recycling program.
Shoppers will receive $2 off the purchase of a
new binder for every binder that they bring in to recycle. The used binders
will be sent to TerraCycle for recycling. Through June 30.
• The Cincinnati Zoo hosts Party for
the Planet from 4-8:30 p.m. on April 19. E-waste recycling will be available
and organizations from all across Cincinnati will be available to talk about
how to live green.
• Northside hosts “Reduce, Recycle, RUN!”
on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. The 5K race kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at Spring
Grove Cemetery. Bring old running shoes to recycle of donate your cell phone
for recycling and receive a coupon to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
• The 42nd annual Earth Day
Celebration takes place Saturday, April 21 from noon to 5 p.m. at Sawyer Point. Enjoy a number of hands-on exhibits, free swag and tons of kid-friendly entertainment, including a rock climbing wall and a kayak paddle safety pool. Limited quantities of batteries and other electronics will also be accepted for free e-recycling.
Organic Gardens hosts Parade
of Plants a free event that will showcase a
number of new, unique plants.
• The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District kicks off its annual free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Program on Saturday, April 21. The program, open only to Hamilton County residents, accepts a number of odd items for safe recycling, including fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, car batteries or antifreeze. For a complete list of accepted items and location and time information, click here.
• Although it comes a bit late, Building Value's ReUse-apalooza celebration doesn't miss out on the Earth Day fun. Diversions include live music, games and a silent
auction featuring handcrafted items made from reused materials. Light
appetizers and cash bar will be available throughout the night. 7-11 p.m. April 27. $20-$50.
• Park + Vine hosts the Second Annual Earth Day Kombucha Keg Party on Friday, April 20. Visitors can sample Fab Ferment’s kombucha on tap and vegan appetizers including vegan
maple bacon donuts, vegan jerky and peanut and almond butter cups. 6 to 8 p.m.
• Cocktails for a Cause will be held at Bartini's downtown on Friday, April 20. This celebration marks Aveda and the Sierra Club's annual fundraiser for clean water. Twenty percent of the bar
and food sales will be donated to support clean water. The evening will
include music, a fashion show and a silent auction. Tickets $20 at the door, $15 in advance.
Don't feel like leaving the house to celebrate? That's OK too. Plant a tree, turn your lights off for an hour, unplug your electronics or start a compost pile. Do something!