SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Earth Day Celebration
The organizers of the annual Earth Day Celebration in downtown Spokane are serious about personal responsibility and minimizing waste — but they’re also serious about fun. Food! Music! Vendors! And don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite non-human animal for the annual Procession of the Species. Bike or take the bus if you can, since parking cars ain’t free.
9 am to 4 pm • Downtown Spokane on Main Avenue between Division and Browne Streets (aka the block with Main Market, Boots, Zola, Saranac, Merlyn’s, et al.)
Sandpoint Earth Day Celebration
The annual festival features live music, food, drumming and activities for kids. There’s also a 5K run earlier in the morning, and films throughout the weekend.
11 am to 4 pm • Forrest M. Bird Charter High School • 614 S. Madison, Sandpoint
Moscow Hemp Fest
Not exactly an Earth Day thing, but there will be plenty of folks who would like to make Idaho greener.
10 am • East City Park • E. 3rd Street and S. Monroe Street, Moscow
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Coeur d’Alene Earth Day Fair
Bring the kids and learn about ways to help the environment in your everyday life. Local businesses and organizations will participating. The Kootenai Environmental Alliance has other events to check out, too.
Noon to 3 pm • Coeur d’Alene Library • 702 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene
Dishman Hills Earth Day
If you like to celebrate Earth Day by getting dirty with some actual earth, help out building new trails at the Dishman Hills Natural Resources Conservation Area. Come dressed ready to work on trail restoration, planting, fence installation and other projects. Register online here.
Noon to 4 pm • Camp Caro at Dishman Hills Natural Resource Conservation Area • 625 S. Sargent Road
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
Wilderness Film Fest
Some Gonzaga students want the Scotchman Peaks of North Idaho and Montana to get protected as an official federal wilderness area. Two films about the area will be introduced by representatives from the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.
7 to 9 pm • Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium • Gonzaga University
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Spring Compost Fair and Arbor Day Celebration
In this week’s issue we told you how it’s not really that hard to start composting. It will be even easier for you hands-on learners if you sign up for the spring compost fair and learn from master composters. (You even get a starter bin if you complete the activities.)
11 am to 2 pm • John A. Finch Arboretum • 3404 W Woodland Blvd.
National Take Back Initiative
Properly getting rid of unneeded prescription drugs is important for curbing abuse, but it’s also critical for our drinking water. Don’t flush pills down the toilet, turn them over to law enforcement official for the the National Take Back Initiative. You can actually drop off medications any day at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies, but on April 27 they’ll also take them at the Hayden City Hall and other government buildings, no questions asked. Search for locations here.
Free State Parks Weekend
In recognition of National Parks Week, you can visit state parks without a Discover Pass all weekend. There’s not another free day after this for more than a month.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Another free state parks day. Cross your fingers for great weather.