Friday, April 19, 2013

Earth Day and other ways to celebrate our planet

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The weather forecast doesn’t look so great for tomorrow, but it’s hard to get too upset about rain when you’re celebrating the Earth. Here’s a list of Earth Day celebrations and some other upcoming events related to this week’s issue on going green.


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


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


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


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.


Another free state parks day. Cross your fingers for great weather.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...