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Earth Day 2014 Events

In The Phoenix Metro

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From Scottsdale To Mesa And Tempe To Glendale, The Metropolitan Area Will Host A Variety Of Events Designed To Celebrate Earth Day Including A Downtown Celebration, A Soccer Tournament And Poetry Readings

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By Chris Braswell
Modern Times Magazine

April 11, 2014 —  For more than 40 years, those seeking to promote peace and mankind’s stewardship of the only planet we call home have celebrated Earth Day. In 2014 in the Phoenix metro, a slew of events will pursue those same goals.

It is likely that the single biggest gathering over the next two weeks will take place on Earth Day, April 22, as the city of Phoenix celebrates the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with Keep Phoenix Beautiful at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 205 W. Washington, St., Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 22.

For more information visit http://www.earthdayphoenix.org/.

In the coming weeks, there will be far too many Earth Day events occurring throughout the Phoenix metro to include them all in this space, but here are some more examples:

Saturday, April 12

On April 12, the Earth Day Soccer Classic six-on-six co-recreational tournament is at ASU Intramural Fields, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tempe. Sponsors are the university’s School of Sustainability, Green Living Magazine, Tempe Sister City, Sun Devil Fitness Complex, and One World Futbol. For more information visit http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/earthday-soccer.

Poems are being accepted for The Glendale Library’s Celebrate the Earth Poetry Contest through April 12, as poets of all ages are invited to submit. Winners from the adult, teen, and adult categories will be published on the library’s web page. All three Glendale libraries are involved. For more information phone 623-930-3537.

The Fifth Annual Great Solar Cookout with School of Sustainability is at the ASU Recreation Field by the Student Rec Center north of Apache, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/greatsolarcookout.

Thursday, April 17

On April 17, author and evolutionary theologian Reverend Michael Dowd presents “Ecology as Theology: The Future is Calling Us to Greatness,” at ASU’s Wrigley Hall room 481, Tempe, noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/michael-dowd.

Saturday, April 19

In Tempe, April 19 is Zero Waste Day. Tempe residents can reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle books, building supplies, electronic equipment, hazardous household waste, clothes, toys, plastic bags, tires, appliances and school supplies at the Tempe Fire Training Facility, 1340 E. University Drive, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be free, secure, confidential document shredding, free compost given away. For more information call Tempe’s recycle hotline at 480-350-4311.

On the 19th and 20th, Adopt a Highway Earth Day Cleanup, sponsored by the Maricopa County Department of Transportation’s Adopt A Highway Program, seeks for all Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups to go out during Earth Day weekend and clean their designated roads. There will be a tonnage count and bag count for all trash collected during the weekend results will be posted online. For more information phone the Adopt A Highway coordinator at 602-506-4068.

Sunday, April 20

“Earth Day 2: Urban Roots - Ancient Wisdom,” an Earth Day Celebration is at Alwun House and the Alwun House Green Art Park, 1204 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 4 to 9 p.m. The event is part of the greater Earth Day festivities, and is sponsored by the Fusion Foundation. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/231296467075043/.

On April 20, Earth Day Celebration “Earth Day 2: Urban Roots - Ancient Wisdom” is at Alwun House and the Alwun House Green Art Park, 1204 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 4 to 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Fusion Foundation. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/231296467075043/.

Tuesday, April 22

Salt River Project representative presents energy and water saving ideas that cost little or no money, at Dobson Ranch Branch Library’s Dobson Meeting Room, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, 1 to 2 p.m. For more information visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=4653.

Brown Bag Climate Change Lectures presents “Local Business Leaders in a Changing Energy Economy” with Blaine, Brandon, and Chrystal at the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, 11 a.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1431611850417006/.

Friday, April 25

On Friday, April 25 at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, 4050 E. Chandler Heights, Chandler, 4 to 7 p.m., come discover science, nature and the great outdoors. The Earth Day Celebration in Chandler will have live animals, hands-on activities, and eco-friendly on-site vendors and exhibitors. Parking and admission are free. For more information visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=682.

Saturday, April 26

On Saturday, April 26, the city of Peoria and Arizona Clean and Beautiful have partnered to throw Peoria’s Party for the Planet. Volunteers will pick up debris and trash along the New River trail system at Beardsley Road and 83rd Avenue to Deer Valley Road and 75th Avenue. All volunteers get a free pancake breakfast, an outdoor movie, tree care and environmental workshops. For more information visit http://www.peoriaaz.gov/NewSecondary.aspx?id=54405.

Sunday, April 27

Fifteen volunteers are needed as the Arizona Wilderness Coalition returns to Fossil Springs Wilderness of the Coconino National Forest to celebrate Earth Day, 26-27 April. The weekend event includes a day of steep, off-trail hiking and trash removal, followed on Sunday by a guided exploration of the Calf Pen Area. For more details visit http://www.azwild.org/action/WildStew/2014/2014-04-FossilSprings.pdf or contact AWC Director Sam Frank at 928-350-2204.

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