APRIL 22 Auntie Litter Earth Day Parade & Celebration. Kelly Ingram Park, 1600 Fifth Ave. North. Pat Mitchell, founder and executive director of the non-profit Auntie Litter, Inc., will once again host what is billed as the nation’s largest Earth Day parade and celebration for children. This year’s theme is “Picture a Perfect Environment,” reflecting Mitchell’s typically optimistic mindset. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with the parade beginning at noon. Free. For more information, call (205) 879-3009, visit www.auntielitter.org or check out the Earth Day Green Briefs in this issue.
APRIL 22 Earth Day Festival. Birmingham-Southern College, 900 Arkadelphia Road. The Birmingham-Southern Garden Club and the enAct student environmental organization will host a number of Earth Day activities on campus, including music, games, presentations and speakers, and an organic T-shirt sale. BSC environmental studies faculty will be on hand to discuss on-campus environmental initiatives and academic programs. A “green” grill-out with black bean burgers will be offered for $5. 3-8 p.m. For details, visit www.bsc.edu or www.enactbsc.org. The student group also has a Facebook page at “BSC EnAct.”
APRIL 22 Earth Day at Recycle USA. 6147 Sunrise Drive, Pinson. This commercial recycler will celebrate Earth Day with lunch and prizes. According to their web site, they will pay “premium prices” for beverage cans. For information, call (205) 680-4589 or visit www.recycleusainc.com.
APRIL 22 “Green Tie Affair.” Avon Theatre, 2829 Seventh Ave. South, Lakeview. Party for the planet at this annual Alabama Environmental Council fundraiser, which will feature music by Menewa, Birmingham’s premier folk-rock band. Food, beer and wine, as well as live and silent auctions. 6:30 p.m. $50. (205) 322-3126. www.aeconline.org
APRIL 22 & 23 Samford Earth Day. Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Homewood. Samford’s eco-celebration includes the “Living Green” information fair on Ben Brown Plaza on April 22 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Chris Oberholster, director of the Alabama Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, will deliver a lecture on April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Christenberry Planetarium. Dr. Scott Brown of Birmingham-Southern College will speak regarding biodiversity in Alabama on April 23 at 2:30 p.m., also at Christenberry Planetarium. For more information, visit www.samford.edu.
APRIL 22-24 “Party for the Planet.” Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road. The zoo will host this annual Earth Day celebration. The event will feature numerous environmental displays, crafts and activities, as well as wildlife shows, storytelling and cell phone recycling. For information, including times and venues for all activities, call (205) 871-7804 or visit www.birminghamzoo.com.
APRIL 22 “Go Green For Spring.” Town Village Independent Living Retirement Community, 2385 Dolly Ridge Road, Vestavia Hills. Town Village will host a recycling drop-off, and Scott Walton of the Green Resource Center for Alabama will offer some “Easy Steps for Going Green” from 1:15-2 p.m. For more information, call (205) 276-4332, visit www.horizonbay.com or check out our Earth Day Green Briefs in this issue.
APRIL 22 Free Emissions Testing. Vulcan Park, 1701 Valley View Drive. The Alabama Partners for Clean Air (APCA) will host this event, allowing drivers to determine if their cars need repairs to reduce emissions. It’s part of APCA’s “Car Care Program,” and some drivers may receive vouchers worth up to $4,000 in repairs. The APCA is a group of 14 public, private and nonprofit organizations working to implement voluntary strategies that improve air quality in Jefferson and Shelby counties. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more, including information regarding vehicles that may not qualify for vouchers, visit www.alabamacleanair.com.
APRIL 24 Earth Day Celebration at Ruffner Mountain. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, 1214 81st St. South. This fun, kid-friendly event will include numerous chances to learn about the wildlife at Ruffner, including owls, opossums and box turtles. Want to attract birds to your backyard? Kids of all ages can make birdhouses and learn about some of Alabama’s birds ($4 per bird box). All attendees will be encouraged to donate $2 per person for admission to the visitor center and participation in the program. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn more by calling (205) 833-8264 or visiting
APRIL 24 “Brookside Greenway Festival.” Bensko Park, Brookside. This event will raise funds for the completion of recreational green space along Five Mile Creek. There will be music, arts and crafts, food vendors and a duck race, among other activities. Admission and most activities are free; all other proceeds go to the green space project. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (205) 936-4480. www.brooksidehistorymuseum.org
APRIL 25 “Earth Day at the Gardens.” Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road. Earth Day at The Gardens is a celebration of the diversity of Alabama’s biological life, both native and exotic, as well as the diversity of cultures of the people who now live in Birmingham. The event will feature interactive presentations from local environmental groups; activities for kids; dance, drum circles and other entertainment; and appearances by Smokey the Bear and Ruby Raindrop. Kids won’t want to miss the Roaming Dome, a traveling planetarium from Huntsville’s Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center. 1-5 p.m. Free. For details, call (205) 414-3900 or visit www.bbgardens.org
APRIL 25 “Aveda Walk for Water Birmingham.” Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road. Did you know that one in seven people worldwide lack access to clean water? According to Aveda Corporation, owners of the Aveda salons, you can help. Aveda Walk for Water calls on the company’s network of salons and community members to take part in a series of over 100 walks around the world to raise awareness about the need to protect waterways, promote organic farming, empower communities and help make clean water accessible to everyone. Each walk is 4 miles—the average distance that women in developing countries walk every day for clean water. 1:30 p.m. For information about the walk or to donate to Aveda’s Earth Month, visit www.aveda.yourcause.com or www.facebook.com/Aveda.
MAY 1 & 2 “Growing Green Weekend at BSC.” Birmingham-Southern College, 900 Arkadelphia Road. This is not strictly an Earth Day event, but we felt it worthy of inclusion. The event will be BSC’s way of celebrating 20 years of growth in their environmental programs and practices, as well as helping to raise funds for the Southern Environmental Center on campus. The weekend will include the Whole Foods Film Festival, a local vendor food fair and a Twilight Supper at the Urban Environmental Park. Much more information is available at www.bsc.edu. Also look for additional coverage of the Growing Green Weekend in the April 29 issue of Birmingham Weekly.
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