Earth Day 2011 stretches throughout April

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While Earth Day is officially April 22, Earth Day events are scheduled before and after that date, and range from potlucks to clean-ups. Here’s a partial list of events in and around the Twin Cities. We invite you to add your own.

17th Annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up
Saturday, April 16      9:30 a.m. to noon
Various Locations
Minneapolis City and Parks & Recreation Board partners with neighborhood organizations and other agencies to clean up watersheds around the Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Parkway and Mississippi River.  While providing an environmental education to volunteers, the project removed more than 15,000 pounds of trash last year.
See the Parks & Rec website and poster for more information.

Mother Earth Day and Transition Town Potluck
Friday, April 22 · 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Discussion of Transition Towns and how they may help your neighborhood be in ecological balance.  Bring a dish to share, and a Frisbee or other item to play in the park.

Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K
Sunday, April 17        8:48 a.m. Free kid’s ½ mile run (age 11 and under)
                                    9:00 a.m. Chip-timed 5K      
Lake Harriet, 4135 Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis
Bring in your used running shoes and shirts to recycle.
Race day registration $30, 7:45 am to 8:45 am at Lake Harriet Bandshell, at 8:48 a.m.
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Annual Earth Day Celebration with the Sierra Club North Star Chapter
Saturday, April 30      10:00am – 2:00pm
Minneapolis Urban League 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Celebrate the Clean Air Act with speakers and a panel discussion with Congressman Keith Ellison, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Paul Aasen.  Youth entertainment following the panel.

Breakfast at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis on two occasions

Green Ideas & Ham – Annual Earth Day Celebration
Tuesday, April 19, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413  (612) 767-7766
A breakfast forum hosted by Environment Minnesota, with guest speaker Arjun Makhijani, author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy.Suggested price $15.00, including a discounted breakfast price of $10 and donation of $5 to Environment Minnesota.

Earth Day benefit breakfast for the Land Stewardship Project (LSP)
Friday, April 22 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Red Stag will donate all proceeds from 8:00 – noon and a portion of proceeds through the remaineder of the day to support the Land Stewardship Project and its work connecting people to the land, farm policy organizing and development of community food systems.
Reservations encouraged: call 612-767-7766.

For more information, contact LSP’s Sarah Claassen at 612-722-6377 or sarahc@landstewardshipproject.org 

Saint Paul held its Earth Day Clean Up on April 9, but there are still plenty of opportunities available

Como Lake Neighborhood Network Curbside Clean Up
Saturday, April 16      10:00 a.m. – Noon + free lunch
Join the Visible Clean Up Crew, the Bag Posse or the Debagging Deputies to help clean up the neighborhood.
For more information:  Como Lake Neighbor Network

Party For The Planet at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory – Cats & Kilowatts
April 22-24
Meet zoo keepers, make cheetah puppets, find out why lions have manes, and learn about energy conservation at this weekend-long celebration sponsored by Xcel Energy.  You can also recycle your cell phones and other small electronic devices and learn how this helps gorillas in the Congo!

Family Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 30
Clean Up Projects                               10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Family Earth Day Celebration            12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Warango Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
Do a little clean-up in the morning and enjoy the park for the afternoon: climbing wall, canoeing, native gardens, make your own earth art project and Earth Day Fair to learn about earth-friendly and sustainable practices and products.
For more information go to Anoka County Parks website.

Earth Day at Harriet Alexander Nature Center
Sunday, April 24        9:00a.m.  – 2:30 p.m.
Harriet Alexander Nature Center
, 2520 North Dale Street, Roseville MN  651-765-4262
Celebrate Earth Day and the 20th anniversary of the nature center with a pancake breakfast and family friendly free activities.  Drop off fluorescent bulbs, eyeglasses, print cartridges and other items for recycling and learn about backyard and worm composting.

Earth Day at Lebanon Hills Visitors Center
Saturday, April 23      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join the clean-up efforts from 10:00  to noon, enjoy a picnic lunch and stay for afternoon activities including free pre-season canoeing and kayaking, fitness walks and live music around the campfire.  Registration is encouraged: Lebanon Hills Visitor Center  651-437-3191

Hopkins Earth Day Fair
Saturday, April 23      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Depot Coffee House, 9451 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins MN
Walk or bike on the trail to The Depot Coffee House and learn about green practices and sustainability from professional consultations, product displays and information.  Giveaways include garden plots in Valley Park, compost, and red maple tree seedlings.  Rain barrels and compost bins available for purchase.

Earth Day at Tamarack Nature Center
Saturday, April 16      9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join the clean-up efforts from 9:00  to noon and stay to play and learn.  Meet the owl and do eco-art projects.  Bring your camera to submit photographs for exhibit.