While we're of the strict opinion that every day is Earth Day and—like women, African Americans and the LBGTQ community—does not need to be ghettoized with its own month or day, we appear to be in the distinct minority. Everyone else, it seems, likes to have one day a year—for the past 40 years, that is—to stop and reflect upon the great honor that it is to live upon this good green planet. And so it is that we agree to join the merriment, looking to some of the remaining celebrations (lots of folks did their thing last weekend).
Marin County gets its dirt on big time, taking over the College of Marin campus for a festival that features Sen. Mark Leno; Dirt Diva Annie Spiegelman; author Eric Corey Freed of Green Building for Dummies; sustainability professor Andres Edwards; music from members of Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon and Zero teaming up; Joy of Cooking's Terri Garthwaite performing with niece Oona Garthwaite; perennial novelty Dr. Elmo and kids stuff, bien sur; an Iron Chef&–style cook-off with masters from Whole Foods Market; food from Lydia's Lovin' (bastion of the annual Harmony Festival); and the ubiquitous more. Saturday, April 24, from 11am to 6pm. COM, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. Free. www.earthdaymarin.org.
Healdsburg formally dedicates Giorgi Park with its April 24 Earth Day party, including a tree climbing demonstration, bird rescue displays, recycled art, plenty of food and fun. Dedication at 10:30am; fest until 2pm. 540 University Ave.
Roseland Elementary celebrates the earth and its diversity on Sunday, April 25, from noon to 5pm at the school campus, 950 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.829.3460.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County gets all earthy in a big way with a large gathering of community, civic and government groups and agencies setting up booths in Napa's Veterans Memorial Park with plenty of live music and even a green fashion show at 2pm. Food, beer and wine? D'oh. 11am to 5pm. Third and Main streets, Napa. 707.944.0799.
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