The city's annual Earth Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Admission is free.
Activities will include free electronics, cell phone and fluorescent-light recycling collections for Gresham and Wood Village residents in the City Hall west parking lot (for more information, call Jesse Engum at 503-618-2656).
Acceptable items for recycling include computers (towers, monitors, keyboards, mice and laptops), desktop printers, copiers and scanners, cables, FAX machines and televisions (no consoles).
Items the city is not taking include: manuals and boxes, foam packing and peanuts, Styrofoam, disks and software, kitchen appliances and other electric or electronic products.
• Booths will feature information on Earth-friendly practices like local outdoor recreation opportunities, birding, healthy living, environmental advocacy, volunteering, native and drought-tolerant plant sales and recycled art for sale.
• The celebration will also include a street tree seedling giveaway, Earth Machine compost bin sale ($35 each, cash or check), children's recycled craft projects and airbrush face painting.
• The Gresham Lions Supper Club will sponsor a 100-percent compostable lunch, where all the paper plates, food scraps and biodegradable serving ware will go into a green food waste container to be collected by Gresham Sanitary Service for composting. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., learn about recycling during the Rockin' Water Road Show featuring 'Recycleman,' who dons a superhero costume made out of recycled trash.
• AmeriCorps volunteers will wash cars for FREE using a Fish-Friendly Car Wash Kit and learn how washing cars on the lawn helps keep sudsy, greasy and dirty water out of our storm drains, creeks and streams (for more information, call Keri Handaly, 503-618-2657).
• From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the East County Wind Walkers will host a 10K 'Volkswalk of Significant Trees,' where participants can learn about Gresham's most precious trees.
• The annual GREAT Business Fair will showcase sustainable business practices like recycling and water/energy conservation.
• And those in attendance will have the chance to sign up for Gresham's Green Power Challenge, a new program encouraging 300 new renewable energy signups from Portland General Electric by the end of June.
• Professional storyteller Will Hornyak will perform at noon and the Springwater Trail High School World Drumming and Marimba Band will perform from 1 to 2 p.m.
The following free, 45-minute workshops will be held throughout the course of the day in the City Hall building. No advance sign-up is required:
• 'Naturescaping' (10 to 10:45 a.m., Barlow Trail Room)
• 'Weeds and Invasive Plants' (11 to 11:45 a.m., Barlow Trail Room)
• 'Awesome Snake Appreciation Program' (11 to 11:45 a.m., Springwater Trail Room)
• 'Build a Rain Garden' (noon to 12:45 p.m., Barlow Trail Room)
• 'How to Care for Your Trees in 45 Minutes' (1 to 1:45 p.m., Barlow Trail Room)
For more information on the celebration, call Jill Bradley at 503-618-2420 or log onto www.ci.gresham.or.us.
On Saturday, April 19, The city of Fairview will participate in one of the nation's largest Earth Day projects - SOLV IT. Volunteers will focus on removing invasive plant species, primarily English Ivy, at Fairview Woods Park. Volunteers can register in advance at www.solv.org or by calling 503-844-9571.
On the day of the event, volunteers should check in at the Bridge Street trailhead entrance, at the east end of Bridge Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and no parking will be available at the site, parking options will be provided at the time of registration.
The city of Troutdale will hold its annual Earth Day Event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26, at Columbia Park, 1900 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Organizers are seeking volunteers to plant trees and remove ivy from the forested area in the park. For more information, call Clyde Keebaugh at 503-666-8303 or Michele Rosenberger at 503-665-9705.