2006 Earth Day Calendar

2006 Earth Day calendar features community-wide clean-ups and festivals.

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All of the events mentioned here are on Saturday, April 22, 2006.

Clean-ups get members of a community out and doing something constructive by picking up litter and junk in a park, or along a stream or hillside. The best place to find out if there is a clean up in your neighborhood is to go to greatpacleanup.org. That site has cleanups listed by county. You can register your community's event there too. And report back how much your group picked up. Also go to PA Cleanways' website for clean up events around the region including here in the city.

A great community festival is one hosted by Saint Vincent College in Westmoreland County. There will be over 80 organizations with activities like a puppet show for kids, birds of prey exhibit and more. Go to westmorelandearthday.org to get details. The Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems at Slippery Rock University has their 16th annual earth day festival. Adult activities include making organic beer, organic gardening and a biofuel workshop. For kids, check out a portable planetarium, kite making and storytelling.

Here in Pittsburgh, for kids check out the Pittsburgh Zoo. They will have their annual event with local organizations doing hands-on demonstrations and earth-friendly crafts. Pennsylvania Resources Council will have their famous Recycling and Magic Show and Recycling Olympic Games to play. Go to pittsburghzoo.org.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has several Earth Day activities throughout the day and a lecture by Mike Lanzone from the Powedermill Avian Research Center on the expedition that confirmed the existence of the Ivory-billed woodpecker. He was one of a few people to see and hear the bird, which was rediscovered in Arkansas between 2004-2005. He will also address the recent article in Science that disputes the finding of the ivory-billed woodpecker. His talk is from 1-2 pm. Go to carnegieMNH.org.

A film festival sponsored by the Sierra Club features six short films looking at the core issues of food and energy and will show the Club's new film, The True Cost of Food. The event is free and is from 7-9:30pm at Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. For more information, contact Donald L. Gibbon at 412-362-8451 or dongibbon@earthlink.net.

And on Saturday April 22nd, in Downtown Pittsburgh the Ninth Street Bridge will be renamed the Rachel Carson Bridge. Join the Rachel Carson Homestead along with Allegheny County, and Chatham College at 11 am at Ninth Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard for the dedication ceremony.