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April 18, 2017 > ItÕs time to dig in and celebrate Earth Day 2017

ItÕs time to dig in and celebrate Earth Day 2017

With the rainy season ending and spring flowers, shrubs and grasses sprouting throughout the Bay Area, itÕs time to step back and appreciate our environment. And when is a better time to do that than on Earth Day?

Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin as a way to raise environmental awareness. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts.

By 1990 Earth Day had gone global with 200 million people in more than 140 countries participating in environmental education programs, causes and events. Today, the focus is on recycling, global warming and clean energy.

There are many Earth Day events taking place this year in the greater Tri-City area where people can get involved and learn about taking care of the environment. Here is a sampling:


The city is sponsoring a ÒLetÕs Go Green TogetherÓ Earth Fair on Saturday, April 22. Highlighting the family-friendly event will be dozens of informational booths staffed with experts who will offer visitors eco-friendly tips for going green at home, school, on the job and in the community.

Visitors at the fair also will be able to take advantage of free residential drop-off services for various hazardous items including syringes and needles (in approved containers), unused medications and mercury thermometers.

People can also bring confidential paper documents for shredding, and donate old eyeglasses for recycling. Family events include a bike rodeo for kids, face painting, eco-friendly games and entertainment and arts and crafts areas.

The fair is co-sponsored by the City of FremontÕs Environmental Services Division and Washington Hospital.

Fremont Earth Day Fair
Saturday, April 22
11 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
Washington Hospital West Building
2500 Mowry Avenue
(510) 494-4570

An Earth Day Creek Habitat Enhancement event is set for Sunday, April 23 along Alameda Creek in Fremont. The event is co-sponsored by Alameda Creek Alliance and Hands-On Conservation

During the event, volunteers will help maintain native plants, remove invasive plants near the creek, and pick up litter from along the Creekside trail. Along the way, they will learn how to protect native fish and wildlife.

Volunteers should meet at the Niles Staging Area along Old Canyon Road at Canyon Oaks Court in the Niles district of Fremont. Everyone should wear work clothes and sturdy shoes.

Creek Habitat Enhancement
10 a.m. Ð noon
Sunday, April 23
Niles Staging Area on Old Canyon Road, Fremont
Volunteer registration:
Amy Evans (925) 453-3862


Start designing your own reusable bag, make a nature journal, or learn new ways to respect our planet and its vibrant ecosystems that support all forms of life. Those are just a few of the things visitors can do during a History for Half Pints: Earth Day program sponsored by the Hayward Area Historical SocietyÕs Museum of History and Culture on April 22.

History for Half Pints: Earth Day
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.
22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
$5 adults, $3 students and seniors
Museum members and children under 4 admitted free
(510) 581-0223

Castro Valley

Volunteers are wanted to participate in a Castro Valley Creek and Trail Cleanup event in honor of Earth Day. The cleanup is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29.

Participants will pick up trash from the trail and creek, pull weeds, spread wood chips along the Castro Valley Creek trail, and care for the native plants alongside the creek and trail. ItÕs a good idea to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes and gloves if available. Trash pick-up gear and tools will be provided.

Volunteers will meet at the Castro Valley Creek trail near the KFC restaurant on Castro Valley Boulevard. Parking will be in the nearby CVS store lot.

Participants should pre-register at Castro Valley Sanitary DistrictÕs website

For details, call (510) 537-0757

Castro Valley Creek and Trail Cleanup
9 a.m. Ð noon
Saturday, April 20
Castro Valley Creek Trail, Castro Valley Boulevard
Volunteer registration:
(510) 537-0757

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