Sure, you’re sopped in on Earth Day 2010, but it is after all HER day and Mother Earth can do as she pleases. Plus, you can let your sprinklers take a break and let her do all of the work.
People across the Reno Tahoe area are getting creative on ways to give back to the planet on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations. Below you’ll find a list of events in Reno Tahoe starting tonight and lasting through your weekend. (We’re expecting some sunshine by Friday!)
Tonight, April 22, take your little ones on a kid-friendly sunset stroll guided by Galena naturalists from the Great Basin Institute. The evening walk through the forest at Galena Creek Regional Park is from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Enter the park through the north entrance and meet near the restrooms. The stroll is subject to weather conditions, so please call (775) 674-5475, ext. 4, on the day of the program to confirm and RSVP. All ages are welcome and the suggested donation is $2 per person. Galena Creek Regional Park is at 18350 Mt. Rose Highway.
The Siena in downtown Reno is saluting Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 with 99-cent green beer, mixers, live music, a special fashion show and unique Earth Day Spin to Win which could net players $500. The Siena will match every dollar won in free play with the purchase of Emission Reduction Credits. The fashion show kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Loft, featuring styles from Night Kind Burner Gear, Prism Magic’s Lucious Ladies, Vicki Lowell McGuiness, Junkee Recycled Clothing, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Veronica Coleman and others. A live D.J. will spin the tunes and drink specials. To learn more visit the Siena’s Web site.
Saturday, April 24 check out the Bourgeouis Gypsies as they perform at the Alpine Meadows Spring Music Series. Straight from Sierraville, the Bourgeouis Gypsies have wandered across the country sharing their “hillbilly” mix of country, blues, swamp ballads, and homespun hillbilly heartbreaks. This five-member band shows exactly how much heart they have through the depth of their music. For more information visit their Web site.
Learn how to raise your own poultry and other animals, including ducks, rabbit s and bees, in the garden on Saturday, April 24 at the River School in Reno. Visit their Web site for more information.
People of all ages are invited to attend the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24 at Squaw Valley USA. Families can learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health. The festival will feature numerous vendors, speakers and live music! Visit their Web site for more information.
Sunday, April 25 take the whole gang (minus your pet – sorry, City of Reno policy) down to Idlewild Park for Reno’s 21st Annual Earth Day celebration. (The forecasted high that day is 71°!) The day will feature music on a biofuel-powered stage, sustainability workshops, children’s activities, a sustainable farmers’ market, free recycling for stuff like cell phones, booths with earth-friendly food, goods, and services. Over 200 vendors will be there and you’ll enjoy a variety of live entertainment all day.
Earth Day is organized by Nevada EcoNet. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Free parking and a free shuttle service to Idlewild Park will be available at nearby Reno High School, 395 Booth Street. If you ride a bike, roller blades, or skateboard, free valet service at Idlewild Park will be offered by the Reno Bike Project. For more information, call Nevada EcoNet at (775) 323-3433.