The City’s official Earth Day event Thursday evening is one of several happenings in Edmonds this week that highlight the community’s commitment to environmental initiatives. Here’s a summary:
Thursday: The City of Edmonds, along with Sustainable Edmonds, will host an Earth Day event at Edmonds City Hall (121 5th Ave. N.) in the third-floor Brackett Room from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be provided. A representative of Local Governments for Sustainability (iclei.org) will speak on “Local Governments Lead the Way,” followed by a presentation of the City’s Climate Action Plan. The audience will then participate in group discussions on local action and potential community programs. Those planning to attend should RSVP to the Mayor’s office at 425-771-0247, or by email at email@example.com.
-An Edmonds Community Garden work party is scheduled starting at 8 a.m. at Edmonds Christian Church, 23010 84th Ave. W., with volunteers needed to help with on-site grass composting, and forming and filling of garden beds. Organized by Betty Larman of the Floretum Garden Club, the garden will provide an opportunity for citizens without sun or space to grow their own organic vegetables and flowers. The garden will also provide fresh food for the Edmonds Food Bank, which serves 1,200 people in the community. Volunteers are asked to bring their own tools, shovels and wheelbarrows. For more details on plans for the community garden, visit edmondsfloretumgardenclub.org
-A celebration of Edmonds’ Community Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation will take place at Yost Park in conjunction with the City’s annual Watershed Fun Fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Watershed fair is a popular family event that includes kid-friendly nature crafts and storytelling in a giant turtle tent. Displays and information will be available about backyard wildlife habitat as well as recycling, energy and water conservation, and other environmental topics. Families can take a guided walk with a Ranger-Naturalist or try a self-guided “Yost Park Quest” or “The Watershed Mystery Tour.” Bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy the park trails and playground. Yost Park is located at 9535 Bowdoin Way.
– An electronic waste recycling event conducted by E-Waste, LLC including old TVs, keyboards, DVD players, modems, printers, fax machines and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Top Food & Drugs, Highway 99 and 220th Street Southwest in Edmonds. Some items have a fee for disposal, ranging from $1-$10 per item. Visit e-wastes.com or call 425-239-4118 for more information.
-E-Wastes continues its electronic waste recycling event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Edmonds’ Top Food & Drugs.
-The Willow Creek Hatchery Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden celebrates its grand opening at 95 Pine Street, sponsored by the Pilchuck Audubon. This event will also include tour maps to Edmonds Backyard Habitat Certified Yards. For details, visit edmondsbackyardwildlifehabitat.org.