Earth Day celebration April 22 in Eagle-Vail |

Earth Day celebration April 22 in Eagle-Vail

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VAIL – On Saturday, April 22, the Vail Valley convivium of Slow Food USA, E.A.R.T.H. and the Vail Symposium will join forces with other community members to present Vail Valley’s second annual Earth Day Celebration from 11a.m.-4 p.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and Battle Mountain High School. This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Vail Valley Foundation. Representatives from the town of Vail, Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, Gore Range Natural Science School, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, the Forest Service, Organic Housekeepers and many more will fill the day with interactive fun and learning. Adding color to the festivities will be local Bluegrass Celtic band All Strung Out and One Left Foot. Admission is free.The Earth Day event will teach children and adults surprising facts, examine environmentally-friendly products, and learn how small changes in daily habits can greatly benefit the planet. (For instance, if every household in the United States recycled just one-tenth of their newsprint, we would save the estimated equivalent of about 25 million trees a year.)

A highlight of Earth Day 2006 will be a recycled labyrinth community sculpture at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Donations of paperboard (cereal boxes, tea boxes and beverage boxes), cans, plastic bottles and jugs, bottle tops, etc. will be accepted from 9 a.m. on Saturday. People can donate recyclables or stay and help build the interactive sculpture. The greater the participation, the larger the labyrinth.Every child can pick up an Environmental Passport at the pavilion. Each booth will offer an Earth-related question, and learning the answer will earn a stamp. When the passport is filled, participants will recite the following pledge to receive an Earth Day keepsake: “I pledge allegiance to the earthAnd all the life it supports

One planet in our careIrreplaceable with sustenanceAnd respect for all”

Gore Range Natural Science School will have Rocky Mountain animal artifacts to touch and examine. Kids can also paint science and nature-themed buttons to wear home.Organic treats will be available for purchase from Purple Sage Organics and Healthy Lunch. Marshall Graybill, age 7, will be returning with his homemade organic lemonade. Slow Food-Vail Valley will be on hand to promote their mission of the enjoyment of wholesome food and healthy lifestyles. Learn how you can attend a meeting and join in their field trips to forests, farms and gardens, and share in delectable feasts.Also on tap is tours of the newly-restored greenhouse at Battle Mountain High School. There, AP Environmental Science students and Slow Food volunteers will sell 4 inch pots of organic herbs and one-gallon oriental lily plants. Soil, gloves and tools will be provided if you would like to bring your favorite pot to create a kitchen herb garden while you are there.

Every hour, starting at 11:30 a.m., visitors are invited to come to the greenhouse and make sheets of recycled paper to take with them when they leave. The paper pulp will be made from blue jeans, colored rag and artist etchings.People interested in volunteering throughout the day should contact Kay Graybill at 476-9076, or send their contact information to, Colorado

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