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Vail Daily column: Celebrate the Earth at Party for the Planet

Joseph Walls
Ask Waste Watchers
Vail, CO Colorado

What is Party for the Planet 2011 all about and am I invited?

– Neil in Gypsum

There is no need to crash this party, Neil. You are invited. In fact, everyone in Eagle County is invited. Mark your calendar and bring the whole family.

The event is from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 14 at Brush Creek Park in Eagle. Admission is free.

Party for the Planet is a celebration of Earth Day. There will be entertainment and activities for all ages. Below are some highlights of the day:

Between 10 a.m. and noon, the town of Eagle open space coordinator, Bill Heicher, and the Walking Mountains Science Center will be planting willow and cottonwood trees. Volunteers are needed, so if you want to help, meet at the Eagle Ranch pavilion at 10 a.m. and wear clothing suitable for working in the dirt.

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At 10:30 a.m., the second annual Recycled Art Show, sponsored by The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, Habitat for Humanity and Alpine Arts Center, will have a preview at Party for the Planet in the studio at Brush Creek Park. If you are interested in showing some of your own work in the show, visit the Eagle Valley Alliance website at EagleValleyAlliance.org

At 11 a.m., for yoga buffs, there will be a 30-minute class held in the park by Amy Baker.

For kids, ongoing throughout the day, the Walking Mountains Science Center will have Earth Day related crafts, touch tables, a naturalist guided walk along the river and exploration stations along Brush Creek. Be sure to wear clothing that can get dirty.

Musical entertainment for this event will include:

• 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Sean Jeremy Walker (acoustical guitar and vocals).

• 1-2:30 p.m. DJ Weez from KZYR 97.7.

• At 3:30 p.m. Rob Drabkin and his band will be playing at The Dusty Boot. Rob is a multi-year Westword winner for “best singer and songwriter.” Rob’s style of music has been compared to that of Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson, which might be called “breezy, flip-flop rock.”

Multiple food and beverage vendors will be present at the event. Crazy Mountain Brewery will be selling beer beginning at 11 a.m. Bring your own mug and get a $2 discount on beer as the organizers are trying to make this a “zero waste” event. The Dusty Boot, Nicky’s Quickies and “The Crepe Guys” will all have tasty food for sale during the day.

A full schedule for the day can be viewed at partyfortheplanet.info.

Last but not least … while not actually part of the Party for the Planet, The Eagle Town Clean Up is also that morning from at 8 a.m. to noon. If you would like to help clean up Eagle, meet at the Brush Creek Pavilion between 8 and 9 a.m.

Joseph Walls is hazardous-waste specialist at the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at the landfill in Wolcott. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 970-328-3468 or visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/recyclingwaste for information.