You. Me. Colorado. Earth. Sounds like a party. If you are visiting the Mother Nature Network, chances are, you are fully aware that Earth Day is April 22, but just in case you require a formal invite, I humbly request your attendence at any and all of the wonderous events occuring throughout our mountainous, earth-friendly state. I've worked diligently to create a list of some of the greenest shindigs going down in cities that cover a lot of you tree-huggers out there, and all you have to do is show up!
Earth Day Expo and Film: Celebrate Earth Day with a film, "Coming Home," by the E.F. Schumacher Foundation. In addition, there will be booths featuring local businesses, ideas and projects. These will include local, organic farms; CSAs; local currency; alternative energy; community gardens; Sense of Place programs; Earth Friendly book clubs; greenhouses and more! The best part is it's free to the public (that's you!).
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Earth Day Festival: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the University of Colorado campus. There will be sustainable vendors from all over Colorado including Colorado Energy Audits, Chrysalis Eco-Boutique, XS Threadz Recycled Clothing, Play N' Trade, Vapour Organic Beauty Cosmetics, Chipotle, Vitamin Water and more.
11:00 a.m. — Live Music from Edith Makes a Paperchain
11:30 a.m. — Guest Speaker Bill Morris from BlueStar Recyclers
12:00 p.m. — XS Threadz Fashion Show with UCCS Pan-Hellenic
12:30 p.m. — Guest Speaker, TBA
1:00 p.m. — Cambio Yoga Studios class
1:30 p.m. — Alicia Archibald from Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition
Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Earth Day at Pagosa Brewing: Grease those chains and bring your pals. Don't worry, you'll replenish all those calories you'll burn in no time in "Bike to the Brewery" Day! For encouragement, the new The Hub - Bike Shop will be offering free, professional bike inspections and then provide a discount coupon for a future bike tune-up. Farrago Market Cafe will also be offering organic food specials, and for the cherry on top, join in group hop vine planting to help make the beer garden greener and hoppier.
Earth Day Fair 2010: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West Lawn of Civic Center Park. Activities and displays at the event will provide information and inspiration that will encourage visitors to honor the planet and make efforts toward conservation and preservation of our generous and loving Earth for current and future generations.
Earthfest Boulder: Downtown Boulder including Central Park, the Bandshell and Farmers Market area. This will be a complete celebration of sustainability and community on Sunday, April 25. Earthfest is a combination of activities including live music, the 5th Annual Dirt Day Adventure Challenge and Expo, and the Kids Cruiser Parade. In addition, there are hands-on family activities, such as leave-no-trace clinics, renewable energy demos, live music, fly fishing and climbing classes, and plenty of good local organic food! I will most certainly be attending this event!
Aspen Eco Fest: A cultural and educational environmental festival blending lifestyle, business and the environment, organized and produced specifically for the Western Slope community. Free to the public of course.
Some of the features include:
• Round table conversations
• Eco swap
• Bicycle clunker critirium
• Environmental art show
• Green Tie Ball (tickets $30-$50)
• Canine Eco Fashion Show
No need to RSVP, the Earth knows you are just raring to attend as many of her parties as you can cram into your green schedule.