You have taken off your parka, stored your winter boots, and when you step out the door you are greeted with the fresh smell of rain and soil. It's spring in Minnesota and what better way to appreciate the new season and Mother Nature than celebrating Earth Day, April 22, in the Twin Cities. There are many different events and happenings around the University of Minnesota campus and the Minneapolis Metropolitan area this week. Here are only a few opportunities that I am looking forward to.
Drinking java and getting a free cookie!
This week if you purchase any coffee beverage at participating University Dining Service locations, you get a free Earth Day cookie! Here are the participating times and locations.
— Wise Owl Cafe in Walter Library (2-3 p.m.)
— Java City at Moos Tower (2-3 p.m.)
— Food for Thought Cafe (1-2 p.m.)
— River Road Cafe (1-2 p.m.)
— Java City at Essentials Market in Blegen Hall (2-3 p.m.)
— Academic Blend Cafe (2-3 p.m.)
— Cone 10 Cafe (noon-1 p.m.)
— Java City at St. Paul Student Center (2-3 p.m.)
— Hay Loft Cafe at Pomeroy Center (1-2 p.m.)
20 percent off at C3 by bringing your own bag
Use a reusable shopping bag at C3 Markets (Centennial, Middlebrook and Sanford Halls) and get 20 percent off your purchase of more than $5.
Eating local and sustainable
University Dining Services are hosting a "Farm 2 Fork" meal on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in six dining halls. Enjoy a low-mileage, guilt-free, delicious meal with your friends without having to step into a kitchen.
Enjoying natural beauty at the Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
is offering free gate admission to carpoolers, hybrid-vehicle users and bicyclers. Avoid the $9 admission and get access to all of the Arboretum's spectacular natural wonders and Earth Day events for free! Featured events include a "Walk for the Curious" tour and a green health talk from Molly Ferguson, who will share natural steps towards ensuring overall wellness.
Listening to some Mother Earth jams and being surrounded by like eco-minded citizens
Many of the U's environmental student groups are putting on a Music for Mother Earth Celebration
. The party starts at noon with an opening act from local comedian Phoebe Bottoms. Other featured activities include E trivia, a natural and environmental art exhibit, free henna tattoos, electric bike exhibit and so much more. The music begins at 5 p.m. and will be powered by solar energy. Attending bands include Matt Latterrel, Billy Mack Collector, Eric and the Funnettes, Holly Newsom and the Broken Bicycles. There will also be presentations from 350.org, Cool Planet and Knitting for Peace.