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Community to Celebrate at the Fourth Annual Earth Day Festival in Sandpoint

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The fascinating Twin Eagles table at Earth Day The fascinating Twin Eagles table at Earth Day

 

SANDPOINT, Idaho – Show your appreciation for our beautiful world by coming to Sandpoint’s fourth annual Earth Day Festival, hosted by Idaho Conservation League, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Festivities kick off Friday, April 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Sandpoint Events and Business Center, with lots of fun activities for the whole family. Bike or walk to the event and be entered to win raffle prizes. There is even free valet bike parking!

Intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth, the Festival is a fun way to connect with others about how we can make a difference and protect our natural world. Representatives from more than 20 local environmental groups and vendors will be on hand to answer your questions.

This year’s event features a presentation by acclaimed author, and Earth Day co-founder, Doug Scott, who will speak on “Earth Day and The Emerging Environmental Movement in the 1970’s – A Founder Looks Back.” Doug has been involved in every major piece of wilderness legislation in the last four decades and will share stories from the trenches and look at lessons learned over the years.

Also at this year’s festival, hungry attendees can fill up with Empty Bowls: Donate to the Bonner Community Food Center and receive a meal created from local ingredients and a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowl donated by area artist Dan Shook and his art students. Also, enjoy locally brewed coffee and locally crafted beer and wine at the no-host bar.

Kids can stay busy with arts and crafts by the Arts Alliance, a Leave No Trace Workshop with Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education, an eco-friendly movie and face painting.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free

Other activities include:

·      Electric car demonstrations.

·      Earth Day slide show.

·      Free CFC light bulbs.

·      Garden demonstrations.

·      Household battery drop-off.

·      Eco art display. 

Earth Day Activities also continue on Saturday: 

·       5k fun run starting at Travers Park at 8 a.m. (7:15 registration) to benefit the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. Co-sponsored by the City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, Sandpoint West Athletic Club, and the Idaho Conservation League. 

·      Flowering Rush work party to pull this latest aquatic invader Saturday at Sandpoint City Beach. Dress to dig! Sponsored by the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force.

The events center is located at the corner of Pine and South Euclid in downtown Sandpoint. For more information call the Idaho Conservation League at (208) 265-9565 or visit ICL’s “events” page at www.idahoconservation.org.

 

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Nancy Dooley is the administrative executive director of the Clark Fork Pend Oreille Conservancy

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