Apr 13, 2016
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Earth Day is Friday, April 22. Join millions worldwide to make our communities healthier and cleaner. Great events are scheduled through the week, from creek and shoreline cleanups to neighborhood block parties. Join one!

When: Saturday, April 16

* El Cerrito – Citywide Work Parties at Creekside Park, the Recycling Center, Arlington Park, and more

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Please register online. Gather at 9 a.m. at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. Return to the community center for free lunch at noon.

For more: 510-215-4350, or via email (earthday@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us).

* Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, East Bay Regional Park District

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Help clean up the shoreline, removing plastics and other debris harmful to wildlife and the bay. Help restore critical wetlands habitat. Meet at the park entrance. Click here for more or to register (required).

* City of San Pablo

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – San Pablo invites volunteers to help with creek cleanup, weeding, and planting at Davis Park, 1655 Folsom Ave. Gloves and litter bags will be provided, along with free food and drink for participants. For more info, 510-215-3064.

When: Saturday, April 23

* City of Richmond 

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Groundwork Richmond hosts Earth Day on the Greenway, along the eastern portion of the Richmond Greenway from Carlson Boulevard to San Pablo Avenue. Work will include preparations for public art installations and removing invasive species and litter and there will also be educational activities for all ages. Meet at the intersection of Carlson and the Richmond Greenway. Details here.

* El Sobrante 

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – SPAWNERS hosts a creek litter pick up and art session, with Watershed Project providing tools, gloves and refreshments. El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way.

* North Richmond – Green Festival and Earth Day Celebration 

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. –  Wildcat Creek cleanup, meet at Verde Elementary School, 2000 Giaramita Street. Festival starts at 10 a.m. at the North Richmond Ball Field at Fred Jackson Way and Pittsburgh Ave. Art activities, garden projects, music, dancing and more. Free refreshments.

For more: C. Sequoia Erasmus, 925-313-6764 or Carla Orozco, 510-776-7568

When: Sunday, April 24 

* Point Isabel – Rydin Road entrance, East Bay Regional Park District

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Help protect marine habitat by cleaning up the East Bay shoreline. Join us to remove trash before it travels any further into the Bay and ocean ecosystems, and earn your membership to the Fish Friend Club. Meet at the Rydin Road staging area. Click here for more or to pre-register (required.)


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.