Happy Earth Day

Story by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – The movement to protect our environment grows larger every day in communities across America. We are consistently reminded of the small ways in which we can collectively make a big difference.

Just think of all the trees that have been saved through our local recycling programs or by bringing your own re-usable bags to the store. We make a difference when we shop local and buy produce from our local farmers markets, change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs or even when we carpool, walk or bike somewhere.

Today (Friday April 22, 2011)  is Earth Day. Make a pledge to make greener choices and learn new ways to make a difference. Find out what is happening in Cary and in North Carolina this day and every day that helps our environment thrive.

What Earthly Activities are Happening in Honor of Earth Day?

Here’s a few:

Friday, April 22nd

Whole Foods, Cary will be hosting an Earth Day celebration and compost giveaway from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring a bin, bucket, or other container and they will fill it up with compost for your home garden. Composting is a great way to divert waste from the landfill back to the earth, brimming with life and nutrients that will help your garden grow. There will also be gardening tips, raffle prizes and food and drink samples.

Marbles Kids Museum has sprouted a 22-foot tall giant flower that’s powered by the sun! They call it the Power Flower and you can see it planted in Castaway Cove Kids Garden. See how solar energy makes the Power Flower move and join in other activities to celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Raleigh.

Barnes & Noble in Cary is celebrating Earth Day during Family Fun Night by reading about saving the Earth. They will also have pots, seeds and soil to plant a flower. All activities begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 23rd

Visit a Lowes Home Improvement store on Saturday, April 23rd to receive one of a million trees that Lowes will be giving away this Earth Day.

Join Western Wake Farmers Market for Strawberry Fest this Saturday – plus visit with Suzanne Tilton, the Butterfly Lady. Enjoy face painting with LynneSue beginning at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m. there will be music by Andrew Robbins. And of course other local vendors that bring fresh local goodness to the market.

Cary’s Earth Day Celebration

The Town of Cary’s Earth Day celebration has been incorporated into the annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Bond Park, Saturday April 30th . This special Earth Day event includes hands-on activities for children of all ages. Find out all the ways you can play an even larger role in preserving our natural resources and protecting the environment. This is the perfect family event Saturday that runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.