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Earth Day activities

As communities all over the world are preparing to celebrate the 38th anniversary of Earth Day, where on Earth will you be?
Downtown Salisbury Inc. invites you to the 3rd annual Lord Salisbury Celebrates SpringńEarth Day 2008, April 11 through April 22 in Historic Downtown Salisbury and other areas in and around the town.
Downtown Salisbury Inc. is delighted to host its 3rd annual Earth Night Out on Friday, April 18, 5 ń 10 p.m. in the heart of Historic Downtown Salisbury. The downtown will teem with music and entertainment all evening! The Brubakers, a local favorite, will present their characteristic brand of contemporary instrumental jazz beginning at 7 p.m. in front of 111 S. Main St. Other live entertainment will include Russ Wilson & the Mighty Mighty Men at the Blue Vine, Marte Maney & Friends at Okey Dokey & Co. General Store, the Polka Dots at the Rowan Arts Council Grand Opening, Nadira Dance Company at Spenzanelli’s and live entertainment (to be announced) at The Wrenn House.
Downtown shops will be open late and will offer special Earth-themed goodies, from Peace Punch and Groovy Grub to Green Snowballs and Mother Earth Milkshakes. Earth Night Out also offers a multitude of family and environmentally friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day while offering ideas to make every day Earth Day.
Butterfly Barbara will be wearing her gossamer wings and handing out milkweed seeds to cultivate habitat and food for the monarch butterfly. A coalition of child abuse prevention advocates will present the premier of their locally-produced video, “Healthy Parenting: Healthy Families for a Healthy Earth.”
Various environmental organizations will be set up around downtown to offer information on how you can easily care for the Earth.
There’s also fun to be had. Wacky Doo the Clown will be on hand to create his signature balloon hats, the ever-popular Classic Car Show will be in the Farmers Market lot, the Carolina Artists’ outdoor gallery will be open and ready for business, free trolley rides can take you from one activity to another and kids will find things to do all over downtown.
Mark your calendars now for these other Earth Day events:
Earth Day 2008 at the Salisbury GreenwaySalisbury Greenway, near Overton Elementary School, Friday, April 11, 9 ń 11:30 a.m., hosted by the city of Salisbury.
Seven environmental classrooms will be established along the greenway to teach children about recycling, water quality and natural habitat.
Call 704-216-PLAY for more information.
Salisbury-Rowan County Farmers Market season openingCorner of S. Main and E. Bank Streets, Saturday, April 19, 7 a.m. ń 2 p.m.
Enjoy fresh produce, plants, flowers, baked good, more.
Special activities scheduled
Call Downtown Salisbury, Inc., 704-637-7814, for more information.
Clean-Up of the Ecological PreserveCatawba College Center for the Environment, Saturday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. Call 704-637-4295 for more information.
Awesome Environments!Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty Street, Saturday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. ń12:30 p.m. Children create 3D landscape collages using natural materials. Instructor, Beth Gonzales; cost, $25 members and nonmembers. Call 704-636-1882 for more information.
Cultural Action Plan for City of SalisburyF&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty Street, Saturday, April 19, 2:45 p.m. Presented by consultant Mary Berryman Agard. Call 704-638-5240 for more information
Salisbury’s Got Talent!F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty Street, Saturday, April 19, 4 p.m. Finalists compete for prizes in singing, dance and other talents. Call 704-638-5240 for more information.
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream CoatFriday & Saturday, April 18 and 19, 7 p.m. (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council Street). The original 30-minute version, designed for children in a church setting. Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m. (F&M Trolley Barn). Selections from the original play. Call 704-633-3221 for more information.
Creepy Crawly WalkCatawba College Center for the Environment, Sunday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. Discover creatures that wriggle, creep and crawl on the Ecological Preserve with Environmental Science senior Jill Vargas. Call 704-637-4295 for more information.
Yadkin River canoe tripSunday, April 20, hosted by the LandTrust of Central NC. Spend the day enjoying the natural beauty and serenity of the Yadkin River. Call 704-647-0302 for more information.
Special viewing of ‘Renewal’Catawba College Center for the Environment, Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. Feature-length interactive documentary on the environmental work of groups of diverse faith traditions. Call 704-637-4295 for more information.
This Earth Day, we encourage you to take action. Visit the Center for the Environment, promote positive environmental stewardship, or simply step out of your car and take a stroll around downtown. Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day in downtown Salisbury. For more information, please call Downtown Salisbury, Inc. at 704-637-7814 or visit www.downtownsalisburync.com.

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