Chapel Hill and Carrboro host Earth Day events throughout weekend - The Daily Tar Heel

2022-04-21 09:43:08 By : Ms. Tina Li

With Earth Day quickly approaching this month, organizations across Carrboro and Chapel Hill are planning environmentally friendly events for community members of all ages.

Here is a guide to Earth Day events happening on April 22 and 23. 

The Climate Reality Project's Orange County chapter will host an Earth Day event in partnership with the town at the Carrboro Town Commons from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22.

Registration is not required, and there will be live music, information tables, a children's parade and other kids' activities. While admission is free, attendees can buy food and other items on sale at the event.

Margie Muenzer, secretary for Climate Reality Project's Orange County chapter, said one of the main goals of the Earth Day event is to provide educational opportunities for the community.

“Sometimes people are overwhelmed with the climate crisis and don’t think there’s really anything that they can do,” she said. “This is to show that if we can get everybody working together, there's certainly a lot that communities can do."

During the event, Muenzer said there will be a variety of vendors to help families learn more about environmental topics such as food waste, beekeeping, sustainability, recycling and solar energy. Items like vegan ice cream, honey, plants, soaps and candles will be available for sale.

For the children’s parade at 6 p.m., children are encouraged to wear nature-related costumes. There will be a table at the Earth Day event where children can create their own costumes from recycled goods.

On April 23 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Carrboro recreation, parks and cultural resources department will host its annual Keep Carrboro Beautiful Volunteer Day.

Jeremy Poythress, recreation supervisor for Carrboro's recreation, parks and cultural resources department, said the event's purpose is to beautify the city by removing litter.

“You get a really nice feeling from seeing a big bag of trash in your hand at the end of the day that you know isn’t out in the environment anymore,” Poythress said.

Volunteers will be provided with gardening or latex gloves, trash bags, trash grabbers and safety vests.

Those interested in attending the Keep Carrboro Beautiful Volunteer Day can call 919-918-7392 to register.

Pre-registration is required for the event. Volunteers will meet at the Carrboro Century Center. 

Triangle Families Explore will be hosting its first Earth Day Festival outside of the Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill on April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is for all ages but will offer many hands-on activities for children. It will feature a puppet show, crafts, nature activities and live music.

Cheyenne Levinson, owner of Triangle Families Explore, said she was motivated to put on the event to celebrate the beginning of spring.

“What better way to kick off spring than with an Earth Day festival?” Levinson said.

She also said that the majority of the businesses that she will be collaborating with are focused on sustainability and nature.

The Honeysuckle Tea House will serve its regular menu inside the shop, but all items at the event outside will be free.

The Earth Day Festival does not require registration.

The Kidzu Children’s Museum will be hosting a Renewable Energy Day event as a part of the North Carolina Science Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 23.

The event is free to the public and pre-registration is required for guaranteed admission.

Allie Lee, the outdoor learning coordinator at the Kidzu Children’s Museum, said that the event will include activities like making wind turbines, gliders and simple motors.

She also noted that there will be a craft section that will contain solar beads and allow for the layers of the Earth to be shown.

Lee said she feels kids are interested in climate-related issues.

“I think it makes them feel empowered when they feel they can help be a part of the solution,” she said.

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