Start celebrating Earth Day now

Clean-up planned Saturday, more events coming up
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Earth Day’s not until April 22, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to hold off until Thursday to do their part. The California State Parks Foundation, Auburn State Recreation Area and Protect American River Canyons band together once again to host the Earth Day 2010 American River Clean-up, which will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. “Any clean-up is important but spring clean-up is preparing the canyon for late-spring and summer visitors,” said Eric Peach, PARC conservation chairman. Volunteers should meet at the old Foresthill bridge in the Confluence area just beyond the Highway 49 bridge and come prepared with work gloves, sunscreen, water bottles and hats. Register to volunteer and you’ll get an Earth Day Clean Up Volunteer Patch, in addition to garbage bags and snacks. Saturday’s event also includes a Historic Bridges of the Confluence hike, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Canyon Keepers volunteers will lead the hike. “People can pick up trash on the hike and learn more about the history and the wildlife and the ecology of the river and the canyons,” Peach said. Terry Cook of the Canyon Keepers said Saturday’s clean-up provides a great learning opportunity for volunteers. “This is our backyard so we need to keep it clean, not just for the people who use it but also for the animals out there,” she said. “We want to keep it beautiful and scenic.” Learn more about the clean up by calling (530) 885-8878 or (530) 885-4527. Volunteers who didn’t get their fill of trash duty should report to Auburn City Hall at 10 a.m. April 24. The Sierra Club Placer Group is coordinating a 2010 Earth Day of Service two-hour clean-up. They’ll provide trash bags and trash sticks, but you’ll want to bring gloves. Participants should RSVP by calling Heidi Van Zant or Joe Marman at (530) 889-9392 or e-mailing Sierra College takes two days to celebrate Earth Day, and has events planned Wednesday and Thursday at the Rocklin campus, 5000 Rocklin Road. Festivities are free, and include music, more than 40 environmentally themed exhibits, an environmental pledge booth, documentary films and more. Call (916) 660-7918 for more information. Looking for a tasty way to celebrate Earth Day? Le Bilig Kitchen hosts an Earth Day Eat In, a farmers’ potluck from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, located at 11750 Atwood Road in Auburn. Attendees are asked to bring a home-cooked dish, enough to share with four to six people, featuring items from the farmers market. For complete details, and to RSVP, call (530) 888-1491.