6 Ways To Get Involved this Earth Day Weekend
by Karrie Quirin, AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Member
On April 22, 1970, folks around the country celebrated the first ever Earth Day in the United States. Nearly half a century later, communities still come together to express their love for our beautiful planet. In honor of Earth Day, our local community is booming with fun experiences this upcoming weekend - including art gallery openings, litter cleanups, nature exhibits, and community festivals. Various Baykeeper staff, AmeriCorps Members, and volunteers will be at each event and we encourage you to join us throughout the weekend as we celebrate Earth Day!
1. Earth Day Clean Up
Location: Mobile County Recycling Center
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018, 9am-12pm
Roll up your sleeves and come celebrate Earth Day at the Mobile County Recycling Center! Volunteers will be charged with sorting materials, washing out bins, painting, landscaping, and other tasks as needed.
Keep Mobile Beautiful will be on site handing out litter bags, bumper stickers and registering individuals for a door prize. This is part of a recurring event that takes place on the third Saturday of every month.
Note: First time volunteer registration will take place at 8:45. All volunteers must be over 11 years old. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
Questions? Contact Sara Boccardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-375-4575.
2. Earth Day Mobile Bay
Location: Fairhope Pier Park
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018, 10am-6pm
Earth Day Mobile Bay is a celebration of the planet! There will be eco exhibits, kids' activities, a film festival, electronic recycling, and great music at Fairhope Park located along Beautiful Mobile Bay. Be sure to stop by Mobile Baykeeper's table to meet staff members and volunteers, learn about our current issues, membership information, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events.
Questions? please email email@example.com or call 251-990-8662.
3. Bald Eagle Bash
Location: Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018, 4-7pm
Join our friends from the Weeks Bay Foundation for the Bald Eagle Bash, the organization's annual fundraiser featuring delicious food, live music, and a great time on the edge of beautiful Weeks Bay. The “Bash” includes fresh local shrimp prepared by the area’s best chefs and restaurants, a low country shrimp boil, delectable desserts, and a signature beer from Fairhope Brewery Company. This year’s musical entertainment is Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats, Mobile native and a finalist on NBC's The Voice!
Questions? Contact Yael Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-990-5004 for additional information.
4. Naturally Inspired Opening
Location: Marnée’s Studio
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018, 6-9pm
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to support Mobile Baykeeper through the arts? This event is FREE to attend and will feature the work of talented artists from the area. The artwork will be inspired by our natural environment and a portion of art sales will benefit Mobile Baykeeper. Heavy appetizers and wine will be served. Click here to learn more about the event! Special thanks to Marnees Studio for supporting our mission.
Questions? Contact Marnee Edwards at email@example.com.
5. Prichard Community Spring Clean
Location: 204 S. Wilson Ave., Prichard, AL 36610
Date: Sunday April 22, 2018, 7am-12:00pm
Mobile Baykeeper will be lending our supplies to MAD Activists, for their Prichard Community Spring Clean on Sunday April 22. Besides cleanups, the MAD Activists has also implemented a community garden. For this event, you can register and pick up your supplies at 204 S. Wilson Ave, Prichard, AL 36610 starting at 7am. A light lunch and refreshments will also be served at 12:30pm.
Questions? Contact Bomani Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-264-1108 for more information.
6. Earth Day Plog
Location: Serda’s Brewing Company
Date: Sunday April 22, 2018 4-6pm
Celebrate Earth Day by keeping yourself and your environment healthy by participating in our Earth Day Plog! Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up litter. This craze began in Sweden in 2016 and has finally made its way to the United States, following increased concern about plastic pollution. Mobile Baykeeper will be partnering with Fleet Feet Sports Mobile for an hour long plogging competition at Serda’s Brewing Co. downtown. This is a family friendly event, where all ages are welcome!
Questions? Contact AmeriCorps Member Karrie Quirin at email@example.com.