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Earth Week events begin here tomorrow

Variety of environmental activities getting under way

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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 7:43 pm | Updated: 6:31 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

From environmental poetry to a "trashion show" of reclaimed clothing to stream cleanups and tree plantings, Earth Week will be celebrated thoroughly in Lancaster County.

Far-ranging events from a variety of groups will be held from tomorrow until Sunday, April 25.

Earth Day itself is Thursday.

Here's a summary listing of some of the week's activities.

Franklin & Marshall College's Sustainability Week has 21 events over seven days, all on campus. For a detailed listing of events, times and locations, go to

The F&M week kicks off tomorrow with GreenFest, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Hartman Green, the big open space in the center of campus.

The idea is for F&M students and officials to come together with the community to have fun and celebrate the importance of sustainability.

There will be live entertainment and booths and activities from 19 groups and organizations.

On Sunday, there is a cleanup at the Millport Conservancy near Lititz.

Monday's events include a blessing of the morning, environmental poetry, a Nature Matters panel discussion and a screening of the "American Experience" documentary on Earth Day.

On Tuesday, activities include wildlife conservation for local elementary school children, a land mine detection demonstration, a 1999 time capsule unearthing and refilling, and a screening of "No Impact Man."

Wednesday's events include sustainability photography, a sunflower sale, a clothing swap and a screening of "The End of the Line."

On Thursday, there is a lecture by Doug Fine, adventure journalist and author of "Farewell, My Subaru."

Events on Friday include the "trashion show" from recycled clothing and green music.

Tomorrow, PPL sponsors an Earth Day celebration at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include a live birds of prey program at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Other events include a used book sale, planting of a children's garden, a short bird walk by the Lancaster County Bird Club and displays.

For more details and how to get required free tickets to the birds of prey program, go to

Also tomorrow, residents may recycle plastic foam at an open house at Dart Container Corp.'s foam recycling drop-off at 60 E. Main St. in Leola from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The recycling dropoff is open to the public for recycled foam 24 hours a day.

During the open house, residents will be able to track their foam through the recycling process. Dart also will accept used paper for onsite shredding and recycling from 8 to 10 a.m.

Sunday, an Earth Day celebration will be held from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the Environmental Center in Governor Dick Park. Events include a family-oriented workshop with activities focusing on water, the sun, the earth and air at 1 p.m., a progressive walk to see flora along trails at 2 p.m. and a "get to know the earth" free play time at 2:45 p.m. For more information, go to

From Monday through May 1, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority and Covanta Lancaster will offer a $5 gift card to Lowe's and a digital thermometer for each Lancaster County resident turning in a mercury thermometer or thermostat at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1299 Harrisburg Pike.

A mercury thermometer can be identified by the presence of a silver bulb. Mercury is a heavy metal that is a health threat. The drive-through HHW facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed by the Lancaster County Conservancy to celebrate Earth Day by planting American chestnut seedlings at House Rock Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.

Meet at the conservancy office at 117 S. West End Ave. at 8:30 a.m. or at 9 at the preserve. Planting will take place until about 4 p.m. each day. If you have questions, e-mail Christian Loch at

The Pequea Creek Watershed Association will hold a cleanup of Big Beaver Creek on Saturday, April 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at New Providence Mennonite Church on Main Street in New Providence. Wear boots and hip boots if possible. PennDOT will provide safety gloves and trash bags. For more information, contact Kara Kalupson at 786-7995 or

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