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The Suburbanite
  • GET OUT! Environmental events celebrate Earth Day

  • Earth Day is Monday, and several area events are planned as part of the celebration.

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  • EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
    • Kent State University at Stark will honor the environment with its Earth Day Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The event will include children’s activities, such as face painting, a mock fossil dig, games, a three-legged race and other activities, from 1 to 3:45 p.m. A tree-planting ceremony is set for 1:15 p.m. The Garbage Busters Recycling Show from 1:30 to 2 p.m. will teach children about recycling through puppetry, a magic show and storytelling. A 2 p.m. presentation from the Arbor Day Foundation will formally honor KSU at Stark as a 2012 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. A guided planetary and nature walk is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
    For more information, call 330-499-9600 or visit www.stark.kent.edu/EarthDay.
    • Quail Hollow State Park will honor Earth Day with a program, a hike and a photo display Monday. At 1 p.m., a program about turtles will be presented at the Carriage House Nature Center. A woodland hike is scheduled for 2 p.m. Guests also can visit the resident birds of prey and view a photo display by the Quail Hollow Camera Club. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE in Lake Township.
    For more details, call 330-877-6652 or visit www.quailhollowpark.org.
    • More than 30 pieces of art made from 10,000 bottle caps — the number of plastic bottles used in the U.S. every seven seconds — are the focus during Stark State’s Earth Month exhibit through April.
    Each student-created design used caps collected on campus throughout the school year. The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation provided funding support for the project.
    The exhibit is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Stark State Gallery on the second floor of the Student Center at 6200 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township.
    • Stark Parks will host a trail cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in recognition of Earth Day and National Volunteer Week. Cleanup will be done along the Towpath Trail, the Ohio & Erie Canal, the Old Muskingum Trail and the banks of the Tuscarawas River.
    The project will begin at the Butterbridge Road Trailhead, 5400 Butterbridge Road NW in Lawrence Township. Call 330-409-8096 to RSVP.
    • The Norma Johnson Center is celebrating Earth Day with a cleanup of the grounds. Volunteers are asked to bring their work gloves and help clean up from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, rain or shine.
    Participants are asked to meet at the yellow pole building on state Route 39, three miles west of the Dover exit, 83. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, contact center director Marsha Zoller at 330-339-7976, ext. 207, or visit www.normajohnsoncenter.com.
    Page 2 of 2 - • The Wilderness Center has an entire day of activities scheduled, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
    The day begins with a bird-watching walk at 8 a.m. All-day activities include a cleanup effort, a story walk that includes a visit with a salamander, the 18th annual Foto Fest (also from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday) and information about “green” burials in a nature cemetery.
    A backpacking and hiking demonstration is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a night sky planetarium show will begin at 2 p.m.
    For more details, call 877-359-5235 or visit www.wildernesscenter.org. The center is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township.