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Akron area set to celebrate Earth Day 2013 with events

By Bob Downing
Beacon Journal staff writer

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The Akron area will mark Earth Day with several events planned.

They include:

Wednesday through April 22: Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival, Kent.

Film festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Kiva Auditorium at the Kent State University Student Center.

Main Street block party on East Main Street between Water and Depeyster streets, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with green vendors, alternative energy displays, music, children’s poetry and a parade.

Presented by Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

Information: 330-673-4970 or

Saturday: Akron Zoo’s Party for the Planet.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Earth-friendly vendors and exhibitors at 500 Edgewood Ave. Crafts and entertainment by Michael Ray’s Cirque de Papier.

The Earth Day program is supported by City Scrap and Salvage, Ohio Connections Academy and the Lube Stop Inc.

Admission is $6. Parking is $2.

Information: 330-375-2550 or

Saturday: Medina County’s 17th annual Earth Day Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Creek Retreat off Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township.

Earth-friendly exhibits, fishing, kids’ activities, food and more. Free.

Additional free parking at Hubbard Valley Park with a shuttle to Buffalo Creek.

Information: 330-722-9364 or

Saturday: Towpath Trail Cleanup in Stark County.

From 9 a.m. to noon, starting at the trailhead at 5400 Butterbridge Road NW, Jackson Township.

Also being cleaned up are the Olde Muskingum Trail, the banks of the Tuscarawas River and the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Organized by the Stark County Park District.

Event will be held rain or shine.

Bring work gloves and drinking water. Wear boots or waders to go in the water and sturdy hiking shoes on the trail. Dress for the weather. Old clothes are recommended. Muddy conditions should be expected.

Reservations and information: 330-409-8096 or

Saturday: Celebration at the Wilderness Center.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township.

Activities include bird walk at 8 a.m., trail cleanup and pulling invasive plants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., backpacking/hiking demonstration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 20th annual Foto Fest from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (photo show continues April 21), program on green burials and story walks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a planetarium show at 2 p.m.

Cleanup volunteers are asked to contact Vicki Shoenfelt in advance.

Information: 877-359-5235 or

Sunday: Earth Day at Quail Hollow State Park.

From 1 to 5 p.m. at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township.

Program on turtles at 1 p.m.; woodland walk at 2 p.m. Visit birds of prey and display by the Quail Hollow Camera Club.

Information: 330-877-6652 or

Sunday: Celebration at Kent State University Stark Campus.

From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Campus Center lot and the pond area at 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township.

With exhibits, demonstrations, nature walks, old-fashioned games, mock fossil digs, entertainment and giveaways.

Information: 330-244-3251.

Sunday: 24th annual EarthFest 2013, Berea.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 Bagley Road.

It was moved from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to the fairgrounds this year.

Sponsored by the Cleveland-based Earth Day Coalition with environmental displays, music, art, refreshments, walking tours of eco-projects at Baldwin Wallace University, flea market.

Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older and $3 for ages 2 to 11. Free if you ride a bike or take the Metro RTA EarthFest shuttle to the fairgrounds.

Information: 216-281-6468 or

Sunday: Party for the Planet, Cleveland.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way.

All Earth Day guests get $2 off regular zoo admission.

Includes animal demonstrations, Professor Wylde’s Animal Show and zoo plantings.

Teachers can register for zoo-based educational programs.

Registration: 216-635-3391 or

The zoo is collecting aluminum cans and used cellphones.

Information: 216-661-6500 or

Sunday: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

From 1 to 4 p.m. help restore native habitat by planting trees.

The location will be disclosed when you register in advance for the family-friendly project.

For ages 7 and older.

Registration: 330-657-2299 or

April 22: Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

A ranger will lead a hike to look at recycled rocks along the Ledges Trail. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots on the 2.2-mile moderately paced hike.

April 22: University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John B. Brumbaugh Nature Center.

From 3 to 5 p.m. participate in family labyrinth to celebrate Earth Day.

The center is off Dan Street, off state Route 183 about 6 miles south of Alliance in Washington Township.

Information: 330-823-7487.

April 23: Hudson Earth Day Celebration.

Program on Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St.

Speakers include Eugene C. Braig IV of Ohio State University and John Peck of the University of Akron. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will explain stream monitoring programs.

Information: 330-653-6658, ext. 1010, or

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