Earth Day Cleaning, Festival Set for Saturday

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Earth Day activities begin at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Alameda at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. Volunteers are needed to clean up the beach area in the park and along Crown Memorial Beach for about 90 minutes.

“It’s important for everyone to care for the Earth, and this is one way people can help the park district do so on Earth Day and every day,” explained East Bay Regional Park District spokesperson Emily Hopkins. “We invite everyone to come to the educational programs that day and at other times, too.”

Starting at 10 a.m., Alameda’s 15-annual Earth Day Festival kicks off at Washington Park, 740 Central Avenue. The festival ends at 3 p.m.

The theme of this year’s event is Feel Your Power. “It’s like a one-stop shop, so you can get lots of information regarding steps for change that are Earth friendly,” said Patrick Russi, recreation supervisor for the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.

Free activities include fun games and exhibits led by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Alameda; Cotton Candy Express will dance, sing and share games with children at the event.

“For the kids, there also will be several jump houses,” Russi explained, “and Rocket the Bike,” which is a bicycle that powers a paint-filled spinner inside a drum and creates colorful patterns on paper.

“Alameda Municipal Power will give away super-hero capes that kids can get stickers for at the different booths,” he added. “The city’s Youth Activities Committee will set up booths, too, to sell food like pizza and hot dogs.”

Some vendors from the Alameda Farmers’ Market will sell treats at the event, as well. The traditional farmers’ market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a few blocks away at Webster Street and Haight Avenue.

The Earth Day event is sponsored by Alameda Municipal Power, Alameda County Industries, City of Alameda Public Works Department, Alameda Recreation and Park Department, and East Bay Regional Park District.

“It’s put together through the collaboration of many city departments and other organizations,” said Russi. “Plus, some vendors come out to promote Earth-friendly activities, including Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.”

Janet Levaux