Palo Alto area to celebrate Earth Day

Events range from film festival to garden tours

Friday, April 20

Clean Green Street Scene

4 – 7 p.m. at Lytton Plaza (corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto)

The Downtown Business and Professional Association is hosting this event, which will feature an art walk of artwork by school children displayed at merchants throughout downtown; informational booths; demonstrations; test rides on electric bicycles; giveaways including Seventh Generation products. Participants include SunPower, Lyfe Kitchen, LiveGreene, PA Bikes, EMW, Canopy, Green Citizen, Drive Less Challenge and more. Information at 650-223-4334.

Saturday, April 21

Whole Foods Earth Day Celebration

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Cost: Free

Whole Foods in downtown Palo Alto will be hosting its Earth Day Celebration in the parking lot, featuring live music, face painting, a BBQ, free samples and more. Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Zoo and Museum will bring a live bee and insect exhibit for kids. A Nissan Leaf electric car will be on display. To help people recycle their used goods, a Goodwill trailer will be onsite to collect donations.

Participating partners include Nissan, Goodwill, Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, Uforia Studios , Peet's Coffee, EO, thinkThin, KIND, PartyTime Machine rentals, Green Citizen, Nordic Naturals and Clif Bar. Information at Whole Foods website.

Earth Day Celebration at the Los Altos History Museum

Noon to 4 p.m. at 51 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Cost: Free

Participants can experience the exhibition, "Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future" and pick up educational materials about conserving and caring for our water resources. Children can play in the play river by Riveropolis creator. More information is at Los Altos History Museum website.

EcoHome Ribbon Cutting

2 – 4 p.m. behind Lucie Stern Community Center (next to the Girl Scout House), 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Unique demonstration home filled with the latest efficient, sustainable and conserving technologies will be on view. Dozens of innovative ideas will be on display including blue jeans insulation, recycled glass counter-tops and clover-leaf solar panels. Signs will provide details about actions, costs and savings. "Ugly Lighting" contest winners will be announced. The EcoHome will continue to be available throughout the year for guided tours. Information at the City of Palo Alto website.

Sunday, April 22

Mary Davey plaque dedication

10:30 a.m. at entrance to Byrne Preserve (off of 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills)

Dedication of plaque in honor of the late environmental leader and activist for social causes, Mary Davey.

Earth Day Celebration & Water Lilies Reception

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Cost: Free

The City of Palo Alto Earth Day event features a mini environmental fair; the debut of environmental artist Judith Selby Lang's "Water Lilies," her latest work for the Art Center's On the Road program; art and science activities, including hands-on crafts, Baylands critters and more; and tours of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information at the City of Palo Alto website.

Earth Day Peace and Social Justice Fair

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

Cost: Free

Fair-goers will find ideas for reducing their carbon footprint; learn about social justice and peacemaking organizations; shop for goods from organizations doing good in the world, and enjoy free snacks and beverages from locally grown food suppliers. Available for purchase will be toys, crafts, books, art, music, DVDs, games, puzzles, jewelry, decorations. Sponsored by: Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and First Presbyterian. More information available at 650-326-8837 and First Presbyterian website.

Los Altos Hills Earth Day Celebration

1-4 p.m. at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills

Cost: Free

Presentations of wild cats are scheduled for 1:30 and 3 p.m. In addition to exhibits by Los Altos Hills committees, environmental organizations and school groups' electric cars will be on display. April 22, 1-4 p.m. More information is available by calling Sarah Gualtieri at 650-947-2518 or emailing or visiting (click on "Community Calendar").

Drive Less Challenge

April 22 through May 5

Cost: Free

The online Drive Less Challenge encourages people to try convenient, earth-friendly alternatives to car trips. Participants share stories, track their efforts and compete for prizes from local businesses. People can join as an individual or with a group.

Tuesday, April 24

Addison School Safe Routes to School Walk 'n' Roll Map

6:30 p.m. at Addison Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 650 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto

Cost: Free

The City hosted a Walking Survey of Addison School on March 20. This community meeting will include a presentation on the findings of the walking survey and the proposed Walk 'n' Roll map for Addison School.

Saturday, April 28

Migration Bird Walk

9 - 10:30 a.m. at SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge, Menlo Park

Cost: Free

The wetlands are an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route. Docent Laurel Stell will explain why the birds migrate, why they stop along the San Francisco Bay and how people can spot the birds in action. Trail is easy and level. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge. Presented by Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Information and directions at 510-792-0222 x139 and

Sunday, April 29

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $10

Regional, self-guided Bay-Friendly Garden Tour explores private residential gardens. Palo Alto will have 10 gardens on the tour. The host gardens represent many different styles -- urban homesteads with orchards, chickens and bees; grey water installations by local experts; and drought tolerant replacements for water-thirsty lawns. The host gardeners themselves are a diverse group that includes permaculturists, native plant enthusiasts, wildlife gardeners, do-it-yourselfers and landscape professionals. All will be available to talk about their accomplishments and challenges. Registration at

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by rem
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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WHAT - The arborists aren't going to cut down "another" tree for Earth Day !!!!

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Posted by Penny
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Though it is not mentioned here, every PAUSD school is celebrating Earth Day with events this week and next week--encouraging families and students to choose Earth-friendly modes of transportation for school commutes, like walking, biking, carpooling, riding the bus. In addition, kids are staging recycling presentations, displaying solar cars they designed and built, all kinds of things. Some of the events are really wonderful.

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Posted by John
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm


Are the school kids celebrating nuclear power, which is CO2 free?

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Posted by Homer Simpson
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

"Are the school kids celebrating nuclear power, which is CO2 free?"

Yes, John, they are - they will be putting on Day-Glo paint to mimic radiation poisoning after a nuke plant blows up.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

We have met the enemy and he is us.

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