South Floridians Celebrate Earth DayIf you live in South Florida and have no plans for Earth Day, one of these many events may entice you. Learn about conservation, recycling, sustainability and local food while mingling with other earth lovers. Bring a friend that is less earth-minded and plant a green seed.


On Saturday, April 24, 2010, Miamians can attend Bayfront Park’s free Goin’ Green Earth Day Festival. There will be a free bike valet at the festival, or you can take the Metromover, downtown Miami’s free public people mover, and exit at the stop right at Bayfront Park. Pack up your unwanted clothes and lug them to the park for a giant clothing swap. Recyclers will be on site, so you can also bring old electronics to recycle, as well as sensitive documents to shred and recycle. At the Eco-Tent, workshops and seminars will cover topics such as green parenting, local food, making your own cleaning products and green mobility in Miami. Bring the kids! The event will also feature a solar-powered Nintendo Wii and a “mad science” lab for the younger greenies. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To the west in Doral, you can attend the fourth annual Hispanic Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2010, starting at 8 p.m. The festival will feature Latin music, sustainable and green products, raffles and prizes and talks about green issues and their possible solutions. The event is organized by Common Ground for Conservation and will be held in Doral’s Solare Garden.

Fort Lauderdale

Broward County residents can spend Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Community Fair, organized by Children’s Services Council. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers will give away freebies such as bicycle helmets, seedlings, refreshments, coloring books and more. The radio station 103.5 The Beat will be on site, and visitors will see a special performance by Earthman.

West Palm Beach

On April 22, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., West Palm Beach residents can reap the benefits of the annual Earth Day event hosted by Palm Beach State College. This year’s event theme is One Random Act of Green. The fair will feature music, organic food, environmental exhibits and earth awareness activities. You can also catch a movie here; organizers will show Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth between 2 and 6 p.m.

Juno Beach

Green-minded citizens of Juno Beach are attending Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Recycling is an Art event. Local students and artists will undergo a friendly competition painting recycling containers. The painting race starts on Earth Day, and participants have until Saturday, April 24, 2010 to finish their recycling-bin masterpieces. On Saturday, local radio station Gater 98.7 will have its beach clean-up while the recycling bins are being judged. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and later the recycling bins will be distributed throughout Palm Beach County.

Punta Gorda

This year, Punta Gorda will celebrate Earth Day with its third annual celebration. The Yoga Sanctuary and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce are hosting the event on April 22, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Laishley Park. Bring a towel or yoga mat and stretch your limbs outdoors with other yogis. The event will feature environmentally friendly vendors that will show visitors “10 ways to go green,” and children can visit the kid’s tent for kid’s yoga, environmental tips and games, water conservation and trivia. Live music, spa treatments, henna artists and a meeting of green-minded individuals should make this Earth Day celebration a fine event. Any donations from the event will go to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.