Heal the World

Celebrate Earth Day the right way at these area events.

Today in history, Robert Oppenheimer — daddy to the atomic bomb — was born in 1904; in 1915, Germany first used chlorine gas cylinders in World War I as a weapon against the French army at Ypres; and in 1970, during the Nixon years, the first Earth Day was celebrated. The date also coincides with the tree-hugging Arbor Day, but deadly nuclear power and chemical warfare are even better motivators when it comes to thinking green.

Spring Clean today with non-profit organizations Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, ARC Thrift Stores and CH2M Hill as they get together for a massive recycling party. Bring your unwanted (but still usable) goods to any ARC location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that some other consumer can reap the joy that is your all-in-one alarm-clock-Flowbee-VCR machine. Other outdated electronics — which are fast becoming a toxic hazard in landfills — will also be accepted: ink-jet cartridges, cell phones, fax machines, PDAs, computer equipment. You get the idea. Log on to www.cpco.org for more information.

To really get in on some Mother Earth action, check out the Earth Day Celebration presented by the Boulder Co-operative Market today and tomorrow on the Pearl Street Mall. It's a special hoedown with information booths, hands-on eco-friendly product demonstrations, speakers, a few films and live music. Today's enviro-conscious theme will be alternative transportation and renewable energy; tomorrow's will be water-wise gardening. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and admission is free. Get the scoop at www.bouldercoop.com, or call the market at 303-447-2667.
April 22-23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

 
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