Planet Power

The fortieth anniversary of Earth Day, as we know it, arrives today at the hopeful end of a full-circle journey that began in 1970 with the support of back-to-nature advocates and a residual ´60s hippie ethos before sinking into a lower profile in the ´80s and ´90s. But a resurgence of green thinking in the 21st century heralds new prominence for the annual observance, and in that spirit, there are myriad ways to celebrate.

For an all-inclusive experience, the City and County of Denver’s Earth Day Fair 2010, in Civic Center Park (located on the west lawn of the park, off Bannock Street at Colfax Avenue), is a good place to begin. The fair features exhibits and information booths on all things sustainable, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. You’ll be able to drop off small e-waste items (from laptops to ink cartridges) for recycling, sample vegan products, adopt a shelter pet, schedule a hazardous-waste pickup at your home or learn to grow seedlings using newspapers, among other things; everything is free and open to the public. Visit www.denvergov.org/deq for information.

What else? Make an appointment for hair or spa services today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aveda Institute Denver, 700 16th Street, and proceeds will benefit the environmental law nonprofit Western Resource Advocates. Aveda will also host Aveda RAW, a hair and makeup show to raise funds for the organization, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aporil 24; make reservations or get information at www.avedadenver.com or call 303-567-7500.

Like poetry and the earth? The Bookery Nook, 4280 Tennyson Street, is putting on an Earth Day Poetry Bump, something slightly less competitive than a poetry slam, with a green theme. Bring your poem and your peanut gallery, or simply come to observe; events begin at 7 p.m., and prizes will be awarded. Call 303-433-3439.

Like to eat? Chow at any Big Red F Restaurant Group venue in Denver or Boulder (including Centro, Jax, Lola, the West End Tavern, Zolo Grill and Happy), and you’ll be rewarded with a packet of seeds from the Boulder-area Isabelle Farm while supplies last. Visit www.bigredf.com for details. Too lazy to plant your own seeds? On Saturday, the GrowHaus, an indoor urban farming facility at 4751 York Street, will throw an Earth Day Seedlings Sale and Open House, where you can purchase organic veggie starts, take a tour or just generally whoop it up from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn more at www.thegrowhaus.com.

For more Earth Day-related events, see Green Events at www.westword.com/calendar.
Thu., April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2010

 
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