Happy Earth Day! Lets ignore the fact that there is currently an oil rig sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, spreading a sheen of crude oil across a five-mile radius, and celebrate our Earth. Lets celebrate that the garbage strike is ending at midnight, and you won’t be charged for having twice as much garbage outside your doorstep. Today is a good day, do your part and spend the weekend making our Earth a better place. Click on More to check out how you can can contribute to Earth Day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Earth Day Celebration: Sustainability fair, student art, bands and performers on the HUB lawn, presented by WashPIRG. The concert will be run off solar energy. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, University of Washington campus (206-543-9628).
Seattle Peace Chorus: The chorus celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a concert titled “Peace to the Planet;” includes Fred West’s environmental oratorio “Upon This Land.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; $13-$15 (206-264-5532 or www.seattlepeacechorus.org).
Earth Day Environmental Fair: Guided beach and forest walks, exhibits, arts and crafts activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Saltwater State Park, 25208 Eighth Place S., Des Moines (253-661-4956).
Earth Day Event in the Arboretum: SCA (Student Conservation Association), UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks and Recreation event to remove invasive plants and improve trails, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; preregistration required (206-324-4649 or www.thesca.org/events/sca-seattles-earth-day-project).
Pioneer Square Spring Clean: Individuals and teams invited to help weed, plant and mulch median strips, pick up litter and remove graffiti, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Pioneer Square, 100 Yesler Way, Seattle (www.pioneersquare.org).
Arbor Day/Earth Day: Help spruce up local parks, lunch provided, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Ron Regis Park, Renton; call to register (425-430-6600).
Newcastle Goes Green: Mini-seminars and exhibits on green products and services, kids’ activities, recycling services, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Boeing Concert Band performs, 1-2:30 p.m.; trail walks, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (www.newcastleweedwarriors.org).
Earth Day, Federal Way: Help pick up trash, remove invasive plants and other work at several park sites in Federal Way, bring gloves and gardening tools if you have them, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, call to register, or drop in, Saghalie Park, 33914 19th Ave. S.W., Federal Way (253-835-2652 or www.cityoffederalway.com/volunteer).
Greenway Earth Day: Help remove invasive plants and improve trails at two sites, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Issaquah; preregister (425-812-0122 or mtsgreenway.org).
City of Snohomish Clean-Up Day: Bring tools, free lunch available, 9 a.m. Saturday, Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish; (360-568-3115 or www.ci.snohomish.wa.us/CityEvents.htm).
Earth Day Recycling Event: Free recycling of old TVs, computers, monitors, laptops and cellphones, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Metropolitan Market, 5250 40th N.E., Seattle, and Top Food Edmonds, 21900 Highway 99, Edmonds; free (425-239-4118 or www.e-wastes.com).
Rebearth: Earth Day Celebration” With Panda Conspiracy, Aaron Daniels, Big High, Artis the Spoonman and others, 3 p.m. Sunday, Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (www.etix.com).
Earth Day Celebration: Keynote speaker Joel Connelly, all-ages art project, Shed Band Rock Festival, resource information on green living, noon-5 p.m., noon Sunday, Bayview Corner, 5603 S. Bayview Road, Langley, Whidbey Island (360-321-4145).