Earth Day Event Picks

By Gidon Belmaker, Epoch Times
April 21, 2011 Updated: April 26, 2011

NEW YORK—April 22 is the 41st annual Earth Day. Over the weekend, people all over the world will show some love for their planet Earth and raise awareness to pressing environmental concerns. New York City will offer plenty of colorful, fun and tasty Earth Day celebrations.

Earth Day New York’s Earth Fair and Times Square Event

One of Earth Day’s main events in New York City, the Earth Fair, is a dual event taking place both inside and outside of the Grand Central Terminal. Earth Fair Indoors is an environmental fair featuring technology companies showcasing their environmental designs, art exhibitions focusing on contested environmental subjects like hydro-fracking, and a panel discussion focused on healthy eating and nutrition. The event is organized by Earth Day New York, an educational coalition of environmental nonprofit organizations.

Where: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
When: April 21, 12 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Vanderbilt Avenue will join the celebration outside. Environmental groups will hold colorful and interactive educational activities for kids. Live music and entertainment groups will perform throughout the day. Among the artists performing at the Earth Fair will be The Didge Project, Optimus Tribe, and Adam Collett.

Where: Vanderbilt Avenue, between 42nd and 45th streets
When: April 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Earth Day New York will also host an Earth Day event in Times Square, featuring a runway show of green vehicles. As part of this event, Times Square’s video screens will turn into a digital forest.

Where: Times Square
When: April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Recycled Container Gardening in Central Park

In observance of Earth Day, the Central Park Conservancy will teach kids and families how to turn a used can or container into a planter. Soil, plants, and craft materials will be provided for free. Participants will be able to participate at five locations around the park.

Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside park on 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues)
North Meadow Recreation Center (inside park at 97th Street)
Belvedere Castle (inside park at 79th Street)
Tavern on the Green (inside park at West 67th Street)
Chess & Checkers House (inside park at 64th Street)

When: April 23 12 p.m.–3 p.m.

Future Anxiety at The Flea Theater

Future Anxiety, a dark comedy about a post [environmental] Apocalypse world is presenting in The Flea as part of the theater’s green initiatives. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, the performance will raise money for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Earth Day Network. The performances will be accompanied by environmental advocacy blogs and videos on NRDC’s website.

Where: The Flea Theater, 41 White Street, Manhattan
When: Show times vary, for more information go to http://www.theflea.org/
Cost: Discounted $20 tickets for Future Anxiety are available for Earth Day and each “Eco-Wednesday” with the code GREEN20.

Green for Queens Earth Day Fair

Earth Day will be celebrated a month later in Queens. A family fair for Queens residents will give both children and parents opportunities to learn about ways to benefit from going green. This year’s theme will be sustainable food. During the fair, children will be able to get their hands dirty mixing compost, petting snakes and lizards in the petting zoo, and watching the wildlife theater performances.

Grown-ups will be able to attend workshops and gain information about saving money while helping the environment. Workshop topics will include Queens’ food co-ops and community gardens, composting in an apartment, and more. Free energy audits will also help people improve their energy consumption.

Where: Central Queens Y 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
When: May 15, 1 p.m.-4p.m.

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