Hello Earth Day 2013!

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Earth Day is April 22 each year. It is the largest, most widely celebrated international environmental event. Learning about and protecting our earth and its plants and animals is what Earth Day is all about. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, in the United States, then went global on March 21, 1971. In 1990, the first official International Earth Day was celebrated. About 200 million people from 141 nations took part! Earth Day reminds us to take responsibility for what we use and how we use it and think about how it will affect the earth.

Here’s one local organization that is always in the forefront of Rethinking, Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling!

Habitat for Humanity of Portage County

“Habitat for Humanity of Portage County (HFHPC) had its beginnings in the mid-1980s when Dr. David Palmstrom, his wife Jane, and Rev. Don Preslan responded to local need for affordable housing. Working through several churches, they identified people interested in forming a Habitat affiliate. The affiliate was approved in 1988, and in 1989 the first project, renovations on a home in Kent, was accomplished.”

“HFHPC was recently recognized by the Portage Park District Foundation with the 2011 Green Building Award: for energy efficiency in building and for the Kent ReStore providing an innovative re-use program for building materials and for their active volunteerism in the community.” ~ Website

Habitat Portage is a great choice for those who want to make a difference in their community whether the intention is to help recycle items for others to use or to help with building homes for others to live in. They have opportunities available to donate, help with building homes, or volunteer in the ReStore where they have many quality, gently used home and building items.

Visit their website for lots of great information including items they accept for the ReStore! Or call 330-296-2880.

ReStore Hours

Open Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1510 S. Water Street
Kent, OH 44240

Phone: 330.677.8881
[email protected]

earth day 2013Activities for Today

How about a night out at the park?

Celebrate Earth Day – Recycled Rocks!
Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Peninsula
April 22, 2013; 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Earth Day Activity: Recycled Rocks! Join a park ranger on Earth Day to enjoy a spring evening while exploring the recycled rocks along the Ledges Trail. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes on this 2.2-mile, moderately-paced hike. Ledges Shelter, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

and for the kiddos….

Windham Earth Day Craft
Join us at the Windham Library for an eco-friendly craft.
This program is intended for all audiences.
All day event.

Windham Public Library 330-326-3145

PBS Eeko World
Interactive game for the kids!

 

Happy Earth Day from Portage News!

 

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