Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and a number of activities are planned to pay tribute to the Earth, with an emphasis on protecting the environment.
Annual Earth Day Waterford Township Cleanup is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 21. Volunteers can sign up with the township to collect trash and debris along roadways and parks. Participants must bring their own gloves, rakes and sunscreen. Water, insect repellent, safety vests and garbage bags will be provided. Assignments and supplies can be picked up 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at town hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive. Register at 248-674-6201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, waterfordmi.gov/earthday.
ReLeaf Michigan, a nonprofit is hosting a tree planting, 8:45 a.m.-noon, April 21 at Scout Park, 929 E. Otis, Hazel Park. Volunteers are needed for tree planting, no experience needed, volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel, and meet in the parking lot of Scout Park, www.ReLeafMichigan.org, RSVP requested to email@example.com.
Caring for Planet Earth is 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 21 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Drop in for a compost demonstration and make seed bombs for pollinators. Take a hike to learn about stewardship activities at Friendship Woods. Dress for the weather, sponsored by Pure Oakland Water, 248-858-0916, OaklandCountyParks.com.
Nature Fit: Hearty River Hike on Earth Day weekend is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 21 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, $4/person and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916, OaklandCountyParks.com.
MI Earth Day Fest is 4-8 p.m. April 20; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 22 at Rochester Municipal Park/City Center is located at 600 Pine St. in Rochester. More than 100 exhibitors will offer eco-friendly products and services, free samples, show specials, door prizes and giveaways, presentations, hands-on workshops and networking round-tables. Free massage, health checks and other wellness programs. The event also features entertainment, food trucks and vendors, Kids Korner arts and crafts and a straw-bale climb. Free general admission, VIP tickets are $10, migreenteam.com.
Better Pontiac, Pontiacs District Two Community Group and Micah 6 Community are hosting a Huron Corridor Cleanup in downtown Pontiac, starting at 8 a.m. April 21 and 11 a.m. April 22. Volunteers are need to pick up trash, spruce up park, graffiti removal, trimming hedges and repainting important road side items. Register at 248-632-4399, getlocalhop.com/huron-corridor-cleanup/event/iEOPgf2zQl. A community park cleanup for Mattie Mckinney Hatchett Park is at 11 a.m., April 14. Register, call 248-639-7716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Coast Earth Day Bash is 6-9 p.m. April 22 at PLAT (Pontiacs Little Art Theater), 47 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, www.theplat.org, 844-476-6784, getlocalhop.com. Happy Coast, a non-profit farm, is hosting the family-friendly event featuring artist, yoga, live music by Feral Ground and John Kay & Whos To Say zero waste, Earth day event, $20 each.
Family Nature Explorers Earth Day is 1:30-3 p.m. April 22 at Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, hands-on, outdoor experiences, $18 for family of up to 4, $3 each additional person, stagenaturecenter.org, 248-688-9703.
The City of Farmington Hills Earth Day Celebration is noon-2 p.m., April 22 at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. The event will feature live music, face painting, earth-friendly crafts, giveaways, and hayrides. A Picnic in the Park food truck rally, Unveil the Trail event at 1:30 p.m. will showcase the expanded Nature Discovery Trail. Also a concert with School of Rock Farmington, community art projects, face painting, hayrides, archery, recycling crafts, STEM Engineering Challenges, 248-477-1135
Earth Day Celebration is 8 p.m. April 22, with Muruga Booker, drums, percussion and vocals and Ralph Koziarski, sax, flute and percussion at the Psychedelic Healing Shack & Vegetarian Cafe 18700 Woodward Detroit, $10 donation.
JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) accepts residents unwanted electronics as part of eCycle Opportunities (eCO). The program accepts all electronics that plug in regardless of working condition, ranging from desktop computers and laptops and mobile phones to monitors, copiers, desktop printer and most electronic items under 48 inches wide. The program is R2/RIOS certified, to destroy hard drives. Some items require a fee for disposal. The eCO program is open to all area residents 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, at the south side of JVS headquarters, 29699 Southfield Road, Southfield, 248-233-4477, ecycleopps.org.