EVERETT — Earth Day events are sprouting around Snohomish County on Saturday.
Earth Day has been observed every April 22 since 1970 as a way to bring attention to environmental causes.
In the lead-up to that date, students at Everett Community College swapped plants, scoped out rooftop solar panels and ogled electric cars as part of the school’s Earth Week.
On Saturday, events throughout the county provide chances to plant trees, pull weeds and network with activists.
• The 6th Annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race is planned from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Everett Community College’s Jackson Center. The free conference is titled, “Promises to Keep: Environmental Racism.” Speakers include women’s rights activist Deborah Parker, photographer Matika Wilbur from the Tulalip Tribes and Seattle-based anti-racism organizer Nikkita Oliver. Breakout sessions will feature the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and reports by tribal activists from Standing Rock. Sponsored by the Communities of Color Coalition (C3) with Everett Community College, the Snohomish County Chapter of the NAACP, YWCA, WSU, Edmonds Community College and other partners. More info: David Ortiz at David@C3 coalition.org or Ben Young at email@example.com
• Evergreen Arboretum in Everett’s Legion Memorial Park is hosting a planting event dubbed “PlantFest Northwest.” Tools will be provided and all ages are welcome. Participants get to take home a plant. The park is at 145 Alverson Blvd. More info: 425-257-8597 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ARLINGTON AND MARYSVILLE
These two cities have teamed up for an Earth Day planting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex, 6100 152nd St. N.E., Marysville. Dress well and wear sturdy footwear. Plants, tools, gloves and light refreshments provided. Drop in or stay for the whole event. Co-sponsored by Adopt-A-Stream Foundation. Please RSVP to Mike Robinson at email@example.com or call 360-363-8406.
A community Earth Day walk is planned starting at 1 p.m. at Angel Arms Works on 230 Ave. B. Organizers expect to stroll down to River Front deck at 1:30 p.m. A walk to the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club is set for 2 p.m. Feel free to bring friends, family members, dogs and signs to promote awareness of nature and the planet. More info: Karen Guzak@gmail.com or LyaBadgley@comcast.net
• An Earth Day celebration set for 6:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will focus on activism, with members of the Sierra Club, 350 Everett and The League of Women Voters. It includes a showing of the movie “A Fierce Green Fire,” which chronicles the history of the environmental movement. The band Jr. Geezer is set to perform. Address: 1607 Fourth St.
• The city is celebrating the grand opening of the Ebey Waterfront Trail from 10 a.m. to noon at Ebey Waterfront Park, 1404 First St. The first of three phases of the trail is now complete. Refreshments and music, with free maps and giveaways to the first 200.
An ivy pull is planned at Hutt Park in the Seaview neighborhood from 9 a.m. to noon. Address: 187th Street SW and 94th Avenue W. Street parking is available in the neighborhood on the east side of the park. Participants sign in at the 187th St. SW entrance. More info: 425-771-0227
The city is inviting people to help tidy up Ballinger Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at the Ballinger Clubhouse (Senior Center) parking lot on 23000 Lakeview Drive in comfortable work clothes, with gloves and tools. This year’s projects include weeding and cleaning up litter. Register at 425-776-1811. More info: www.cityofmlt.com