Mark Earth Day by planting trees, recycling or clearing trails

1. Get volunteering.

Do some good for the environment in honor of Earth Day, April 22.

The Adopt A Stream Foundation needs volunteers to help plant 2,000 trees and shrubs next to Middle Fork Quilceda Creek from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20. The trees will cool the creek during the summer and maintain the area’s ecological health.

Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Meet at Strawberry Field Park, 6100 152nd St. NE, Marysville. Register as a volunteer at

More Earth Day volunteer events in Snohomish County are scheduled through April 27. Find them at

2. Get recycling.

Maybe you don’t want to get your hands dirty. You can still do your part.

Recycle old computers, printers, cellphones and other electronics for free from 10 am. to 2 p.m. April 25 at parking lot F near Glacier Hall at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Everett.

For a full list of acceptable items and events planned for Earth Week, April 22-25, at the community college, go to

3. Get watching.

If we’re lucky, climate change won’t cause Earth’s winters to last as long as they do in “Game of Thrones.”

Speaking of which, the eighth and final season of HBO’s popular fantasy TV show premieres tonight.

The fates of Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Arya Stark will finally be sealed. Who will survive the White Walkers?

To mark the occasion, CenturyLink has released a study on each state’s favorite GOT character. Washington’s was none other than Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons.

Daenerys is the runaway favorite in the United States (15 other states agree), followed by her lover from season one, the late Khal Drogo (six states).

Will the Mother of Dragons stay alive through the finale?

We can only hope.

Evan Thompson, Herald writer

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