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Earth Day 2014

City's party for the planet includes events all over town


Earth Day 2014Our orbiting rock gets its own celebration — a birthday, of sorts, although Earth Day doesn’t have roots in the Big Bang.

Environmentally conscious folks are behind Earth Day, which lands on April 22 every year (Tuesday, this time), and the Portland area will feature its share of events before, during and after the big day.

Some highlights:

• Nonprofit Rewild Portland will be putting on an Earth Day, 21-and-older party with activities starting at 6 p.m. April 22 at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., with all proceeds going to its educational programs (www.rewildportland.com).

Tickets are $10, available at www.mississippistudios.com, or up to $25 at the door.

There’ll be ancestral skills demonstrations involving fire by friction, basket weaving, simple stone knives and more, a silent auction, and guest speaker Dr. Nicole Apelian, who will show slides from her experiences working with the Naro Bushmen of Botswana. There’ll be music from 8 p.m. till closing by Medallion, Jordan Harris and Peter Rainbeau.

• The Earth Day Run will be an all-day affair Saturday, April 19, at Cook Park in

Tigard. On the schedule: live music, organic beer, veggie burgers and health/wellness/sustainable living information.

• Among the organizations you could join in the next week, if you’re interested: Friends of Trees, which has a program in which homeowners unite to plant trees in their neighborhood (for info, go to friendsoftrees.org); SOLVE, which emphasizes stewardship and puts on cleaning and planting days throughout the year (www.solv.org); Audubon Society and birds (www.audubonportland.org/local-birding).

• Portland State University has been a leader in the sustainability movement. The school’s seventh annual Earth Day Festival will be an entire week of speakers, workshops, film screenings and hands-on activities. The highlights: Earth Day of Service, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19; Earth Day Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22, South Park Blocks; “Glacial Balance” screening, 5 p.m. April 22, Smith Student Union, Room 296; environmental economics panel/PSU divestment workshop, Wednesday, April 23; infusing education with indigenous wisdom workshops, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Native American Student and Community Center. For complete info: www.psuearthweek.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/PSUEarthDayFestival.

• If you’ve never been there, the Oregon Garden in Silverton is a nice place to visit, especially during a period dedicated to the Earth. There’ll be music, a bird show, demonstrations and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19, and admission is free.

• The anticipated opening of the Outdoor Adventure at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, will coincide with Earth Day, noon April 22. It’s an outdoor play space with an amphitheater, pavilion, stream, campsite and more.

• The official/unofficial Earth Day Celebration for the Portland area will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26, at Kenton Park, 8417 N. Brandon Ave. Bob New, who helped coordinate Earth Day events in Portland from 2006 to 2008, helped form the Portland Earth Day Coalition, which puts on the Kenton celebration in conjunction with the Portland Parks Foundation. There’ll be two stages of live music and other entertainment.

For info: www.earthdaypdx.com.