By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
First recognized in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Each year since then events have been held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Today, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 192 countries.
The Oklahoma Sierra Club has announced its 2015 Earth Day schedule for events around the state.
“Earth and all that it encompasses are sacred gifts that deserve to be cherished and kept clean,” said State Chair of the Oklahoma Sierra Club Johnson Bridgwater. “Earth Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge that.”
On Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Carrie Dickerson Foundation and Garden Deva Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Garden Deva Sculpture Company, 317 S. Trenton Avenue, in Tulsa. The event will feature quilts, artists, musicians, crafters, good food, environmental groups and earth lovers working together and caring for the planet.
For more information, call Garden Deva at 918-592-3382 or contact Barbara VanHanken, Oklahoma Chapter Sierra Club Chair at 918-671-6217.
On Sunday, April 19, the Norman 2015 Earth Day Festival will be held from 12 to 5 p.m., at Reaves Park, 2501 S. Jenkins Avenue. The event will include family fun for all ages with hands-on activities, as well as exhibits and demonstrations to teach the importance of respecting earth’s air, water, soil, wildlife and all natural resources.
Event sponsors include Norman Parks & Recreation Department, Norman Utilities Department’s Environmental Services Division and Cleveland County Conservation District. Sierra Club’s Red Earth Group will participate. For more information contact Nancy Smart at 405-329-8904.
On Tuesday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Green Festival, Tulsa’s official Earth Day party, will support Oklahoma’s green movement by connecting workers in the downtown area with environmental messages. The event takes place on Main Street between 4th and 5th Street. To learn more, contact: Meg Sutherland, at 918-584-0584 or: Bill McClelland at [email protected]
On Wednesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tulsa Earth Day Celebrate CommUNity event will be held at Veteran’s Park, 1875 S Boulder Park Drive. This event will feature 800 public school children in pre-K through 2nd grade who will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and activities. Contact Bill McClelland, Sierra Club Green Country Group Chair at 918-269-5751 for more information.
Also on April 22, the Sierra Club Earth Walk will take place on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Everyone is invited to gather at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Headquarters parking lot at 1501 N.W. 24th at McKinley. The event will feature music, inspirational messages, 6 ft and 3 ft. Earth Balls to carry and bounce, and a walk through and around the OCU campus. Bring dogs on leash along with baby strollers, and your own signs and pictures about things you love about the Earth.
Sponsors include The Peace House, OCU Word House Scholars & Word House Initiative, United Methodist Environmental Coalition, Turtle Rock Farm, Church of the Open Arms, Social Justice Committee First Unitarian Church and the Center for Conscience in Action.
Contact Peace House director Nathaniel Batchelder at 405-824-2794 or Jody Harlan, OK Sierra Club at 405-326-3600 to learn more.
On Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 5th annual Green Connection Earth Day Festival will take place at Turtle Rock Farm near Billings, OK. Free and open to the public, the event will feature live music, demonstrations, hands-on learning, prairie labyrinth, animals, straw bale hermitage, high tunnel garden and a cosmic walk. Buffalo hot dogs and corn on the cob on the grill is provided. RSVP required.
To learn more about the Festival, contact Ann Denney at 580-725-3411, Pat Hoerth at 580.917.6011 or Lynn Cooper at 405-229-0696.