Mayor Chris Beutler encourages the public to attend the City's Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 23. The day includes morning fun runs at Wilderness Park, a free celebration from noon to 6 p.m. in Antelope Park, and Earth Night activities at the Bourbon Theatre.
"Lincoln has a proud history of environmental stewardship, and Earth Day reminds us all that by working together, we can effectively tackle the challenges we face," Beutler said. "I want to thank the Lincoln Earth Day Coalition and all those who have worked so hard to make our celebration fun and motivational. Everyone can do more to preserve our natural resources, and participating in Earth Day is a great way to find out how you can contribute to a healthier planet."
Mayor Beutler will speak at 2 p.m. at the Antelope Park Bandshell. Afternoon activities include entertainment, a rain garden demonstration, nature walks, tricycle races, yoga, an alternative transportation exhibit and bike safety checks. At the top of every hour speakers will make five-minute environmental presentations at the bandshell as part of Lincoln Ignite: Earth Day. A farmer's market with fresh and local foods will include Hollenbeck Farms, Venue, Gelato to Go, Community Crops and Groovy Guru Granola.
At 6 p.m. participants are invited to bike as a group to the Bourbon Theatre, 1415 "O" Street. Earth Night's free entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and will include Son of '76, Jarana, the Betties and DJ Spence. Select locally produced beverages will be on special, and food can be purchased from Schy's Pies and Open Harvest Cooperative Grocery. Local eco-friendly art will be on display. Attendees must be age 18 or accompanied by a legal guardian.
Volunteers are still needed to fill two-hour shifts for all events. Volunteers must be at least age 16, and groups are welcome. Registration is available online at lincolnearthday.org and will be open until all shifts are filled. Lincoln Earth Day is organized by Mayor Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative, the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters and a team of volunteers. (Note: Fun runs begin at 8 a.m. at Wilderness Park, and registration has closed.)