Creative trash, music and games at upcoming Earth Day

BY REBECCA GALLERY

Environmental awareness, ingrained in Takoma Park residents’ daily life, will be celebrated  at the second annual Takoma Park Earth Day Festival held at Takoma Junction, Sunday, April 19, 10 AM to 4 PM.

“This will be the Co-op’s 13th year celebrating Earth Day. A couple of years ago Old Takoma Business Association decided to start celebrating Earth Day and rather than two celebrations we decided to team up. This will be our second year together and we’re all very excited about the way it’s shaping up” states Sherri Collins with the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op.

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Last year’s Earth Day. Photo courtesy TPSS Co-op.

Trashy art contest

This year’s festival will hold a recycled art contest.   Winning pieces will be displayed in local business windows after the festival.To participate all you have to do is bring your creative work to the Trashy Art Contest table, between 10 am and 2 pm on the day of the festival. Winners will be announced at 3:30 pm at the Takoma Park Earth Day event.

The event will feature green products and solutions, live music and entertainment, energy saving tips, community service opportunities and green games and activities for the children.

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Musical performances will  include Ocho de Bastos ( a D.C. based Latin pop rock band), Valentine Slim ( a “rockin’ honky tonk” blues artist from Silver Spring) and The new Misty Crystals (an acoustic folk band based in Takoma Park).

This year’s children’s section will feature local organizations like the NatureLab, Little Loft and the Audubon Naturalist Society. Face painters, kid songs, a balloon artist, strolling clowns, glitter tattoos, and two magic shows will be entertaining all afternoon.

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Last year’s Earth Day. Photo courtesy TPSS Co-op.

Joined forces

“The OTBA and TPSS Co-op joined forces last year to make the event bigger and better, and to bring as many green businesses and organizations together as possible. We wanted to be able to give the community real green solutions they could get involved in the day of the event, and to be able to take real eco-friendly actions right at the booths all day long.” says Shelby Krick, festival organizer.

Sponsorship opportunities as well as booth spaces for vendors are available. Those interested in being a sponsor can contact Shelby Krick at shelby.krick@fifth-estate.com. Those interested in a booth can visit www.tkpkearthday.org to fill out an application.

About the Author

Rebecca Gallery
Rebecca Gallery covers Art and Entertainment events in Takoma Park and Silver Spring MD. When she is not seeking out new music and events you can find her curled up with her cats and a cup of tea (wine).