Bay Area Residents Can Celebrate Earth Day at Celebrations throughout NorCal

April 21, 2014 21:55 pm · 18 comments

Bay Area residents can celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday and throughout the week at a variety of festivals and special events.

In Martinez, The boyhood home of naturalist John Muir, a federal historic site, will host the city’s annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It was Muir’s birthdate (April 21) that influenced the day selected for this annual global salute to the environment, and the Martinez event includes a John Muir birthday celebration, complete with free slices of birthday cake for attendees. The Muir House grounds will feature more than 50 educational exhibit booths, live entertainment, a fashion show featuring recycled material clothing, junior ranger activities, children’s activities, food booths, self-guided tours of the 1882 historic Muir home, silent auctions, and more. Have a photo taken with John Muir and the site’s 130-year-old giant sequoia tree. Bruce Hamilton, deputy executive director of Sierra Club, will be keynote speaker.

Also, Alcatraz Cruises is hosting free Earth Day festivities at Pier 33 in San Francisco from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Kids will be able to do arts and crafts and get their faces painted while their parents learn about how to make their homes more

Attendees can also learn about plants that grow on Alcatraz and look at microorganisms from the San Francisco Bay through a microscope.

At the California Academy of Sciences, there will be a special interactive dance performance by USF’s Dance Generator called “Oceans MOVE” at 10:30 a.m. Patrons who bring a reusable water bottle to the museum between April 22 and May 4 will also get $3 off the price of admission.

Earth Day San Jose will include a full day of activities at San Jose State University, including a petting zoo, a carnival, a composting workshop and live music. The events run from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tower Lawn and Campus Village Courtyard.

At Sonoma State University, the Earth Day Fair will feature live music and an electric Tesla Model S car. The fair will be held in the plaza between Darwin and Stevenson Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Milpitas, the County of Santa Clara will flip the switch on a new fuel cell at Elmwood Correctional Facility that will use natural gas to generate clean electricity for the jail onsite. In addition, energy companies will present a check to the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to fulfill the wishes of three children from San Jose, Union City and Daly City battling cancer.

Earth Day celebrations will continue this weekend and into May.

For a longer list of activities, visit CalRecycle’s Earth Day calendar HERE.

Eddie Spaghetti April 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

In honor of Erf Day I have every light on in my house!…..LULZ!!!

ClayDen April 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Gotta do something special to celebrate Vladimir Lenin’s birthday.

amanda April 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Disney store will Give you a free reusable shopping bag when you bring in 5 plastic bags.

Shasta Daisy April 22, 2014 at 7:34 AM

I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago……
Send a global selfie:

I printed my sign and will be sending a photo this afternoon.

Connie Dobbs April 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

“But the charismatic spokesman who helped bring awareness to environmental issues and preached against the Vietnam War — and any violence — had a secret dark side. When his girlfriend of five years, Helen “Holly” Maddux, moved to New York and broke up with him, Einhorn threatened that he would throw her left-behind personal belongings onto the street if she didn’t come back to pick them up.

And so on Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux went back to the apartment that she
and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.

It wasn’t until 18 months later that investigators searched Einhorn’s apartment after one of his neighbors complained that a reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn’s bedroom closet. Inside the closet, police found Maddux’s beaten and partially mummified body stuffed into a trunk that had also been packed with Styrofoam, air fresheners and newspapers.”

How about you just quietly pick up after yourself and leave it at that.

At all... April 22, 2014 at 8:42 AM

the naysayers, eat a bug!
Only the lowest trash their own home.
Do something positive today haters, stay off
your keyboard.

mutts April 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Yes, it’s Lenin’s birthday and there are no coincidences. Good things come of it occasionally but it’s not what you think.

Reality Bites April 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Good Post Connie!

Michelle April 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

It’s time to clean the house and the earth. Happy Birthday Vlad.

Marissa April 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Happy Earth Day and Happy Birthday to Vladimir. And Happy Birthday

macawlady April 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I highly recommend the Earth Day/John Muir Day celebration at the John Muir home site. Saturday 4-26 10 AM to 4 PM. Great fun for the whole family, free samples of all sorts of things, free tour of John Muir’s home. I haven’t been for a few years due to health problems, but I’ll be there Saturday! Oh, and they have *bagpipe* players! What more could a person of Irish/Scottish ancestry want?

I agree john muir Mtz is fun April 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Kids love it, adults too!

SimplePlan April 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM

@ Connie Dobbs
Sometimes genius and madness
reside in the same body.

Connie Dobbs April 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

#13 How many people did Van Gough or Mozart kill? I forget.

Simple Plan April 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

@connie dobbs Getting forgetful
are you? I hear you can see your
doctor to wipe that smile off
your face. There’s medication
for it now.

Christopher Benson April 23, 2014 at 2:17 AM

I do appreciate the nod to both my fellow-Brit John Muir and to his and my adopted home of Martinez. The people and the City of Martinez are very proud of the John Muir connection. But contrary to this article’s claim, John Muir’s boyhood home was not in Martinez nor even in the State of California. John Muir was a British Citizen, having been born in Dunbar on the East coast of Scotland. His boyhood home in Scotland is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.

At the age of eleven, he moved to Wisconsin, USA, along with his immediate family, of course. They settled on a farm about forty miles north of Madison, Wisconsin. He was in his thirties when he first visited Martinez. One week before his 42nd birthday, he married Louie Strentzel of Martinez, moving into her parents’ modest former home in Alhambra Valley. When not on his many travels, he lived the rest of his life in Martinez..

Christopher Benson April 23, 2014 at 2:51 AM

@Connie Dobbs #14, the combined “kill-total” for Messrs Mozart and van Gogh has historically been “one”, namely the self-inflicted demise of the latter.

But your implied rebuttal on behalf of Wolfie and Vinnie may yet be correct. Some modern researchers have suggested that local children in France may have accidentally pulled the trigger on van Gogh. By way of his tenuous grasp of sanity, his 30-hour “suicide” odyssey may have been reverse-engineered so the children didn’t get into trouble.

Connie Dobbs April 23, 2014 at 8:51 AM

#13 So killing his girlfriend and torturing her parents for the 18 months they searched for their missing daughter can be overlooked because Earth Day?
You know, it’s far more common for brute stupidity and madness to reside in the same body.

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