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The Best Earth Day Events This Weekend

April 22, 2011


Rug Bug and PLAY celebrate Mother Earth
Celebrate Earth Day with a drum circle and instrument workshop- and a full day of play at PLAY in Greenpoint. The Drum Circle with Brian Carter is at 10:30 am and the instrument workshops are from 10 am – 12 pm.

Saturday April 23rd from 10 AM-12 PM. $15 includes workshops and PLAY all day. 20% of the proceeds will go to Earth Day NY, www.earthdayny.org
PLAY is at 33 Nassau Ave at Dobbin.

Earth Day Block Party in Clinton Hill
This Block Party put on my neighborhood fixture Still Hip, will feature Pistachio: A Brooklyn Girl Made of Trash, Vokashi Composting, Skrapkins, LIG Funk, Le Grand Dakar, Mirrors, Habana Outpost and more! It is free all day.
Details: Saturday, April 23 from 11-7. Still Hip 283 Grand Avenue  Brooklyn, New York 11238 718.398.0008

Revolutionize the Gardens in Fort Greene Park
Celebrate Earth Day with the Fort Green park conservancy and participate in the cretion of the park’s newest garden, the Revolutionary Garden. The garden will feature flowers and vegetables common during the American Revolution. Dress for gardening. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Details: Saurday April 23 volunteer from 2-4 pm. Please RSVP by April 20th. 347-559-5142 or at daly@fortgreenepark.org. fortgreenepark.org

DUMBO Spring Fling at Brooklyn Bridge Park-  Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, will kick-off the 2011 programming season with the 6th Annual Spring Fling.  This celebration of spring will feature Easter Bunny, AudraRox!, and Butterfly Boogie with the Wildlife Theater Company.  Spot some birds with Brooklyn birdwatcher, Carolyn Murphy.  Come to Pier 1 for an egg toss, egg roll, a duck race, and other games to get your feet moving!  Beautiful Earth Group will also be on site to make solar power bead necklaces.  Karma Kids Yoga will also be there to help you practice your yoga poses and Transit Museum, Brooklyn Public Library and Moxie Spot will host activity tables. Game prizes provided by Jacques Torres Chocolate. 10:30-11:30 – Wildlife Theater Company’s Butterfly Boogie   10:30-12:30 – Storytelling  10:30-11:00; 11:30-12:00 – Birdwatching (max 30 people)  12:00-1:00 – AudraRox! Games and activities throughout the event!
Visit The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for more details. At Pier 1.

April 2 to May 1, 2011 – Celebrate Hanami at BBG
The Japanese cultural tradition of viewing and cherishing the cherry blossom season. From the first buds, to the luminous blossoms, to the snowfall of petals cascading from the trees and blanketing the ground, visitors of all ages will marvel at the Garden’s iconic collection of Japanese flowering cherry trees, the world’s largest and most diverse outside Japan.  During Hanami, visitors can take free Seasonal Highlights Tours Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM, focusing on the ethereal beauty of BBG’s Japanese plant collections and specialty gardens, including the exquisite flowering cherries. BBG’s web-based exhibit, CherryWatch, tracks the blossom display in real time and provide a detailed guide to the history, cultivation, and care of BBG’s 220-tree cherry collection. With 42 species blooming at different times to create a spectacular four-week display, CherryWatch is a great resource to monitor when the first blossoms of each species appear, and to plan visits throughout Hanami.
Details: For more info: visitorservices@bbg.org, (718) 623-7260, www.bbg.org or find on Facebook, Twitter @bklynbotanic.  New admission pricing:  $10.00/adults; $5.00 students and seniors; children under 12 free.  900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.

Celebrate Earth at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Celebrate Earth: 9:30, Sat, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th, for All ages:
Celebrate the planet we call home! This Spring Break, learn about the amazing plants, animals, and people that live here. Participate in activities to keep yourself and the planet healthy and strong.

Paper Ma-shaping Fun: 11:30, Sat, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th, for 5 and under: Explore the possibilities of recycled paper as you discover how to make papier mache! Create a paper mache craft such as an egg with recycled paper and balloons

Homemade Hygiene: 1:30, Sunday, April 24th, for 4 and up: Make your own environmentally-friendly bath and beauty products using safe household materials.

Paper Ma-shaping Fun: 2:30 pm, Sunday, April 24th, for 5 and under: Explore the possibilities of recycled paper as you discover how to make papier mache! Create a paper mache craft such as an egg with recycled paper and balloons

Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn.
Subway: 3 to Kingston; or A/C to Nostrand; or C to Kingston/Throop.
Bus: B43 or B44 to St. Mark’s Avenue; or B25, B45, or B65 to Brooklyn Avenue.
Admission: $7.50 per person. Museum members and children under 1 free.  All programs during normal Museum hours are free with Museum admission.

NYICFF shows a eco-adventure film
Check out Mia and the Migoo, created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, MIA AND THE MIGOO is a beautiful and thrilling family adventure, with stunning backgrounds inspired by Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. The film is a man-against-nature fable, pitting wild-haired young heroine Mia against the forces of destruction, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. The film stars John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, and James Woods.
Details: Tickets are available for both Saturday and Sunday at 11:05 am. For more info and to purchase them- go here.

EarthFair Indoors
Last year I took my son to this. It was fine for adults but got boring for my 4 year old. Though they had a few activities for kids, it wasn’t enough to support this as a true family event. Having said that, I enjoyed meeting a lot of the environmental groups and businesses and seeing cool things.  This festival goes over 2 days with art, music and tables with all sorts of businesses that are about the Earth.
Details: On Vanderbilt Ave from 42nd- 45th Streets. At Grand Central Terminal.

Storytime with Scrap Kins
Storytime with Brian Yanish who will read from and sign copies of his Scrap Kins Build-it Book- all about recycling. This is a lovely bookstore that makes a fabulous effort with their storytimes.
Details: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene.