Get ready go-greeners, it's almost Earth Day, that special time when even the gas-guzzling, plastic bag-loving lumberjack takes a moment to reflect on environmental issues. This year, Earth Day has morphed into more of an Earth week, taking up far more than just the 24-hour span of Sunday, April 22.
Boise State kicked off its sustainability celebrations April 16, and will continue with a slew of events, including a vegan cooking demonstration and a garden party and "trashion" show that will run Saturday, April 21. The events are free and coordinated by the university's Sustainability Club. Visit boisestate.edu for more info.
Feel like doing something good and green? Head to the MK Nature Center on Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m. and take a ride to Blacks Creek Bird Reserve, where you can spend some time outdoors and help clean up the space. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 50 people to do so will get a free T-shirt or sagebrush bird field guide.
Since water is such a big part of the great green and blue marble, it's fitting the Boise WaterShed would celebrate Earth Day in a big way. It will fight "nature deficit disorder" with informational, fun activities like make-your-own green household cleaner, nature-themed crafts for the kiddies and birding walks. It's all happening Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bee.cityofboise.org/watershed for more info.
Want to celebrate the globe by swigging back beer and swinging to music? Head to the North End Organic Nursery from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 22, for a local beer-tasting festival, music, grub from food trucks, and a photo op with Mother Nature. Proceeds benefit Greenworks Idaho. Visit greenworksidaho.org for more info.
NOTE: The date of the following event has been changed to Sunday, June, 10, noon-5 p.m. More celebratory suds are available at Edwards Greenhouse on Sunday, April 22. From noon-5 p.m., you can enjoy Payette Brewing Co.'s beers, a raffle hosted by the Treasure Valley Roller Girls, and chat up representatives from local businesses that promote green living.