By The Denver Post
POSTED: 04/22/2011 07:35:48 AM MDT
UPDATED: 04/22/2011 08:25:36 AM MDT

In the 40 years since Earth Day — the high holiday of the environmental movement — was scheduled for every April 22, the world has changed.
Smog levels nationwide have dropped by about a quarter, lead in the air is down more than 90 percent, and polluted lakes and rivers are now clean enough to swim in.
Organizers say the problems people need to worry about now are less visible than they used to be, but millions still commemorate the holiday with outward displays of devotion to the cause.
• The city of Denver will host an Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Civic Center. The event will include activities and displays intended to inform and inspire participants to honor Earth and work toward more conservation and preservation.
• Discovery Canyon Campus High School, 1810 N. Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, is having an Earth Day presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. The presentation includes a recycled fashion show, games and prizes for the participants and more.
• A volunteer park clean-up event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belmar Park, 801 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
• US Geological Survey Geologist Pete Modreski is leading an Earth Day geology/nature hike at 4 p.m. to the top of South Table Mountain. Meet at the trailhead near the intersection of 19th and Belvedere Streets in Golden. The hike follows a good but steep trail to the top. Contact Pete Modreski,[email protected], 303-202-4766 or 720-205-2553 with questions or in case of inclement weather.
• Naturalist Peter Laux will lead a e-mile Earth Day geology hike at 9 a.m. to the South Rim Overlook in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park.
• ReSource, Boulder, 6400 Arapahoe Road, is celebrating Earth Day and its 15th anniversary with $20 classes in xeriscaping at noon, building a cold frame grow box at 2 p.m., making a beehive at 3 p.m., and essential bike maintenance at 5 p.m. There will be a free class, “Creative Commuter” at 4 p.m. Other activities from 2 to 9 p.m. include live music, activities for children, a nonprofit fair, local food, refreshments and beer, free artisans and local business booths, and a free screening of “The Economics of Happiness.”
As part of the 15th anniversary celebration, Benjamin Nathan, founder of PlanetReuse, will speak at 6 p.m. at the ReSource Yard. Also speaking at the event is Mona Newton, founder of ReSource 2000.
• Groundwork Denver volunteers are marking Earth Day with “Strive to Not Drive,” an alternative transportation outreach event from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in West Highland (W. 32nd and Lowell area).
• The City of Colorado Springs, in partnership with Greener Corners, is launching its public space recycling program with a celebration event at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The public space recycling program will begin with 60 new combination trash and recycle bins in the core downtown area and 90 bins throughout seven of the City’s large community parks and sports complexes. “Green Teams” will be assembled from community groups and volunteers to conduct public awareness campaigns and educate citizens about the benefits of recycling. To join a Green Team, [email protected] 888-566-5442.
• Golden Earth Days Council’s 21st annual Earth Day Celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 14347 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. The celebration includes a “meet the authors and artists reception” from 6 to 8 p.m. for book signings, photographs, art displays and live music with Colorado Mountaineering Club author Dave Cooper, Renewable Energy author Carol Tombari, oil painter Blair Leisure and Native American flute music by Bear Limvere. There will also be solar cooking demonstrations with Patty Roberts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dog adoptions with Hope for Animals; renewable energy exhibits and environmental tips; and complimentary wildflower seed packets and cookies (while they last). Info:
• “Honoring Mother Earth Everyday,” a weekend conference exploring indigenous models for sustainable communities, will be from 6:30 p.m. April 22 to 3 p.m. April 24 at Woodbine Ecology Center, 2584 N State Hwy. 67, Sedalia. Guest panelists include: Winona LaDuke, Gregory Cajete, Louise Benally, David Bartecchi and other regional and local community leaders. Registration fees are on a sliding scale. Limited work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available. Meals are included. Info:
• Celebrate Earth Day with Commerce City at the next home game for the Colorado Rapids. The city has partnered with the Rapids and Commerce City Citizens for Recycling to host a free electronics and aluminum recycling event outside the stadium from 5 to 7 p.m. before the game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way.
• The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is having its annual Earth Day Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. Pueblo. The dinner will include live auction environmental awards and keynote speaker John Stansfield, outdoorsman and author, presenting his one-man living history performance of Enos Mills, Father of Rocky Mountain National Park. Info/tickets: 719-549-2414
• Hear short stories of activists and conservationists during a brief multi-media presentation by Michael Meadows on inspiring pieces of what some have done to further the cause of conservationism and the goals of renewable energy and preserving the planet at 8 p.m. at the Paradise Theatre, 215 Grand Ave., Paonia. Enjoy music by mojocq, Ragged, and Joe Alan, followed by a late night dance party with DJ Smyth.
• The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, in cooperation with the City of Salida Recreation Program is hosting two programs for Earth Day at the Scout Hut in Riverside Park, on E and Sackett Streets in Salida. “Enraptured by Raptors,” a program with live birds from the Raptor Center of Pueblo, will be at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., AHRA volunteer geologist Bob Hickey will present “Don’t Take All Rocks for Granite.” The programs are free and appropriate for all ages. There will also be live music. Info: 719-539-7289.
• Groundwork Denver volunteers are marking Earth Day with “Strive to Not Drive,” an alternative transportation outreach event from 3 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in West Highland (W. 32nd and Lowell area). To encourage bicycling, volunteers will provide free bike flat tire repair during the event.
• An Earth Day event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Park, 201 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins. There will be activities and events for whole families, including informational booths and displays, arts and crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden. Info: 970-224-3247 [email protected]
• An Earth Day celebration will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction. From 8 to 9:30 a.m., there will be a community exercise expo that includes a separateworkout designed for children; a bike ride along the Riverfront Trail from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (kids are encouraged to decorate their bicycles); and many Earth Day inspired events from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Events include kids activities, live music and entertainment, educational speakers, vendors, food, wine and beer. There will be an Earth Day Concert Series from 3:30 to 11 p.m. featuring Atonga Groove Alliance, Lil Sum’n Sum’n, Jack + Jill, and Dem Bones. Cost for Earth Day events is $1 per person (free with evening concert ticket). Concert tickets are $10 in advance (can be purchased at Grand Junction-area Alpine Banks, Botanical Gardens and Ecofly Solar, 2526 Broadway), $15 at the gate, family of up to 4, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, (over 4, add $2 each).
• A Garbage Garage Open House and Earth Day celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garbage Garage Education Center at the Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins. There will be refreshments, games, activities such as building a “sytrofoamasaurus,” landfill demonstrations, drawings for door prizes and more.
• Trinidad Food Co-op, 200 E. Elm St., presents “A Picnic For the Planet,” a day of events to celebrate Earth Day, includes a 10 a.m. stroll along the river walk; a healing circle/meditation in the park dedicated to the Earth and Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims at noon; a short Bike Run at 12:30 p.m.; a healthy lunch and bake sale at 1 p.m. at the Co-op, with proceeds dedicated to supporting the relief efforts in Japan; and a movie presentation of “The 11th Hour” from 2 to 4 p.m. Info:[email protected] 719-846-7869.
• The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program is having a volunteer tree planting event from 9 a.m. to noon at Running Deer Natural Area, with parking lots located on east Prospect Road and at the Colorado Welcome Center on Prospect Road. The Natural Area can also be reached via the Prospect Road underpass from Riverbend Ponds Natural Area. Snacks will be provided. Wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen and take water and work gloves. Registration is required, contact 970-416-2815 or [email protected]
• Special “rock” programs for Earth Day will be given by members of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park. A 345-lb. Smoky Quartz crystal will be on display, too. Regular admission to the Resource Center/Museum apply.
• The City of Lakewood and Rooney Road Recycling Foundation are hosting an electronic recycling event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, upper deck. (Enter from West Virginia Avenue). Cost is $20, cash or check. The event allows residents to safely dispose of unwanted electronic items so they don’t end up at the landfill. All hard drives and memory will be removed from computers and securely shredded prior to recycling. Info: 303-987-7190.
• Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora, is having a free Earth Day Fair from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be interactive booths, activities, guided bird walks, information on composting and using water wisely and much more. Info: 303-739-2428.

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