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April 11, 2012
St. Louis Earth Day Festival In Forest Park is April 22

The whole family is invited to the 23rd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park.

Enjoy two stages of live music, cultural performances, local food and hands-on activities. Plus over 200 artists, educational exhibitors, food vendors, businesses and organizations will share how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Individuals can recycle those hard-to-recycle items in the Recycling Extravaganza, which includes the DEA Medication Take-Back Initiative. This extravaganza will take place in the parking lot of the St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus, off Oakland Avenue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a full list of items, visit www.stlouisearthday.org.

Biodiesel and CNG shuttles will transport guests from the Forest Park campus to the Muny grounds.

A host of local entertainers will be performing, including the Funky Butt Brass Band, iLLPHONiCS, Scarlet Tanager, The Five and Dimers and many more. Musical performances begin at 11 a.m. and continue all day on two stages. The Performance Pavilion features local entertainment concluding with a special performance by the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis at 5 p.m.

Visit the Green Strum Project booth to learn more about connections between sustainability and music—the Green Strum Band Scramble will close the Café Stage when participating musicians put their recycled instruments to the test in front of local celebrity judges.

Starting at 10 a.m., create a musical instrument, mask or prop to carry in the All Species Parade. Free face painting will also be available until 11 a.m.

Mayor Francis G. Slay will kick-off the All Species Parade at the opening ceremony, which begins at noon from the main stage.

Over 20 food and beverage vendors will be serving up diverse, local cuisine and drinks.

A themed-neighborhood layout makes it easy to navigate the festival. Explore the following neighborhoods: Alternative Transportation & Fuels; Arts & Crafts; the Earth Day Café; Energy & Green Building; the Farmers Market; Home & Pets; Nature, Recreation & Wildlife; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; and Wellness & Spirituality.

Educational exhibitors are scattered throughout the grounds in almost every neighborhood with hands-on activities for all ages.

To get to the Earth Day Festival consider using The Forest Park/DeBaliviere MetroLink station which is a half-mile from the festival, with the Forest Park Trolley connecting riders to the Muny Grounds. Trailnet will be offering free bike valet parking, and a shuttle service is provided from the Recycling Extravaganza on the St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus.

For detailed information, visit www.stlouisearthday.org.

Planet Party At The Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park is hosting A Party For the Planet on Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pick up a map, while youngsters get a passport at the north and south gates, and head for the stations throughout the zoo. Learn how to compost, pack a trash-free lunch, and help orangutans by avoiding the purchase of palm oil and much more. Write a wish for the planet on a candle to put on a giant birthday cake in celebration of the party. Get the passport stamped to receive a prize.

The Bob Case band will perform fun and interactive environment- and animal-related songs. Throughout the zoo visitors can also enjoy keeper chats and enrichment activities.

For a full schedule of activities, visit www.stlzoo.org.

Visit The Garden April 28

Chat one-on-one with representatives from Earth Share of Missouri organizations at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants include the Center for Plant Conservation; EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden; Endangered Wolf Center; Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest; Gateway Greening; Ozark Regional Land Trust; St. Louis Audubon Society; and the World Bird Sanctuary, which will have a live bird on hand.

The event is included with general admission of $8 and free for children ages 12 and under. The Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis,

For more information, visit www.mobot.org.

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