Earth Day events
By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published April 22, 2007
There are a number of events on tap to mark Earth Day or to help spread awareness on how to be more eco-friendly.
-"Let's Cool It! Global Warming Is Our Responsibility" is the theme of this year's Earth Day Festival at Lowry Park. Exhibits include energy efficiency, hybrid car and alternative fuel vehicles, natural and organic products, wildlife, home and garden, and community organizations. Also entertainment and kids' activities. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lowry Park band shell, Sligh Avenue and N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 926-5659; www.tampagov.net.
-"Carlton Ward - Conservation Photography: From the Edge of Africa to the Heart of Florida" will open with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Elliott Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through May 18. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ward, an environmental photojournalist, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Auditorium. Call 864-8340.
-Get preschoolers excited about nature with stories and activities that connect them with their environment. The book, Bzzz, Bzzz: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard, will help children understand the important place this tiny buzzer holds in nature. A hands-on craft and games will complete the fun. The event will be from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. To register, call (727) 453-6800.
Green Thumb Festival
The city's Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration will include nursery and horticultural vendors, educational exhibits, children's activities, flower show, grow and share program, plant diagnostic clinic, tree giveaway, tool sharpening booth, children's plant fair, and concessions. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walter Fuller Park, 7981 26th Ave. N. Free. www.stpete.org or 727-893-7335.
-The next quarterly EnviroBusiness Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 at the Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Center, 2990 110th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. The quarterly collection offers businesses an inexpensive and convenient way to properly dispose of unwanted hazardous electronics and chemical waste. Call EQ Florida Inc. at (813) 623-5302 (chemicals), or Creative Recycling Systems Inc. at (813) 621-2319 (electronics). For more information, call (727) 464-7500 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/ bizwaste.
-The Pinellas Living Green Expo will be June 16 and 17 at the Coliseum. The family event promotes informed decision-making and offers tips on taking actions to create more healthy and sustainable living with less impact on the environment. The Coliseum is at 535 4th Ave. N. Free. www.pinellaslivinggreenexpo.org or 727-892-5202.