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Regardless of how and why Earth Day got started, I believe that we all should be doing our part to take care of God's creations.  I'm sure you've heard the saying "Every day is Earth Day" or at least it should be, in my opinion.

God has blessed us with such beauty on this earth and we all should be doing our part to preserve that.

There are a lot of Earth Day events scheduled in the area.  (The actual holiday is on April 22, 2013.)  I have highlighted several of them below.  I have also included some things that you could do at home to celebrate.

The Earth is one of God's gifts to us and I believe that we should do our part to help take care of it properly.

EARTH DAY PARTY FOR THE PLANET
Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington, DC)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
11 A.M. - 2 P.M.

A free public event to celebrate Earth Day and the Zoo's commitment to green practices.  State Farm® will host a special children’s area at the Kids’ Farm.  

Children will have the opportunity to  make two crafts:  
plant pots with recycled newspapers and a garden journal. 
For more information, check out their website.


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5th Annual Spring Cleaning Day
Harris Pavilion (Manassas, VA)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10:00  A.M.  - 3:00 P.M.

There will be a lot going on at this event that is held in honor of Earth Day.  

You will be able to recycle gently used household items or clothes to a worthy cause and visit with the recycling and environmental exhibitors.  There will also be earth friendly art projects for children. The day also includes exhibitors from non-profit and civic organizations providing recycling and environmental information.  
There will be FREE Pedicab rides provided throughout the day!  
The Shredding Truck will be there as well.
For more information, here is the link.  (This link is a bit more detailed.)



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Arlington Earth Week Community Fair
George Mason University Arlington Campus
Plaza in front of Founders Hall 
(with additional space inside the Multipurpose Room)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
12:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

FREE to attend and open to the entire Arlington community
The fair will feature eco-friendly exhibits showcasing ways to live a more green lifestyle. There will also be food and children's activities. 


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THINGS TO DO AT HOME
  • Help pick up trash at a local park.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Start a compost pile.
  • Donate used toys, books and/or clothes instead of throwing them away.
  • Talk about saving water and what you can do as a family to make changes in your home.  (Example:  Do you let the water run while brushing your teeth?)
  • Talk about and carry out the 3 R's:  Reduce the amount of trash one makes, Reuse items instead of throwing them away and Recycle items so they can be used to make other things, thus saving resources.
  • Have your child help sort the trash and recycling.
  • Check out books about Earth Day at the library.
  • Make a robot or abstract art sculpture using trash.  (Nothing organic though.)   
  • No Time for Flash Cards has a great list of crafts and activities to do with your children for Earth Day.
  • Check out this link for 15 crafts to make using recycled materials from Environmental Science Degrees.  
  • Reuse empty water bottles with this fun Earth Day and spring craft idea from Discount School Supply.
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Earth Day Recipes

Cook up one of these tasty treats from spoonful.com.  I've always liked Dirt Dessert and it's a great recipe to do with children. Their Earth Day Bars look particularly yummy, too!
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Earth Day Bars from spoonful,com






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