Celebrate our glorious planet today — this year marks the 46th Earth Day observed in the U.S. — and throughout this weekend at local events, including tomorrow's big Earth Day Spokane
celebration in Riverfront Park.
Also happening tomorrow is the city-organized Cleaning from the Corridor
event in the East Sprague Business District. As mentioned in our preview story about the efforts, hundreds of volunteers are being recruited
to help with cleaning, painting, trash pick-up, creating art murals and planting along East Sprague, between Perry and Lee streets.
You can still sign up to help out
with Cleaning from the Corridor on the Spokane Gives website, volunteerspokane.org
. Beyond the projects to spruce up the area, the day will have a festive feel with live music, local artisan vendors setting up pop-up shops and historic walking tours of the area, one of Spokane's oldest business districts.
After you're done helping out, head downtown to Riverfront Park for the annual Earth Day festival, which includes family activities like the fun "Procession of the Species
" event at 2:30 pm on Saturday. You can decorate an animal mask in the park at a free craft booth, but if you happen to have a sweet costume at home, wearing it for the parade is highly encouraged.
If you've got other plans this weekend and can't make it to these, why not plant a tree at home or get your spring garden started? The Earth gives us life, so let's all give a little back to our little blue marble.
Also, check out the beautiful series of Google doodles celebrating Earth Day: