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Glendale's 2014
Earth Day Activities

As Earth Day, April 22, rapidly approaches, join the city of Glendale’s activities and services to help you “Preserve and Conserve” and celebrate our planet. 

More than one billion people in 192 countries take part in annual Earth Day events.  From Cairo to Beijing, Melbourne to Rome, Rio to St. Louis, communities everywhere stand united in their effort to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.


Earth Day and Green-Themed Activities

These activities are brought to you by the Glendale Volunteer Program, Glendale Parks, Recreation & Library Services, Glendale Transportation, Glendale Sanitation and Glendale’s Conservation and Sustainable Living Program.

hazardous wasteHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection
Did you know that common household hazardous waste can be dangerous when mixed with other garbage material? Simple items that mix together can cause fires or deadly poisonous vapors. Residents can safely get rid of their household hazardous waste all at once curbside through the Glendale’s Household Hazardous Waste pick-up event. Hazardous materials that will be accepted include paints and stains, antifreeze and other automotive fluids, pesticides, motor oil and filters, batteries, pool chemicals and household cleaners (for details click here). Residents can sign-up for the service by 623-930-2660 until March 21 for a collection between March 17 and April 4. during the dates listed above. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

March 6: *STEM @ the Library: The Wonders of Water
Ages 7-12 will learn about the water cycle, water chemistry and the importance of water conservation in this fun hands-on workshop for kids held from 6-7 p.m. at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. Call 623-930-3437 or click here to register.

Tree care workshopMarch 8: Hug-A-Tree:
Desert Tree Care and Glendale Xeriscape Garden Walking Tour

Get information on desert tree care such as proper planting, pruning and watering and take a tour of the Glendale Tree Trail, at the Glendale Xeriscape Garden, to see live tree care demonstrations The program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Glendale Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St. For more information call 623-930-3760.

treeMarch 28: Arbor Day
Join us for Glendale’s annual Arbor Day celebration at 8:30 a.m.  Students from Desert Mirage School will participate by reading poems, showcasing their Arbor Day posters and planting new trees at Desert Mirage Park, 87th and Maryland Avenues.  Comments from Mayor Weiers and Councilmember Chavira will be shared.

March 29: Our Valley’s Water Story: From Watershed to Showerhead
Learn about the history and diversity of the Valley’s water supply from 9 a.m. to noon at the Glendale Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St. The program is:
             9-9:25 a.m.       History and Diversity of Our  Water Supply
        9:30-9:55 a.m.       Drought: Back to the Future
         10-10:25 a.m.       Learn About What’s Trending in Water Conservation
   10:30-10:55 a.m.       Questions and Answers
         11 a.m.-noon        Glendale Xeriscape Garden Tour and Refreshments
This program is coordinated by the Glendale Water Services Department-Conservation and Sustainable Living Office. For more information call 623-930-3760.

April 2: *STEM @ the Library: The Wonders of Water
Children ages 7-12 can learn about the water cycle, water chemistry, and the importance of water conservation in this hands-on workshop held from 4-5 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. Registration begins March 19. Call 623-930-3537 or visit click here for more information or to register.  

Through April 12: *STEM @ the Library: Celebrate the Earth Poetry Contest
Poets of all ages are invited to submit a poem to our “Celebrate the Earth” Poetry Contest. Winners from the Youth, Teen and Adult age categories will be published on the library’s webpage. Please visit the library or click here for contest rules and regulations. All three Glendale libraries are participating: Main, 5959 W. Brown St.; Velma Teague, 7010 N. 58th Ave.; Foothills, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

family bike rideApril 13: Glendale Family Bike Ride
Join hundreds of riders for wonderful weather and great exercise at the annual Glendale Family bike Ride at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave.  This year features an extended route showcasing the 63rd Ave. Pedestrian/Bike Bridge, making the ride 6, 15 or 23 miles. The first 500 riders that pre-register (online or via mail) and participate will receive a t-shirt. Helmets are required and can be purchased at the event ($10).  Pre-register here or call 623-930-2940.  On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the ride.  The ride begins at 8 a.m., and all riders must be on the road by 9 a.m.  

April 14: *STEM @ the Library: Rule Your World Terrarium
Become the ruler of your own little world! Curious kids ages 7-12 assemble a closed ecosystem in a soda bottle, then observe and learn about the water cycle, plant life cycles and more from 4-5 p.m. at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave. By Earth Day you might know if the water you flush today will land on your Grandma’s tomatoes in Illinois. Registration begins March 31. For more information or to register, call 623-930-3837 or click here.

April 16: Getting Crafty with Miss Janet!
Come and join in the fun and make an Earth Day seed planting craft with Miss Janet to keep or give as a gift. Crafters younger than 6 years old will need an adult helper. 3:00 p.m. The program will be held at 3 p.m. at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. For more information, call 623-930-3437 or click here.

April 17: Reduce Your Outdoor Water Use: Programming Your Irrigation Timer
Watering efficiently is the easiest way to reduce your water bill and conserve this valuable resource. This class provides hands-on instruction on how long and how often to run your water system as well as practice setting timers using actual timers. Held from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library Large Meeting Room, 5959 W. Brown St., and is coordinated by the Glendale Water Services Department-Conservation and Sustainable Living Office. Registration is required. To register, call 623-930-3760 or email bpatrick@glendaleaz.com.

April 19: Skunk Creek Clean Up
Be a volunteer and help others clean up an area of Skunk Creek between 51st and 57th avenues from 7 to 10 a.m.  The clean-up will be held in conjunction with Earth Day Events taking place around the country/world.  Meet at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., at 7 a.m. and bring a pair of gloves, hat, sunscreen and wear sturdy/durable shoes.  For information, call 623 930-4600.

April 20-26: Travel Green in Glendale – Bike to Work/School
Calling all residents of Glendale!  Simply Travel Green and ride your bicycle to work/school any day the week of April 20-26, post it on Facebook (facebook.com/GlendaleAZ) with a photo of you riding your bicycle and tag the city of Glendale so we can see you in action.  You will be entered into a random drawing for gift cards and freebies!  For information, contact 623-930-2032 or sadams@glendaleaz.com.

April 22: Earth Day Picnic
Celebrate Earth Day at the library! Festivities will include a puppet show, picnic, craft, parachute playtime and more from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. Call 623-930-3437 or click here for more information or to register

April 24: *STEM @ the Library: Your Own Little World: Terrariums!
Teens ages 12-18 will create their own self-sufficient “mini-world” with live plants, rocks and other décor items of their choice from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. Registration is required and begins on April 7. For more information or to register, call 623-930-3437 or click here.

April 26: New River and Trail Clean Up
Be one of hundreds of volunteers and Glendale and Peoria Parks and Recreation staff to gather at New River to clean the river corridor from Beardsley to Pinnacle Peak roads. Volunteers will comb nearly 75 acres of river bottom scouring for debris such as tires, paper, plastic bottles, old cans, couches, wire, clothing, cardboard, and many other items. Other city departments to partner include sanitation, police, fire and neighborhood partnership. For more information, contact Mike Gregory at 623-930-2652 or mgregory@glendaleaz.com.

April 29: *STEM @ the Library: Tiny Explorers
How Does Your Garden Grow? This storytime and activity for toddlers, ages 18-36 months and their caregivers, focusing on science, technology, engineering or math will be held at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Toddlers meet 10:15-10:35 a.m. and preschoolers meet 10:45-11:15 a.m. Storytime Room. For more information or to register, call 623-930-3537 or click here.


*STEM is an educational initiative featuring science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This program was supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

 

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