Town of Boone celebrates Earth Week
Earth Day's April 22, but one day just doesn't cut it.
Starting April 16, the town of Boone celebrates Earth Week, kicking off seven days of environmental awareness and stewardship.
First up is the annual Spring Boone Clean-Up Day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, volunteers can take to the streets to remove unsightly and potentially harmful leftovers from the winter meltdown.
Cleaning supplies are available at the Boone Public Works building (321 E. King St.) the day of or before the event. Participants can also enter the Most Unusual Litter contest, in which the person who finds the most unusual piece of trash wins a prize.
Town residents participating by cleaning around their property can receive an additional - and complimentary - curbside junk or yard debris pickup during the statewide Litter Sweep, which runs April 16-30.
Monday, April 18, is Plant a Flower Day. "In honor of Earth Week, the town of Boone will be encouraging residents to beautiful the community by planting a flower," Boone program coordinator Lane Weiss said.
Like so, the town will be offering free wildflower seeds, including Purple Coneflower, Love-in-a-Mist, Mixed Larkspur, Shasta Daisy, Blue Flax and Gloriosa Daisy, all available at the public works office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Monday.
On Tuesday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Weiss and company hit Boone Mall with a display booth, complete with environmental education information, program information (Adopt-A-Street, Every Drop Counts, etc.), promotional giveaways and tips on promoting a healthy environment.
Town and gown relations improve Wednesday, April 20, as the town of Boone hosts a table at Appalachian State University's annual Earth Day event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more on ASU's Earth Month celebration, visit sustain.appstate.edu/earthmonth2011.
On Thursday, April 22, or Earth Day Eve, the town joins Watauga Cooperative Extension and ASU for a school day at Hardin Park Elementary, where representatives from each will showcase Enviroscapes, a hands-on educational tool to teach children about protecting the environment.
Town offices are closed April 22 in observance of Good Friday.
For more information on the town's Earth Week observance, call Boone Public Works at (828) 268-6250.