Groups, volunteers sought for Earth Day

Exhibitors are asked to sign up by Wednesday

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WALLA WALLA - The city of Walla Walla and Blue Mountain Action Council will collaborate on a communitywide celebration event in observance of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

The event will be April 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Farmers' Market venue behind City Hall.

The theme is "A healthy planet begins with a healthy community." Exhibitors from nonprofit organizations, businesses and local agencies are invited to participate to showcase the many resources available to community members. Registration is free and exhibitors are asked to sign up by Wednesday.

More information and exhibitor packets are available by calling Glenna Awbrey or Jaimee Maurer at Blue Mountain Action Council, 529-4980, or Melissa Warner at the city of Walla Walla, 524-4549.

The event will feature information for community members in the form of exhibit booths, workshops and hands-on activities.

There will also be recycling stations set up for residents to bring in computers (no peripherals), monitors, TVs, laptops, compact fluorescent lights, ink cartridges, cell phones, household batteries and plastic grocery bags.

Workshops will feature local experts and topics of green building, solar photovoltaic installations, sustainable farming, non-toxic cleaners, native plants, home energy audits and home weatherization projects.

Hands-on activities include planting of native plants to take home, bike helmet giveaways and fittings for kids and bicycle tune-ups.

Because of the interactive focus of the event, volunteers are needed. Civic and service groups, student groups and individuals interested in helping should call Warner.

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