City plans Earth Day celebration Saturday

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WALLA WALLA - City officials say this year's Earth Day will be the biggest in 20 years, with a Farmers' Market-centered event scheduled to take place Saturday.

The theme of this year's Earth Day festivities, which takes place at the Farmers Market at Main Street and Fourth Avenue, is "A healthy planet begins with a healthy community."

Numerous workshops, exhibits, booths and hands-on activities will take place. The event is sponsored by the city of Walla Walla and Blue Mountain Action Council.

Guest speakers will talk on green building, solar power, sustainable dairy farming, native plants, home energy audits and home weatherization.

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

Recycling stations will be available for residents to bring in computers (no peripherals such as keyboards, mouse, speakers or printers), monitors, TVs, laptops, compact fluorescent lights, ink cartridges, cell phones, household batteries and plastic grocery bags.

A drive-up recycling station will be off Rose Street between Third and Fourth avenues.

Participants can get free compact fluorescent lightbulbs, reusable shopping bags and low-flow shower heads while supplies last.

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