Earth Day is coming up on April 22.  Everybody likes the Earth, that's where we keep all our stuff.  So every now and then, people like to get together and give a little thanks to the good old Earth with a designated day.  So how and where can you celebrate locally, and pitch in a bit?  Why, read on, brave individual!

There are few places that are doing some local celebrations, and here's the skinny:

The 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration will take place April 20, 21, and 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There will be free trees for kids and a petting zoo, with crafts and games.  You’ll get recycling information and ideas on how to reuse, reduce and recycle – with plenty of chances to buy eco-friendly products.  There will be live music, spin gypsies, food and drinks with a fiber spinner, master gardener booth, garden and landscape vendors and composting information.  You can also learn about herbs and honeybees.  It’ll be held on the Bright Hope Farm at 16330 Farmers City Road in Hughesville.  For more information, call 660-596-3818.  Cost of admission is $3 per person.

The University of Central Missouri will its annual host Earth Day 365 celebration held April 22-27 with a week-long celebration that invites the UCM and Warrensburg communities to “Change your behavior; change our world.”  The kick-off event, which is combined with the Warrensburg community Earth Day celebration, is the Haute Trash Fashion Show on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. on West Pine Street in downtown Warrensburg. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the band Luehrman, Shaeffer and Check and opening remarks at 6:45 p.m. by UCM Provost and Chief Learning Officer Deborah Curtis and Warrensburg Mayor Don Butterfield.

Bringing together the UCM and Warrensburg communities in an effort to inspire residents to consider a “green” lifestyle, a variety of events are planned.
The Earth Day 365 activities will include:
Monday, April 22:
  • The Warrensburg Earth Day Celebration will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Pine Street. This will include the Haute Trash Fashion Show at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23:
  • The Office Supply Exchange will take place from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in Elliott Union 237B.
  • “Green Soul of the Ozarks: Marideth Sisco and the Blackberry Winter Band” with photography by UCM professor Emeritus John Hess will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Hart Recital Hall.
Wednesday, April 24:
  • The Green Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the Union Mall.
  • The Eco-Luncheon will begin at noon with the Female Eco-Preneur Panel from 1:30-3 p.m. in Elliott Union 236 – 238. Reserve your seat by filling out the online form provided at
Thursday, April 25:
  • The New to You Clothing Swap will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Union 235.
  • The Warrensburg Green Tour will take place 4-6 p.m. beginning and ending at Maple Grove Elementary. Reserve your spot by emailing Suzy Latare at
Friday, April 26:
  • Yoga on the President’s Lawn is planned for at noon at Selmo Park.
Saturday, April 27:
  • UCM Service Day will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All participants should meet at the Union Mall.
  • What Can I Do? A Family Festival is slated for from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the UCM Mitchell Street Farm.
  • Arbor Day Tree Planting will take place at 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Farm.
Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26:
  • Electronics Recycling is scheduled all day at the W.C. Morris parking lot.
  • Textile Recycling is planned for all day at the Union Atrium and the Rec Center.
For more information about Earth Day 365, contact Steven Boone at 660-543-8209 or visit Interact by using #ChooseRedGoGreen on Twitter @UCMEarthDay365 or like them on Facebook at

Now this event isn't strictly about Earth Day, but it is about cleaning up properly and helping here locally with our environment.  The Boy Scout Pack/Troop/Team and Crew 150 and the LDS Church youth organization are doing a spring clean up fundraiser.  It’ll be held on Saturday, April 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   They’ll send a crew of youth and leaders to rake up and haul away your brush, trash, junk, old appliances, or other unwanted items, all for a monetary donation of your choice to the troop.  No tires, lead acid batteries, hazardous waste, infectious waste, radioactive material, or wet paint can be taken.  If you would like to use this service to help our youth, call Nathan or Elizabeth at 851-0636 to schedule a time.

For a closely related holiday, you can check out some events to celebrate Arbor Day.  In honor of National Arbor Day, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is inviting the public to an event dedicated to Missouri’s native trees. The event will begin with a short presentation followed by the distribution of a limited supply of tree seedlings. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the April 26 event will begin at 7 p.m.

Happy Earth Day,