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Down & Dirty

Pitching in for the Environment


Big Earth Day festival returns

Portland’s major Earth Day celebration returns this year after a one-year layoff, located for the first time at Kenton Park in North Portland.

This year’s event features several dozen booths, two stages for live music and other entertainment, a Soapbox Speaker’s Stage, Procession of the Species parade, a Kids’ Village, and separate areas for alternative transportation and health and wellness.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Kenton Park is at 8417 N. Brandon Ave., a block west of the Kenton/North Denver Avenue MAX stop on the Yellow Line. It’s a couple blocks southwest of North Columbia Boulevard and Denver Avenue.

Bob New, who organized three Earth Day celebrations from 2006 to 2008 as a volunteer for the City Repair Project, is helping to revive the annual tradition this year. City Repair dropped the event last year due to lack of volunteers, leaving a hole that New decided to fill when he moved back to town.

He formed his own company to manage the project, the Portland Earth Day Coalition, which is putting on the annual party for the Earth.

New expects 3,000 to 5,000 people. This year’s theme is Reverse Migration, hark back to the 1970s back-to-the-land movement when Earth Day was born.

For more information: earthdaypdx.com.

A spiritual approach to Earth Day

Another annual local Earth Day tradition continues this year on the evening before Portland’s big festival: the Earth Day Evening of Music and Song.

All are welcome to attend from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Eliot Chapel in the First Unitarian Church, Southwest 12th Avenue and Salmon Street in downtown Portland.

While Earth is always under siege in various ways, this event honors the array of feelings invoked by Earth Day, and folks will gather to express gratitude, concern and hope for our planet. Performers include Sky in the Road, Raphael Spiro String Quartet, Gary Skye, and the Portland Peace Choir.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Earth Leadership, First Unitarian Church, Unity Church of Beaverton and New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.

Donations will be accepted to share costs of renting the space.

Refreshments will be offered following the performances, in the Buchan Room.

RSVPs are appreciated by calling the Center for Earth Leadership at 503-244-0026 or 503-227-2315, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clear out the Styrofoam

It’s a good time for spring cleaning, and eco-minded people may want to unload all those polystyrene (Styrofoam) products they’ve been saving all year, waiting to find a place that will recycle them.

In honor of Earth Day, the Northeast Broadway Business Association, Point West Credit Union and Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique are sponsoring a Styrofoam recycling and secure-document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19.

Bring your bagged packing peanuts and other polystyrene materials to the rear parking lot of Zeller Chapel of the Roses, 2107 N.E. Broadway in Portland.

There will be a $5 charge per box, which will be used for the business association’s marketing fund.

Digging in on Earth Day

SOLVE is putting on its 25th annual Earth Day environmental cleanup, called SOLVE IT. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 6,000 volunteers at nearly 200 different projects around Oregon.

Most will take place Earth Day, on Saturday, April 26. But for those who want to attend the Kenton Park event and do some environmental restoration, some activities are planned before and after the main event.

To find an event that suits you or your family, and to sign up, go to olv.org/what-we-do/solve-it

Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities. If your organization has an activity to promote, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and use a subject line of Down and Dirty.