3/9/2012 - Hamden's 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration - Saturday, April 21st

HAMDEN’s 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration
FREE ADMISSION GIVEAWAYS GALORE FREE ACTIVITIES

FREE RAFFLE for a CHILDREN'S BICYCLE AND HELMET ($250 value)

Hamden's 2012 Earth Day Celebration will be held on April 21st from 10am - 3pm at the Hamden Middle School at 2623 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. This year's family-oriented celebration will feature: the WTNH Weathervan, over 60 exhibitors promoting earth-friendly services and products, school exhibits, and over a dozen FREE ACTIVITIES. Activities will include face painting, a scavenger hunt by Hamden's Clean and Green Commission, wood making projects by Home Depot, a bookmark craft for children by Experience Corps, decoupage water bottles by P.L.A.C.E. Children's Museum, a Bird Feeder Craft by Boy Scout Troop 640, a coloring contest by Home Run Realty, recycling games, and much more!

ENTERTAINMENT:

Entertainment will be provided by ART FARM – A Circus for a Fragile Planet, C.J. May's Magic Shows, the Hamden Middle School Student Musicians, the Hamden High School Reptile Club, Clink the Clown, Organic Land Care Workshops by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and Carbon Nation – a climate change solutions movie which will play continuously throughout the day.

We invite all ages to Hamden’s Earth Day Event to learn how our individual efforts can have a major impact on global warming, discover simple things you can do personally to help solve the climate crisis and learn how our choices impact the global environment. We can each make a difference by educating ourselves on how to minimize our waste and preserve our natural resources.

Principal Sponsors for Hamden's Earth Day Celebration are: COVANTA ENERGY for a Cleaner World, DEXSIL, The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, Home Depot of Hamden, and Walmart of Hamden. Supporting Sponsors are: D'Aniello's Amity Bike, Deric J. Currie Ins. Agcy. Inc. - State Farm, and Still Hill Stitcheries. Sponsors are: Bread and Chocolate, Cuddle Time Daycare Center – Hamden, Dunbar United Church of Christ, Lakeshore Learning Store, and Paradise Nurseries.

I look forward to seeing our residents come and participate in this wonderful community event where we focus on the environment”, said Mayor Scott D. Jackson.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 9:00am -- a pre-event bird walk led by Florence McBride leaving from the lower parking area of the Middle School. Adults and Children (accompanied by adults) are welcome, no dogs please.

  • 10:00am-1:00pm – WTNH Weathervan

  • 10:00am-1:00pm – Petting Zoo

  • 10:30am– Hamden High School Hands-on Reptile Show. Reptiles also on exhibit all day.

  • 11am, Noon, 2pm – Organic Land Care Workshops by NOFA by Annie Mixsell of Emmett Shutts Landscaping and John Tycz, owner of Go Organic, LLC

  • 11:30am – C.J. May's Magic of Water

  • 12 noon -- Orchid Awards will be presented by Mayor Scott D. Jackson at noon on behalf of Hamden’s Clean and Green Commission.

  • 12:30pm – C.J. May's Recycling Magic Show

  • 1:00 pm – ART FARM – A Circus for a Fragile Planet

ALL DAY:

  • Free Raffle for a Children's Bike and Helmet donated by D'Aniello's Amity Bike ($250 Value!)

  • Complete the scavenger hunt and receive a free prize.

  • Clink the Clown all day!

  • CT CHIP – Connecticut Child Identification Program by the Brothers of Cosmopolitan and Day Spring Lodges

  • Amber Alert Registration by the Hamden Rotary Club

  • Donate Used Children's and Teen's Books (50 max/family) to Experience Corps

  • Bring your old cell phones, ink cartridges and eyeglasses for recycling

  • Bring your old used sneakers for recycling in the Nike ReuseAShoe program. Old athletic shoes are recycled into a material used to produce a variety of athletic surfaces including basketball courts, running tracks and playground surfacing. Only athletic shoes accepted – dry, no mud please.

  • Bring a rechargeable battery and be entered into a drawing for a $25 Home Depot Gift Certificate

  • Bird Feeder Craft by Boy Scout Troop 640

  • Solar Demonstrations

  • Fire Truck, Police Car, Ambulance

  • BIOS WaterCar Project, UI Electric Vehicle

  • Lops “R” Us Bunnies

  • Energy Efficient Lighting Sale by The CT Energy Efficiency Fund

  • Giveaways from many Environmental Exhibitors

  • Food Vendors: Glenwood's hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and ice cream (Earth Day Special – Ice Cream only $1.00); J-Roo's fried dough pizza, chicken fingers, meatball subs and french fries; Thai Awesome Restaurant's Pad Thai Veggie, garlic chicken, cashew nut chicken, fried rice veggie. Mike's Enterprises -- popcorn, pretzels, cotton candy, slushies and snow cones.