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Archive for Wednesday, April 12, 1995

WEEKLONG SCHEDULE WILL MARK EARTH DAY

April 12, 1995

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Milk jug recycling and an outdoor concert at Kansas University are among Saturday's activities to kick off Kaw Valley Earth Week.

The E Patrol Foundation is offering Lawrence's children a deal.

If they can recycle 5,000 plastic milk jugs Saturday, the Kansas City, Mo., foundation will donate $10,000 for local playground equipment in the city's new Prairie Park in southeast Lawrence.

The recycling event is among several activities planned for Kaw Valley Earth Week, which runs Saturday through April 23 and celebrates the 25th anniversary of Earth Day.

The E Patrol Foundation's event will focus on making the public aware that plastic used in milk jugs can be recycled. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart Recycling Center, 33rd and Iowa.

Two other events are set for Saturday. The 12th annual Clinton Lake Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. at the lake's Overlook Park. Earth Concert on the Hill will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Kansas University's Campanile Hill.

An Environmental Education Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper. School children will be bused from their schools to the fair to learn about the environment.

Another event is the Earth Day Supper, which will be at 7 p.m. April 19 at the fairgrounds. The event will feature discussions on environmental issues. For reservations, contact the City Recycling Office, 832-3330.

April 21 has been designated as Cleanup Day, to encourage home and business owners to clean up their property.

The big event on April 22 is "Earthday Downtown Lawrence." A parade featuring non-fossil fuel vehicles will be held at 11 a.m., starting at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. Information, crafts and vendor booths will be set up on Massachusetts Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A "drum circle" is scheduled for 1 p.m. near the South Park gazebo and a Frisbee contest for dogs will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the west side of the park.

April 23's activity is a tour of Hidden Valley, 40 acres of undeveloped land northwest of 15th and Kasold set aside for local Girl Scouts. The tour will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, each Sunday in April, Baker/Haskell Wetlands tours will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors should enter from 31st Street between Louisiana Street and Haskell Avenue.

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