• 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Free rides are available on the Lawrence Transit System.
• 11 a.m.: Parade begins at Seventh and Massachusetts streets and heads south to South Park.
• 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: South Park events: Live music, activities, food and booths about watersheds and water conservation.
• 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Tree identification tour in South Park.
• 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Tour of butterfly and rose garden and Downtown Japanese Friendship Garden by city horticulture staff.
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The local salute to Earth Day will kick off Saturday in downtown Lawrence.
Events range from a parade down Massachusetts Street at 11 a.m. to nature tours, conservation information and a water festival in South Park. The T also will offer free rides all day.
But the party doesn’t end on Saturday: Tune in for more Earth Day events Monday, Wednesday and April 25.
On Monday, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Special Populations Acting 101 class will perform “Hairspray” at 7 p.m. at South Junior High School, 2734 La. Acting 101 is a class created to help people with disabilities become more comfortable in front of crowds and to be better self-advocates.
Swing by the Lawrence Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for the presentation of the fifth annual Imagination and Place Environmental Award. One award is given each year to a designated category. This year’s category is public servant, and the award will be given to an employee of a Douglas County governmental agency.
And from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25, the city will be host to an electronic recycling event at the Free State High School parking lot, 4700 Overland Drive. Recycling is free for all electronics except computer monitors, $5, and TVs, $10.
The 26th annual Clinton Lake Cleanup is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25. Volunteers are asked to gather at Overlook Park Shelter No. 1 to help remove litter from the lake and surrounding areas.