Earth Day events in the Fresno area today include:
- From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a variety of groups and organizations will provide information on how to live a greener life in the Free Speech Area at Fresno City College. They include paper shredding, a slow bike race, food booths, a compost demonstration and the Adaptive Horticulture Program plant sale. For more information, contact the College Activities Office at (559) 265-5711.
- Fresno State will present discussions of key regional environmental issues and a Sustainability Fair presenting information, resources and demonstrations from campus and community exhibitors. The events will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sustainability Fair will take place in the Fresno State Peace Garden, just north of the Henry Madden Library, where four panel discussions are planned.
All events are free and open to the campus and general community. Parking on campus costs $3, with one-day permits available from dispensers around campus.
Panels of university and community experts will discuss issues, and each session will provide an opportunity for audience questions and answers. All will be held in the library's Room 2206 on the second floor.
The first panel at 11 a.m. will consider "Jesse Morrow Mountain: Which Priorities Should Prevail?" The noon discussion will focus on "Urban Planning and Transportation: Managing Change." "Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation for Fresno" will be the 1 p.m. panel. A 2 p.m. panel will discuss "Water: The Lifeblood of the Community."
- A planting session will be held at the West Fresno Youth Community Garden at 930 Tulare St. from 3:30-5 p.m.
Participants are asked to bring a starter vegetable plant to contribute.
The garden is a collaboration among the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County, the West Fresno Health Care Coalition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other community supporters.
The garden offers hands-on gardening for the community and for youth at risk of poor eating habits. Individuals or groups are invited to help maintain the garden -- planting, watering, weeding, tilling and harvesting. Donations also are welcomed for the continuing fund to maintain the garden. To make contributions, call (559) 264-7185.
- Clovis students will get a hands-on Earth Day lesson by helping to plant trees outside their school.
Silver large maples ringing Weldon Elementary School interfered with power lines, and their roots raised sidewalks. The maples were removed recently from Third Street, Oxford and DeWitt avenues, which surround the downtown Clovis school.
Thirty new trees will be planted as part of the program sponsored by the city of Clovis and Pacific Gas & Electric, which paid jointly for tree removal and replacement.
The school program begins at 8:30 a.m.