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Earth Day Silver City

Event offers yard and garden advice, paper shredding

Children learn about the movement of water in a watershed with an interactive table display at a previous Silver City Earth Day event. (Courtesy Photo)

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n Silver City on April 22 Earth Day is celebrated with an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gough Park. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Science Matters.” Coincident with Earth Day will be a March for Science at multiple locations around the world, including here in Silver City with

a march planned from Western New Mexico University to Gough Park. There will be entertainment, food and opportunities to buy plants for yard and garden as well as lots of information and activities provided by local organizations and businesses. Also during the event there will

Native plants are available, advice included, at the Silver City Earth Day event. (Photo by Terry Timme)

be the opportunity to take paper materials for free recycling and shredding in the parking lot on the south side of Gough Park through the entrance on 11th Street. Sponsors include the Town of Silver City Office of Sustainability and Gila Resources Information Project. For information call 575519-8987.

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WWW.ADOBETECHNIQUES.COM The Native Plant Society of New Mexico — Otero Chapter will hold its annual Native Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Rose Garden at the corner of 10th Street and Oregon in Alamogordo. It offers a variety of flowering plants, bushes, trees and cacti. The Otero Chapter attempts to get as many of the most popular natives as possible; however, it all depends on what the wholesaler has available. (Photos by Elva K. Österreich)

Earth Day Alamogordo One of the biggest this side of the Mississippi

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he 23rd Annual Community Earth Day Fair will be Saturday, April 29, at the Alameda Park Zoo; admission is free. The gates open for the public at 8:30 a.m. The opening ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. “Invited speakers include Mayor Boss, State Senators Bill Burt and Ron Griggs, and State Reps Zach Cook and Yvette Herrell,” event chairman Stet Reid said. Alamogordo’s Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the New Mexico Creed. “Doing the Creed was added two years ago,” Reid said. “A lot of people didn’t know we had one.” Members of the Holloman AFB Middle School choir will sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremony. Reid said six food vendors will provide sustenance, from lemonade and corn dogs to water, hamburgers and turkey legs. Additional exhibitors include Animal Village; Cancer Awareness,

Prevalence, Protection and Early Detection, (CAPPED); the city of Alamogordo’s Keep Alamogordo Beautiful; two radio stations, Burt Broadcasting, 88.9/97.5 FM; and 88-9, 97-5, and 97-9 FM public radio with Bob Flotte; the Democratic, Republican Parties, and (new for this year) the Green Party, American Cancer Society / Relay for Life, the Buddhist group Soka Gakkai International (SGI), PNM, Albertsons Market, and the Center Of Protective Environment (COPE) to name just a few. Alamogordo Public Schools (APS) students will dominate the performance stage throughout the day. APS will also have rotating student displays in two tents to highlight the work their students have completed. The finalists for the APS Environmental Poster Contest will be on display as well.. The highlight of the day for Elementary Schools will be the mass butterfly release at 11 a.m., Reid said. DJ Ricco will again serve as our

master of ceremonies for 2017. The Otero County Master Gardeners Association and the Native Plant Society will be selling a variety of plants. Because they are locally grown, instead of being imported by big box stores, they are much more likely to thrive when transplanted at an attendee’s home. Walgreens and the Breakfast Lions will be doing free health screenings and APS will have a booth dedicated to registering students and reviewing shot records to make sure they are ready for the new school year, Reid said. The Alameda Park Zoo, the Earth Day site, is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. Last year it was estimated that more than 8,000 people attended Earth Day 2016. The Zoo’s Director, Bud Wiser, is the host of the Earth Day Committee. Earth Day is sponsored by the Earth Day Committee, the City of Alamogordo, Team Holloman, and the Alamogordo Lions Clubs.

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