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Volunteers cleaned up over 3.21 tons of materials at last year’s Sweep The Hooch event.

annual Earth Day Kids Fest, scheduled for April 13 at the Nature Center. The event will have music, games, arts and crafts exhibits, and of course Captain Planet, the world’s only eco-superhero, will be hanging out. I always have a wonderful time at this event, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get the kids outside and interacting with animals and nature. The day will offer a fantastic array of “edutainment” to engage and entertain families. Laughing Pizza will bring its power-packed musical performance on stage. And things will get a little wild with live native animal presentations by CNC! You’ll always enjoy the face painting and canoe paddling on the pond, but don’t be surprised to see some new famous faces. A green Eco-Village marketplace will provide guests a place to peruse an array of earth-friendly household goods and ideas to green both homes and businesses. If you want to have a good time supporting a great cause, I recommend the 19th Annual Hoochie for the Nature Conservancy of Georgia on April 19 at the Tophat Fields in Buckhead. The Hoochie has raised more than $3 million for conservation in Georgia. The casual evening features gourmet cuisine, live music, nature-related exhibits and a silent auction. This organization works hard all across the state to preserve some 317,000 acres, care for our rivers, and protect our coast. There are other innovative ways to involve children and do a little honest work on your own, too. Trees Atlanta (treesatlanta.org) organizes neighborhood tree plantings all over the city. The organization is also working to build the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, a live, growing, free green museum that will run along all 22 miles of the BeltLine. If you’d rather spend a day splashing around, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is hosting the third annual Sweep the Hooch, a volunteer opportunity to clean up

tons of mostly plastic and other trash from inside the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, on April 13. At last year’s event, volunteers collected 3.21 tons of materials. And EarthShare of Georgia has several great events planned, including the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast on April 19 at the Georgia Aquarium. This event brings together business and environmental leaders to focus on ways to improve our community. But really, Earth Day is just one day out of the year. It’s important to recognize the importance of making Earth Day every day and protect and restore the ecosystems that are our life support – our water, air, land, food and biodiversity. Former Atlanta Falcon player Ovie Mughelli on stage during the Earth Day Kids Fest.

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Third cover of Spring 2013 issue for better newsstand coverage on sale May 2013.