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Orangeville celebrates Earth Week 2016

Apr 17, 2016 | General

Residents can participate in Earth Week this year through many of the local programs and events being held from April 18-24. The Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT) will present Earth Week displays open to the public during regular business hours at the Town Hall (87 Broadway), the Alder Street Recreation Centre (275 Alder Street), the Edelbrock Centre (30 Centre Street), and the Orangeville Public Library (1 Mill Street).

A book, CD, DVD, video and magazine exchange will take place throughout the week at the Orangeville Town Hall, the Alder Street Recreation Centre, and the Edelbrock Centre. Bring in any unwanted items and pick up ones you may wish to enjoy. Plus you can view the environmental displays at all locations.

The Town’s annual Environmental Awards will be announced and presented at the April 18 meeting of Orangeville Council, in Council Chambers at the Town Hall at 87 Broadway, starting at 7 p.m. The Environmental Sustainability Awards are presented by Orangeville Council on an annual basis to recognize those who have made a positive contribution to the environmental health of our community.

On April 19, a book reading and donation will take place at the Alder Street location of the Orangeville Public Library, 275 Alder Street, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

Bring your own bike to a Bike Maintenance Workshop on April 20 at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre from 7-9 p.m. Jeff Lemon from Cycling Elements will speak on safety checks, tire changing and places to ride. Come prepared to get your hands dirty in this hands-on workshop. Space is limited to 10 participants. Pre-register at http://conta.cc/24VmxiZ.

On April 21, Rebecca Landman of Landman Gardens will speak on “How to Become an Urban Farmer.” Participants will hear about starting and caring for a backyard garden. There will be a seed-starting demonstration and participants will get to take home their seeds. The workshop will be held at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre from 7-9 p.m. Pre-register at http://conta.cc/1Rc0wbB.

On Earth Day, April 22, it’s “Walk or Bike to Work/School Day”.

Saturday, April 23 is the date for the Tree Planting and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine event. Meet at Rotary Park at 9 a.m. Make Orangeville Shine Day will see volunteers out working in the community. Participants can sign up to clean up at Make Orangeville Shine (sponsored by the Orangeville Rotary Club, Tim Hortons and Clorox) or to plant trees with the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (first 50 tree planters to sign up). Planting and community clean-up activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a free barbecue (sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences) for volunteers in both programs. If tree planting participants have shovels they are encouraged to bring them, and it is also important to dress according to weather conditions and to bring your own water bottle. For more information call 519-941-0440 Ext. 2246. The tree planting is sponsored by the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT), TD Friends of the Environment, RBC ,and Credit Valley Conservation. Meet at Rotary Park at 9 a.m. A free bicycle lock-up will be provided at Rotary Park for those who bike to the event. This marks the 26th year that the Orangeville Rotary Club has been involved with Make Orangeville Shine.

The theme at the Farmers’ Market on April 23 will be “Eat Local”. The BIA will be giving away free vegetable seeds, courtesy of Dufferin Garden Centre. The market is held in the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Clean Sweep (sponsored by RBC) will be held downtown by the Orangeville BIA at 9:45 a.m. on April 23, with business representatives cleaning the sidewalk in front of their shops and offices.

The annual Baby Tree Forest Dedication is set for April 24 at 2 p.m. at Kin Family Park. A “forest” will be planted for sponsored babies born in 2015.

Nominations are now open -- for an individual, youth, business or group – and can be submitted at the reception counter at Town Hall or via email to [email protected] by the April 12, 2016 deadline. For more information on the awards and for a nomination form visit the website or visit Town Hall at 87 Broadway.