April 21, 2017
The idea of “Living Well” means something different to different people. For some, it might mean maintaining a healthy work-life balance or having a quality place to live. For others, it might mean creating healthy communities and protecting the environment for ourselves and future generations. For E&S Ring Management, the concept of “Living Well” informs everything we do. That’s why Earth Day — April 22 — is such an important day for us. It’s a time to celebrate the planet, but also a time for us to hit the pause button and consider the small steps we can all take towards lessening our environmental impact and leading more sustainable lives. With Earth Day just around the corner, we’d like to offer up a list of simple ways to “go green” and celebrate at the local level this year. Since the special holiday falls on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to get involved. There are plenty of special events, activities and festivals happening near our communities. So, we dare you this weekend: share some love with your community and your planet!
E&S Ring has nine apartment communities throughout Northern California, including the cities of Sacramento, Novato, Petaluma, San Rafael and Pleasanton.
1. Sacramento Zoo Earth Fest
Grab the kids and head to the Sacramento Zoo (3930 West Land Park Drive)from 9am to 4pm on Saturday. For the price of general admission, the whole family can participate in the interactive “EdZOOcation” stations to learn more about the environment and conservation, both locally and globally. A variety of earth-themed crafts, games, activities, and face painting will be available for the kids, as will a Stuffed Animal Veterinarian, who will be happy to assess the health of your child’s favorite stuffed animal. Keeper Chats will happen throughout the day and you’re encouraged to bring used printer cartridges, cell phones, and prescription glasses for recycling. And, when you’re finished? You can visit with the animals too.
2. Sacramento Earth Day
On Sunday April 23 at Southside Park (2115 6th Street), the city’s biggest Earth Day celebration will keep you in the green with live music, local artists, electric car test driving and kids’ activities. Over 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting an array of information, goods and services, plus a variety of plant-based food offerings. Hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento, the festival has been going on for nearly 30 years. This year’s theme is Environmental Climate & Literacy, since “education is the foundation for progress.” The festival starts at 11am and ends at 4pm.
3. Clean & Green Day in Novato
From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, join an Earth Day volunteer group to clean up litter from the streets, paths, trails, creek, parks and schools in Novato. You will be provided with a list of sites to work, plus safety vests, trash bags, some gloves and lots of others to work with at the sign-in location: Novato City Green (901 Sherman Avenue). When you’re finished, you’ll get a coupon for a treat at Whole Foods...plus the inner reward of knowing that you made your local Bay Area neighborhood just a little cleaner and greener!
4. Earth Day at Diablo Foothills
Celebrate Earth Day in Diablo Foothills Regional Park by removing invasive plants to help create a healthy habitat from 8:30am to noon on Saturday. Meet at the Orchard Staging Area, and make sure to bring gloves and a refillable water bottle. Snacks, water and tools will be provided.
E&S Ring has 22 apartment communities throughout Southern California, including the cities of Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Culver City, West Hollywood, Studio City, Northridge, Chatsworth, Long Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Victorville, Upland, Lancaster, Camarillo and Ventura.
5. 28th Annual Great L.A. River CleanUp
The Great L.A. River CleanUp has become the largest urban river cleanup in America. Each year, thousands of Angelenos come out by the thousands to show their commitment not only to their river, but to the vision of Los Angeles as a leading center of ecology-focused urbanism. The Los Angeles River is one of Los Angeles’ last great open spaces, running 51 miles from Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley to the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach. The river connects more than 30 different cities and neighborhoods which represent an incredibly diverse range of communities. The recent storms have swept magnitudes of trash into the river, so the 2017 Great L.A. River CleanUp will play a vital role in keeping the river clean and healthy. On April 22 from 9am to noon, volunteers will be focusing their efforts on the mid-river section. If you can’t make it this Saturday, don’t fret — you’ll have one more chance to pitch in on April 29 as volunteers focus on the lower river section.
6. Poppy Festival in Lancaster
The California Poppy Festival began as an Earth Day celebration and carries on the Earth Day tradition of concern and care for the environment. Taking place on April 22 and April 23 from 10am to 6p at Lancaster City Park (43011 N. 10th Street West), the festival includes entertainment, hundreds of exhibitors and more.
7. Habitat Restoration and Creek Cleanup at Ballona Wetlands
The Ballona Wetlands, near Marina del Rey, is one of the last significant wetlands areas in the Los Angeles basin — a beloved habitat by environmentalists for reducing the inflow of salt water to the marsh and eliminating spring floods, which brought freshwater to the wetlands. The ever-growing Los Angeles metropolis makes it increasingly harder for the plants and animals that rely on Ballona to survive. Friends of Ballona Wetlands will be organizing a group of volunteers for cleanup from 9:30am to noon on Saturday. They’ll meet in Playa del Rey at the park behind Gordon’s Market and Alkaline Water (303 Culver Boulevard). A free prize drawing, gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided.
8. 17th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Long Beach Aquarium
The 17th Annual Long Beach Earth Day Festival will take place at the ever-popular Aquarium of The Pacific (100 Aquarium Way) on both Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23 from 9am to 5pm. Visitors can listen to a variety of presentations designed to bring awareness about the all of the different ways we can get involved and protect the environment and the oceans. There will be booths from various Earth-friendly organizations and hands on learning demonstrations for all ages. The Aquarium will also debut new climate change programming and exhibits during Earth Day weekend.
9. Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest
If you happen to be in the Ventura area over the weekend, you might want to stop by the award-winning Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest at Plaza Park (651 Thompson Blvd.) from 10am to 5pm on Saturday. Each year, this successful community event is attended by over 5,000 people while over 80 exhibitors deliver fun, entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitors and education. Attendees are encouraged to be green and bike to the event — there will even be a free bike valet!
E&S Ring has four apartment communities throughout Washington, including the cities of Seattle, Vancouver, Issaquah and Kenmore.
10. Visit a Washington State Park
Washington State Parks and Recreation will allow park visitors free admission to state parks in honor of Earth Day, as part of National Park Week. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle. National parks that charge admission fees, including Mount Rainier and Olympic parks, will waive the usual $25-per-vehicle fee on April 22-23.