Earth Day is next week — on Monday — and many events are coming this week.
We looked at Earth Day celebrations all around town and rounded up a list of events, starting with Earth Day Omaha, which will take over Elmwood Park on Saturday.
EARTH DAY OMAHA
Musicians will perform almost all day, and they will be interspersed with speakers including a solar electrician, the Green Omaha Coalition and other environmental advocates.
» 11:35 a.m., Blue Bird — Led by Marta Fiedler, Blue Bird is a rock, folk and Americana band that released a self-titled album last year.
» 12:40 p.m., The Bishops — This ska and reggae band brings horns, guitars and a solid rhythm section together for some island sounds.
» 1:40 p.m., Gabrielle Louise — Through a musical about sustainability, “The Muse's Market,” and a “Save the Arkansas River” campaign, Louise is committed to the environment. She's also a talented singer-songwriter.
» 3 p.m., Eliza Gilkyson — This singer-songwriter is prepared to release a new album in May called “The Nocturne Diaries.” She also won best folk artist at last year's “Austin Music Awards.”
» 4:30 p.m., The Decatures — The blues-rock band has influences including The Black Keys, Wilco and Led Zeppelin. They're young but mighty talented.
» 5:20 p.m., Rock Paper Dynamite — Watch this Omaha band's audiences get larger and larger. The rock band features brothers Joseph and Andrew Janousek up-front on vocals and guitar, respectively.
FOOD & DRINKS
Food booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the beer garden will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
Electronics will be recycled by Midwest Electronic Recycling, and bike parking is available.
11:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. — Demonstrations on rain barrels, tree planting, forestry, chainsaw sculpting, energy audits and more.
» Three tree planting demonstrations in Elmwood park by a certified arborist.
» Rain barrel demonstration to help you save rain water for later use.
» Air conditioning a problem in your house? An OPPD representative will talk about air conditioning management.
» Chainsaw sculpting: Watch a sculptor from Sandhills Sawdust create some art in the park.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Activities including balloons, magic shows and more.
Find a complete, up-to-date schedule at earthdayomaha.com.
Earth Day Lincoln — Sunday
Lincoln's Earth Day celebration will include a 5K race at 8 a.m. (register at lincolnearthday.org/5k.asp), a farmer's market and activities during the day.
Sunday night, Earth Night will take place at the Rococo Theatre from 6 p.m. to midnight with bands and a sustainable fashion show.
Earth Day Festival in Bellevue — Sunday
Green Bellevue's second annual Earth Day celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Everett Park.
Events include a 5K run/walk, a one-mile walk, youth events, food, an Earth Day ceremony and more. For more information, head to greenbellevue.org/earthday.
Metropolitan Community College — April 25
At the college's Fort Omaha Campus, free events are open to the community between 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include a tree scavenger hunt, walking tour and documentary screening.
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