Modesto Goes Green for Earth Day, Arbor Day
BY JACQUI D. SINARLE
Going green may be a new concept for some communities, but in Stanislaus County it’s become a tradition.
Annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations are held across the county, celebrating all things green, leafy, and environmentally-friendly.
All are invited to take part in the Modesto’s 26th Annual Earth Day in the Park Festival on Saturday, April 18 for a day of green education, entertainment, food, arts and crafts, a trash formation art contest presentation and prizes. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Graceada Park in downtown Modesto, and a free StaRT shuttle bus will run between the park and the CrossPoint Church parking lot on Needham Street.
“Our Earth Day celebration offers many opportunities to learn about the environment in a family-friendly atmosphere with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and detailing what they are doing to help make the community a vibrant place to live, work and play,” said Vicki Rice, recycling program coordinator for the City of Modesto.
Also on Earth Day, Boyett Petroleum will be holding a B-Green Recycling event to benefit Modesto parks. The free, drive-through event is on Stoddard Avenue between Park and Sycamore Avenues.
B-Green will recycle CRV bottles, cans, plastic and scrap metal; e-waste; ink jet toners and cartridges; and documents which will be shredded on-site (limit five file boxes or grocery bags per person).
“Donated recyclables will be matched dollar for dollar by Boyett Petroleum and 100 percent of the funds will be applied to the City of Modesto ‘Adopt a Park’ Program, which is currently raising money to improve the play equipment at Wesson Ranch Park,” Rice said.
In addition, Covanta Energy will collect small batteries, cell phones, thermometers and thermostats for proper disposal at the Earth Day celebration.
While Earth Day recognizes all things green, Arbor Day focuses on trees. The day has been celebrated with local tree plantings for more than 20 years.
At press time the City of Modesto’s Arbor Day event was still in the planning stages, but Michael Hoesch, forestry supervisor/city arborist, says that the festivities will include a proclamation and tree plantings around town.
“We will be planting approximately 100 trees of various species,” Hoesch said. “This year’s focus will be on replanting at public facilities and a school.”
The City of Turlock, which recently completed its 24th year as a Tree City USA, is also planning an Arbor Day celebration that will include a tree planting ceremony.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MODESTO’S EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, VISIT: modestogov.com/prnd/recycling/earthday.asp.