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Written by:  Megan Finke
Date: April 1, 2012

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, but the Triangle is celebrating all month. Take your family to an Earth Day event this year and find how you can help keep our planet clean year-round. 

Earth Action Day with a 5K Race in Chapel Hill
Dedicated to sustainability, this festival April 14, 2012, features more than 80 environmental exhibitors, live entertainment, interactive activities for all ages, a mARTket showcasing local art and a food pavilion with local foods. Rain barrels will be sold at discounted prices during the festival, which is noon-5 p.m.
New this year is a 5K lifestyle race and a 1 mile fun run. The races are presented in part by East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and will take place before the festival, 10 a.m.-noon.
All events are at Southern Community Park, 1300 Hwy. 15-501 South, Chapel Hill. Call 919-968-2784 or visit www.townofchapelhill.org/earthday for more information. 

Planet Earth Celebration in Raleigh 
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and Burt's Bees will host a 24-hour Earth Day extravaganza April 20-21, 2012, 5 p.m.-5 p.m. This year, the event will be part of the opening celebration of the Nature Research Center, the new wing of the museum.
Families can discover science in a whole new dimension during the celebration. The event will feature dazzling displays of light, street performances, musicians, aerialists and internationally known scientists. Visitors can enjoy activities, presentations, exhibitors and vendors during the 24 hours along two blocks adjacent to the museum, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Call 919-733-7450 or visit www.planetearthcelebration.com for more information. 

Keep Carrboro Beautiful
The whole family can help clean up the Town of Carrboro and prevent trash from entering local streams on April 21, 2012, 9-11 a.m. Participants should bring their own work gloves and dress to be outside.
Meet at the Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, at 9 a.m. to collect clean-up supplies. Call 919-918-7392 or visit www.carrbororec.org for more information. 

Earth Day Festival in Raleigh
The International Buddhist Progress Society is hosting a family oriented event with activities for children, lectures for adults, and a vegetarian food festival on April 22, 2012, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a documentary movie, arts and crafts with recycled items and games.
Wildlife Welfare will present a program on what to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife.
The festival is at Fo Guang Shan Temple, 2529 Prince Dr., Raleigh. Call 919-816-9866 or visit www.blianc.org for more information. 

Earth Day Festival in Durham
Durham Parks and Recreation and Keep Durham Beautiful Inc. are encouraging everyone to "go green" at this Earth Day festival April 22, 2012, noon-5 p.m. There is something for everyone, including live music, an Earth Day parade, Earth art market, a kids area and sustainability expo.
The Bull City Open Streets will close the streets to promote biking, walking and physical activities. Seven Stars Cycles will be open and providing free bike safety checks and organizing community rides.
The festival is at Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St. For more information call 919-560-4355 or visit www.durhamearthday.org. 

Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary
Cary's annual Earth Day celebration is held in conjunction with Spring Daze, April 28, 2012, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through hands-on activities, families will find out how they can play a role in preserving natural resources. The festival at Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary.
Aside from the Earth Day area, the festival also showcases creations from more than 180 artists and has food, games and live entertainment. Call 919-469-4061 or visit www.townofcary.org for more information.



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