There are 7.6 billion of us, and while we ARE pretty awesome, we are definitely taking a toll on Mother Earth.  I am the first to admit that I often take the easy way out by grabbing a plastic water bottle or throwing away something I could easily reuse, but I HAVE made changes over the years and, along with my husband and kids, are finding new ways to do my part.  Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a great way to get you and your family inspired too.  Here are a few of the local celebrations and events going on around town this weekend!

Goathill Junction Railroad:  Train Rides & Earth Day & Fire Truck Pump In

On April 21st and 22nd, from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm, along with their regularly scheduled FREE public rides, the Orange County Model Engineers will be hosting Earth Day in the Park AND their annual Fire Truck Pump In.  There will be fire truck demonstrations and rides, and family friendly activities provided by various groups.  The event is FREE but donations for train rides are appreciated to help keep the trains running.  For more details, click HERE.

Location:  Goathill Junction Railroad at Fairview Park, 2500 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa 92626

Earth Day Themed Crafts at Michaels Craft Store

On April 21st, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, drop in at Michaels for some kid-friendly Earth Day Themed Crafts.  The Age 3-8 Kids Club Craft costs $2, while the Age 6+ Kids Club Craft costs $5.  You can register ahead of time using the links provided, or drop in.

Location:  Michaels, 610 W. 17th Street, Costa Mesa 92627

Earth Day Beach Clean Up with Pelican Crew

On April 21st, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, join the non-profit organization Pelican Crew in a Beach Clean Up at the Santa Ana River Jetty in Newport Beach.  No need to register, just check in at the Surfrider Booth and let them know you are with the Pelican Crew.  For more information, contact info@pelicancrew.org.

Location:  Santa Ana River Jetty, Newport Beach

Earth Day at the Bay

On April 22nd, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, join your community for an Earth Day Celebration at the Bay.  Various environmental partners will have booths set up with family friendly arts and crafts, science discovery and lots of educational information.  There will also be a scavenger hunt with small prizes, live music, and an opportunity drawing.  Parking and admission are FREE, but be sure to bring some cash for food trucks and the opportunity drawing.

Location:  Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, 92660

Reading in the Redwoods at the ENC:  The Lorax

Join the ENC for a special edition of Reading in the Redwoods on April 22, 2018 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am.  Executive Director Bo Glover will read The Lorax, complete with silly voices, while you and your family relax on a blanket under a canopy of trees.  Afterwards, everyone can participate in several activities including Lorax Bingo, Earyh Lanterns, and Planting for Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bees.  Cost is $7 for a pre-registered child (non-member) or $10 for an unregistered walk-in.  There is no charge for adults.  Be sure to bring your own blanket.  For more information, or to register, click HERE.

Location:  Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach 92663

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