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Earth Day festival begins April 12 in Hawthorne

Posted 4/11/2011

Horticulture, music, arts and crafts in Veterans Park

Eleven days of art and horticulture begin Tuesday at Veterans Park in Hawthorne for the community’s sixth annual celebration of the planet Earth. Events include presentations on flower-basket arrangements, hoop house and hydroponics assembly, community service agriculture (CSA), a 5K run/walk and a 16K bike ride, and a plant exchange and Earth Day event on April 16. Various art booths will be peppered throughout the fair, and lunch will be provided by SOC Nevada, LLC and Iron Nation.

Staci Emm, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension educator and one of the Earth Day Celebration coordinators, said the fair will incorporate new elements as well as classic events like the plant exchange.

“We do the exchange every year,” Emm said. “This year we added the biathlon and the 5K run/walk to bring more residents out and bring additional Nevada residents to Hawthorne.”

Registration for the 5K or 16K races ends April 16 — the day of the races. Registration fees range from $25 for youths and $30 for adults, and all registrants will receive an Earth Day Celebration T-shirt. Helmets are required for all bike-race registrants.

Saturday’s Earth Day fair features various agency, organization and craft booths as well as the plant exchange and live music. Overgrowing or multiplying plants can be traded for other plants at the plant exchange to create a more diverse garden. Area gardeners are encouraged to attend and bring a plant or two.

For more information about Earth Day Celebration events, contact the Mineral Country Cooperative Extension office at (775) 945-3444.

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