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A plethora of Earth Day activities

CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP Throughout APRIL, Keep Atlanta Beautiful is organizing communities to help clean and "green" neighborhoods and parks within the city and along the Beltline. Pitch in on existing undertakings, register your neighborhood's project or volunteer your time to Earth Day planning activities. Free. Through April 30. Times and locations vary. www.keepatlantabeautiful.org.

11TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY AT GEORGIA TECH A weeklong celebration features a book signing and lecture by David Bornstein Wed., APRIL 16, and continues with a free public screening of The Real Dirt on Farmer John, a sustainable fashion show and clothing swap. Through April 18. Free. www.earthday.gatech.edu.

KEEPING IT WILD AFRICAN-AMERICAN EARTH DAY SUMMIT A panel of activists from the spiritual, civil rights and academic communities will address environmental and social justice issues associated with climate change. The summit, "Our Environment: The Place is Here. The Time is Now," will feature speakers the Rev. Gerald Durley, and Jacqueline Echols of Atlanta's Clean Streams Task Force. Free. Thurs., APRIL 17, 7-9 p.m. Sisters Chapel, Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane. www.spelman.edu/_ezpost/data/22716.shtml.

HEALTH NUTS: SERVING MY TIME IN A NATURAL FOODS COOPERATIVE Premiere of film written and directed by Jahi Adu Mbwana, Sevananda's systems supervisor. The film, spanning more than two years and 50 interviews, discusses the total operation of a natural-foods-based cooperative. Free. Fri., APRIL 18, 7 p.m. Vision Church, 1240 Euclid Ave. 404-681-2831. www.sevananda.coop.

ELECTRONIC WASTE DISPOSAL DAY 1-800-GOT-JUNK rolls out its e-waste event, where you can drop off difficult-to-dispose-of electronic items such as monitors and laptops in an environmentally responsible way. Free. Sat., APRIL 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Publix, 2020 Howell Mill Road. www.1800gotjunk.com/earthday.

ARMS AROUND ATLANTA EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Jam-packed with two weekends' worth of earthy do-goodness, the festivities start Sat., APRIL 19, with $5 off general admission to Zoo Atlanta when patrons donate used cell phones. Benefits the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Free-$12.99. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. www.keepatlantabeautiful.org.

EARTH DAY KIDS FEST The Captain Planet Foundation and the Chattahoochee Nature Center celebrate Mother Earth and give parents and kids a way to connect to nature. Enjoy live, environmentally themed music and entertainment, make a frog terrarium, view endangered amphibians, and see native animal presentations. All-natural snacks for youth participants provided by Whole Foods. Entry is free for bicycle riders, and free shuttle service from various parking areas is available to help reduce your carbon footprint. Free-$5. Sat., APRIL 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, ext. 233. www.chattnaturecenter.com.

ECO EXPO Soak up information about water reclamation, rain barrels, environmental awareness, xeriscaping and native plants while kids explore eco-friendly crafts and games. Free. Sat., APRIL 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 770-904-3500. www.gwinnettehc.com.

SWEETWATER 420 FEST Booze it up for Mother Earth in Candler Park with Sweetwater beer while taking in local music by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Outformation, Entropy, the Last Waltz Ensemble and more. The weekend will include an extended environmental expo educating patrons on the environment. Walk or take advantage of the nearby MARTA station to reduce your carbon footprint even more. Free entry. Sat.-Sun., APRIL 19, noon-11 p.m. and APRIL 20, 12:30-10 p.m. 1500 McLendon Ave. www.sweetwater420fest.com.

ORGANICA '08 Sevananda's spring harvest market, election kickoff and artists' bazaar featuring earth-friendly vendors. Also includes "earth dinner" and screening of documentary Health Nuts: Serving My Time in a Natural Foods Cooperative. Free. Sat., APRIL 19, 1-5 p.m.; 6 p.m. film screening. Vision Church, 1240 Euclid Ave. 404-681-2831. www.sevananda.coop.

PARTY IN THE PARK Celebrate Earth Day against the backdrop of the largest brownfield redevelopment in the country. Take in the skyline as you enjoy live music, cocktails and fresh fare from Whole Foods. Bid on the silent auction for deals on getaways, outdoor gear, art and jewelry, with proceeds benefiting Earth Share of Georgia. $50. Sat., APRIL 19, 7-10 p.m. Atlantic Station, 17th and Market streets. 404-873-3173. www.earthsharega.org/earthday2008.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: LIVING WATER Emory Presbyterian Church sponsors a free rain-barrel workshop on the church lawn following its 11 a.m. service. Children's activities include eco-friendly crafts and face painting, and a healthy-food picnic hosted by Rainbow Café. RSVP encouraged. $6-$50. Sun., APRIL 20, noon. 1886 N. Decatur Road. 404-325-4551. www.emorypresbyterian.org.

ATLANTA BICYCLE CAMPAIGN Two-wheel it though neighborhoods along the proposed Beltline. Cyclists can choose four-, seven- or 11-mile route, and two starting points. Multiple stops along the way for rest and rehydration help ease the pain. Preregistration and day-of registration are available; all ages and skill-levels welcome. Free. Sun., APRIL 20, 1-4 p.m. www.atlantabike.org.

BYOBLUE Architecture 2030 rallies the nation by calling on everyone to wear blue Tues., APRIL 22, to demand an immediate moratorium on the construction of new coal-fired plants. Free. www.byoblue.org.

CELEBRATE THE PLANET Whole Foods is eliminating all plastic bags at its registers. The market celebrates with giveaways, food and fun. Free. Tues., APRIL 22, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 2111 Briarcliff Road. 404-634-7800. www.wholefoods.com.

EARTH DAY IN THE GARDEN Celebrate Earth Day with free admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Children and families can enjoy "Songs and Stories with Julie Austin" while adults watch three one-hour presentations on "African Forest Conservation," "Sustainable Livelihoods" and "Battling the Amphibian Crisis." Free. Tues., APRIL 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY EARTH DAY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS DAY Learn to be part of the solution by participating in a variety of topics that include recycling, community service, alternate transportation and energy savings. Exhibitors from Atlanta Gas & Light, MARTA and more will demonstrate preservation techniques. Free. Tues., APRIL 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. James M. Baker Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4050. adminservices.clayton.edu/ps.

ARMS AROUND ATLANTA EARTH DAY CELEBRATION The carbon-neutral celebration continues Sat., APRIL 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., in eco-friendly Glenwood Park with an appearance by Mayor Shirley Franklin, live music, art, locally grown organic food and educational activities that reinforce "Stepping Lightly in Atlanta." As part of Arms Around Atlanta, the city also will hold e-waste recycling drive at Turner Field, where residents can recycle computers and other used electronics. Free. Glenwood Park, 928-A Garrett St. E-waste drive, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive. www.keepatlantabeautiful.org.

ALIVE! EXPO Features information on green living solutions, a green detox station, interactive yoga and Pilates presentations, a silent auction benefiting the Alaska Wilderness League, and other charities, More than 150 local and national companies will show off new and longtime favorite products at the event. Free-$40. APRIL 26-27. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, hall C-1, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. www.aliveexpo.com.

GREEN DAY FEST Live music from local faves such as Francine Reed and the League of Democracy kicks off green festivities, food, exhibitors and more. Find out exactly what the GSU biobus is and flesh out your knowledge of more traditional hybrid cars. Easy access from MARTA's Five Points station sweetens the deal. Free. Sun., APRIL 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St. 770-517-0447. enviroexpousa.org

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