Earth Day is April 22, and Oklahoma City is celebrating Earth Month with a variety of activities.
Myriad Gardens plant sale: A selection of plants and flowers will be on sale in the Crystal Bridge Visitors Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and proceeds benefit the gardens. Call 297-3996 for information.
Downtown hike: Naturalists will take participants on a 45-minute walk around downtown to show how nature makes its home in the area. The tour begins at noon on the east side of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. Call 297-2578 or email email@example.com to register.
Downtown bicycle riding class: A class on safe bike riding in the downtown area will start at noon on the northwest corner of the Myriad Gardens. Participants should bring their bike and helmet and can go on an optional bike ride after class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Spring floral walking tour of Will Rogers Gardens, and free bus rides: A guided floral tour at Will Rogers Gardens, 2400 NW 36, begins at 9:30 a.m. Call 943-0827 to register. Also, Metro Transit bus service will be free to all riders across the metro area. Go to www.gometro.org or call 235-7433 for more information.
EarthFest at Martin Park Nature Center, and Lake Overholser and Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge cleanup: Family-oriented games, crafts and nature fair, sponsored by the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Park, 5000 W Memorial Road. Call 755-0676 for more information. Volunteers are also needed to help pick up trash and clean up at Lake Overholser and the surrounding area. Participants will meet at the Overholser pavilion and work from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the event will feature free lunch and prizes. Call 702-8192 or email email@example.com to register.
Recycle tires, ammunition, computers and pharmaceuticals, and free shred day: City residents can bring their water bill stubs and participate in a hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at State Fair Park. Televisions, tires with rims and off-road tires won't be accepted. Also, shred financial and personal documents at Waste Management Recycle America, 5519 NW 4, from 7 to 11 a.m.
Registrants are needed by Saturday at www.okcbeautiful.com or by calling 525-8822 to participate in OKC Beautiful's 12th annual LitterBlitz campaign.
The first 100 city residents who bring their water bill and drop off hazardous waste at the city's hazardous waste facility, 1621 S Portland Ave., from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday of the month will receive a free refrigerator thermometer.
From April through September, homeowner and neighborhood associations can schedule an annual Saturday morning sweep to clean up litter, refuse, trees and brush from around the area. The city will deliver a commercial trash bin on a Saturday morning and pick it up later in the day, paying for all disposal fees. Call 749-3092 for more information.
A program is ongoing to make available low-interest home loans for energy efficient changes to residents' houses. Residents with a household income of $100,000 or less can get four-year loans for up to $15,000. To apply, call the Community Action Agency at 232-0199.
Source: City of Oklahoma City