Weekend of Earth Day Events
By Natasha Habib
Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, but Yellow Springs will be celebrating all weekend with Glen Helen, the Yellow Springs Arts Council and many other artists, organizations and local businesses hosting a variety of events.
“Yellow Springs is such an obvious place to come for Earth Day,” said Lara Bauer of Sister Moon Events, organizers of the calendar of events and Live eARTh Music Festival happening Saturday night. “There are so many really wonderful things happening.”
Friday from 6 to 9p.m., downtown Yellow Springs’ galleries will be open for an art stroll. The Yellow Springs Arts Council will be hosting both a Disco Dance Party and the “Yellow Springs Photographic Survey” exhibit at their location on 111 Corry St., the Springs Gallery at 220 Xenia Ave. has an opening reception for Cincinnati potter Jason Parsley, and the John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery will be featuring works by local ceramic educators at 100 Dayton St.
Most of the Earth Day action will be happening Saturday, with a combination of nature and art events.
Make your own kite at the First Presbyterian Church on 314 Xenia Ave. from 10a.m. to noon and watch it soar in the air in honor of those who fight to breathe due to cystic fibrosis. Donations will go toward the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis happening May 20.
Glen Helen has six events lined up for Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
“The Glen Helen Ecology Institute exists to advance environmental education in the region,” said Brooke Bryan, project manager at Glen Helen. “For us, every day is Earth Day, but we are pulling together the best programming that we know how to give and inviting people out for the weekend.”
See fluffy little chicks in the Trailside Museum and participate in hands-on programs and demonstrations during the Earth Day Green Fair in the Outdoor Education Center. For the athletes out there, the Glen is hosting both a Kids FunRun and an Earth Day 5K.
“We hope that it’s a way that people can have a lot of fun and be fit and enjoy Earth Day while supporting a pretty dynamic nature preserve,” said Bryan, noting that they are a private nonprofit that relies on the support of individuals.
The Yellow Springs Youth Yoga Project will lead a warm-up stretch at 9:30a.m. for ages 3 to 7 before their quarter-mile run which starts promptly at 10a.m. Finishers will receive a native sapling to plant at home. Pre-registration and a release are required, which can be completed at glenhelen.org. Donations are also accepted online.
Adults can run or walk the 5K, which takes place on the trails. Stretching will begin at 10:30a.m. with Yoga Springs Studio, and the race gun will go off at 11. An awards ceremony, chili and cookies wait at the finish line, and all runners who pre-register online will receive a T-shirt. Register at glenhelen.org. Prices are $30 for adults and $10 for youth under the age of 16. There will be no parking at the State Route 343 entrance unless you have a handicap accessibility placard, so park at Yellow Springs High School where a shuttle service will be running to the Outdoor Education Center from 7a.m. until 2p.m.
If you want to get your hands dirty and make a difference, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Earth Day South Glen Restoration Project happening from noon till 2p.m., where you can help remove invasive species. Or, take the Antioch Farm Tour from 3 to 4p.m. and stick around for Volunteer Hour directly after.
Finish the evening at the Glen Helen Building, 405 Corry St., with the Yellow Springs Live eARTh Music Festival from 5p.m. till midnight.
“Whether it’s music, or visual, or dance, we express our relationship with the earth in so many different ways,” said Bauer.
Local bands performing include The Show, Will C. & F.A.M.I.LY., Grover and Soul Rebels. In addition to various artists and vendors, fire-eating and dancing group Soul Fire Tribe will also be performing at 10p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, or now at the Spirited Goat Coffee House at 118 Dayton St. Kids 12 and under are free, but donations are being accepted toward Glen Helen’s Summer Ecocamp. For more information, visit ysearthdaymusicfest.weebly.com.
What would Earth Day be without trees? The Yellow Springs Tree Committee will be giving out free dogwood saplings both Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. at The Corner Cone’s grand re-opening on the corner of Dayton and Walnut streets.
At Glen Helen, join Daniel Pearson for a Wildflower ID Hike from 1 to 3p.m. at the Trailside Museum or visit the Raptor Center at 2p.m. and tour the rehabilitation center.
“We take in 150 to 200 birds a year and we release more than half of them back into the wild,” said Bryan. Fifteen raptor species will be displayed, including a bald eagle named Solo who lost a wing after flying into a power line years ago. There may also be a hawk release at 2p.m.
For a full list of events, visit www.yellow-springs-experience.org. For more detailed information on Glen Helen’s events as well as parking and trail maps, visit glenhelen.org.
Reach DCP freelance writer Natasha Habib at NatashaHabib@DaytonCityPaper.com