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Earth Day is April 22.
This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
"In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. Mr. McConnell chose the spring equinox -- March 21, 1970 -- and Sen. Nelson chose April 22," the Almanac reported. "Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day."
Some Earth Day Events around Volusia, according to various sources are:
Be Seen Going Green, April 20: At the Lyonia Environmental Center, the free event focuses on recycling. Reservations are required. Call (386) 789-7207, ext. 21025.
Edgewater Party for the Planet, April 20: The City of Edgewater is throwing a "Party for the Planet" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawks Park. The free, family-friendly event will include exhibits, hands-on activities for children, entertainment and vendors. The Smyrna Brass Quintet plays at 2:45 p.m.
St. Johns River Clean-up, April 20: Various locations, 8 to 11 a.m.
StetsonU Keeps it Green, April 20: Stetson University is inviting the public to activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gillespie Museum. It is free and will include environmental education for the whole family.
Daytona State College Earth Film Series: All movies are presented in the Modorsky Theater at the Hosseini Center on the Daytona Beach Campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
April 20, 2 p.m., "Who Killed the Electric Car?," directed by Chris Paine (U.S., 2006) 92 min.
April 20, 4 p.m., "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," directed by Marshall Curry (U.S., 2011) 85 min.
April 20, 6 p.m., "No Impact Man," directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein (U.S., 2009) 93 min.
For more information about the film series, call (386) 506-4475 or visit smponline.org.
To conclude the college's Earth Day activities, the Wisdom in Senior Education program will present "Climate Change -- What is Happening?" by Dr. Frederick Mosher from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the News-Journal Center at 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach. For more information, visit www.DaytonaState.edu/foundation, email Foundation@DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 506-4425.
No Butts-Daytona State College Deltona Campus, 2351 Providence Blvd., Deltona, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 22: The Student Activities, Environmental & Animal Welfare Club, No Butts Program and Volusia County Health Department are doing a cigarette butt clean-up on campus.
Earth Day Celebration, Sunday, April 21: Lyonia Environmental Center will show kids how to decorate reusable grocery bags.
Green Symposium: "The Green Edge," will be from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Stetson University's Lynn Business Center. The symposium is hosted by Volusia County's Green Volusia Program, Stetson University and the City of DeLand.
The event is sponsored by reThink, Progress Energy, Republic Services, Florida Power & Light Co., Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, and Solar-Fit. Registration is $50 per person. For more information and to register, contact Stetson University's Office of Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-822-7500, or visit www.stetson.edu/conted/greenedge.php.
DeLand Green Affair, Saturday, April 27: This green living event will take place on West Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family, including green living information.
Picnic on the Plaza, Thursday, April 25: City of Ormond Beach Earth Day celebration at City Hall, 22 S. Beach St. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with exhibits, live entertainment, food vendors and children's activities.