Hello, everyone.With everyone's love for the outdoors here in Sebastian, it makes sense that Sebastian's Earth Day Festival and Arbor Day observance should be well attended.
It will take place this year from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 in Riverview Park.
What I think I like best about the festival is meeting and getting more information on all the different groups that are active here in Sebastian and Indian River County.
Even more important, at least to this mom with kids, is the number of events and organizations that make a point to include children.
Ever since my children were little, I tried to impress upon them the importance of keeping their environment clean and being respectful of all animals.
It's refreshing to live in a community that has those same ideals.
And even as an adult, I'm still learning all the different ways I can help keep the Earth healthy. I fully realize that some of what I learned is out of date, so I'm looking forward to new information and fresh ideas.
But I have no problem thinking that people are always willing to help here.
Last week, Sebastian held their Relay for Life, and there's another one planned for Vero Beach on April 26 and one for the Beaches on May 3.
It's such a small, close-knit community we live in here, and to have enough teams and people to have three separate events to raise awareness is heartbreaking.
But I will be wearing my purple to show support for those days, and for a special event taking place on April 21 at Uncle Dom's on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.
The business is helping out a local family whose 7-year-old girl Julia has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Her grandmother has had to stop working to take care of her, and the business is hoping the fundraiser will take some of burden of her bills.
The fundraiser starts at 2 p.m., so stop by and take a stand of your own -- one that's for the community. In the end, it helps us all.
And for that, I thank you all.
Dawn Krebs is the Associate Managing Editor for Hometown News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.