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DFW Earth Day 2013

Celebrate Mother Earth

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April 22, 2013 is Earth Day. Learn new ways to reduce your carbon footprint. There's more to "going green" than just switching out light bulbs and recycling--but that's a great start! Note: some activities take place prior to Earth Day.

Here are a few fun things to do in DFW. If you know of more, email me at Dallas@AboutGuide.com.

1. Heard Museum

Earth Day 2013 events include Celebrate Nature set for Saturday, April 6, 2013 and a Plant Sale April 5-7.

Celebrate Nature is a day of live concerts, interactive animal presentations, demonstrations, shopping local vendors and more. Enjoy the Animals of the World and Animal Superheroes exhibits, and butterfly garden. Drawings for a chance to receive great gifts too. Admission is $10/adults; $7 seniors/kids 3-12; under 2 free.

2. Learn 2 Live Green (April 13)

What: Learn 2 Live Green (L2LG) is a free family event featuring exhibits, presentations on a variety of environmental topics, workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, green art and children's activities.

The Texas Instruments (TI) Jazz Band will perform on the main stage at 11:30 a.m. Radio Disney created a program called Team Green, which stands on four points: Recycle, Reuse, Preserve and Conserve. Radio Disney Team Green puts this educational message inside a fun recyclable wrapper just for families.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shops at Legacy in Plano.

3. Clean It and Green It/Chunk Your Junk 2013 (April 20)

Volunteer for a Community Cleanup in Frisco schools, neighborhoods and parks and then enjoy a Earth Day Celebration. Volunteers sign in between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at IKEA in Frisco. The Community Cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then meet back at IKEA at 11:15 a.m. for an Earth Day Celebration. Meet up IKEA parking lot at 7171 IKEA Drive in Frisco. HOA's, school Green Teams, and other groups are encouraged to pre-register. Email Ms. Molly at MKinson@FriscoTexas.gov for details.

You can also "Chunk Your Junk" between 8 a.m. and noon April 20th. Large crowds are expected so come early and be in line by 11:30 a.m.

The following items can be brought for safe isposal, recycling or donation: documents for shredding, bundled cardboard, bagged plastic bags and styrofoam, eyeglasses fo donation, batteries, household chemicals (paint, gas, pesticides), prescription medicines, metal, computers/TVs/E-waste, yard waste/limbs/untreated wood for mulching, clothing/furniture/books for donation. Compost and mulch will be available for sale.

4. Oak Cliff Earth Day Celebration 2013 (April 21)

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When: Sunday, April 21, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m.

What: Donate blood, adopt a pet, buy plants, buy art from local artists, learn about bees, butterflies, organic gardening and hybrid vehicles. Enterainment all day. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free parking at Methodist Hospital Lot # 10 and they are providing a shuttle from the parking lot to the park.

Where: Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N. Zang Blvd., Dallas, TX 75203.

Don't miss the Earth Day Mutt Strutt is at 2 p.m. Registration starts at 12:48 p.m. at the Earth Day Registration Booth. It's free to enter; prizes awarded to the doggie with the best costume and personality that embodies the Earth Day spirit.

5. Free Earth Day Coffee at Starbucks

Enjoy a free tall Starbucks house blend coffee on Friday, April 19 from open til 12 noon.

6. Earth Day Dallas 2013 (April 20-21)

When: April 20-21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Fair Park

What: This 2-day festival at Fair Park features exhibits, yoga, short films, music, entertainment, food and fun for everyone. It’s an exciting time for North Texans to come together to discover how we can all make a positive impact on our community and grow a greener Dallas together.

7. Fort Worth Zoo (April 20, 2013)

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013. First run starts at 7 a.m.

What: Run, walk or jog for conservation in the 10K, 5K or 1K fun run/walk throughout the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods. This year’s event will include the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) national Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet.

Make a difference in wildlife conservation. Every year proceeds from Zoo Run support the Zoo's conservation efforts around the world. This year's Zoo Run will include another Party for the Planet, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' national Earth Day celebration. Come raise money for wildlife, learn about conservation and celebrate a healthier planet with the Fort Worth Zoo.

Where: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110. Phone: 817-759-7555

Recycle at the Zoo: Bring your printer cartridges, cell phones, old video games and consoles, digital cameras, iPods and more to the zoo for recyling. You can also bring Office paper, mail, newspapers, magazines and catalogs. Just deposit paper items in the green and yellow recycling bin near the Zoo’s administrative entrance on Colonial Parkway.

8. Eat a Cupcake at Sprinkles and Help Plant a Tree

Photo used with permission by Sprinkles Cupcakes
Looking for a fun (and yummy) way to celebrate Earth Day? Sprinkles is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from its Vanilla cupcake sales to the Dallas Arboretum. How cool is that? Just look for the green tree to know you are eating for a great cause and one of DFW's most beautiful places.

The Earth-Day offer is good from April 22-26, 2013.

Since 2008, Sprinkles has raised $50,000 for environmental care organizations in our local markets.

9. Biodegradable Easter Grass

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The Easter Bunny has already come and gone in 2013, but did you know that you can purchase biodegradable Easter grass? Very cool stuff so check it out.

Find out more about earth-friendly Easter grass.

10. Ways to Conserve Energy

We were pretty lucky in the winter of 2012, but DFW experienced some pretty major rolling power outages in February 2011. Here are some simple ways to save energy.

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