Activities offered to mark Earth Week in Summerland

Activities offered to mark Earth Week in Summerland

Numerous events planned, including the 13th annual Earth Day Celebration on Sunday

Forty-nine years ago on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. This was the first Earth Day event.

Earth Day is now an annual global event with an estimated one billion people in 192 countries taking part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

But it does not need to end with one day of political action and civic participation. Summerland residents have been joining in earth-friendly events all week long, with activities planned through until Sunday.

“Earth Week is one of my favourite weeks of the year. Its so motivating to be part of a community celebration that encourages people to embrace nature and its values, and inspires individual actions to protect our planet,” states Lisa Scott, one of the coordinators for Summerland Earth Day.

The following events are taking place this weekend in Summerland.

The Summerland Arts Centre is hosting a Stash Bash on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event features great deals on art supplies of all kinds, including paper, paints, sheet music, fabric, and more.

On the same day, the arts centre will also be holding a composting workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Cameron Baughen from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will explain the five easy steps to keep your backyard composter smell and hassle free so you can get nutritious, high-quality compost for your gardens.

Also on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., the Summerland Library invites parents, children, and families to come have some fun with planting “popcorn” seeds. Activity sheets for kids will be available, as well as a story and books to choose from.

All day Saturday the Summerland Landfill will be offering compost for two cents per kilogram (minimum charge $2.) A pickup truck load will cost approximately $22.

The landfill also has green wood mulch, white wood/apple box mulch and top dressing for sale for two cents per kilogram.

Earth Week will culminate on Sunday with the 13th annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon.

This year’s event is being held at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 7360 Dunn Street.

Join other community members at this family celebration to create a dryland, natural habitat around the perimeter of the treatment plant.

Display booths will have information on local wildlife, invasive species, landscaping with native plants and more.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own shovels and rakes. Free gardening gloves will be provided to the first 30 volunteers. Tours of the Waste Water Treatment Plant will be offered at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. All ages are welcome to join these interesting explanations of how the treatment plant works and what upgrades have been made to save energy.

To book your spot on the tour, please call 250.494.0447 or email recreation@summerland.ca

Summerland’s Earth Week activities are completely free and focus on ways individuals and families can reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to keeping our community beautiful. Details on all of the activities can be found at www.summerland.ca/earthweek

Lisa Scott is an organizer of Summerland’s Earth Week events.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Action needed to protect water supply

Concerns have been raised about quality of water at Darke Lake

(Stock photo)
Summerland Senior Men play Waltz Time golf event

Golf leagues hold regular events

A structure at Highway 97 and Road 1 went up in flames Thursday night. (Oliver Fire Department)
Building in Oliver goes up in flames

Power was distrupted in parts of town while the fire was going Thursday night

The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Brennan Phillips)
Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District reverses funding decision on care centre

Approval now granted to fund $1 million for Urgent and Primary Care Centre in Penticton

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist which is an independent pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C.’s 1st vaccine-induced blood clot case detected in Interior Health

Interior Health also recorded 52 new cases of COVID-19

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O’Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Revelstoke’s Mayor Gary Sulz getting his COVID-19 vaccination on April 5. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke is leading B.C.’s interior on vaccinations: Interior Health

Approximately 70% of the community has first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

An unused fruit stand at Highway 97 and Road 1 went up in flames Thursday night. (Oliver Fire Department)
Abandoned South Okanagan fruit stand fire considered suspicious

The timing of the midnight fire is one reason the fire is suspicious

A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto in April 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Kelowna’s unemployment rate jumps in April, remains one of Canada’s lowest

Kelowna had the fifth-lowest unemployment rate of major centres across the country in April

Junior A team Coquitlam Express is offering all Tri-City residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19 a free ticket to one of their games. (Facebook/Coquitlam Express)
B.C. hockey team offering free tickets to hometown fans who get the COVID-19 vaccine

‘We know the only way to get fans back is people getting vaccinated,’ says Express’ general manager Tali Campbell

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s latest COVID-19 restrictions cost thousands of service jobs

Part-time workers set back again by spike in virus spread

The Tolko Mill in Kelowna on Feb. 2, 2018. (File)
Tolko receives extension for environmental assessment of defunct Kelowna mill

The extension gives Tolko time to decommission, remove structures at the site

Fun 4 All Pet Resort is closed for two weeks following a COVID-19 outbreak among staff. (Fun 4 All photo)
COVID closes Vernon dog daycare

Two staff members test positive at dog boarding centre

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Leaked report shows detailed B.C. COVID-19 data not being released to public

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Most Read