Residents can participate in Earth Week this year through many of the local programs and events to be held April 22-29.
Saturday, April 22 kicks off the week of activities with the annual tree planting and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine events. Tree planting volunteers should meet at Broadway Pentecostal Church, 489 Broadway, at 9 a.m. If participants have shovels they are encouraged to bring them, and it is also important to dress according to weather conditions and to bring your own water bottle. The tree planting is sponsored by the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT), Tree Canada, RBC and Credit Valley Conservation.
Let’s Make Orangeville Shine (sponsored by the Orangeville Rotary Club) will see volunteers out working in the community. Participants should meet at Rotary Park, 75 Second Avenue at 9 a.m. A free bicycle lock-up will be provided at Rotary Park for those who bike to the event. This marks the 27th year that the Orangeville Rotary Club has been involved with Make Orangeville Shine. Planting and community clean-up activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be a free barbecue for volunteers at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Montgomery Chartwell Seniors Residence. For more information call 519-940-9092 Ext. 4109.
A Clean Sweep (sponsored by RBC) will also be held downtown on April 22 at 9:45 a.m., with business representatives cleaning the sidewalk in front of their shops and offices. The theme at the Farmers’ Market will be “Eat Local”. The BIA will be offering free giveaways. The market is held in the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. the annual Baby Tree Dedication will take place at Kin Family Park. A “forest” will be planted for sponsored babies born in 2016.
The Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT) will have Earth Week displays during regular business hours from April 24-29 at the Town Hall (87 Broadway), Alder Street Recreation Centre (275 Alder Street), Edelbrock Centre (30 Centre Street), and Orangeville Public Library (1 Mill Street). A book, CD, DVD, video and magazine exchange will take place throughout this time at Town Hall and the Edelbrock Centre. Bring in any unwanted items and pick up ones you may wish to enjoy. Plus you can view the environmental displays at all locations.
The Town’s annual Environmental Awards will be announced and presented at the April 24 meeting of Orangeville Council, in the Council Chambers at Town Hall at 87 Broadway, starting at 7 p.m. The Environmental Sustainability Awards are presented by Orangeville Council on an annual basis to recognize those who have made a positive contribution to the environmental health of our community. Nominations are now open -- for an individual, youth, business or group – and can be submitted at the reception counter at Town Hall or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the April 17, 2017 deadline. For more information on the awards and for a nomination form visit the website or visit Town Hall at 87 Broadway.
The following day, Tuesday, April 25, a book reading by Councillor Sylvia Bradley and book donation will take place at the Orangeville Public Library, Alder Street branch, at 10:15 a.m.
On April 26, Jeff Lemon from Cycling Elements will host a bike ride clinic at Alder Recreation Centre’s red rink, from 6-8 p.m. This all-ages workshop will offer participants both theory and practical on-bike skills, including bike fitting Q & A, rules of the road and safety information, obstacle course skills, safe fast stops and proper gear changes. Participants should bring their own bikes, helmets and water.
A seed-saving workshop will take place on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Street branch of the Orangeville Public Library. This workshop marks the launch of the Orangeville Seed Library. The purpose of the seed library is to provide seeds that are regionally adapted and heirloom, which increases biodiversity, plant resilience and allows people to reconnect with their food systems. Gary Skinn will demonstrate the basics of seed harvesting and participants are encouraged to bring any seeds that they may wish to donate.
On April 28, it’s “Walk or Bike to Work/School Day”.