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Events Planned Throughout Community To Celebrate Earth Week From April 18-22

04/18/2022

The Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth invite residents to celebrate Earth Week April 18-22 by participating in a variety of green, earth-friendly activities throughout the metro.

Mayors’ Press Conference to Kick Off Earth Week
To kick off Earth Week, the Mayors of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth, along with MinnKota Recycling, will hold a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at 903 4th Ave N. in Fargo.

Several other events have been scheduled around the community by various organizations, providing an opportunity for residents to learn more about protecting the environment and encouraging people to live green every day.

City of Fargo Poster Contest ‘Helping the Earth’
The City of Fargo hosted a poster contest at Jefferson Elementary School, with the theme “Helping the Earth.” The winning classroom will get to have lunch with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney. The poster will also be featured on a billboard in Fargo the month of May, sponsored by MinnKota EnviroServices and the City of Fargo.

MATBUS – Get Your ‘Can’ on the Bus
Celebrate Earth Week with MATBUS and Get Your “Can” on the Bus from Monday, April 22 to Saturday, April 27, you can ride MATBUS fixed route vehicles for free when you recycle one empty aluminum can on the bus. At the end of the week, all collected cans will be recycled, with the proceeds donated to the Homeward Animal Shelter.

MATBUS is co-hosting the “Party for the Planet” at the Red River Zoo. This day-long celebration of Earth Day features activities, crafts and animal encounters, as well as booths from local businesses. MATBUS will have a booth and vehicle on site to introduce zoo patrons to the benefits of riding the bus.

Clay County Solid Waste and Moorhead Library Announce the 21st Annual Waste Transformation Art Exhibition from April 18-22 | Contact: Shannon Thompson 218.299.7329
The Waste Transformation Art Exhibition is an art exhibition where any person, club, classroom or organization is eligible to enter their craft or art project made from materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream. The exhibits will be displayed at the Moorhead Library. The exhibits are judged and prizes will be awarded in several age categories. Some of the exhibits from past years include beautiful rugs and quilts made from leftover textiles and old clothing, fantastic collages made using everyday trash, extraordinary sculptures made from used barbed wire, unique knick-knacks made from jars and textiles and welded art made from metal scraps. Entries will be submitted at the Moorhead Library, 118 5th Street South, Moorhead, MN on Monday, April 18 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. If your art will require a large display area, if you are entering pieces for an entire class or if you are entering more than two pieces, interested parties can contact Shannon Thompson of Clay County Solid Waste at 218.299.7329 with display space requirements before April 20. Please consider entering and encourage others who may be interested to enter also.

Clay County is proud to continue to provide residents with daily opportunities to live sustainably. On this Earth Day, we would like to highlight our education programs and recycling programs. Speakers are available to visit with groups from preschoolers through Red Hat Ladies regarding reducing, reusing and recycling in Clay County. Clay County will also be offering master recycler/composter class again in the fall. Household recycling is accessible to all residents of Clay County year-round through city and township recycling. Additional recycling collections for hazardous waste and electronics will be held in conjunction with City recycling days. For more information, residents are encouraged to visit claycountymn.gov/387/Solid-Waste-Management.

Red River Zoo Party for the Planet | Contact: 701.277.9240, or www.redriverzoo.org
Join the Red River Zoo for its summer kickoff event, the Party for the Planet 2022. This event is an all-day celebration of Earth Day at the Red River Zoo (located at 4220 21st Avenue SW in Fargo). This day includes a variety of earth friendly conservation activity stations and environmental demonstrations. In addition to our activities, Party for the Planets goal is to increase public awareness of the conservation efforts of local organizations.

River Keepers
River Keepers Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Dakota Medical Foundation. All are invited to attend this free event where awards will be presented, and new board members elected. There will be a special program to learn about River Keepers youth education. Choose to join us in person at the Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo or virtually via Zoom. Those who join us in person can participate in a fun interactive activity that we use at our annual Red River Water Festival. Registration is appreciated for planning purposes and relaying Zoom information, visit https://bit.ly/3vpXRT8 to register.

Resilient Yard Series: Make Your Own Compost Tumbler Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20. Participants will create a resilient yard to sustain the Red River by making your own compost tumbler. In addition to building your own compost tumbler to take home, this workshop includes a presentation to learn the basics of composting and how to construct various composting systems. Come prepared to carry home an empty 55-gallon compost tumbler. Fee: $34 ($30 for Moorhead residents), and includes supplies. Spots are limited, register through Moorhead Community Education at https://bit.ly/3EDmj7P. These classes are made possible from support from Cass County Soil Conservation District, Clay Soil & Water Conservation District, Moorhead Parks and Recreation and Fargo Park District.

Celebrate Earth Week and help restore our Earth by cleaning up Our City. Help us reach our goal by getting every park, river trail, street, and storm water pond adopted. Pitch in, pick up, and earn the chance to win a prize pack just for helping keep Moorhead looking beautiful. For more information, email trevor.magnuson@cityofmoorhead.com or call 218.299.5296.

For a complete list of opportunities and more information on how to get involved, please visit River Keepers online at https://www.riverkeepers.org/volunteer/.

Fargo Public Library | Contact: 701.241.1495 or www.fargolibrary.org
The Fargo Public Library will partner with The Red River Zoo at the Party for the Planet on April 23 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

MinnKota – Celebrate Earth Day | Contact: Mary Aldrich: 701.293.8428
MinnKota Recycling is paying a premium price for all aluminum cans, $0.75 per pound for 1-99 pounds and, if residents have over 100 pounds, MinnKota is offering $0.78 per pound. For anything in excess of 500 pounds, $0.83 per pound will be offered. These promotional rates will be in effect from April 18-30, 2022.