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LA Area Cities to Observe Earth Day

Los Angeles Wave, News Report, Wave Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2009

Gardening and environmental displays, cleanups, recycling and trash-disposal related programs are on tap in the coming week as area cities mark Earth Day.

Bell Gardens and a number of area cities will take part in Earth Day 2009, a program hosted by the Sanitation District of Los Angeles County on their parking lot at 1955 Workman Mill Road in Whittier from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be tours of the water recycling plant there, eco-magic and puppet shows for children, more than 50 green exhibitors, earth-friendly arts and crafts, West African drumming, train rides and garden workshops, a city representative said.

Co-sponsors include the Central Municipal Basin Water District, the Water Replenishment District of

Southern California, the Upper San Gabriel Water District and Southern California Edison.
Information: (562) 908-4288, ext. 2303.
Bellflower will conduct its seventh annual Earth Day program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Simms Park, 16614 S. Clark Ave.

Admission is free, said Lynn Komadina, the citys public affairs manager.

One event will start earlier. From 7 to 10 a.m. the citys trash hauler, CR&R of Stanton, will give out two bags of mulch per vehicle. Recipients must show proof of residency in Bellflower, Komadina said.

Activities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. include the free collection of electronic wastes such as TV sets, computer monitors and stereo equipment for disposal; a gardening workshop, environmental displays and an 11 a.m. ceremony to honor winners of Earth Day Recycling Competition awards.

Instruction will be offered on recycling, pollution prevention, alternative power, water conservation, healthy trees and environmentally friendly gardening.

A number of public works and environmental groups will have displays.

The Smart Gardening Workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. will offer tips on composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise gardening and fire-wise gardening, Komadina said.

Information: (562) 804-1424, ext. 2278.

CalMet Services, a Downey-based trash hauler, will give out up to 32 gallons of mulch for gardening purposes, fee of charge, between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday in the parking lot at 8320 Firestone Blvd., formerly Albertsons.

Recipients should bring their own containers, a representative said.

Keep Downey Beautiful will conduct a cleanup in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and Telegraph Road Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot of Starbucks at that location at 9 a.m., said
Carol Rowland, city coordinator for the program.

Cleanup will be just one hour, after which six gift prizes will be given in drawings, Rowland said.

Information: (562) 904-7159.

The Downey Public Works Department will offer a free class on composting (using rotting vegetation for fertilizer) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 25 at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, 7601 Imperial Highway, near the parking structure off Old River School Road.
Worm composting and grass cycling (letting cut grass stay on the lawn as fertilizer also will be discussed.

Information: (562) 904-7102.

Norwalk will offer a shred-a-thon and electronic waste disposal service, free to residents only, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at the City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Boulevard; and the Social Services Center, 11929 Alondra Blvd.

Unneeded documents containing personal information will be shredded and wastes such as TV sets, stereo equipment, computers and other electronics not allowed in regular trash pickups will be taken.
Information: (562) 929-5700.

Paramounts STAR After-School Program will hold a week-long celebration, a city representative said.
STAR (Success Through Academics and Recreation) is a partnership between the city and the Paramount Unified School District that is held on every kindergarten-eighth grade campus in the district.

Activities began earlier in the month when STAR students contributed artwork to the citys first Earth Day Poster Contest. Nearly 1,900 entries were submitted, with the theme of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Its Easy to Do in Paramount!

The three winners received cash prizes (a portion of which was donated by CalMet Services, the citys trash hauler), had their posters on display at City Hall and were honored at the April 7 City Council meeting.

The festivities will continue on Monday with all 1,600 STAR kids signing an Earth Day pledge with a commitment to help Paramount go green.

As the week goes on, students will take part in hands-on exercises that focus on the environment and will read Earth Day-related stories, the representative said.

Each STAR student also will receive a commemorative Earth Day T-shirt to increase recognition of the event on their school campus.

Information: (562) 220-2121.

South Gate will conduct its fourth annual Earth Day program from 8 a.m. to noon April 25 in South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave.

Events include a community cleanup by volunteers who will meet at 8 a.m. in front of the cook house on Hildreth Avenue, where they will be given trash bags and gloves and assigned to a team assigned to clean up certain areas. Refreshments, lunch and T-shirts are provided.

Information: (323) 563-9577.
The city of Pico Rivera will conduct its annual Community Pride Day Saturday with volunteers meeting at

Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., at 8 a.m. for breakfast and to receive cleanup assignments. Crews will paint, landscape and perform minor repairs at Smith and Rio Vista parks, the Centre for the Arts and the Senior Center next to Smith Park and the Veterans Memorial across the street.
Information: (562) 801-4330.

The city of Lynwood will observe Earth Day Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall, 11330 Bullis Road.

Information booths will be set up by co-sponsors Park Water Co., the Central Basin Municipal Water District, Consolidated Disposal Service and the city offering information on recycling, water
conservation, and other environmental programs.

The Youth Service America group at Marco Firebaugh High School in Lynwood will conduct an Earth Day cleanup activity on the school campus April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.
In addition to cleaning up around the campus the students will plant a flower and vegetable garden.

The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts will host free disposal services of items too toxic for regular disposal at landfills from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Southern California Gas Company, 8101 Rosemead Blvd., Pico Rivera; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at South Gate Park, Tweedy Boulevard at Hildreth Avenue in South Gate.

Both also will collect used electronic devices such as TV sets, computers, stereos and cellular telephones.

The free disposal service is open to all Los Angeles County residents.

Hazardous items accepted include used motor oil, tires, household cleaners and paint. Items not accepted include ammunition or explosives.

Information: (800) 238-0172.

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