City of Long Beach Celebrating ‘Dirt Day’

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Dirt DayTo kick off the 42nd annual celebration of Earth Day, the City of Long Beach is hosting a public celebration and workshop called “Dirt Day” at Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E. 23rd St., from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, April 21.

“Events like this demonstrate Long Beach’s commitment to becoming one of the most green cities in the country,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Earth Week is an opportunity to talk to residents about the many City programs available to help them save our natural resources, and to encourage them to make every day Earth Day.”

The event, which is being held in collaboration with the City’s Office of Sustainability, Environmental Services Bureau, and Long Beach Water Department, will feature composting and water-wise workshops throughout the day along with hands-on activities for kids. Attendees will learn how to reduce their impact by recycling lawn and yard trimmings or by planting California-friendly plants to conserve water. Free mulch and giveaways will also be available to all attendees.

In addition, the City of Long Beach invites the community to get involved and celebrate Earth Week 2012 by attending a multitude of events throughout the City. Local community groups will be hosting an array of activities such as beach cleanups, e-waste drives, tree plantings, and more.

Earth Day was established on April 22, 1970, to raise awareness and instill a sense of responsibility for the environment. The City of Long Beach has made Earth Day a weeklong experience emphasizing on what the local community has to offer. For more information about the City’s sustainable initiatives or Earth Week 2012 Calendar of Events, visit the City Hall Lobby from Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27, or go to

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