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News - March 14, 2012

Portola Valley celebrates being green

It's spring, or nearly so, and in Portola Valley that means Earth Day events for March and April, all of which take place at venues at Town Center, located at 765 Portola Road.

Here is the lineup:

• Energy efficiency when the household is asleep is the topic for Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall. LEDs glowing in the night often mean needless energy use. Elton Sherwin, author of "Addicted to Energy," explains how to reduce plug-in load for significant monthly savings.

• Outside near the library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, the town will officially inaugurate two recharging stations, each able to recharge two electric vehicles at a time.

• Broom, an invasive plant, is the subject of the annual "broom pull" starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Historic Schoolhouse.

• A kids workshop on making art from trash — Fantastic Trash — comes to the library at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.

• A gardeners workshop by Deva Luna on the wise use of water and native plants happens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, in the Community Hall. Registration required.

• The uses of beneficial insects, including pest control and keeping bees in the backyard, is the subject of a presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the Community Hall.

• Earth Day celebrations begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Town Center. A hike leaves from Triangle Park at the corner of Portola and Alpine roads at 2 p.m.

Go to www.portolavalley.net for more information.

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