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Earth Day events start with sunrise ceremony Earth Day events start with sunrise ceremony (April 21, 2004)

What better way to greet the sustaining earth than to see the sun rise over San Francisco Bay and the eastern hills?

Earth Day celebrants will gather for a Sunrise Ceremony on Earth Day morning, Thursday, April 22, at 6 a.m. at Bayfront Park, at the end of Marsh Road in Menlo Park.

Other local activities enhancing and supporting Mother Earth are scheduled throughout Earth Week, April 17 to 24, and beyond. Here are some of them:

** A small group of volunteers will tend to recently planted native vegetation on Thursday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Skyline Preserve Tree Farm, as part of an ongoing restoration effort. For information, call the Midpeninsula Open Space District at 691-1200.

** State Sen. Byron Sher will be among those honored at the 13th Business Environmental Awards Reception held by Acterra on Thursday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Roche Palo Alto, 3431 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto. Tickets are $20 for Acterra members, $30 for non-members. Reservations are required; call Ann Singer at 962-9876, ext. 310.

** In an effort to reduce mercury in the environment, the San Mateo Countywide Stormwater Pollution Program and the Environmental Health Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program are sponsoring a thermometer exchange April 19-23 in Atherton at the Permit Center, 93 Station Lane, from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and in Menlo Park at the city administration building, 701 Laurel St., from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 363-4718.

** Acterra's Arastradero Preserve Stewardship Project will organize two groups of volunteers, one at 9 a.m. and one at 1 p.m., to re-route a section of the Redtail Loop Trail and repair eroded areas of the trail on Saturday, April 24. The crew leader's cell phone number will be on the kiosk in the parking lot if you miss the meet times. For large groups, call David Tex Houston at 962-9876, ext. 347.

** Volunteers and staffers will restore sections of the Bear Meadow and Zinfandel Trails at Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve on Saturday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information, call the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at 691-1200.

** During Earth Week, the Acterra environmental group in Palo Alto will set up tables on local high school campuses and community centers to inform people about renewable energy. For information, call 962-9876, ext. 345.

** The Tenth Earth Day Decadent Dinner will tempt palates with local, organic foods prepared by chef Laura Stec. She will include highlights from previous decadent dinners, including an Italian sing-along, and Glop-on-a-Stick with Yamok Sauce. Cost is $30 to $100 on a sliding scale. RSVP to Laura, as soon as possible, at 962-9876, ext. 346 -- she may still have room.

** Village Harvest Group is looking for volunteers to help pick fruit donated by residents from backyard or garden trees, and take the fruit to local food banks on Sunday, April 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers meet at the Global Community Center in Palo Alto at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 740-7725.

INFORMATION

For still more information: Check Senator Barbara Boxer's Earth Day Web site with more than 100 events statewide at http://Boxer.senate.gov/earthday/index.cfm. Or visit the Web sites for Acterra at www.acterra.org; Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at www.openspace.org; or Foundation for a Global Community at www.globalcommunity.org.


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