Saturday: Earth Day fair in Portola Valley


It's the middle of April and time for Earth Day. At Town Center in Portola Valley on Saturday, April 16, there are scheduled a range of activities and things to see and do from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to a worm composting workshop led by a master composter that starts at 10 a.m., the day will include free information about backyard composting, energy efficiency at home, recycling, water conservation, safe bicycling and walking to school, and a tour of the environmentally advanced Town Center complex.

GreenWaste Recovery, a San Jose-based green business that collects garbage and recycling for the town, will be there to distribute free compost (one bag per family while they last) and answer recycling questions.

Also representing green business will be companies that can assess a home's energy usage, collect a household's rainwater, deconstruct (as opposed to demolish) a home, and provide locally grown fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

Among the services to be available: on-site paper shredding from 10 a.m. to noon, with a suggested donation of $10 per box of paper; kits for stopping junk mail; and a place to drop used athletic shoes so they can be ground up and re-used to resurface recreational surfaces such as running tracks and tennis courts.

Refreshments will include espresso drinks by Espresso Lane in Redwood City, and snacks from both Roberts and Bianchini's markets.

There will be activities for kids, a lottery for a free home energy assessment, and electric vehicles to see and talk about.

Go to this link for more information.

Go to this link for more on the worm composting workshop.

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