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Saturday: Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day will be celebrated by local towns, including a joint celebration by Woodside and Portola Valley on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Runnymede Farm, 980 Runnymede Road in Woodside.

Atherton will hold events at its town center.

The focus of the Woodside and Portola Valley celebration will be sustainable landscaping.

Exhibits will include displays of drought-tolerant flowers, plants and succulents to examples of low water use landscaping offered by landscape design and construction firms. Visitors can pick up tips on converting a field of weeds to field of wildflowers, and how to manage weeds and pests without poisons.

A ticket to the event is redeemable for a catered lunch from Redwood Grill. There will be awards for heritage trees and the environmental champion of the year, and music by the saxophone quartet of the Woodside Village Band.

Free items include a cookie for visitors who arrive by bicycle or horse, and a self-guided tour of the farm's sculptures. For Portola Valley residents, free compost will be available at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Tickets, at $15, must be purchased in advance, and are available at town halls or at woodsidetown.org. Click the "Earth Fair 2017" link in the "What's New" listings.

Atherton

Atherton will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, with student environmental exhibits, a garden mulch giveaway, e-waste recycling and shredding, 3-D printing, planting exhibits, a sustainable gardening presentation and experiments for the family.

The events run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town center, located at Ashfield Road and Dinkelspiel Station Lane. Organizers are the town's Environmental Programs Committee, Recology and the Atherton Library.

Master Gardener Laurel Nagle will give a presentation on sustainable gardening at 11 a.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road. She is the owner of Every Bloomin' Thing, a container gardening service for residences and businesses, and has taught drought-tolerant gardening and homeowner garden design classes in the College of San Mateo's community education program.

Local high school students were invited to participate in the student environmental challenge with prizes for the best exhibits.

The Pure Juice Organics juice truck will serve fresh pressed juice and Acai bowls, and the San Mateo County Bookmobile will pay a visit.

Click here for more information, including about last year's student challenge.

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