Opinion: Celebrate Earth Day

Opinion: Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, observed April 19-27 and beyond. The City of Alexandria offers many useful and educational ways to enjoy the day. Don’t miss the chance to get outside, observe the developing spring weather, flora and fauna. Here are some of the opportunities:

This year's official celebration in Alexandria will be held at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive, on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, a tree sale, and more. This year’s event will also feature the Upcycling Showcase, where students will showcase their creative interpretation of Earth Day through literature, fashion, visual arts and performing arts. There will be more than 50 exhibitors and live music by Fuse Box.

Starting on April 22, ACTion Alexandria is asking for ideas to make Alexandria a greener, more sustainable place to “live, work, and play.” A panel of judges will review submitted ideas, and the winning ideas will be awarded up to $2,000 in grant money from the Dominion Foundation. Submit ideas from April 22-May 9 at

Mother's Day Photos

Mother’s Day is May 11, 2014, and every year at this time, The Alexandria Gazette Packet calls for submissions to our Mother’s Day photo gallery. Send photos of mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, with children or without children in the photos. Please name everyone in the photo, the approximate date, describe what is happening in the photo and include your name, address, email address and phone number. (We will not print your full address or contact information.) You can upload photos and information directly to our website at www.connectionnewspapers.com/mothersday/ or email to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com

www.actionalexandria.org/greenideas. Then tell your friends to support your idea from May 10-May 23. Winners will be announced in early June.

The City of Alexandria’s Park Operations and Natural Resources Division will hold a tree sale on Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. The goal of the sale is to promote the preservation of the Alexandria’s tree canopy by encouraging the planting of trees on private property throughout the City. Trees available include several kinds of oaks, dogwood and redbud, among others, priced at $30-40. To reserve a tree, call the Park Operations and Natural Resources Division Office at 703.746.5499 or email dorothy.white@alexandriava.gov.

More on Alexandria’s Earth Day at http://www.alexandriava.gov/EarthDay