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Variety of events taking place this weekend to recognize Earth Day

Variety of events taking place this weekend to recognize Earth Day

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 20, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A variety of events have been scheduled around the Las Vegas valley this weekend to recognize Earth Day on April 22.

The third annual GREENFest Earth Day Festival will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Southern Nevada residents are invited to learn more about going green and how to live a sustainable lifestyle at the festival.

The festival will feature live music, green vendors, a farmer's market, a kids zone, an art contest and green exhibits.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas will also host a festival called the Festival of Communities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The festival will feature live musical and dancer performances, international food booths, kid-friendly activities, craft and gardening exhibits, tips on green living, a farmer's market and a research symposium displaying undergraduate research and creative activities.

Admission and parking is free.

Members of the Moapa Band of Paiutes began a "cultural healing walk" at 8 a.m. today.

The walk began on their reservation near NV Energy's coal-fired Reid Gardner power plant, 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

They will follow a route along Interstate 15 and Las Vegas Boulevard. The walk will end at 3 p.m. Sunday -- Earth Day -- at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse with a rally.

The purpose of the walk is to call attention to the plight of Paiutes who have suffered ill health effects from the plant's pollution.

Mandalay Bay's Party for the Planet will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shark Reef Aquarium. Party for the Planet is a free annual Earth Day event hosted in connection with Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

The event is free to the public and discounted aquarium admissions are available for completing the ECO-scavenger hunt. Details will be available at the Shark Reef booth on the day of the event.

Three restaurants in town are offering special vegetable burgers to recognize Earth Day. There are LBS: A Burger Joint at Red Rock Resort, Holstein's at The Cosmopolitan, and Pink's at Planet Hollywood Resort.

Proceeds from the Urth Burger will be donated to the Springs Preserve.

An Earth Day fair will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at the Ian Deutch Memorial Park in Pahrump. The fair will feature an opportunity to learn about Nye County's household hazardous waste program, pet adoptions, and information on volunteer opportunities.

The Spa at The Mirage is inviting people to celebrate Earth Day weekend with Yoga Among the Dolphins.

Participants can do yoga among the dolphins in the underwater viewing area at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Habitat.

Classes will be offered at 8:30 a.m. April 19, 20 and 22. Cost is $30 and includes use of the spa facilities. Call 702-781-7416 to book a class.

The Great Basin Permaculture will host Yours on Earth from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Vegas Community Garden. The event will feature local bands, a scavenger hunt and a sound garden installation.

The bands include Earth Rising, The Clydesdale and Jacob Chidestar. Tickets are $10 general admission. There will also be a raffle and tickets are $5 each.

All funds will benefit Great Basin Permaculture and the Vegas Roots Community Garden. The garden is located in downtown Las Vegas.

A community-wide recycling event, sponsered by Dig This Heavy Equipment Playground and Par 3 Recycling, will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dig This, 3012 S. Rancho Drive. The event includes an opportunity for children to touch a bulldozer and excavator. All recyclables will be accepted and separation is not required.


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