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Celebrate Earth Day Near YOU

Uploaded: Apr 14, 2023

Happy Earth Day! As the annual April 22nd celebration draws near, one of the most effective ways you can participate begins on your dinner plate. Foods best for the health of our bodies and minds, are also best for the health of the planet. They also make us feel good and happy. Come learn more, enjoy a LIVE 5-minute cook class with tastes in Mountain View at the Sunshine Gardens Earth Day Festival, April 22nd (details below).

- 5 main ways food effects global warming. Graphic courtesy of Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming

Here are more local events to celebrate Mother Earth this Earth Day season.

April 18– 20th
Global Plant-Forward Summit
Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa

Follow the food on Instagram from this plant-forward wonderland. Chefs from around the world will showcase the newest trends and ways to eat delicious plant-based dishes. Watch the general sessions webcast LIVE, with recordings available afterward here.

- Culinary Institute of America at Copia

April 22
Love Our Mother Fest

Menlo Atherton High School
555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton
11 AM – 4 PM

Stop by the green vendor fair to learn about sustainable eating, how to create a climate-friendly home, and more. Check out the electric vehicle and electric bicycle showcase and plant-based cooking demonstrations. Kids enjoy crafts, interactive animal exhibits, and more. Full list of vendors click here.

April 22
Earth Day at the Refuge

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA
7 AM – 2 PM

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and partners are celebrating Earth Day and 50 years of Endangered Species Act in a big way - fun for the whole family! Come explore the Center and learn about our endangered species on guided walks and ranger programs.

April 22
Earth Day Faire - Building Our Brighter Future

Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA
9 AM – 1 PM

Our community is taking action to help our environment and inviting you to participate. Achievements highlighted, opportunities for action offered, and reasons for hope shared.

- Joshua Tree National Park

April 22
Earth Day Resource Faire

Rinconada Library
1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA
10 AM – 1 PM

Learn about sustainable solutions from the City's Utilities and Stormwater departments. We will be joined by community organizations like the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, Canopy, and Valley Water.

Pick up your Pollinator Passport and get ready to travel into the nearby native gardens. Visit the pollinator gardens and pick up a prize or register for a raffle.

- Foothills Park, Palo Alto

April 22
Earth Day at Sunshine Gardens

132 W. Dana Street, Mountain View
3 PM – 5 PM

Learn how this residential community became a sustainable living space, and ways to make upgrades and eco-changes where you live. Chef Laura Stec will teach an on-going 5-minute cook class on How to Eat More Vegetables and EZ Seasoning - a class that just might change your food life. Stop by for a few tastes! Festival participants include Silicon Valley Bay Energy, BayREN, Recology Mountain View, Building Efficiency Core Energy, Sunbank Solar, Orange EF Chargers, and Silicone Valley Bicycle Coalition

- Eagle Lake, CA

April 23
Ladera Community Church, Portola Valley

3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
"Zombie Plastic" - Worship Service led by LCC's Green Team
Plastic is the living dead of consumer products. Even when we recycle, 90% of plastic ends up in landfills—or worse, in oceans, natural habits, or toxic incinerators. We must stop zombie plastic...but how? Matthew Vollrath and Linda Drey-Nightingale discuss the plastic crisis and solutions. Bold policy action and powerful consumer pressure can make a plastic-free future a reality.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Battling Plastics: Here’s a battle we can win!
Discover the world of superior alternatives to plastics in our home. Bottles, storage containers, bags, films, utensils, takeout, oh my! Join this discovery hour about what we can do right now.

Ways to Participate
• In person at Ladera Community Church
• Via Zoom (ID: 829 2023 8953, Passcode: Sunday)

April 23
Valley Presbyterian Church

945 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, Lane Family Hall
12 PM - 2 PM

2040 - the film
A documentary and story of hope on ways humanity can reverse global warming and improve the life of every living thing. Explore what the future could look like by the year 2040, embracing regenerative solutions and shifting them into the mainstream. A light lunch will be provided before the movie, followed by group discussion.

- Portola Valley, CA

- photos by LSIC

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Bystander, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 14, 2023 at 5:38 pm

Bystander is a registered user.

Eat locally sourced salad as plants and don't eat food that has been transported half way around the world.

Or eat locally sourced meat, poultry, fish and seafood in season with hardly any need for long transportation.

Posted by Beatrice Collins, a resident of Community Center,
on Apr 15, 2023 at 9:21 am

Beatrice Collins is a registered user.

Earth Day and transportation factors aside, I am more concerned about contracting e coli which is easily transmitted via poor irrigation and/or the mishandling of various food products.

Posted by Laura Stec, a Mountain View Online blogger,
on Apr 16, 2023 at 9:40 am

Laura Stec is a registered user.

Readers, if you have Earth Day events you would like to promote, please feel free to add them into the comments.

Posted by Bradley Gaines, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Apr 16, 2023 at 10:22 am

Bradley Gaines is a registered user.

It would be nice if some of the local restaurants with outdoor grills and smokers commemorate Earth Day via special cocktail and menu offerings.

Posted by Lonnie Young, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 17, 2023 at 12:37 pm

Lonnie Young is a registered user.

We are celebrating the occasion by hosting an Earth Day block party complete with beer/wine/liquor, assorted salads, and several Weber kettles going to smoke/grill burgers, ribs, chicken, and brauts.

One neighbor has even dug a pit in his backyard and will be preparing a slow-cooked/smoked Kalua Pig for an aloha vibe.

Earth Day is a prelude to the Memorial Day weekend and should be celebrated as a festive occasion.

Posted by Loretta Taylor, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Apr 17, 2023 at 3:44 pm

Loretta Taylor is a registered user.

We're gonna have an-all vegan (semi-organic) Earth Day deck party with some friends.

No cooked meats are being served but we will lots of Sangria + a variety of vegan dishes and sensimilla.

Posted by Jen Williams, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Apr 18, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Jen Williams is a registered user.

I am all for a smokeless vegan Earth Day celebration among friends.

When I was a child in rural Tennessee, we lived adjacent to a cemetery with a crematorium and to this day I cannot stand the smell of burning meat.

Posted by Jim Kolb, a resident of another community,
on Apr 19, 2023 at 8:44 am

Jim Kolb is a registered user.

I haven't been to downtown Palo Alto in decades but at one time the former Gatehouse restaurant (later Spago's) on Lytton Avenue was a mortuary with a crematorium in the basement.

A restaurant employee once mentioned that the basement was converted to a wine cellar but the ovens were still intact. Kind of creepy and in retrospect, the indoor dining area was reminiscent of a funeral home.

The Gatehouse building is still privately owned and the daughter of the original owner is a landlord of an adjacent older apartment building just around the corner and across the street where the old PA Times office used to be.

As for Earth Day we will be acknowledging it by reducing our consumption of fossil fuels, electricity, and water usage...at least for a day.

Posted by Chuck Hawkins (USMC ret.), a resident of another community,
on Apr 19, 2023 at 12:34 pm

Chuck Hawkins (USMC ret.) is a registered user.

@Jen Williams...while I respect your personal choice in not consuming meat products due to your childhood experiences, it should be noted that burning human flesh is different that that of a grilled USDA Prime steak.

During my tenure in Viet Nam combat, incendiary attacks using napalm and other fire-bombing ordinances results in an entirely different bouquet and aroma of 'burning meat.'

It is sickening despite Robert Duval's classic line in Apocalypse Now, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

Comparing a grilled steak to that of burning human flesh is not comparable.

Semper Fi.

Posted by Mike Worrell, a resident of another community,
on Apr 19, 2023 at 2:37 pm

Mike Worrell is a registered user.

Oily fish like mackerel and salmon smell far worse than a grilled steak.

We always cook our fish outdoors on a portable range or gas grill.

I remember checking out Earth Day in 1970 on the Stanford University campus.

They had several outdoor exhibits and I bought a copy of Paul Erlich's 'Population Bomb'.

Posted by Merilee Johnson, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Apr 20, 2023 at 3:15 pm

Merilee Johnson is a registered user.

To celebrate Earth Day we are going to fast on Saturday and then go to MacArthur Park late Sunday morning for brunch.

This is our way of making a personal sacrifice on behalf of the global ecology.

Posted by Joselyn Peck, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on Apr 21, 2023 at 9:05 am

Joselyn Peck is a registered user.

To commemorate Earth Day my husband and I have decided to forego traditional cremation and burial practices upon our passing.

Organic cremation using water or compacted wood chips returns the body to soil compost and eliminates the necessity of traditional mortuary services like embalming or incineration which is healthier for our environment as it does not impregnate the soil with harmful chemicals or create air pollution.

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