Three ways to celebrate Earth Day

From planting to partying, there are a few options for earth-lovers wishing to celebrate the planet this Earth Day.

While Earth Day itself is April 22, various observances are planned on different days. Here are a few highlights:

Earth Day Party

If you want to celebrate the planet you live on in style, come on out to the Gladstone Hotel’s Earth Day Party in the 6ix, hosted Monday, April 22nd from 5:30 pm to 10 pm at the Queen West venue. The event will feature live performances ranging from spoken word to music, as well as dancing opportunities courtesy of a DJ.

The Upcycling Marketplace will give people the opportunity to take home wares from local vendors, most notably one-of-a-kind, hand-made clothing and jewelry items. Admission is free, though Evoke Creatives, which is organizing the party, is accepting donations to be shared with performing artists. You can pre-register for the event here.

Get Your Hand Dirty

There’s no better way to celebrate the earth than to get your hands covered in it. The Toronto Botanical Garden on Lawrence Ave. E. is hosting an Earth Day Family Celebration on Saturday, April 27 from noon until 3 pm. Families will be able to help plant in the site’s teaching garden, as well as create nature-themed crafts and listen to stories of a similar theme.

The event is free, but pre-registration here is recommended as spaces are limited.

Tree Planting

As green space in the city and area becomes harder to come by, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is looking for help getting trees in the ground. One Tree Planted is hosting a tree planting day on Sunday, April 28 at Phyllis Rawlinson Park in Richmond Hill, with a goal of getting 200 trees in the ground.

The event runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to bring long pants and closed toe shows. One Tree Planted is providing snacks and refreshments throughout the plant.

Photo: Children plant in the Toronto Botanical Garden teaching garden.

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