Celebrating Earth Day in Rubber City

Earth Day is fast approaching so here are some of our favorite ways Akron parties green well after St. Patty’s Day.

Mustard Seed Market & Café (all locations)
Saturday, April 16 from noon to 4 pm.
With the help of Friends of Summit Metro Parks, the UNFI Foundation and JM Smucker Co., the good folks at the Mustard Seed are giving away thousands of (free!) milkweed plants and (free!) tree seedlings to celebrate their 35th birthday while — in true Mustard Seed fashion — also trying to do their part to counteract the decline of pollinators after 42 percent of US bee colonies collapsed in 2015. They’ll also have a birthday-themed taste fair and live music. Visit their website at mustardseedmarket.com for more information.

Free bus rides
courtesy of METRO
Friday, April 22
For just one day, leave behind your car and its pollutin’ ways with free fare on Earth Day, joining METRO’s effort to help us all reduce our carbon footprint. It’s not just about taking vehicles off the road. Their Pfaff Transit Center is Gold LEED certified, using alternative energy, heating and cooling systems, as well as using collected rainwater in the toilets and recycled materials in the building’s design. Plus, they have solar panels helping power the main office in Kenmore. (NOTE: Free fares are not valid for premium services such as METRO SCAT, Northcoast Express, or Call-A-Bus.) Check the bus schedule at akronmetro.org — then watch their parody video of Adele’s “Hello” if you’re looking for a reason to smile today.

lets grow akronCommunity Gardening and Neighborhood Clean-up
hosted by Let’s Grow Akron
Friday, April 22, from 9 am to 3 pm
467 Harvey Avenue, Akron
Kick off the 2016 growing season with Let’s Grow Akron near their headquarters, and then on Saturday, join the Summit Lake clean-up from 8 am to noon. For more information, visit them online at letsgrowakron.org

Block to the Lock
presented by Cascade Locks Association
Saturday, April 23, from 10 am to 3 pm
Beginning behind the Highland Square library and traveling to the Mustill Store Museum, hikers and bikers will celebrate Earth Day with a clean-up, picnic, live music, a chat with Councilman Rich Swirksy, and even a headstone dedication for canal boat captain Pearl “Skinny” Nye at Glendale Cemetery where author Marilyn Seguin will say a few words about the good Capt. Nye. For more, visit cascadelocks.org or call Beth at 330.374.5625.

Party for the Planet
hosted by Akron Zoo
Saturday, April 23, from 10 am to 4 pm
As if the zoo weren’t cool enough, they’re taking it up a notch with their annual Party for the Planet with live entertainment and a showcase of their sustainability efforts. Guests can visit the zoo’s Green team, American Association of Zoo Keepers, Akron Zoo Chapter of FrogWatch USA and Polar Bears International. For more information visit akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

BONUS: Cool stuff that’s not exactly related to Earth Day but is happening around it

Keep+The+PeaceKeep The Peace
presented by Wandering Aesthetics
Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23, at 8 pm
Akron Center for Art, Music & Performance
Join storyteller Kyle Jozsa as he leads an interactive journey to inner and outer peace, using folktales from around the world. Keep The Peace examines the development of tools into weapons and proposes alternative answers to violence. Several Akron residents who have died as a result of gun violence will be honored throughout the evening. This is a theatrical storytelling event. Use the code EARTH to save $5 when you buy tickets online at watheatre.com/boxoffice. For more information, visit watheatre.com/keep-the-peace or email watheatre@gmail.com

The Shindig
Saturday, April 23, from 3-7pm
The Bit Factory
526 S. Main St., Suite 511
This is the first fundraiser for the Arts Administration Networking Alliance of The University of Akron and it should be pretty amazing, featuring live music by The Beyonderers, The Dreemers, Fancy Legs and Pizza Ghost. Activities will also include a photo booth with professional photography, work involving AANA graduate students and a dance floor that promises many surprises. Tickets are available for purchase for $10 at the door only. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more info, visit facebook.com/groups/979383622140316 or uakron.edu/dtaa

IMG_9055Twin Atomic album release party
Saturday, April 23, from 9 pm until…
What do you get when you mix one of Akron’s iconic music venues and guest appearances by Goodnight Tonight, Move Home and Natalie Grace Martin with a night with the Rubber City Rollergirls? Answer: The record release party for local femme-fronted rock band, Twin Atomic. Sample their goods at soundcloud.com/wintomic