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Festivals, cleanups mark local Earth Day celebrations

4/22/2016, 7:02 a.m.
There’s just one international Earth Day, but Richmond area residents will have the opportunity this weekend to attend festivals on ...

There’s just one international Earth Day, but Richmond area residents will have the opportunity this weekend to attend festivals on both sides of the James River.

Both events are scheduled to take place Saturday, April 23.

The 23rd Annual Richmond Earth Day Festival will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Great Shiplock Park, 2803 Dock St. in Shockoe Bottom.

Touted by organizers as “Central Virginia’s premiere and long-running Earth Day celebration,” the festival will include live music, activities for children, shows by Jesse the Juggler, a craft market, exhibits, art, kayak rides and other activities along the Kanawha Canal and Virginia Capital Trail.

This festival is a project of the Enrichmond Foundation.

For more information, contact the foundation’s executive director, John Sydnor, at (804) 646-0954 or go to www.enrichmond.org.

The 7th annual RVA Earth Day Festival in Manchester is to be held noon to 7 p.m. on Hull Street between Plant Zero and the Floodwall.

Activities will include arts and other activities for children, river wildlife tours, live music, local produce from farmers’ markets, vendors selling art, jewelry and other items, and food trucks and cuisine from nearby restaurants.

Style Weekly sponsors the festival, with net proceeds to benefit FeedRVA.

For more information, call (804) 358-0825 or go to www.rvaearthdayfest.com.

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated April 22. Events are held around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

Several community cleanups also are scheduled to commemorate Earth Day.

Keep Virginia Beautiful and the City of Richmond are partnering to sponsor two of those.

The first is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, on Belle Isle along the banks of the James River, in Manchester on South Side and at City Hall in Downtown.

The second is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at Great Shiplock Park and Rocketts Landing along the north and south banks of the James River, in the Blackwell community in South Side and in Monroe Park next to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Volunteers can register by going to www.HandsOnRVA.org or at www.Richmondgov.com/NeighbortoNeighbor.

For information, contact the Clean City Commission at (804) 646-8325 or Keep Virginia Beautiful at (804) 665-2908.