Local environmental organization VOICE (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community's Environment), partnered with the City of Manhattan Beach to kick off "Earth Week" on Saturday, April 17, with a celebration in Polliwog Park.
Thursday, April 22, marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations in the United States. To honor this tradition of environmental stewardship, the City Council earlier this year proclaimed April 17-23 as Manhattan Beach Earth Week. A special ceremony will be held tomorrow to recognize local individuals who have contributed to making the city greener.
Saturday's event featured a wide assortment of activities, fresh food and family fun. Live music was provided by Police tribute band Fallout.
Tours were offered in the park's botanical garden, as well as 15-minute "eco-sessions" on topics ranging from energy audits and solar power to edible gardens and "zero waste" strategies.
Tomorrow, the city will acknowledge the environmental efforts of local schools and students during a special "Earth Day Birthday" ceremony beginning at 3:45 p.m. in the Civic Center Plaza.
The ceremony will recognize "eco heroes" among city staff, highlight afterschool program green efforts, and introduce local Earth Day honorees. In case of rain the event will take place in City Council Chambers.
Attendees will then be invited to the last meeting of the city's Environmental Task Force at 5 p.m. in the the Police and Fire Safety Facility's Conference Room.