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Earth Days begin today
by Tribune Staff
Apr 23, 2011 | 2339 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Brian Sandoval helps kindergartner Brendan Patterson plant vegetables in Peavine Elementary School’s garden on Friday afternoon in celebration of Earth Day.
Gov. Brian Sandoval helps kindergartner Brendan Patterson plant vegetables in Peavine Elementary School’s garden on Friday afternoon in celebration of Earth Day.
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The encumbrances of the weekday work schedule have produced a strange fad in recent years. No longer are many holidays actually celebrated on the day of their designation. Instead, the party is moved to the nearest available weekend, ostensibly as a way to alleviate any conflicts with our busy work schedules.

Take Earth Day, for example. April 22 is its official day of recognition, as it has been since 1970. But actual celebrations in the Truckee Meadows began last week, continue today and stretch all the way to May.

The only day without a formal celebration was Earth Day itself.

Pretty soon, New Year’s Eve will simply be pushed back to the next Friday or Saturday night on the calendar so that Americans can stay up late and never have to miss a minute of work. Well, those of us who have the weekend off, that is.

Or perhaps Memorial Day will be moved to the weekend because Monday’s are just such a drag.

At any rate, the good news is that despite the shifting dates of Earth Day, the celebrations are better than ever.

Check out the following festivals, beginning today, to see for yourself:

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Village at Squaw Valley.

Admission: Free.

Parking and transit: The Tahoe Area Regional Transit system offers free transport to and from North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.

Activities: Live music, children’s games, eco-friendly workshops and free recycling of home electronics.

Info: For volunteer and other details, visit http://tahoetruckeeearthday.com.

Reno Earth Day Festival

When: Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Free.

Parking: Reno High School, 395 Booth Street, free valet service offered to bikers by the Reno Bike Project.

Activities: Live music, children’s games, food, eco-friendly workshops, recycling stations and more than 200 vendors.

Info: Organized by Nevada EcoNet, http://www.nevadaeconet.org.
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