City of Sarasota to host Earth Day Festival on April 22

Event planned in Selby Five Points Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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The public is invited to join the celebration as the City of Sarasota and the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Program in Sarasota County host an Earth Day Festival on Monday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Selby Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota, the City of Sarasota has announced.

The event will feature information booths throughout the park, focusing on a variety of environmental issues — energy efficiency, stormwater pollution, composting, native plants and electric vehicles, among them, a news release says. Food will be available for purchase from the Spice Boys food truck, the release adds.

Visitors will have a chance to do the following, the release notes:

  • Tour two tiny homes.
  • Pick up free bicycle gear.
  • Try an e-scooter.
  • Learn about plastic pollution and how to turn single-use plastics into reusable items.
  • Hear more about Sarasota in Motion, the City’s transportation master plan.
  • See why putting fats, oils and greases down the kitchen drain is so bad.

Additionally, in recognition of Arbor Day and the City of Sarasota’s celebration of 33 years of being designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, some attendees will be able to take home one of more than 70 free native plants and trees available at the festival, while supplies last, the release points out. The giveaway is made possible by a grant from the Native Plant Society.

“We’re excited to again host this fun, educational event and show people all the little ways that they can help make a difference in conserving and preserving our environment,” said City of Sarasota Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes in the release. “We hope everyone can take a timeout during their lunch break, stop by for some free stuff and hopefully learn something new about protecting our planet and our community.”