8th Annual Framingham Earth Day is Saturday, April 28

FRAMINGHAM – With more than 100 vendors, exhibitors, and attractions, the Framingham Earth Day Festival will offer an entertaining, educational, and family-friendly environment where participants can learn about living a more sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, on the Framingham Centre Common, and lasts until 3 p.m.

Learn about ways to make sustainable choices, conserve energy, support local businesses, and of course, reduce, reuse and recycle, all while having a great time with your friends and neighbors! With food, music, kids activities, fitness classes, recycling, and more, the
eighth annual festival promises to be even better than previous years.
The theme of this year’s festival is “LOCAL,” and as such the event will feature organizations sharing opportunities to shop local, eat local food, preserve Framingham’s natural resources, and get involved in our community.
● Visit over 100 new and returning vendors sharing their environmental message about how you can help make a cleaner and greener world: local farms, biking and outdoor recreation, renewable energy, eco-friendly household products, health and wellness, recycling and composting, and more!
● Kids can enjoy nature-based games and art projects in the festival-sponsored Kids Korner. Other kid-friendly activities offered by festival vendors include planting native wild strawberries and pollinator plants, creating homemade bird feeders with recycled materials, and fitting free bike helmets for kids.
● We will have lots of local, vegetarian food options for the entire family, including Mexican dishes from Taqueria Mexico, global cuisine from Nzuko, pizza from Papa Gino’s, and popcorn from Velma’s Kettle Corn. Sweet treats will include sorbetto, pate de fruit, and
chocolate from Dulce D Leche, and fresh cannoli from Joni’s Cannolis. Wash all of the delicious food down with lemonade from When Life Gives You Lemons.
● Festival-goers can enjoy live music with performances from local artists Johnny Fireseed, the New Sound Assembly Chorus, Sweet Wednesday, and The Zoë Krohne & Willie Sordillo Duo with special guest Doug Rich.
● Participate in free fitness classes scheduled throughout the day, including multiple yoga classes led by instructors from The Gentle Place, kids yoga led by Mystic Fitness, and more!

The 2018 Festival will offer area residents the opportunity to drop off a number of different hard-to-recycle items. Before you load up your trash bin, consider collecting the following items you can bring to the Common for recycling:
● Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and air pillows
● Light bulbs, batteries, hearing aids, printer cartridges, and CDs/DVDs
● Brita filters, wine corks, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes
● Old denim apparel and t-shirts, used coats, and eyeglasses
● Musical instruments, yoga mats, metal toy trucks and cars, and plastic easter eggs

Recycling opportunities offered off-site (but nearby!) on Festival day include:
● Electronics, including TVs, computers and monitors, computer parts and accessories, video and audio equipment, household appliances, white goods, and other mixed electronics – fees will apply – at Plymouth Church (87 Edgell Road – across from the
festival), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
● Bikes, bike parts, bike accessories, and cycling clothing – at Plymouth Church (87 Edgell Road – across from the festival), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
● Unused or expired medications – at Framingham Police Department headquarters (1 William Welch Way), from 10 a.m. to noon

As always the festival will be a Zero Waste event, with all food products and unconsumed food waste composted or recycled. Framingham DPW will be leading the recycling and composting efforts by providing stations for separating recyclable items from compostable items. In keeping with our zero waste goals, we will not have trash receptacles at the festival.

We ask that attendees help us be waste-free on festival day by not generating trash, bringing water bottles to refill at the free water stations, and packing your reusable bags for any eco-friendly purchases made. If you forget yours at home, we will have water bottles and reusable Chico bags for sale at the Earth Day Festival booth.

In the event of stormy weather with heavy rains, the festival will be moved indoors to Framingham High School. If in doubt, check the Framingham Earth Day Festival website the day of the event.

The Framingham Earth Day Festival would not be possible without the following event partners and sponsors: Framingham DPW, Centre Music House, The Gentle Place, Whole Foods Market, Staples, Mutual One, Mission.Earth, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, Gordon Multimedia, and Levine Design.

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970 and is considered the beginning of a world-wide environmental awareness movement.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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