Celebrate Earth Day Like an Animal

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by Dave Deluca

Wednesday, April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and it promises to be the largest environmental civic action in the world. Here in Corvallis, it’s a great excuse to dress up like an exotic animal or learn about chickens and butterflies.

Saturday night brings Earth Ball 2015. The Corvallis Environmental Center is hosting this year’s event on the rooftop at Sky High Brewing downtown. There will be a photo booth, corn hole, door prizes, and music provided by Big Outside. The best part of this party, however, should be the animal costumes. As usual, the Earth Ball will be an all-species masquerade party.

On Wednesday afternoon, Linn-Benton Community College will host an Earth Day Celebration and Community Fair at its Albany campus. Attendees will build mason bee nest boxes, create art from recycled materials, and learn about composting and alternative energy. The new chicken farm project and organic garden will be available for touring. There will also be a butterfly talk with OSU professor Tom Kaye from the Institute for Applied Ecology. Lunch will feature fish tacos and greens from the organic garden.

The CEC Earth Ball is on Saturday, April 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Sky High Brewing rooftop. Admission is $14. For more information, contact outreach@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org. LBCC’s free Earth Day Celebration is on Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Albany campus. To learn more, go to www.linnbenton.edu.