The City of Alexandria will host the 18th Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr., on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Trashion Fashion” highlighted by a fashion show featuring students from the Alexandria City Public Schools modeling fashions created by them from recycled materials. The fashion show will take place throughout the event.
Earth Day features City agencies and organizations dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Exhibitors will provide environmental educational activities for the whole family that invokes the spirit of Earth Day. Additional activities include the Annual Earth Day Tree Sale; live animal exhibits; a celebration of Nature Poetry by the City Poet Laureate, Amy Young; live music by the T. C. Williams High School Jazz Band; the Third Annual Ellen Pickering Award presentation and the Arbor Day tree planting. Admission is free, food and beverages will be for sale.
Alexandria Earth Day is based on the need to promote education and lead us all to a green and sustainable future, in keeping with the goals of the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative. In addition, the Alexandria Earth Day Committee has committed to making this event a zero-waste and carbon neutral. For additional information, visit www.alexearthday.org.
The City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, and the Environmental Policy Commission, are sponsoring the Earth Day Celebration.
The public is encouraged to take public transit, walk or bike to the event. Ben Brenman Park is served by DASH and Metrobus transit lines. For DASH route and schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit www.dashbus.com. For Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit www.wmata.com.
Bicyclists may visit www.alexandriava.gov/localmotion for the City’s Bikeways Map, which features the City’s best on-street and off-road bikeways, as well as locations of grouped bicycle parking. Additional parking will be available at the Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, located at 435 Ferdinand Day Drive.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, located at 435 Ferdinand Day Dr. For additional information on Earth Day Activities, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events Office at 703.746.5418.