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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Rockville to Celebrate Earth Month with Activities Throughout April

City to Observe Arbor Day with Tree Planting on Wednesday, April 26

Rockville, Maryland, March 16 – The Mayor and Council issued a proclamation on March 13 designating April as Earth Month in the City of Rockville, Saturday, April 22 as the 47th Earth Day, and 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 as Earth Hour.

The city strives to be an environmentally sustainable community that preserves its green spaces and continually reevaluates ways to reduce its environmental footprint. Find details, including how to get involved and live greener, how to invite an environmental speaker to your next community meeting and tips for helping the environment year-round, at www.rockvillemd.gov/environment. Mark your calendar for these events:

March 25: Earth Hour, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Earth Hour, an international effort in support of climate change action, encourages people to turn off all non-essential lights in their homes and businesses for one hour. The city will participate by turning off all non-essential lights at the city’s Gude Maintenance Facility. Learn more at www.earthhour.org.

April 1: Green Your Backyard Information Session, 10-11:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway. Learn about RainScapes Rewards and other city programs designed to help you green your backyard and reduce pollution, in this free information session. To register, call 240-314-8877 or email rainscapes@rockvillemd.gov with your name, phone number and address.

April 5: 4th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Silver Spring. Learn more at www.usgbc.org/mcenergysummit2017.

April 8: 29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Stream cleanup sites include:
  • Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, 9-11 a.m.
  • Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 9 a.m.–noon.
  • Maryvale Park, 812 First St., 10:30 a.m.-noon.
City staff will greet volunteers. Gloves and bags will be provided. Student Service Learning hours are available. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. For more information, or to register, email environment@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8877.

April 22: Earth Day Celebration Campfire, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center. For more information and to register, call 240-314-8770. $5 for Rockville residents, $6 for nonresidents.

April 23: Rockville Science Day, noon-5 p.m. at Montgomery College, Rockville campus, 51 Mannakee St. Visit the Croydon Creek Nature Center table. Free. Find more information at www.rockvillesciencecenter.org.

April 26: Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony, 10 a.m. at Lone Oak Park, 1010 Grandin Ave. Join the city’s Forestry Division and students from the Park Street Children's Center for a tree planting in recognition of Rockville's 28th consecutive year as a “Tree City USA.”

April 29: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rockville City Police Station, 2 W. Montgomery Ave. Safely dispose of unused or expired medications and help keep them out of our environment. For more information, call Cpl. Ken Matney at 240-314-8922.

April 29: Spring Festival with Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center. Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/croydoncreek

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
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