Rockville, Maryland, March 21 – The 49th anniversary of Earth Day is Monday, April 22.
The Mayor and Council will issue a proclamation during their meeting on Monday, March 25 designating April as Earth Month in the City of Rockville; Monday, April 22 as Earth Day; and 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 as Earth Hour. Find more details with the March 25 agenda at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.
Rockville will mark Earth Month with a monthlong celebration – and bonus events in early May, including the following activities – most of them free – aimed at environmental sustainability:
March 30: 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 3: 6th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Silver Spring. Learn more at www.mcenergysummit.org.
April 6: Arbor Day Ceremony and Tree Giveaway, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. Ceremony and tree planting at 10 a.m.
April 11: Glenview Mansion and Peerless Rockville Speaker Series: Rockville’s Legacy of Environmental Protection, 7 p.m. at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive. Free. Learn more at bit.ly/PeerlessEarthMonth2019.
April 13: 31st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Stream cleanup sites include:
- Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 9 a.m.–noon.
- Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, 9:30-11 a.m.
- Maryvale Park, 812 First St., 10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-314-8877.
April 13: Stream Cleanup Meetup, noon-2 p.m. at Saints Row Brewing, 1211 Taft St. Join Croydon Creek Nature Center and the Environment Commission for a family-friendly meetup after the morning stream cleanups. Open to all. Food onsite. Beer specials for volunteers over 21.
April 27: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rockville City Police Station, 2 W. Montgomery Ave. Drive up and drop off unused or expired medications so that they are safely disposed of and kept out of our environment. For more information, call Cpl. Ken Matney at 240-314-8922.
April 27: Spring Festival with Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-noon at Croydon Creek Nature Center.
April 28: Science Day, noon-5 p.m. at Montgomery College, Rockville campus, 51 Mannakee St. Visit the Croydon Creek Nature Center table. Learn more at www.rockvillesciencecenter.org/rockville-science-day.
May 4: Rockville Brewshed, 2-3 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center. Join head brewer Kenny Allen on a streamside hike in the Hayes Forest Preserve to gather inspiration for True Respite Brewing Company’s next beer. After the hike, head to True Respite Brewing Company to enjoy 15 percent off beers for hike participants 21 and older. Cost is $4 R/$5 NR. Register for course #9027 at www.rockvillemd.gov/registration.
May 5: Green Your Backyard Information Session, 1:30-3 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center. Learn about RainScapes Rebates and other city programs designed to help you green your backyard and reduce pollution, in this free information session. To register, call 240-314-8870 or email email@example.com with your name, phone number and address.
May 5: Invasive Plant Pull, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center.
Learn how to get involved and live greener and healthier at www.rockvillemd.gov/environment.
For environmental news and events, and tips for helping the environment year-round, sign up to receive the city’s Environment and Sustainability quarterly newsletter in your inbox. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/newsletters and select “Environment and Sustainability.”
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