Earthly celebration planned for Saturday

Earth Day will be celebrated in Del Rio on Saturday, April 22, with a variety of activities at the Civic Center.

“The Del Rio Parks Foundation is partnering with the city of Del Rio for this year’s city Earth Day event planning. We also have a few other people on our committee helping out, some city employees, as well as Nanca Rodriguez from Rudy’s B-B-Q restaurant, who is organizing all the food vendors,” said Laura Gill, Del Rio Parks Foundation president.

The event, which is called the Earth Day Celebration and Home and Garden Show, will be held at the Del Rio Civic Center, 1915 Veterans Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Gill said most of the planned Earth Day activities will be in front of the Civic Center, with food trucks invited to park in the parking lot between the front of the building and the center grass median between the building and Veterans Boulevard.

“In the evening, at dusk, we will also be doing a movie in the community garden, which is being sponsored by AT&T. It will be a free kid’s movie, an environmentally-themed movie.

We’re encouraging people to bring their lawn chairs, bring their blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars,” Gill said.

The Del Rio Community Garden is located in south Del Rio, at 210 Jones St., about a block south of Brown Plaza.

“The Earth Day event at the Civic Center will include businesses and organizations who are either promoting their environmentally-friendly products or their green initiatives,” Gill said.

Gill said the Earth Day festivities will also include activities for children, such as a bouncy castle, a maze and various hands-on activities.

“We’ll also have a photo booth, and part of the celebration will be the groundbreaking for the Amistad Urban Oasis, presented by H-E-B,” Gill said.

The Earth Day celebration will also include a number of recycling activities: Red River Waste Solutions will have a bin to allow Del Rioans to dump household trash for free.

“We’ll also be having a free electronics recycling station, sponsored by Red River, and the recycling trailer will be on-site, so it’s basically like a spring cleaning event, where you can get rid of things for free,” she said.

“The Del Rio Parks Foundation and the city of Del Rio have tried to put a focus on some of these environmental initiatives throughout the month, starting with a cleanup event on April 1,” Gill said.

“The event promotes businesses in town that are doing a great job promoting environmental initiatives and being conscious of those issues we are facing as a planet. It’s also going to be a fun event for families, and there are going to be some educational opportunities for the kids, so it’s a good chance to get everybody out and to bring attention to these issues,” she added.

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