PLATTSBURGH - Though it's only recognized on the calendar one day a year, there's one group that feels every day should be Earth Day.
The Every Day Earth Day Committee, consisting of concerned local residents, will host its second annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 16, at the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market Pavilion on Durkee Street.
The idea behind the event each year is to get people thinking about making more environmentally-conscious decisions and how little steps can add up to a big positive impact on the earth, said Sarah L. Cronk-Duquette, one of the event's organizers.
This year's celebration will have a larger focus on the aspect of growing foods locally, she added.
"One of the things we're focusing on this year is growing local," said Cronk-Duquette. "We're going to have people there teaching canning, Cornell Cooperative Extension will have Master Gardeners there ... and we'll have CSAs, orchards and farmers presenting what they do on an everyday basis."
"Our focus this year is really on growing local and seeing the benefits of that instead of going to the supermarket," she added.
The Earth Day celebration will once again kick off at the Durkee Street pavilion at 12 p.m., however, those attending are encouraged to participate in a "People Powered Pick-up" on their way to the event, which encourages people to pick up trash as they walk or bike to the pavilion.
"We're hoping people will decide to keep their cars in the garage this year and bike, walk, run however they want to get down to the farmers market and pick up litter along the way," said Cronk-Duquette, adding trash receptacles will be on site to dispose of refuse.
The official kick-off to the celebration will consist of opening announcements, presentation of "Green Recognitions" to selected businesses, organizations and individuals who embody of the values and goals of the Every Day Earth Day committee, and a ribbon-cutting, with a ribbon made from old plastic bags.
First and second grade students from Bailey Avenue Elementary School will perform a kid's play at 2 p.m., followed by a live performance of original Earth Day songs by Pat Ostrander.
Eat.Sleep.Funk. is also slated to perform during the event.
Throughout the afternoon, the celebration will also include various kid-friendly events, including face painting, seed planting, worm composting and a story hour. Kids and adults can bring their bikes to the event as there will be bike safety information provided by Paul and Corinna Maggy of Mountain Riders.
Michelle Ouellette and youth group members of Unitarian Universal Fellowship will be making nontoxic household cleaners during the event. A perennial swap, in which people bring a perennial and swap with another brought by someone else, will also be held.
Information tables will also be set up by local organizations and individuals, providing information on various topics.
"And, if anyone wants to have a table there, we're asking people to contact Marti Martin as soon as possible at 593-5072," said Cronk-Duquette.
Food will be provided by a local vendor. People are also encouraged to visit downtown restaurants.
For more information, contact Cronk-Duquette at 593-3334 or visit www.localsustainability.com.