Earth Day 2017: Celebrate the planet with these events

EARTH - Roughly 93 million miles from the sun, Earth has the perfect conditions to support life. It's the only planet we have, so on April 22 this year, we're celebrating it!

The Bay area is full of cleanup projects, festivals and environmental events you can get in on to show appreciation for our planetary home.

Green Celebration Honoring 47th Anniversary of Earth Day

  • Friday, April 21 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Lake Mirror Promenade in Lakeland
  • Live music from reggae band Jah Movement
  • Exhibits promoting green living initiatives
  • FREE

Tidy up with Kensington Park Community Cleanup

  • Saturday, April 22 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Kensington Park in Sarasota
  • Dumpsters available at Tee Rd. & Tee Lane intersection, Prudence Dr. & Melgert Lane, Randa Blvd. & 24th Pkwy
  • Hazardous materials including paint, auto parts, electronics only accepted at Tee Rd./Tee Lane location or Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center at 8750 Bee Ridge Rd.
  • More info at www.scgov.net

Bartow Great American Cleanup

  • Saturday, April 22 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Mary Holland Park in Bartow
  • Nationwide cleanup initiative led by Keep America Beautiful
  • Volunteers provided with garbage bags, gloves and safety vests
  • Those who pre-register may qualify for free t-shirt and ticket to Bok Tower Gardens
  • For more information or to pre-register, call (863) 534-0181 or email solidwaste@cityofbartow.net

City of Largo Neighborhood Cleanup

  • Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers needed to beautify the Archwood South aven subdivision off Rosery Rd. NW and Clearwater Largo Rd.
  • Largo Solid Waste will have dumpsters at the corner of Rosery Rd. NW and Clearwater Largo Rd. for yard waste, construction debris, tires, tree limbs, furniture, electronic waste
  • For more, call (727) 586-7488 x7220 or email pjensen@largo.com

Pasco's 22nd Earth Day Celebration

  • Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Spring Hill
  • Children's crafts and education displays
  • Florida native plant sale
  • Pet adoptions
  • Ladybug release
  • Electronics recycling
  • Mary Giella Elementary School Concessions/PTA fundrasier

Green Thumb Festival

  • Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Walter Fuller Park in St. Pete
  • Over 120 vendors
  • Horticultural & Environmental exhibits
  • Garden Wagon Parade
  • Mayor Kriseman accepting the Tree City USA award
  • 1,200 trees for sale
  • Tree climbing

Paws Around the Earth

  • Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at BluePearl's Tampa Hospital
  • Food trucks
  • Raising money for Frankie's Friends non-profit
  • Peanut butter licking contest
  • Musical dog beds
  • Pooper scooper races
  • Costume contest

Moccasin Lake Earth Day Festival

  • April 22 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Moccasin Lake Environmental Educational Center in Clearwater
  • Presentations on environmentally pressing topics
  • Workshops, music, vendors, food and fun
  • Children's arts and crafts

8th Annual EcoFest

  • Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Lowry Park Bandshell in Tampa
  • More than 130 exhibitors focusing on environment, nature and sustainability
  • USF student organizations will speak
  • 12 on-stage presentations including Lowry Park Zoo and Owl Sanctuary
  • Live musical performances

St. Pete Earth Day Celebration

  • Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Williams Park in St. Petersburg
  • Interactive exhibits, educational and recreational activities
  • Live music from regional favorite bands
  • Veg Out Bloody Mary competition
  • Opportunities to get involved in protecting the environment