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Celebrate Earth Day Regionally Through Family, Fitness and Fun on April 23 at Shawnee Mission Park
POSTED: 04/12/2005
 
On the 35th anniversary of Earth Day, plan a day of family fun and make a difference for the environment in your community. The first-ever Kansas City EarthFest is Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at The Theatre in The Park at Shawnee Mission Park. Bring your walking shoes and start the day early with the 9th annual Kansas City EarthWalk for local environmental programs and education.

The Kansas City EarthWalk starts at 9:00 AM and includes a first-come, first-served lunch provided by Wild Oats. Walkers can raise pledges for the chance to win prizes from area merchants including hotel stays, restaurant and retail gift certificates and merchandise.

To register for the EarthWalk, visit www.earthdaykc.org or call 816-561-1061, ext. 128. Teams should contact Rebecca at 816-561-1061, ext. 114 or rebecca@bridgingthegap.org. Entries are being accepted now and will be accepted from 7:30 to 9:00 AM the day of the walk.

After the EarthWalk, chat with planet-friendly exhibitors and enjoy live entertainment featuring Mississippi native Charlie Mars, local heartthrob Green Elvis and the Eco Troubadour Stan Slaughter at The Kansas City EarthFest. Go on a bird watching hike, test your skills at the Recycle Relay, bring a used book for a book exchange and get creative with Earth-friendly crafts and activities for children of all ages. EarthFest admission is free.

The Kansas City EarthFest and EarthWalk are presented by Bridging The Gap, Johnson County Park and Recreation District and Friends For Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the park district’s 50th anniversary celebration and Johnson County’s 150th anniversary. EarthFest and EarthWalk are sponsored in part by Two West Inc., Wild Oats and 97.3 The Planet. Promotional support is provided by Time Warner and Hen House Market.

EarthWalk proceeds benefit BTG and stay in Kansas City to support environmental education and projects across the metro area. BTG is Kansas City’s only not-for-profit organization dedicated to the environment that works to unite business, government and individuals in a way that benefits us all and preserves our natural resources for generations to come. BTG seeks simple - and some not so simple - ways to protect the environment, while balancing economic impact and bettering community. ###

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Leslie Barland, EarthWalk Coordinator, 816-651-8819
Stacia Stelk, EarthFest Coordinator, 816-804-2097
Randy Knight, Johnson County Park & Recreation, 913-894-3323

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