Englewood plans first-ever Earth Day fest

ENGLEWOOD — Celebrating the earth is something Marie Laforge always wanted to do, so she helped plan the first-ever Earth Day Festival scheduled for Sunday on Dearborn Street.

Laforge started planning in February and found a lot of people were willing to participate.

Laforge, who is the event chairwoman of the Olde Englewood Village Association, is coordinating the festival. She owns Mango Bistro on Dearborn Street. When she started contacting other organizations to participate, one who jumped at the opportunity was the Englewood Center for Sustainability.

“(OEVA) fast-tracked it,” said Don Musilli, president of EC4S. “I hope it will be an annual event. We got a lot of local support.”

Musilli said the timing of the event is ideal.

“A lot of snowbirds will leave in a week or so,” he said.

Musilli said he expects around 400 to 500 people to attend.

“If we can get 1,000 people to show up, it will be great,” he said.

The event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Dearborn.

The event will have family activities including workshops, presentations by local environmental associations, live music, kids yoga, a kid zone, a ”Junk Art” exhibit by local middle schoolers, raffles, games with Earthfriendly prizes, plant sales, demonstrations, arts and crafts from local artists and a fresh organic juice bar.

Sponsors include the Englewood Community Redevelopment Area, the Englewood Farmers Market, the Open Studio, Mango Bistro, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Waste Management.

Admission is free.

For more information, go to oldeenglewood.com  .

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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