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Mark your calendar for these upcoming spring events

Earth Day Birthday will be held April 8 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
Earth Day Birthday will be held April 8 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Centre Daily Times, file

There are so many earth friendly events coming up in April. Check out a description of each event below and be sure to take advantage of as many as possible.

Recycled Art Show

Stop by the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania from 5-8 p.m. April 6 for a recycled art exhibit reception. Local recycled pieces will be on display and art lovers can peruse the exhibit and vote for their favorites. Select pieces will then be displayed at Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority’s Interpretive Center following the show.

Earth Day Birthday

From 2-5 p.m. April 8, come and enjoy an afternoon of educational fun at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Learn about the earth and how to protect it. Visit displays from local environmental organizations, enjoy kids’ activities and crafts, food, games and more. Earth Day Birthday is great fun for the whole family.

Watershed Cleanup Day

Consider being part of the 22nd annual Watershed Cleanup Day, held this year from 8 a.m.-noon April 21. Since 1997, Watershed Cleanup Day volunteers have removed more than 5.8 million pounds of waste from local streams, roadways, sinkholes and illegal dumpsites. Local businesses, municipalities, faith groups, scout troops, organizations and individuals have all participated to help clean up central Pennsylvania. You can volunteer to help ClearWater Conservancy rid Centre County’s lands and waters of tons and tons of illegally disposed wastes at A picnic will follow the event.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, sponsored by the CCRRA, will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28. Centre County residents may bring HHW items such as oil-based paints, insecticides, toxic chemicals, cleaners, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes, flammables, etc., to the CCRRA, 253 Transfer Road, College Township, for proper recycling and disposal.

Do not bring latex paint, used motor oil, antifreeze, medications, explosives or alkaline batteries to the event. Contact the CCRRA at or 238-7005, for questions regarding the collection event.

If you plan to attend the HHW event, why not make the most of your trip and bring along old computers or electronics that need recycling. The electronics drop-off site will be open during the event. There is also a recycling container (located outside of Gate 3) for miscellaneous plastics (yogurt containers, plastic food containers, etc.), so bring those along as well.

CCRRA, in partnership with Weis Markets, will be holding a book drive (in conjunction with HHW) to benefit local Little Free Libraries. The first 1,000 cars to bring a new or gently used children’s book to our event will receive a free reusable Earth Day tote designed by two local fifth-grade students.

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Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Contact her at aschirf@centrecounty