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Earth Day celebration set for Saturday in Reading City Park

The Berks County Earth Day Festival will be held on April 20 at Reading City Park.

The event will highlight efforts to help protect the environment in a variety of fun and informative ways, according to organizers of the festival. The annual event will feature activities for the family, entertainment and an assortment of exhibitions.

The festivities, organized by Earth Day Berks County and Reading’s Public Works Department, will kick off at noon.

Before the event, there will be a citywide clean up effort starting at 8 a.m. involving a small army of volunteers dedicated to keeping Reading streets beautiful.

Once the festival begins there will be entertainment with performances:

• Mark James, noon to 12:30 p.m.

• Golden Twine, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

• Green Being, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• Country Sunset Duo, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

• The Skip Moyer Jazz Quintet, 5 to 6 p.m.

The event will also feature performances by Native American artists. There will be a drum circle from 2 to 3 p.m. near Veteran’s Grove highlighting traditional dances and storytelling.

In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be exhibits by the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Red Creek Wildlife Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

There will be several exhibitors throughout the park that will provide attendees with more information about how to get involved in environmental conservation efforts. That list includes the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society, Berks Climate Action, Berks Nature, Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club, Garden Club of Reading and Schuylkill River Greenways Association.

There will also be four collection events during the festival that are being hosted by local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

East Penn Manufacturing will accept lead batteries; Opportunity House will accept clothing and household goods; People Advancing Reintegration Recycling Works will accept old electronics; and Helping Harvest will accept food donations. Those who donate to Helping Harvest will receive a seedling or plant while supplies last.

Source: Berkshire mont

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