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Come celebrate the Earth on April 12
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell. - photo by Denise Etheridge

This Friday, Liberty County will celebrate the Earth for International Earth Day.  Keep Liberty Beautiful Advisory Board and volunteers have been working hard and hope you will join us for Liberty County Earth Day Celebration 2019.  It will take place at Bryant Commons, which is a new location for us this year on April 12, 2019. The time for the event is 3:30pm until 6:30pm and it really has it all—fun, games, crafts, entertainment, and … it is free! But secretly there is also a whole lot of education going on that you will not recognize as learning…until you wake up the next day knowing so much more about taking care of the earth and what you can do every day to keep it safe.  

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues to raise public awareness, and is now a global celebration on April 22nd.  Our Liberty County Earth Day event has taken months of planning and am sure this event will be something you do not want to miss no matter what your age! Earth Day is for our community and by our community. There are over 53 booths hosted by organizations, businesses, agencies, and churches, that partner with us at Keep Liberty Beautiful.  The booths range from a wide variety of games, crafts, displays, and activities in our biggest education event of the year! We have hundreds of volunteers using their time to accomplish our mission of undercover environmental education disguised as fun. We could not do this event without that kind of commitment from our community, so to all of those volunteers and partners, thank you so much. 

We have games and crafts that share information about water conservation, stormwater pollution, litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction and community improvement. Those topics may not sound that interesting to some of you, but when you learn about the problems that litter and storm water create by actually journeying through a ‘storm drain’, that ‘knowledge becomes fun, too, or fishing for healthy---not polluted—fish, education gets a little more interesting! You can learn about water conservation and also the difference that recycling can make by going through an Earth Friendly Obstacle Course, that includes toilets and recycling bins and ‘tires’ and a ‘tarp’river. You can take a turn at ‘shooting up recycling items at an arcade- like event. Take some hoop shots and learn a little about stormwater pollution. There are loads of different activities for kids of all ages. And for you parents and young at heart adults that attend, there are plenty of things that you will enjoy, too, including a variety of garden containers, like our backyard veggie garden possibilities, and herb gardens. There are loads of displays on ideas that you can use at home for waste free lunches, composting and using rain barrels to capture water for your landscape. There are also a number of groups that will be entertaining everyone throughout the afternoon. There are so many cute and entertaining components of this event. I wish I could share them all here, but you will just have to join us on Friday and see for yourself! Taking care of the earth should be a joyous task for all of us! It is our home after all and we are its stewards.

So plan now to join us on Friday for the upcoming Thirteen Annual Earth Day Celebration. Our celebration happens at Bryant Commons, 438 W. Oglethorpe Highway, Hinesville, from 3:30pm until 6:30 pm on Friday, April 12th.  Mark your calendar now to attend! If you would like to learn more, contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful at klcb@libertycountyga.com or (912) 880-4888. All booth spaces are now committed but volunteers are always appreciated at an event like this.

Also, last call on the upcoming County wide cleanup on April 27th.  Be sure to sign up online at: Signupgenius.com and Search: klcb@libertycountyga.com. All organizations, churches, businesses and civic clubs are encouraged to register now to participate in this volunteer cleanup to spruce up Liberty County! Sure, we pick up litter, but we also make a valuable statement about litter when citizens come out together and cleanup up!  


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