WESTFIELD, NJ — Earth Day was Monday, but the opportunities for celebrating it aren’t confined to just one day.

The Westfield Green Team and the Town of Westfield on Monday announced the following slate of ways the public can celebrate the Earth Day and Earth Month.

1. Donate your used mascara wands.

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Brassy Buddha Yoga, 407 South Ave., is collecting used mascara wands, which will be donated to the group Wands for Wildlife, for the purpose of cleaning the fur of wild animals, the Green Team announced. Donors are requested to clean the mascara wands before giving them over for the cause.

2. Clean up a local park.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, Boy and Girl Scout troops, families, teens and other volunteers will find great ways to spend the morning beautifying Westfield’s parks. All participants will receive a Green Team T-shirt. Participants are asked to bring gardening gloves.

Meet up locations for the cleanup are the following:

  • Tamaques Park tennis courts
  • Clark Park gazebo adjacent to West Dudley Avenue
  • Brightwood Park parking lot (entrance off Prospect Street)

3. Get some free stuff. Give away some old stuff.

The Earth Day celebration will be held Saturday, May 4, at the South Avenue train station parking lot with a rain date of May 11, the Westfield Green Team announced. It will include the town's first ever “Free Market.”

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The Earth Day celebration will feature more than10 activities/educational exhibits on sustainability, including a Green Vendor Fair where attendees can meet a variety of organizations and companies that offer solutions to help each of us live more “green,” the Green Team release said.

The Free Market is like a giant yard sale except everything is free, said the Green Team. Westfield residents can bring gently used household items such as clothing, housewares, sporting goods, books, movies, kitchenware, small furniture and more, leave them for others to take and take anything that's left by others.

There will be giveaways at the event, including hundreds of Westfield’s first-ever official reusable shopping bags, reusable stainless steel straws and tree saplings.

4. Support local businesses, save money while you're at it.

Attendees can also obtain coupons for free bagels, pizza, reusable water bottles, coffee and more from local businesses including Manhattan Bagel, Outta Hand Pizza, Westfield Station Cafe, Ahrre's Coffee Roastery and Bovella's Pastry Shoppe. Jay’s Cycle Center will be raffling off bells and reusable water bottles for any elementary school-aged attendee who bikes to the event.

5. Have some family fun.

Family activities include the following:

  • Kid’s craft: Children can bring a used T-shirt and learn how to turn it into a reusable bag.
  • Activist table: Sign a “No Idling” pledge and send postcards to companies that are heavy plastic polluters.
  • Group meditation: Join Brassy Buddha yoga in a short meditation at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to thank the Earth for all of its riches, and create a moment of mindfulness and goal setting.
  • Educational exhibits: Learn how to minimize food waste and what items can be recycled at the Westfield Conservation Center.

After the event, attendees are encouraged to walk around Downtown Westfield and visit the many businesses that have pledged to be more eco-friendly through efforts that include turning their lights off and only giving out single-use plastics upon request, the Green Team said. Participating businesses include Limani Seafood Grill, Boxwood Coffee Roasters, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy and 16 Prospect, the announcement said.

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