Updated on April 21

WESTFIELD, NJ — A slate of events are planned for Earth Day in Westfield including a free market and Earth Day fair, a tree planting and an educational event for children at a local park.

The town has announced the following Earth Day events happening this week.

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Fair/Free Market. On Saturday, April 24, the town will hold what officials described as Westfield’s “largest Earth Day celebration ever” including a free market and Earth Day Fair. It will be held 9:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. at the South Avenue parking lot of the Westfield Train Station.

Planned for the fair are over a dozen exhibits and vendors slated to showcase how residents can live more “green,” including through the use of solar energy, electric vehicles, composting and rain barrels, officials said.

“We hope the Earth Day Fair and Free Market shows residents specific ways they can live more sustainably like recycling unneeded household goods at the Free Market,” said Councilman David Contract, the Green Team liaison, in a release.

Free Stuff. The free market, which is in its third year, will allow residents to bring gently used household items, such as clothing, housewares, sporting goods, books, movies, kitchenware and small furniture, among other items. Residents are encouraged to leave their items and pick up others’. Green Drop will pick up the remaining items for area families in need.

Also happening are a tree planting and educational event on Earth Day itself, which is Thursday, April 22.

Tree Planting. The tree planting to happen on Earth Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Memorial Pool and Aquatic Complex at 713 Cumberland St. Mayor Shelley Brindle is scheduled to officiate.

Scavenger Hunt, Crafting. On Thursday, April 22, in coordination with the Westfield Recreation Department, the Friends of Brightwood Park plan to host a free event for children and families at which children will learn about Earth Day and how they can help contribute to the health of the earth.

Each child will be taken on a group tour of the park, participate in a scavenger hunt, make a nature-themed craft that they can leave at the park and revisit. Each child will take home an earth friendly, native-plant seedling kit.

There will be two sessions, one from 1 to 2 p.m. and the other from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Enrollment is limited, families may register on the Westfield Recreation Department website at this link.

Recycling Markers, Crayons, Pens, Glue Sticks & More. Collection boxes have been established in front of Edison Intermediate and other select Westfield Public Schools through Friday, April 23, for collection for the purpose of recycling markers, crayons, pens and glue sticks.

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