WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Green Team plans to engage, educate, inform and entertain the public with an array of activities as Earth Day approaches.
The slate of upcoming events the local Green Team is holding includes film screenings, a massive spring cleaning, a free swap and more.
“Climate change is the defining issue of our lives and certainly our children's lives,” said Kirti Malik, a Green Team volunteer, who is spearheading Earth Day events. “We all need to learn more to make our actions truly impactful. I hope all residents will come out to these events to listen, talk and have some fun, and it will spur positive change in our town and beyond.”
Here is the full schedule of events:
Christine Dimmick, CEO and Founder of The Good Home Company and the author of “Detox Your Home,” will host a lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Town Hall, 425 East Broad St.
The Green Team will host a viewing of the 2012 version of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” a cautionary tale about the environment, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. It will be held at the Westfield Rialto Theatre, 250 East Broad St. Cost is $5 per person. Viewers get a free drink if they bring a reusable cup.
A screening of the 2010 documentary “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” will be held Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Westfield Memorial Library Meeting Room, 550 East Broad St., followed by a discussion with members of the Westfield Green Team. The program is free and open to the public. Children 8 and older are welcome to attend.
The film exposes the effects that plastic bags and other plastic consumer items have on the environment and the human body. “Bag It” has received recognition at film festivals across the country.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, Boy and Girl Scout troops, families, teens and 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 as follows:
- Tamaques Park tennis courts
- Clark Park gazebo adjacent to West Dudley Avenue
- Brightwood Park parking lot (entrance off Prospect Street)
An Earth Day Celebration will be held Saturday, May 4, at the South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot with a rain date of May 11.
Activities will include the following:
- Kids craft – Visitors can make their own reusable bags with an old T-shirt. All children are invited to bring an old T-shirt and easily transform it into a reusable, fun bag without the need for any sewing.
- Tree sapling giveaway – Multiple varieties will be distributed along with instructions on planting/growing.
- Free reusable bags and metal straws will be given away.
- Informational brochures on environmental topics, nature, energy efficiency and more will be available.
- Activist table – Sign onto a “no idling” pledge, send postcards to national corporations known to be biggest plastic polluters.
- Recycling Wheel Q&A game – Test your knowledge about Westfield’s recycling rules and see our recycling exhibit/learn about what you can use the Conservation Center.
Grab a coupon for a free food item generously donated by a local restaurant. Among the restaurants participating are Outta Hand Pizza, Manhattan Bagel, Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe and Westfield Station Cafe. Look for a Green Pledge in local store windows, showing how each business is working towards becoming eco-friendly.
Jay’s Cycle Center will donate bells, water bottles and other small items that can be raffled off to elementary school students who bike to the fair with parents. Children in grades K-5 can show their helmets at Green Team table and enter the contest. Residents will be reminded to follow all bike safety rules and wearing helmets and police will be alerted. North Side residents should park their bikes on North Train Lot and South Side residents on the South Lot.
Every rider must wear a helmet and observe all traffic rules along the way. Additionally, the public is encouraged to ensure all children are wearing appropriate shoes, riding single file, using proper signals to turn and yielding when necessary. For a comprehensive list of bike regulations, check out the state Department of Transportation page on bicycle safety.
A free market will be held from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Donate or take home yardsale quality items such as clothing, kitchen items and furniture. This is a way to keep items out of our landfills, re-use instead of buying new and keep your carbon footprint low on this Earth Day. Look for a registration table if you are planning to donate items. Green Drop will pick up all leftover items at 3:30 p.m.
The following green vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Ciel Power — discounted home energy audits and services for reducing home energy bills and increasing energy efficiency
- NJ Clean Energy Program — a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment
- Ono Bowls — healthy, clean bowls, juices and smoothies
- Spectrum Solar — residential and commercial solar installer
- Sustainable Haus — green household goods
- Westfield Area CSA — organic CSA
People volunteering to clean up the park and also those volunteering for the Green Market will be entered for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Limani Seafood Grill, donated by the restaurant.