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Check Out This Weekend's Earth Month Events

The City of Cambridge is celebrating Earth Month with a series of event in April. Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22. Join us at one of these Earth Month events or learn more about ongoing opportunities and resources.

Stories of Our Stuff: Learn How Things are Recycled
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Webinar: Register here
Join Cambridge and other cities for a webinar, “Stories of Our Stuff,” where we will peel back the curtain on the process of recycling and the secondhand industry. We will explore recycling and reuse around the world from electronics in China, to TV repair in Ghana, recycling in Mumbai, and finally, how our most common recyclables in Massachusetts (aluminum, paper, plastic, and glass) are recycled into new products.

Spring Bike Tune Up and Bluebikes Event
Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Joan Lorentz Park, 441 Broadway
(next to Cambridge Public Library)
Does your bike need a tune up? Join the City's Community Development Department for a tune up clinic. Mechanics will be on-site to help you tune up your bike. Also, see where the City is planning new Bluebikes stations, suggest locations for new stations, and learn more about our income-eligible and other memberships We will also have free Bluebikes giveaways. Learn more

Nature in the City Festival
Saturday, April 15, 4-6 p.m.
Magazine Beach Park
The City's Community Development Department is supporting the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center’s Nature in the City Festival. Come play lawn games, relax outdoors, learn about wildlife, and learn about climate action initiatives in the city. A sunset dance party will follow. Learn more. City Contact: Miguel Perez Luna, mperezluna@cambridgema.gov

Fresh Ponding
Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
250 Fresh Pond Pkwy

Ponding is the act of looking through a scoop of "pond muck" to find all the beautiful things living in it. Meet Cambridge Rangers on-site at the boardwalk of Black's Nook. See trail map: https://bit.ly/2G1b3DE at Fresh Pond Reservation. We'll provide buckets, bins, nets, microscopes, magnifying glasses, and nature guides... you just need to show up and see what you can find living in these waters. It's a (micro) jungle out there. Learn more. Sign up with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgema.gov

Earth Day: Finished Compost Giveaway
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Rain Date: April 23)
Joan Lorentz Park, 441 Broadway (next to Cambridge Public Library)

The City's Department of Public Works will bring 20 tons of free finished compost for residents to use in their gardens. The compost is made from the yard waste collected through the City’s curbside collection program. Learn more.

Earth Day: Fix It Clinic
Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library, The Hive, 449 Broadway (Lower Level)
Registration is required for this event
Do you have a household item that broke? Don't trash it--Fix It! The City is hosting its 6th Fix-It Clinic to try to bring broken items back into use. Volunteer coaches will help Cantabrigians in repairing items.

Earth Week Fresh Pond Cleanup
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
250 Fresh Pond Pkwy
(Meet at Water Treatment Plant front door)
This Earth Week give back to the places you love! It’s time for a “spring cleaning” and we’ll need all the volunteers we can get. Join Ranger Tim and Ranger Omar by the Ranger Station at Fresh Pond and gear up with some gloves and bags (provided), and then we’ll set out walking the edge of the property cleaning up the winter’s litter to make way for plants and baby animals. All ages and abilities, groups and families encouraged! This land isn’t only important to the wildlife, it also protects our drinking water supply. Questions? Contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov . Learn more

Arbor Week Tree Planting
Tuesday, April 25, 12:00 p.m.
Dana Park, 70 Magazine Street
Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, City Arborist Dave Lefcourt and Assistant City Arborist Abby Bentley will be hosting a tree planting at Dana Park with students from the Amigos School, 15 Upton St. at 12:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

Arbor Week Tree Planting
Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 p.m.
Elm St and Hampshire St Plaza
Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, City Arborist Dave Lefcourt and Assistant City Arborist Abby Bentley will be hosting a tree planting in the Elm and Hampshire Plaza with students from the Cambridgeport School at 12 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

Arbor Week Celebration
Thursday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Main Library, 449 Broadway
Public Works will hold an event outside the Main Library from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., weather permitting. Members of the community are invited to come learn about the Urban Forest and collect a free seedling.
Librarians will also be on hand to read a tree-themed book to children outside the library at the regularly scheduled toddler time at 11:00 a.m. and the manager of Borrower Services will have children's books on trees available outside to check out and take home!

Arbor Week Tree Walk
Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m.
Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave
Come join the City Arborist Dave Lefcourt and Assistant City Arborist Abby Bentley for a neighborhood tree walk, weather permitting. Anyone interested in joining the tree walk can meet at the West Cambridge Russell Youth Center at 5:30 p.m. The walking route is approximately 2 miles with the last third of the walk going through Fresh Pond. Click here to see the route.

Mayor's Bike Bonanza 2.0

Saturday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m.
Meet in front of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue 
Join the Mayor's Office for the second annual Bike Bonanza to support local, small businesses. It is a 6 mile ride that is safe for families to join as we're staying mainly on protected bike lanes and will have bike marshals to escort us. Bring your own bike (but if you don't have one, we can hook you up with a Bluebike at the event). Please wear a bike helmet for safety. We'll head from City Hall to Oggi's Pizza in the Smith Center in Harvard Square, proceed along Garden Street to La Saison Bakery, and then take the Watertown/Cambridge Greenway to Brattle Street to loop back to Harvard Square where we'll finish at Lizzy's for ice-cream.  
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Fresh Pond City Nature Challenge 2023
Sunday, April 30, 1-3 p.m.
250 Fresh Pond Pkwy 
(Meet at Water Treatment Plant front door)
We’re Getting Ready for the 2023 City Biodiversity Challenge. Between April 28 and May 1, many cities across the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2023 City Nature Challenge (CNC). All you need to bring is yourself and a smartphone with the free iNaturalist app downloaded. In partnership with Earthwise Aware, we will help document the diversity of species at Fresh Pond’s Lusitania Meadow for researchers to use nationwide. We’re also looking for groups of volunteers to help out. Learn more. Contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgema.gov

Ongoing Programs and Resources:

EV Charging Station Suggestion Map
Suggest a location for a public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station. Learn more about EV charging in the city here.

Bluebikes Station Suggestion Map
Suggest a location for a Bluebikes station.

Cambridge Climate Leaders Program
Apply to become a Cambridge Climate Leader and receive a stipend to foster conversations about climate change in the city. Apply by April 7.

Cambridge Community Electricity Program
Power your home or business with renewable energy at no additional cost.

Cambridge Energy Alliance Program
Learn how you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint through Cambridge Energy Alliance programs.

Department of Public Works Recycling Division
Learn how to responsibly dispose of waste.

Green Cambridge Urban Farms
Volunteer at an Urban Farm in Cambridge and learn how to grow produce in the city. All skill levels are welcome.

Green Cambridge Canopy Crew
If you are 16-18 years old and looking for a paid internship, apply to the Canopy Crew where you can make Cambridge greener by planting trees in the city.

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