Or: Flood Park, 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park
Visit of the Green Home project To celebrate ProjectGreenHome.org Curb Charger giving away 200,000 miles of free electric vehicle (EV) charging, Project Green Home owners are hosting a party with a chance to talk with EV owners, possibly test drive EVs and try cooking on an induction cooker. The event also includes tours of the all-electric, passive, low-water and net-zero LEED platinum home.
When: April 16, 12-3 p.m.
Or: Green Home Project, 314 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto.
Shoreway Excursions Environmental Center RethinkWaste is hosting in-person tours of the Shoreway Environmental Center to celebrate Earth Month. Hour-long tours offer a look inside the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station. Tour guides will also answer questions about hard-to-recycle items.
When: April 16, tours at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (full 10 a.m. tour).
Or: 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos.
Exchange of seeds and seedlings The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library hosts this outdoor event where visitors can share, take and start seedlings for summer vegetable crops and also find supplies and tips for starting a variety of library seeds seeds from the library.
When: April 16, 10am-12pm
Or: Redwood City Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
Palo Alto Climate Cafe Climate cafes are supportive gatherings where participants can discuss their experience of climate change and listen to the experiences of others. Held outside with masking.
When: April 16, 2 p.m.
Or: 1899 Park Boulevard, Palo Alto
Big Banks: Divesting Fossil Fuels Citizens of the South Bay and Peninsula Jewish communities lead a rally at Lytton Plaza, then walk to local banks, demanding they stop supporting fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. Organized by local Dayenu circles.
When: April 20, 11am-1pm
Or: Lytton Plaza, 200 University Avenue, Palo Alto
Virtual screening and “Story of Stuff” panel Rethink Waste is hosting a virtual viewing party of the short film “The Story of Stuff”, followed by a discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts who will share ideas on how to collectively work towards a more sustainable and fair.
When: April 21, 5 p.m.
Or: In line
March and Rally for Our Earth Bay Area students will lead a bicycle caravan to a rally with speakers, Representative Anna Eshoo, Assemblyman Marc Berman, Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt and other environmental leaders and musicians, including the Raging Grannies. After the rally, students will lead a march around and back to King Plaza, where environmental organizations will have information tables and attendees can hang their Earth Day pledges on a “pledge tree.” Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and Peninsula Environmental Agencies.
When: April 22, 4-6 p.m.
Or: King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto.
Foothill College Earth Day “Celebrate Our Changing Earth: Dimensions of Restorative Action” is the theme of this in-person and online event hosted by Foothill’s Science Learning Institute in partnership with NASA-AMES and featuring speakers on topics such as how scientists look at the Earth, managing humans’ impact on the planet and citizen science at NASA.
When: April 22, 1-4 p.m.
Or: Online and at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Palo Alto Earth Day Fair The Palo Alto Youth Council is hosting an event with information on electrification, climate anxiety and more. Activities include painting pots, planting succulents, and writing climate pledges to add to a community tree.
When: April 23, 10am-1pm
Or: Mitchell Park Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
Atherton Earth Day Festival Atherton’s Environmental Programs Committee is hosting an event with electric leaf blower bowling; a fair for environmental suppliers; an art exhibit by climate artist Sukey Bryan, local artists and students; activities for children, a showcase of electric vehicles; E-bike trials, food, music and speakers including Rep Anna Eshoo and SFO Sustainability Director Erin Cooke.
When: April 23, 11am-3pm
Or: Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton
Mountain View Earth Day Celebration The City of Mountain View is hosting an event with presentations from groups such as Recology and Silicon Valley Clean Energy, as well as a variety of sustainability booths and the chance to test-drive an electric vehicle (EV) and speak with experts in EV. The food trucks will serve a free vegetarian/vegan lunch to the first 215 people who register.
When: April 23, 11am-3pm
Or: Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View.
Earth Day on the Bay The Institute of Marine Science’s Earth Day celebration includes exploring the bay aboard a marine science vessel, activities along the shoreline, and live music. Registration required; admission varies by activity.
When: April 23 10am-5pm
Or: Institute of Marine Sciences, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Cost: Bay Exploration $30 per person; shore activities $20 per family.
Plant exchange The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to swap additional plants from their gardens. All types of plants are welcome, including seedlings, cuttings, houseplants, container plants, as well as shrubs and small trees. Labels or identification tags encouraged.
When: April 23, 1-3 p.m.
Or: Bookmobile garage behind Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) are co-hosting this festival showcasing environmental and adventure short films. Viewers can also learn more about the work of POST and Midpen.
When: April 23, 7 p.m. to April 29, 11:59 p.m.
Or: In line
Native Plant Society Wildflower Show “Community Science” is the theme of this show hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and featuring hundreds of species of wildflowers and plants native to Santa Clara, San Mateo and surrounding counties . The show also includes flowers from native plant gardens and experts will be on hand to answer questions.
When: April 23, 10am-4pm
Or: West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga.
Earth Day Party and Fair The Valley Presbyterian Church Earth Care team is hosting a food-focused event with a tasting menu of plant-based dishes. Plus, information on sustainable appliances, such as induction hobs, photovoltaic systems and heat pumps. Embarcadero Media blogger Sherry Listgarten speaks at 10:45 a.m. during the pre-fair service.
When: April 24, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Or: Valley Presbyterian Church, Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Editor’s note: Several events listed in our print edition have sold out since going to press: a volunteer event on April 16 hosted by Peninsula Open Space Trust at Bair Island and volunteer events on April 16 and 23 hosted by Grassroots Ecology.