Earth Day, Arbor Day events in the District, Maryland and Virginia

A red-tailed hawk flies over New York in the film "The Legend of Pale Male," to be screened on the Environmental Film Festival's bonus screening day, Sunday.
A red-tailed hawk flies over New York in the film "The Legend of Pale Male," to be screened on the Environmental Film Festival's bonus screening day, Sunday. (Lincoln Karim)

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Clean air to breathe, cool water to drink, shady trees to relax under.

The Earth gives us so much and asks so little in return. Show some gratitude this weekend by attending one of the numerous cleanups, concerts and festivals around the area.

And Earth Day (which was officially yesterday) isn't the only reason to get outside and enjoy the world around you this weekend. Arbor Day is April 30, and National Park Week, which runs through Sunday.

During National Park Week entrance is free to all national parks, and many are having special celebrations to draw you outside. Visit http://www.nationalparks.org for a schedule of events.

-- Amy Orndorff

The District

THRIVE! OUR PLANET, OURSELVES Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from regional environmental organizations talk about how you can help the planet. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. http://www.usbg.gov. Free.

EARTH DAY CLEANUP Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. Grab a trash bag and help tackle the wooded area of the National Zoo near the Connecticut Avenue entrance. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4800. http://www.nationalzoo.si.edu. Register by 8 a.m. Free.

EARTH DAY RIVER CLEANUP AND CELEBRATION Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. With more than 30 work sites along the Anacostia River and its tributaries, there are plenty of opportunities to join this massive effort. After the cleanup, there will be a party at Anacostia Park. 301-699-6204. http://www.anacostiaws.org. Free; registration recommended.

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL BONUS SCREENING DAY Sunday at noon. The Environmental Film Festival is back, for one day only. The movie marathon begins at noon with a screening of "Nora!" about the nation's first certified organic restaurant, DuPont Circle's Restaurant Nora. A discussion with its founder, Nora Pouillon, follows the screening. Also on the schedule: "Sweet Crude," "Plastic Bag," "The Legend of Pale Male," "Gasland" and "Living Downstream." Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-342-2564. http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. Free.

Maryland

SONG OF THE EARTH: CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY Friday at 8 p.m. Hammer dulcimer player Malcolm Dalglish leads a concert with Moira Smiley and VOCO, Irish step dancers from the Culkin School, Shizumi and the Kodomo Dance Troupe, the George Washington University Singers, the Carpe Diem Community Choir, InToneNation a Cappella and Rachel Schlafer-Parton, a sign language interpreter and performance artist. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. http://www.strathmore.org. $15-$55.


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