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The 8th Annual Bartram Bash continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13 in Switzerland. The event is free and open to the public, and people of all ages are invited to be there to enjoy nature walks, kayak rides, musical entertainment, children’s crafts, food and much more. This Earth Day event is also a birthday celebration for William Bartram, who was America’s first native-born naturalist/artist, and for whom the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway is named. Free orange juice will be served during the morning hours, and a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, drinks and birthday cake will also be available. A butterfly release is scheduled, and Mike Adams will perform as William Bartram, speaking on the history of the area. Bring a camp chair or a blanket and enjoy the fun. For information, call Beverly Fleming at 522-1573.*The Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park 23rd Annual Earth Day Celebration continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at Washington Oaks. $10 per vehicle. This two-day event will include live entertainment, living history re-enactors, environmental groups, arts and craft vendors, and delicious food. Other activities include a photo contest, bake sale, plant and herb sale, a beekeeping demonstration and chances on some great prizes, including an annual pass to Florida State Parks for the year. Be sure to make this event part of your Earth Day weekend.*Earth Day movie night: Join the GTM Research Reserve and celebrate Earth Day from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 to watch a movie regarding plastics in today’s culture called “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” This event is free however, but reservations are required by calling 823-4500. This event will take place at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. The film follows Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Berrier soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.*St. Cyprian’s vespers: The 42nd International Earth Day coincides with St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church monthly Vespers of Note with the music of The Island Duet on Sunday. The informal evening service of readings, prayers and music will focus on honoring the earth and environment. The Island Duet offers a wide repertoire of musical styles to complement the occasion. A wine and cheese reception will follow the service, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. St. Cyprian’s is in Lincolnville, corner of M.L. King Avenue and Lovett Street. Call 829-8828.*The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine is host for this year’s Interfaith Council on the Environment Earth Day celebration. Six St. Augustine congregations will gather at the Fellowship, 2478 State Road A1A South, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 to enjoy outdoor exhibits dealing with water management, native plants, reducing your carbon footprint, and beekeeping. A children’s project is planned with the beekeeper. The theme for this year’s celebration is Sacred Water, and all are invited to bring water to add when a tree donated by Southern Horticulture is planted. The Rev. Hunter Camp of Memorial Presbyterian will offer an opening prayer and Nancy O’Byrne of Cathedral Parish will lead an International Earth Day Service for the tree planting. An indoor service will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. with speakers including Rabbi Mark Goldman, Temple Bet Yam, the Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell of Metropolitan Community Church, Dick Rettig of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Barbara Brenner for the Fellowship, and a representative from the Environmental Youth Council.*Bloomers Garden in San Mateo is putting on an Earth Day Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22. They’re looking for people to set up tables/booths and distribute information. No charge. Contact Vickie at 326-1364 for more information.

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