Today is Earth Day and there's plenty of activities, events and opportunities to participate in before the month is over.
Here's a roundup of them:
Through April 30 -- Drop off unwanted cell phones at the Richland Public Library or Richland City Hall.
Saturday -- Blue Mountain Wildlife fundraiser, view education raptors, from 1 to 3 p.m., Richland Community Center. 500 Amon Park Drive.
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Saturday -- McMurray Park spring cleanup, from 9 a.m. to noon, Pike and McMurray streets, Richland. To sign up, call 375-4761
Saturday -- Electrathon Car Race and Electric Vehicle Expo, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Columbia Basin College, northwest parking lot, Pasco. There will be a display of alternative fuel vehicles. If you have one, you are encouraged to drive it to rally and show off your ride. A Traveling Renewable energy Kiosk (TREK) built by Franklin PUD, Bonneville Power Administration and Mid-Columbia vendors will be set up during the rally. TREK represents a grid connected alternative energy home with solar electric, wind generation and a battery storage system. It has active solar air and water heating systems and a 12-volt solar powered swamp cooler.
Saturday -- Earth Exploration Education and Experience, from 8 a.m. to noon, kids fishing program, Hood Park Nature Trail, Burbank, 543-6062.
Monday-Tuesday -- From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student's Sustainability Expo inside Gjerde Center, Columbia Basin College, Pasco. Displays and information on how to reduce human impact on the environment.
Tuesday-Thursday -- Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop, registration required, go to friendsofmcrwr.org. Or call 546-8300. There will be 1 1/2 days of technical sessions, an evening social and poster session at the Kennewick Red Lion Hotel. Sessions will cover the latest research and application of plant bio-control agents including field trials with new agents to attack cheat grass.
Tuesday -- Learn to crochet plastic bags, Richland Community Center, from 6 to 8 p.m., register and get supply list by calling 942-7529.
April 30 -- Benton County Mosquito Control District is collecting rimless car, truck, motorcycle and boat trailer tires at 4951 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland and Art Fiker Stadium on Paterson Road in Prosser from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a 25-tire maximum limit per household and you must live in the district that stretches from Mabton to Finley.
April 30 -- West Richland community cleanup, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Enterprise Middle School, 5200 Paradise Drive, West Richland. Benton County residents can drop off unwanted household hazardous waste from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 30 -- Atomic Ducks Dive Club Earth Month River Cleanup Day. For more information or to register, call 375-1375; ducksdiveclub.org.
April 30 -- Washington State University Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.
April 30 -- Composting and Waste Reduction Workshop, free, 9:30 a.m., Kennewick Grange Hall, next to the library at 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Participants will receive a composting book and bin. Seating is limited, call 735-3551.
-- For updates, go to earthmonthmc.com or call 942-7730.