Celebrate Earth Day by recycling tennis shoes and electronics

Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring clean by donating old tennis shoes and outdated electronics. Main Street Square, in downtown Rapid City, is going green with its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 5 p.m., sponsored by Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market.

Many local organizations and businesses will have booths demonstrating how they are earth friendly. The Crow Peak Valley Rangers 4-H Club will collect used tennis shoes for the Nike Re-Use-A-Shoe program and Habitat for Humanity ReSTORE will collect small, outdated electronics.

There will also be environmentally friendly kids' activities and family fun, including the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl Arts Center booth where children can create their own recycled art masterpiece.

Providing entertainment is Steve Trash, a rockin' eco hero and kid comedian, showcasing live ecological illusions, magic tricks and family-friendly fun. Performances will be at 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Steve Trash was brought to Rapid City in partnership with Pacific Steel Recycling and Rapid City Recycles.

Highlights of the event will be a Black Hills Raptor Center booth featuring endangered species, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Red-tailed Hawk and Kestrel; a pine beetle display at the United States Forest Service booth; and two special friends from Reptile Gardens that will visit between 1 and 3 p.m.

"Help us celebrate our planet at the Earth Day Celebration," said Main Street Square Executive Director Megan Karbowski. "The variety of projects presented by local organizations and businesses are phenomenal, educational and provide something the whole family will enjoy."

Additional booths include: Dakota Rural Action providing local food; the Outdoor Campus–West; the City of Rapid City Solid Waste Operations; Adoba Eco Hotel; Clean Water Alliance; Black Hills Power, FourFront Design; Izaak Walton League; and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology featuring CAMP vehicles--a super mileage car, alternative fuel car, and human powered car.

Earth Day in Main Street Square is a part of a worldwide event, Mobilize the Earth, for the 43rd annual Earth Day celebration.

The event at Main Street Square is free to attend. For more information on this event and others, visit the website at www.MainStreetSquareRC.com, call Main Street Square at 605-716-7979 or e-mail info@mainstreetsquarerc.com.