SUISUN CITY — Suisun City and Mission Solano are getting a jump on Earth Day by hosting a waterfront cleanup and celebration Saturday.
For the fourth year, Mission Solano is organizing Earth Day Solano on the Suisun City waterfront starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers will gather at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 2 Harbor Center to be organized into teams that will then go out to clean up locations in Suisun City and Fairfield.
One of those teams will be a local Girl Scout troop that has already adopted the Grizzly Island bicycle and pedestrian path for monthly cleanups.
Cleanup participants are encouraged to bring good shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Organizers will provide gloves, bags, a barrel for glass and maps to direct groups to the areas to be cleaned.
There are plans to collect the glass, which will be turned over to an artist to create a sculpture, Nick Fisher of Mission Solano said.
Six teams of children from Suisun Elementary School will present essays they wrote about the importance of Earth Day and will be given awards. That starts at 11 a.m. on the grassy area at the north end of the Suisun Marina. There will also be more than 20 vendors such as Home Depot, which will offer children crafts; Republic Services, formerly Solano Garbage, whose representatives will talk about composting; and the Suisun Wildlife Center.
“This will be something that is very family friendly helping create a tradition of giving back to your community and cleaning up the environment,” Fisher said.
Local artist Nichole Chere Williams will be creating and showing off a living sculpture of plants that will be placed in front of the historic Lawler House at 1 p.m.
More than 700 people showed up last year for the activities and more than 100 volunteers spread out along the waterfront to collect and dispose of trash, Fisher said.
The city of Fairfield is hosting its own Earth Day event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Civic Center Pond behind Fairfield City Hall on Webster and Kentucky streets.
Activities will include gardening demonstrations, paper shredding, a poster contest, a pet adoption clinic and a fishing derby. For more information, call Esther Blanco at 428-7528.
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