Earth Day is Monday, and already people have been pitching in and thinking about what they can do for Mother Earth.
Students from Lycoming College recently joined in two outdoor cleanup events, one on campus and the other in nearby Brandon Park.
And many residents throughout the city have already begun cleaning up their yard debris in preparation fo the city's spring cleanup. Starting Monday, city crews will comb city streets, prepared to remove piles or limbs, leaves and other yard debris that residents leave at the curbs.
Lycoming College students pick up trash at Brandon Park as part of Lycoming college's Earth Day
Debris should be left loose along the curbs and should not be placed in bags. Pickups occur only along the main streets and not in alleys. The cleanup continues through May 13.
Across town, the Safe, Clean and Green Team of the Newberry Community Partnership will host its Spring Litter Pick Up from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Volunteers will meet in front of the West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond St. The event will be held rain or shine.
In Mansfield, the Mill Cove Environmental Area will kick off events at its Second Annual Earth Day at Mill Cove from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event will feature canoe and kayak tours, a fishing derby and petting zoo, along with other outside activities. The day also will showcase falconry, with educational demonstrations on the birds at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 540 Lycoming St., also will hold an Earth Day event and mark its fifth anniversary Saturday. The event will include a treasure hunt and free hotdogs starting at 11 a.m.
Wegmans Food Market also will hold an organic food tasting starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Wegmans also is offering coupons for reusable grocery bags for the first 300 customers that turn in a bag full of recyclable plastic bags.
At 2:30 p.m. Sunday the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority will host an open house of its new administrative complex, 380 Old Cement Road, Montoursville. The building will be dedicated to James F. Reeder, former authority board member, prior to the open house.
At 5:15 p.m. Monday, the Williamsport/Lycoming Young Professionals will host a program at the county Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.
The program will feature Marcus Kohl, regional director of the Department of Environmental Protection, and staff from the county Resource Management Services, who will talk about the upcoming changes to the county's recycling program.
Bucknell University will continue the celebration into next weekend, as it will be hosting a Renewable Energy Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27. Topics include developments in renewable energy, solar power and how it may be used in homes and businesses. To register for the event, visit bucknell.edu/x20303.xml for the form.