Wednesday, April 23

Choose the best way to celebrate Earth Day

by JCC staff

On the heels of the official Earth Day 2014, the JCC Indianapolis hosts our own Earth Day Community Celebration on Sunday, April 27.

When you think about it, there are many different ways to positively impact our planet, and you can try some of them at our JCC event, where we're hosting dozens of interactive booths. 

Whether you're good around the garden, are artistically inclined, or have a flair for science, we have an Earth Day Community Celebration activity for you. Here's a sampling:

Tree planting: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful returns for the third year with young trees for the beautification of the Max & Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus (where the JCC is located on 40 acres in the midst of a north-side neighborhood). Volunteers are needed to help plant trees from noon until 1 pm. Volunteers for the tree planting and the Earth Day event in general may register at Volunteer Registration. 

Gardening: Composting, planting seedlings, constructing a mini greenhouse, hydroponics, raised garden bed construction, making seed tape, how to build a rain barrel, the underworld life of earthworms in your garden and more related activities presented by master gardeners and educators. 

Alternative energy: Solar, electric, motion dynamics and others. Meet the Purdue Solar Racing team and check out their solar-powered car. 

Creative recycling: Make terrariums from plastic bottles; use phonebooks and plastic bags to create a floral bouquet; make dog toys from recycled garments and create music from household and discarded objects. Discover what you can do with unwanted electronics and how you can transform computers and ordinary household items into something usable. 

The JCC Indianapolis Earth Day Community Celebration begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

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