Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration

       Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction invites residents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties and beyond to connect with the environment through exhibits, entertainment, reuse and activities featured at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 18th 2020.
     The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Admission and parking for the event are free. The first 300 families will receive free reusable bags.
Approximately 70 exhibitors will help visitors learn more about energy efficiency, recycling, natural products, reducing emissions, wildlife, nature and more.
     Silly Safaris will treat spectators to two live animal shows at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as an all-day exhibit featuring mammals, reptiles, birds and bugs. Dumpster Drummers will bring toe-tapping percussion and animation to the stage with two shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
     Anyone planning to visit the celebration is asked to check out the Reuse Fair Wish List online at www.PorterCountyRecycling.org to see if they have items they can donate to benefit 10 schools and non- profits. Working Bikes will be back as part of the Reuse Fair collecting old and unused bicycles. Working Bikes, a Chicago organization, refurbishes and gives bicycles to people in third world countries and to people in transition in Chicago.
    The children’s activity “Build Your Own Birdhouse” will guide kids, ages seven years old and older, to construct new homes for their feathered friends, compliments of Boy Scout Troop 907.
     The service of document shredding will be available to visitors between 9 a.m. and noon. Staff from Opportunity Enterprises will confidentially collect and transport sensitive documents to Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred to be destroyed. Each attendee is asked to limit material to be shredded to two boxes.
     Thirty-five schools are vying for cash scholarships in the School Rain Barrel Design Contest. In addition, the Re-Think Art Competition & Exposition will showcase artists’ creations using 100 percent recycled materials. The public is asked to vote on their favorites in both contests.
     For a complete listing of exhibitors and activities, visit the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 219-465-3819 for more information.
     The 2020 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration is supported by the following sponsors: NIPSCO, Metro Recycling, NWI Clean Air, Duneland 28, Pratt Industries, Fronius USA LLC, Porter County Expo, Republic Services, Tradebe Environmental Services, and many others.
       Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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