Earth Day is officially held on Monday, but several cities and venues are hosting events throughout the county this weekend. If you want to learn more about being green or need to recycle items responsibly, here are a few places to take yourself and your family.
The city of Auburn is hosting a two-day Earth Day event -- today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The city is collecting several items for free, including batteries, eyeglasses (for Lion's Club), motor oil, cellphones, scrap metal, ink cartridges, electronics, such as old cameras and radios, and junk (anything you don't want, whether usable or not). Tires are also being collected for $2 to $5 per tire, depending on size.
The event is held in downtown at 1134 6th Ave. in Auburn. For more information, visit www.cityofauburn-ga.org.
On Saturday, residents of Sugar Hill have a chance to join the Trash to Treasure Community Yard sale, which is a fundraiser for the White Oak Outdoor Classroom and Garden and the Environmental Education Committee from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local businesses and environmental nonprofits will be present to highlight their environmentally friendly practices and programs. Electronics recycling is also available.
White Oak is located at 6442 Suwanee Dam Road in Sugar Hill. For more information, visit earthdaysugarhill.weebly.com.
The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is hosting its annual Earth Day celebration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There are guided hikes, green building tours, a scavenger hunt for children, games, crafts, face painting, organic popcorn and worm discoveries. At 11 a.m., there is a presentation of Owlbert, the Great Horned Owl.
GEHC is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. For more information, visit gwinnettehc.org.
Treetop Quest is located on the same site as GEHC. The zipline course is also showing guests how to be green and teaching guests about nature in the trees. For more information, visit www.treetopquest.com.