Get your hands dirty for Earth Day

Earth Day

Gardening demonstration, on April 6, for Earth Day South L.A. 2013, presented by Normandie Ave. Elementary School and Community Services Unlimited Inc.

Earth Day, which falls on Monday, April 22, is fast approaching but there are several events in South Los Angeles that can help you celebrate and even preserve green spaces throughout the city.

The worldwide, annual event gives communities an opportunity to express the importance of preserving the environment.

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty or simply kick back and relax, check out the small sampling of Earth Day events below.

Join the celebration and get your garden on at the WE CAN Urban Food Forest at 644 West 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90044 on Saturday, April 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Divulge in some fresh produce from local farmer’s and vendors at the Watts Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm. at Ted Watkins Memorial Park located on 1335 E. 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002.

Don’t forget to wear some sturdy shoes and gloves, on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., to the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, south side of ‘The Bowl,’ for an Earth Day Volunteer Planting Event. Participants will have the opportunity to plant new native shrubs and grasses to help expand a native demonstration garden. This family-friendly event also qualifies as community service. To RSVP contact [email protected] or call (213) 293-5565.

Augustus Hawkins Natural Park will be hosting an afternoon of environmental activities on Saturday, April 20 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be hikes around the 9-acre urban park, ranger-led nature presentations, kids’ crafts and face painting. For more details, call (323) 581-4498.

Celebrate the grand opening of the Fremont Wellness Center and Community Garden on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m at 7821 South Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90003. The new facilities include a health clinic, community garden, student garden, fruit orchard, herb garden and neighborhood park. There will be gardening activities, free health screenings, workout classes, activities for kids, Aztec dancing and food and drinks.

Know of any Earth Day events that you would like us to add in our calendar? Drop us a line at [email protected].

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