April 23, 2004
Marisa O'Neil When it comes to the rainforest, don't be a grump. California Elementary School second- and third-graders turned Forrest Grump, not to be confused with Forrest Gump, from a mean-spirited litterbug into an environmental activist during a Thursday assembly. The students performed the musical "Forrest Grump" to highlight an appropriate message for Earth Day. "This [performance] was special because it's about saving the environment," writer and director Kathleen Chapman said.
April 18, 2004
Earth Day kicks off early in Newport-Mesa Mother Nature gave herself an early Earth Day present Saturday, treating her plants, shrubs and creatures to an April shower while many gathered to promote a healthy and clean environment. Earth Day is officially observed on Thursday; however, local events were held this weekend, such as the event on the UC Irvine Campus. The celebration at UCI included dozens of nonprofit organizations, display booths and interactive activities to promote awareness of environmental protection.
April 17, 2004
Alicia Robinson Since the first Earth Day was observed in 1970, a variety of environmental problems have cropped up around the globe. But local activists said society today is more aware of those problems, and that's a big step toward finding solutions. Earth Day is officially observed on Thursday, but local events will be held today and Sunday as well as next weekend. "I think one of the greatest advantages of Earth Day is it creates a heightened sense of awareness" of environmental issues," said Ken Kramer, superintendent of Crystal Cove State Park.
April 28, 2003
June Casagrande This may be the most water-quality-conscious city around, but that's even more reason to keep working for awareness, Surfrider Foundation members say. "There are lots of things competing for our attention," said Nancy Gardner, representative of the local Surfrider Foundation chapter. "It's important to keep water quality a priority in peoples' minds." About 40 Surfrider members and volunteers lined both sides of Coast Highway near the Santa Ana River on Sunday to continue the group's push for reducing pollutants.
April 6, 2003
Deirdre Newman Eric Halverson found two socks. Rokyt Dulac came across some beer bottles. Others from their Cub Scout troop discovered discarded records and rugs. The enthusiastic Cub Scouts picked up these sundry items at Fairview Park and plopped them into trash bags Saturday morning as part of the first Earth Day in the Park. Earth Day is celebrated around the world as a day to pay tribute to the environment. Fairview Park, more than 100 people showed up to lend helping hands to the clean-up effort and enjoy typical attractions like free train rides from the Orange County Model Engineers.
April 4, 2003
BARK 1 America's Family Pet Expo runs Friday through Sunday at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and older) and $3 for children (6 to 12). Call (626) 447-2222 for more information. EARTH DAY 2 The Fairview Park Friends Committee of Costa Mesa invites the community to participate in the first annual Earth Day in the Park at Fairview Park and quarterly "Friends" kickoff meeting on Saturday.
April 22, 2001
Stefanie Frith Fix all car leaks. Use kitty litter when you spill hazardous materials. Bring your own cup to the coffee shop. Reduce, reuse and recycle. When Douglas Bader started the Newport Beach Bike the Back Bay Earth Day Celebration 12 years ago, these were only some of the ideas he had in order to help the environment. Today, Bader is still pushing the idea that anybody can help the environment. That theme was one of many at the 12th annual Earth Day Celebration that took place Saturday at Shellmaker Island near the Newport Beach Back Bay. About 1,000 people braved the chilly, windy weather to come to the free event, which was hosted by the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends; the Orange County Harbors, Beaches and Parks; and the California Department of Fish and Game.
April 14, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH - A is not for Apple. A is for Acid rain. B is for not Boy, but rather Bioremediation. And C is for conservation, according to fifth-grade students at Harbor View Elementary School. The lesson came as three classes in three grade levels taught their peers at Harbor View about Earth Day on Friday morning. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22 in the United States, was first held in 1970. The concept for creating a special day dedicated to teaching people to take care of the earth was developed by former Sen. Gaylord Nelson.
April 21, 2000
Andrew Glazer It's spring and Earth Day is coming -- the time of year when so-called "green" businesses spit out, like pollen, evidence of their enviro-friendliness. Even fast-food chains, chemical manufacturers and oil companies -- notoriously some of the worst environmental offenders -- make claims that they're getting cleaner. Meanwhile, each year, environmentalists wag skeptical fingers. "Everyone and his brother can claim they're environmentally safe," said Michael Carey, recycling coordinator at Orange Coast College.
April 15, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- Students donned colorful Earth Day 2000 T-shirts Friday morning and gave their classmates at Harbor View Elementary School a few rhythmical solutions to some of the planet's pollution problems. In a full school assembly that drew a crowd of a dozen parents, students from two classrooms performed an alphabetical list of pollution solutions followed by an Earth Day rap song. "Turn up the volume, the time is now -- to save our earth, make a difference somehow," sang second- and third-grade students in Stephanie Wallace's class.