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Earth Day celebration in Maple Ridge back in-person

Earth Day celebration in Maple Ridge back in-person

Volunteers hard at work at the Repair Cafe in 2019. (Maple Ridge Earth Day Facebook/Special to The News) Pathways to a Better Normal is the…

Thursday, Apr 14

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Volunteers hard at work at the Repair Cafe in 2019. (Maple Ridge Earth Day Facebook/Special to The News) Pathways to a Better Normal is the theme of this years Earth Day event in Maple Ridge, the first in-person celebration since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theme was chosen to encourage people to take small, simple steps toward a world they want to create, said Leanne Koehn, with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.

“The idea for ‘Pathways to a Better Normal’ had been in my head for a while,” said Koehn, noting that many people want to start doing something that will make their lives and the planet better – but don’t know where to start.

“The reality is that our community is full of people who follow their beliefs and values to build community and sustainability and they are more than happy to share their knowledge and skills,” explained Koehn. “Coming out of the pandemic, the theme just seemed to fit for people who are looking for direction and guidance.”

This years festival will include lots of the popular free events of the past like the Family Freecycle, Cycle Recycle Bike Draw, and a Repair Cafe. There will also be tons of crafts and entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, an electric vehicle display, a Food Truck festival, and lots more.

In addition, a special Haney Farmers Market will be taking place.

Currently donations of gently used books, toys, and clothing are being collected for the Family Freecycle. A drop-off event is being held […]

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