This monthly column is written by Kendra Bruno, aka Compost Girl, who is the waste prevention specialist for the city of Napa. To submit questions, email kbruno@cityofnapa.org.

It’s hard to imagine that we are already in April, where the days start to get longer and outdoor excursions are calling our names. April also holds one of my favorite national “holidays,” Earth Day — a day dedicated to celebrating the beautiful earth that we get to enjoy, while simultaneously providing the opportunity to learn how to reduce our ecological footprint and impact through an ever-dynamic array of solutions and habit changes.

Napa is ripe with opportunities to celebrate Earth Day, from scheduled volunteer clean-ups in the morning, to downtown’s first major event of year, Earth Day Napa, followed by an Earth Night celebration.

Napa County Resource Conservation District is celebrating the 12th annual Napa Earth Day Clean-Up party from 9 a.m. – noon in which you can choose from five locations around the city to help clean. Check out NapaRCD.org or Napa Earth Day Cleanup event on Facebook.

After beautifying the community, head down to the Oxbow Commons from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Earth Day Napa 2017. Presented by the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC), the annual festival will have lots of activities, educational booths, games and giveaways from a variety of exhibitors. This is a free, fun and educational event for the entire family. Live music and local artists will be performing at the BottleRock Napa stage, while the expanded Kid Zone will have an array of activities: face painting, archery, crafts, a gaga pit and more.

Additionally, there will delicious food, wine and beer offered by local vendors for purchase. Beverage sales fund field trip bus grants for a variety of programs, so know that your glass of wine or beer is supporting the enrichment of Napa’s youth. Beverage sales proceeds also support the Darcy Aston Environmental Advocacy Scholarship, awarded by EECNC to local students pursuing a career in the sciences.

But the fun does not stop there. The third annual Earth Night at Connolly Ranch is taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing, nature hikes, food trucks, arts and crafts, farm tours, and more. Earth Night is a festival and fundraiser that celebrates art, movement, music, and nature. Tickets can be purchased online at connollyranch.org or call 707-224-1894 for more information.

Remember to pack your reusable bottle. Like any Earth Day event, there will be no bottled water for sale. Instead, there will be a water bar for water refills. Not sure why? Check out thewaterproject.org for the inside scoop of what is wrong with bottled water.

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I will share a few reasons: millions of barrels of fossil fuels are used in bottled water production, 1 in 5 bottles are actually recycled, bottled water is less regulated than tap and costs almost 2,000 times more than tap.

The Earth is a pretty special place – remember to enjoy it (and not by destroying it). And just because my nickname is Compost Girl, I am going to leave you with a little advice: the five R’s.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repair.

Happy Earth Day, every day!

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