messenger_earth_lrg.jpgFor the many ways SFians love the Earth, there are almost as many things to do to celebrate it. Here’s list of SF Earth Day events, let us know what we missed in the comments!

Alemany Farm is having a Farm Day BBQ starting at 11am Saturday. The hard work will come first, with potato planting, bean-sowing, and tomato planting. Then, the reward: a BBQ with sausages, burgers, and veggie burgers, as well as a fresh salad straight from the garden. Everything’s free but please bring a side dish or dessert to share!

What: Farm Team Earth Day Celebration and BBQ
When: Saturday, April 23 at 11am
Where: Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd in SF
Cost: Free, although guests are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Earth Day SF kicks off at 10am Saturday at Civic Center Plaza. The extravaganza includes a multi-cultural music festival and sustainable living roadshow. There will be keynote speakers on multiple stages and special eco-zones providing sustainability activities that you can use after the celebration ends.

What: Earth Day SF
When: Saturday, April 23 from 10am-6pm
Where: Civic Center Plaza
Cost: Free

Up at Dolores Park, there are a variety of Earth Day activities you can volunteer for. Volunteering starts at 10am with a community clean-up of the park that includes raking the grass and sweeping paths, as well as garden maintenance.

Don’t want to get too dirty? The volunteer lunch needs volunteers as for setting up and breaking down. The set-up starts at 10am. From 1pm to 2pm, you can also man the community outreach table. Those interested in any of the activities can RSVP here.

What: Dolores Park Works Earth Day Celebration
When: Saturday, April 23 from 10am-2pm
Where: Dolores Park, near 18th and Dolores
Cost: Free

You can also celebrate Earth Day early. Tonight Melvita is showing a free screening of “Vanishing of the Bees” to raise awareness of the importance of disappearances of honeybees and what it means to our ecosystem. The film runs three different times, so there’s no excuse not to miss it. As an added bonus, Melvita will also be offering tastings of organic honeys from France and locally made honeys as well.

What: Melvita’s screening of “Vanishing of the Bees”
When: Showings are at 3:30pm, 5pm, and 6:30pm
Where: Melvita, 865 Market St. in SF
Cost: Free

Noe Valley’s Whole Foods is also celebrating Earth Day today as well as tomorrow. Stop by and enjoy some gardening, learn to build a rooftop or window bow garden, and meet Ido Leffler, the co-founder of Bay Area skincare line Yes To.

Yes To and Whole Foods have also partnered to offer “Seed Fund Grants” this month and next month. The grants provide funds for school gardens to help emphasize nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables.

In addition to promoting healthy living through gardening, children are learning about the importance of taking care of the planet to ensure a healthy ecosystem as well. The EPA recently held an Earth Day art contest for K-12 students. SFGate gives you pictures of the winning art, all modeled after the theme of marine debris.

The artwork will be on display until May 27 at the Region IX EPA office at 75 Hawthorne St. in SF.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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