Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and this coming weekend is packed with eco-friendly family fun. SOLV is hosting Earth Day projects all over Oregon so we can keep our beautiful city healthy and happy—and a lot of opportunities to get your hands dirty. When you are done thanking Mother Earth, look to the stars: Astronomy Day is on Saturday and no celebration would be wouldn’t be complete without a free OMSI Star Party in the Gorge. Not enough reasons to celebrate? How about thousands more pretty pink and white reasons: the Hood River Valley Blossom Festival, now over 50 years old, celebrates the season with a weekend of events. 

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Columbia Gorge

Hood River Blossom Festival (featured)
A gorgeous 35-mile drive along the Hood River Fruit Loop is the centerpiece of the longtime celebration, and winds through the Festival’s activities—from a Blossom Fest Craft Show to a farm “pansy party to several food, wine, and beer tasting events—at over 20 different venues. Sat-Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Hood River Valley. No admission fee. All ages. Event details.

OMSI Star Party

From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the planet Saturn, waxing crescent Moon, Beehive star cluster and more! Sat., 7:30 pm. Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, Corbett. Free admission, $5 parking per vehicle. All ages. Event details.

All over Oregon

SOLV Earth Day
The Environmental nonprofit is hosting Earth Day projects all over Oregon. Families can plant trees at Rock Creek Trail extension in Hillsboro, clean up the South Waterfront or participate in other important projects. Sat. Free. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Earth Day at Portland Children’s Museum
Festivities include recycled clock craft, stories, a performance from Recycleman and the Dumpster Divers, bug crafts, and parachute play. Sun., 10:00 am. Portland Children’s Museum. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Toy Trains at Mississippi Pizza

Come and he.r Portland’s favorite rock band for kids and families. Sat., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Mississippi Pizza. $5 for those over 12. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

9th Annual Latino Culture Festival

With an improved and expanded program, the festival will feature a parade, arts village and sports all in historic downtown Hillsboro. Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tom Hughes Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your weekend plans?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen

photo courtesy of Hood River Chamber of Commerce