'Love the Earth' Day event in Alexandria set for April 23

Alexandria Indivisible is leading a multitude of Earth Day activities.

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A group of Glenwood area Girl Scouts move compost into bags during a previous "Plate to Garden" event.
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ALEXANDRIA — Communities surrounding Douglas and Pope counties have the chance to gather to celebrate the Earth.

On Saturday, April 23, Big Ole Park in Alexandria will be the site of an Earth Day celebration – “Love the Earth” – put on by Alexandria Area Indivisible with participation from a number of organizations such as the Douglas County Lakes Association, the Audubon Society and the citizens for a sustainable future.

The event will run from noon to 3 p.m. and will feature music, food from Smokin’ Brews and ‘Ques Food Truck, informational booths and a family-friendly atmosphere, according to organizers.

“It’s exciting to bring people together for a fun spring event and giving people the chance to get outside and enjoy our Earth together,” Alexandria Area Indivisible co-chair Cynthia Fuller said.

The information booths include Citizens for a Sustainable Future, Pope/Douglas Solid Waste, Audubon Society, Alexandria Area Indivisible, and the Douglas County Lakes Association.


Pope/Douglas County Solid Waste will conduct a compost distribution event. Compost is being bagged for sale by Luther Crest volunteers and area Boy Scouts. The compost was created from materials generated from the local organics recycling program. Informational booths will also be there.

A crowd gathered around Big Ole at an Earth Day event last year.
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At the April 23 event, Alexandria Mayor Bobbi Osterberg will speak about the city’s local environmental efforts.

This event could be an opportunity to learn about the nature conservatory trail.

Chairs will not be provided at this event.

Activities and presentations for the day include:

Starting at noon – be inspired, music, food and fun.

  • Sing along with ParaDocx, Paula Glade and Crimson Creek.
  • Kid friendly face painting.
  • Lunch from Smokin’ BBQ food truck (served on sustainable ware).

Starting at 1 p.m. – be informed, local news to use.

  • Mayor Osterberg – local efforts – for the city’s environmental health.
  • Brian VanGorp Climate Solutions – it's for the Earth and all Earthlings.
  • Tim Schoonhoven- Nature Conservancy Trail from Interstate 94 to Theatre L’Homme Dieu – it’s for the water.
  • Haley Kalina read aloud/nature activities – it’s for the kids.

From noon to 3 p.m. – be involved and see what you and your family can do.


  • Get PDSWM compost for your garden.
  • Citizens for Sustainable Future – focus on solutions for Earth’s changing climate.
  • PDSWM – what can we do about plastic?
  • Audubon Society – why birds need dark sky and what we can do to help.
  • Alexandria Area Indidible – enter drawing for reusable bags and “Love the Earth” yard signs. Also, reduce/reuse/recycle information and free milkweed seeds for the butterflies.
  • Douglas County Lake Association – creating solutions with support from the Water Quality Legacy Funds.

Organizers invite everyone to finish the day with friends picking up trash along the Big Ole Trail.

Carol Wenner picks up trash along the Central Lakes Trail in Alexandria.
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In case of inclement weather, the Love the Earth event will be moved to the First Congregational Church, 7th Avenue and Elm Street in Alexandria.

In addition to this event, there will be two Pope/Douglas County Resource Recovery and Recycling Facility Tours. The first will take place on Wednesday, April 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., while the second will be on Friday, April 22, which is Earth Day, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Fuller said she thinks the public will be most excited about “enjoying live music, food, and hearing information on how we can all Love the Earth” at the event.

Alexandria Area Indivisible is a non-partisan group that promotes sustainable, equitable and inclusive communities. More information about the group can be found on its website or its Facebook page.

About Earth Day

The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people across America celebrated by filling their local streets, parks and auditoriums to demand a healthy, sustainable environment, according to They were concerned about their cities laden with smog, polluted rivers, rampant pollution, and other environmental hazards.

Since then, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world, by people from all walks of life who are concerned about making a sustainable future for their children. In the past, events, festivals and overall awareness campaigns mark the day, with the hope of preserving the environment.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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