Jasper celebrating Earth Day with downtown event
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 18, 2013 | 1159 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Earth Day will be the theme of Jasper’s next downtown event.

Activities will be held at the Walker County Board of Education parking lot and Carl Elliott Regional Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free.

“It’s going to be educational. We’re trying to teach about conservation, how to protect the earth and why it’s important,” said Jenny Sayles, an AmeriCorps VISTA assigned to the city of Jasper.

Sayles credited Katherine Patton of the Walker County Soil and Water Conservation District for encouraging local officials to recognize Earth Day, which will be observed worldwide on Monday.

Patton will have an EnviroScape model on hand Saturday that is used to instruct students about watersheds as well as stormwater pollution and prevention. A local school will also be sponsoring a recycled art activity.

“They’re going to be using box tops and creating the world with these recycled cardboard pieces,” Sayles said.

An area flower shop will be assisting children with planting seeds, and Home Depot will be hosting a workshop for kids.

Residents at Hope for Women, a new recovery center in Jasper, will be leading a clean-up effort downtown.

The community room at the library will be open throughout the day for various educational activities.

Earth Day Downtown in sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the city of Jasper.