It’s the time of year to honor our mother. No, not our mothers, our collective mother — Mother Earth. Since it was first celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has grown around the world to be much more than a one-day celebration every year on April 22. Events and activities raising awareness about the importance of protecting and nurturing the environment are now often held throughout the entire month of April, including right here in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Here’s a sampling of events that are fun, educational, and appropriate for the whole family.

Wild & Scenic Film
Festival: April 19 and 20
Mountain Area Preservation presents the 8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival — on tour in Truckee/Tahoe. Get ready to get activated and inspired through 1.5 hours of awe-inspiring environmental, adventure, social justice, and youth-specific film programming.

MAP’s custom film debuts April 19, 6- 9 p.m., at the Truckee Community Arts Center and includes a raffle, bar, popcorn, and food by MOGROG Rotisserie. This is the only event with seated tickets sold at $25 to $60. The second event is the Wild Child kids program at the Truckee Tahoe Earth Day Festival on April 20, in the Village at Palisades Tahoe. This is a free film program during the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. festival. Wild Child will show twice in the Alpenglow room, at 11 a.m. and
4 pm. No tickets required, and seating on a first-come, first-served basis, capped at 100.
Info: mountainareapreservation.org

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Tahoe Truckee Earth
Day 2024: April 20
The largest Earth Day celebration in the North Lake Tahoe area, this free environmental-education event is a community tradition that takes place in The Village at Palisades Tahoe from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and allows kids and adults to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy. The event provides residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about the various environmental issues that affect the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe region. Plus, don’t miss hours of free live music by local bands. Info: palisadestahoe.com

Earth Day Cleanup: April 22
Join Keep Tahoe Blue and the Tahoe City Downtown Association for an Earth Day Cleanup from 9 a.m. to

3 pm. in Tahoe City and along the West Shore. Meet at Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City where light snacks, beverages, and cleanup supplies will be provided. Help preserve the beauty of our environment by removing litter and restoring natural splendor. Open to all, celebrate Earth Day by taking action and showing our planet the care it deserves. Info: visittahoecity.org

Truckee Roundhouse
Fixit Clinic: April 29
Celebrate Earth Day with Keep Truckee Green at the next Fixit Clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Extend the life of your products and keep them out of the landfill. Bring your broken electronics, furniture, clothing, outdoor gear, and more. Fixit coaches from Truckee Roundhouse will guide you through the repair process. Please limit textiles and clothing repairs to three items per person. Note that there is often a wait for assistance with clothing and textiles due to their popularity. This is a free community event run by volunteers. To date, Truckee Fixit Clinics have saved over 1,000 pounds of items from the landfill. Info: keeptruckeegreen.org

~ Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink    

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  • Juliana Demarest

    Juliana Demarest is a Jersey girl with ink in her blood. She fell in love with print journalism at a young age in the '80s when her Uncle Tony would take her to "work" at his weekly paper. In 1997, she co-founded a weekly newspaper in North Jersey. One day, she went to photograph a local farmer for a news story. She ended up marrying him and leaving journalism to become a farmer's wife. In 2010, they packed up their two children and headed to Truckee in pursuit of the outdoor life. She didn't realize just how much she missed journalism until she joined Moonshine in 2018 after taking time off to be mom. Connect with Juliana juliana@moonshineink.com

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