Ludger Balan, executive environmental program director for the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy brought birds to Get Green 2010. File photo by Nick Loomis

Fifth South Bronx Earth Fest is coming up

For the fifth year, South Bronx residents will mark Earth Day with a festival in St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven on Saturday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The free South Bronx Earth Fest combines family activities with entertainment and environmental exhibits at the park on St. Ann’s Avenue and 146th Street.

Ludger Balan, executive environmental program director for the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy brought birds to Get Green 2010. File photo by Nick Loomis

For the fifth year, South Bronx residents will mark Earth Day with a festival in St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven on Saturday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The free South Bronx Earth Fest combines family activities with entertainment and environmental exhibits at the park on St. Ann’s Avenue and 146th Street.

More than two dozen local businesses, community organizations, ity agencies and not-for-profit groups are participating in the 2012 GetGreen festival. Event goers will enjoy music and dance performances with a “green” theme, free boat rides, “Recycling Olympics” games for youngsters and special appearances by eco-superhero Global Man and friends. In addition, GetGreen organizers plan to plant a tree in St. Mary’s Park to commemorate the event’s fifth anniversary.

Longtime neighborhood activist Anna Vincenty, formerly of Nos Quedamos and now community liaison for Congressman Jose Serrano, will be honored with a 2012 GetGreen environmental leadership award, along with city officials.

The public is invited to bring unwanted electronics, including TVs, radios, cell phones, computers and printers, and unwanted textiles, such as matched shoes, belts, towels, and clothing, to the event for recycling.

GetGreen organizers include the Betances Center, Bronx River Alliance, City Matters LLC, LAS Consulting, Materials for the Arts/NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, The POINT, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), Sustainable South Bronx, NY Cares and Waste Management of New York.

In the event of rain, activities will be held at Betances Community Center, 547 East 146th Street.

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