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Terra Verde presents Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 17

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edf graphicThe second annual Terra Verde Earth Day Festival will be held Saturday, April 17 at the Museum and Depot Park in Dillon, Mont. By Ashley Makowski edf graphicThe second annual Terra Verde Earth Day Festival will be held Saturday, April 17 at the Museum and Depot Park in Dillon, Mont. Terra Verde, the University of Montana Western’s environmental sciences club, is co-sponsoring the event with the Montana Western Tobacco Free Task Force. “The Earth Day Festival gets people out and participating in their community,” said  Terre Verde President Heather Reiss. “We like to be a part of this town, and this is our way to get out there and show our support.” The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is officially recognized on April 22, 2010. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Since 1970, Earth Day has become a global event centered around protecting the environment. “The goal is to pull in the community and, especially, children,” Helen Sladek, Terra Verde vice president, said. The festival includes events throughout the day for children and adults. A town cleanup will take place at 11 a.m. All cleanup participants will be entered in a drawing to win prizes donated by the Dillon Patagonia outlet. Mountain Moongrass of Butte, Mont. will provide live music from 12 to 3 p.m. A geocaching GPS treasure hunt will take place at 1 p.m. The festival will also feature several informational booths with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Sierra Club, Montana Native Plant Society, Montana Western Campus Corps, Montana Western Tobacco Free Task Force, the Associated Students of Montana Western and others. There will be live music and vendors providing food and refreshments throughout the day. The Montana Western Biology Club will provide sandwich lunches. Terra Verde will also be accepting plastic recyclables dropped off at the event and will recycle the materials in Butte. “The festival is something we enjoy putting on for the community,” Reiss added. “It offers a place for people to learn about some current environmental issues occurring today as well as have a little fun.” All Earth Day Festival events are free and open to the public.