Birdhouses and recycling are part of this year’s Earth Day
Young builders learn from Zane and Bob, their
favourite birdhouse building leaders.
By Kathryn Stocks
Earth Day is coming to the Port Union Community Centre on Saturday, April 22. This annual event, sponsored by CCRA, West Rouge Sports and Recreation and the City of Toronto, will once again ask for your help in getting out and cleaning up the litter strewn across our community. But it will also be a good time to clean up your house because the 2nd Highland Creek Scouts will be holding a major fundraising event at Port Union that will recycle your e-waste, used clothing, shoes, fabric, linens, scrap metal and even old Christmas lights. See their flyer on page __ for a complete list of recyclable items.
The Scouts will be set up in the parking lot at the community centre from 9am to 2pm that day so you will be able to drive in with your trunk full of recyclables and they will unload it for you. You won’t even have to get out of your car. It doesn’t get any easier than that. This is the first year the Scouts are trying this as a fundraiser so be generous with your unwanted stuff.
Indoors, Earth Day will start off with a birdhouse-making workshop for children run by Bob Lalonde and Zane Biblow. There will be sessions at 9, 10 and 11 am with 20 kids building birdhouses at a time. You can sign up at the Port Union Community Centre or call 416-396-4031 to get your child’s name on the list. The workshop is a popular event that usually sells out but sometimes people don’t show up so walk-ins on the day could still get a spot. Participants are asked to bring a hammer and safety glasses if they have them.
While that’s going on for the younger crowd, everyone else gets to pitch in and help with the cleanup outside. Bags and gloves will be handed out at the Port Union and West Rouge community centres between about 9 and 10am and people will spread out to pick up litter in the two areas. As the bags get filled, Earth Day committee chair Barbara Broadley will be picking them up in her car and taking them back to Port Union. She’ll also be handing out more bags if they’re needed. The cleanup goes on until noon.
Inside Port Union C.C. you’ll find Gary Dale of the Lions Club, who will once again be taking orders for rain barrels. The TRCA won’t be there this year but they will try to send the supplies for the younger kids to make bird feeders.
There are no indoor events at West Rouge, but Councillor Ron Moeser will have the city drop off large piles of compost and wood chips in the parking lot there. This is meant for those who take part in the cleanup, but get it early because it goes fast, especially the compost.
Between noon and 2pm a free barbecue will be put on at Port Union for those who helped with the cleanup to say thanks for caring about the community. Please come out and be part of Earth Day this year. Every little bit helps to beautify the Centennial and West Rouge areas.
If you have any questions or want further information about Earth Day events, call Barbara at 416-724-0416.