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County Executive Leopold Invites Citizens to Attend 20th Annual Earth Day at Quiet Waters Park

Free Admission All Day

Annapolis, MD (April 19, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold and the Department of Recreation and Parks today invited citizens to attend the 20th Annual Quiet Waters Park Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 24th, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"Every day is Earth Day in Anne Arundel County because we are constantly striving to preserve, protect and restore the environment," County Executive Leopold said. "Please join us for this celebration. Entry to the park is free all day. This year Quiet Waters Park will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with an expanded program of activities, exhibits, music and food. Green modes of transportation to the park are encouraged."

Opportunities to win free pavilion rentals and ice rink passes will be presented to those who walk, bike, carpool, or use environmentally sensitive vehicles. The park will also be the host site for the Second Annual Family, Music and Kite Festival, a fun-filled day of interactive activities aimed at teaching children and adults about preserving, protecting and exploring nature.

The Earth Day celebration begins with the 16th annual Earth Day 5K race and walk at 8:30 a.m. (registration begins at 7:00 a.m.) with proceeds to benefit the Anne Arundel County Sierra Club.

The Visitor Center, Blue Heron Center, and Concert Pavilion will open at 10:00 a.m. featuring over 45 exhibits including solar energy, green building, environmental cleaning products, earth friendly clothing, energy efficient transportation, and much more.

Interactive activities aimed to teach the community will include; composting workshops, bird walks, bee keeping demonstrations, kayak tours, recycling, and a nature scavenger hunt. A live animal presentation by Raptors Eye will feature hawks, owls, and other birds at the Formal Garden Stage. Live music will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a performance by the Bates Middle School Choral and Dance Group, followed by Doug Segree, Neil Harpe, and a final closing concert at 4:30 p.m. by Pressing Strings.

For more information and a complete schedule of events about Earth Day visit


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