Earth Day entertainment

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

How did Green Columbus make its Earth Day initiative such a success? Well, for starters, the group threw a party.

Even if you didn't get a chance to man a work site last weekend, you can join the party part of Earth Day 2011: Lighten Up.

The sustainable shindig Saturday at Franklin Park Conservatory will include live music, tons of booths, hand-on demonstrations, prizes, free stuff, an activity area for kids and eco-friendly art by ARTillery.

Here's a rundown of some things to check out. For a full schedule, visit

Main Stage

11 a.m. Psychedelic Appalachian Express Duo

11:25 a.m. The Devil Doves

12 p.m. Community garden news conference

12:30 p.m. Dapper Dan and The Relentless Mules

1:25 p.m. Raw Dough

2:20 p.m. Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons

3:15 p.m. The Shazzbots

4:10 p.m. Chase Potter Trio

5:05 p.m. The Salty Caramels: Dressed like Patsy Cline and sounding just as tough, songwriters Angela Perley, Bree Frick and Molly Winters combine for sweet melodies and a bale of heart-wrenching stories told through song. This is country with spunk, where the talent outweighs the twang.

6 p.m. Challenge Cup Awards and results of community service projects

6:30 p.m. Dexter Wesley and the New Experience

7:25 p.m. Hubbard Stew

8:20 p.m. Bum Wealthy: This miniature rock orchestra clearly borrows from the world of jam - but also from jazz, funk, fusion and good ol' radio pop. What results is a mix of brassy attitude, percussive punch and skintight rhythms that's ideal for an outdoor festival.

9:10 p.m. The Bastard Sons of Neptune

Education Pavilion

11:30 a.m. Captain Recycle from "The Captain Recycle Show"

1 p.m. Seasonal Cooking with Local Whole Grains, presented by Local Matters

1 p.m. Composting demonstrations presented by Franklin Park Conservatory: Sad you're not able to turn rocks into gold? Bill Dawson, the conservatory's go-to green thumb, will show you a different type of alchemy - transforming food scraps, leaves, grass clippings and yard waste into plant-powering fertilizer.

2 p.m. Sustainable Lifestyles, presented by Eco Assist Consulting

3 p.m. Composting demonstrations presented by Franklin Park Conservatory

3 p.m. Green smoothies prepared by Purely Simple Raw

4 p.m. Why Trees Matter: How Our Leafy Friends Pay Us Back, presented by Ohio State University Extension

5 p.m. Creative Container Gardening, presented by Green Thumb Revolution. You can grow food in almost anything that holds dirt, so possibilities are endless at home, a community garden or even the office. Committed to getting people to garden at work, this local group will offer helpful tips for using containers to craft the perfect space.

6:30 p.m. Landscaping Your Backyard for Common Birds in Decline, presented by the Grange Insurance Audubon Center

7:30 p.m. Eco Shorts program of short environmental films

Three Other Things Not to Miss

- More than 60 booths from area artists and environmental groups will be set up from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to check out stations manned by Consider Biking, Recycled Style and Rain Brothers.

- ARTillery is bringing in artists to hold live art demonstrations and hands-on crafts throughout the day.

- The first 300 attendees will receive a limited-edition gift bag from local clothing companies Make Believe Monsters and Vivisect Apparel.

10 Steps to a Greener You

Green Columbus insists that small lifestyle changes make a difference for the environment. Here are 10 things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint - and save some cash in the process.

- Instead of tossing the contents of your mailbox into the trash, request to be taken off junk mailing lists. Paying bills online also helps.

- Buy food grown and produced in Central Ohio, which lowers the hefty carbon footprint involved in shipping.

- Unplug appliances when not using them, or buy a power strip that will cut energy flow when appliances are off.

- Use a faucet or pitcher filter to purify tap water instead of buying it in bottles. This reduces container waste.

- Recycling isn't just for newspapers and cans. Take old batteries, cell phones, computers and other electronics to special drop centers to keep harmful metals out of the environment.

- The water heater is second only to the heating system in household energy use. Most homes keep temperatures unnecessarily high, so turn yours down, especially in summer.

- Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs can save you more than $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Switch out incandescent bulbs to conserve electricity.

- Compost yard waste and appropriate food scraps to reduce landfill size and produce ideal fertilizer for gardens and flower beds.

- Install a faucet aerator to lower energy and water use without sacrificing water pressure.