A world to love on Earth Day Mon., April 22

Tampa Bay organizations dig into Earth Day with a variety of events to bring out your greener side.

Local attractions take part: Lowry Park Zoo’s Enrichment Day & Earth Day Party for the Planet is on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., included with regular zoo admission and Earth Day at MOSIon April 20-21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Later that afternoon on April 21, you can wander to Tampa Heights Community Garden (605 E. Frances Ave., Tampa). From 2 to 6 p.m., the group offers a garden tour, food, music and demonstrations and prize drawing; free admission. If you feel your weekend would be better spent making a difference in the environment with some of your own sweat and a good dose of Vitamin D, attend the Annual Coastal Cleanup in St. Petersburg. Various locations are available at stpeteparksrec.org.

On Mon., April 22, 10 a.m. Hillsborough High School Earth Day Celebration, presented by the school's environmental club and Alumni association celebrate Earth Day by hosting an event that will have a master gardener Q&A session and a release of butterflies and ladybugs. In Hillsborough High School’s Positive Park Garden, 5000 Central Ave., Tampa. Admission is free, and advance registration is requested; call 813-931-2106.

The 6th Annual Trashy Fashion Show is A fun “trashion” tradition on Earth Day. Celebrate with Tampa Bay Watch and designers SoLilly and Georgia Jackson and others. Judges Ivanka Ska (Fox 13 Fashion Contributor), Studio 10’s Holly Sinn, the Tampa Bay TimesStephanie Hayes and choose winners. Proceeds go to Tampa Bay Watch, and doors open at 6 p.m. (Mon., April 22, 6-10:30 p.m. Sunken Gardens 727-954-4843, stpete.org/sunken.htm, $10, VIP seat and drink ticket is $25, tampabaywatch.org. Promotional video below.)

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful gives out a free Florida Slash Pine sapling. (No more than 5 per household, while supplies last, and coordinates The Great American Cleanup throughout Hillsborough County on Sat., April 27. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and projects begin at 9. Sites available at keeptampabaybeautiful.org/SiteList.shtml.

The Tampa Bay Rays get in on the Earth Day on Mon., April 22, as they take on the New York Yankees. Purchase a discounted seat in the Press Level Reserved and receive a Tampa Bay Watch Rays hat all for $35. ($56 value). Proceeds of your Earth Day ticket will support the Break A Bat, Plant A Ball program. Groups of 20 or more are eligible to receive an additionally discounted seat for $30 and preferred seating. To purchase tickets to Earth Day go to raysbaseball.com/earthday and use the password Earth2. Deadline to purchase seats to Earth Day is April 20 at 11:59 p.m. CT. For more questions or more information, call 727-825-3393 or e-mail [email protected]

—Mina Abgoon & Julie Garisto

Trashy Fashion Show on April 22nd @ 6pm Sunken Gardens from Rob Baynard on Vimeo.

We all live on Earth, don’t we?

Mon., April 22, is a day for everyone — environmentalists and non-environmentalists alike — to surround ourselves with fresh air, feel the rich soil underneath their feet and discover their inner naturalists. Luckily, Tampa Bay organizations provide a variety of ways to help you show your love and appreciation for the planet we call home. If it's more convenient for you to celebrate over the weekend, rather than the Monday the holiday actually falls on, you have plenty of options.

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