What if Earth Day had sponsors? Well, other than Mother Nature, of course? For the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA), the answer is that their 19th annual Earth Day celebration, to be held Sunday (April 26), will get much bigger and provide a huge amount of info on how to "go green." Or should we say, "go solar" as solar energy is the theme of this year's event. The ACUA has enlisted major sponsors Atlantic City Electric and Harrah's Entertainment, each of which have embraced strategies to reduce their carbon footprint, to help produce an event jam-packed with info and activities. "New Jersey, and Atlantic County specifically, are leaders when it comes to investing in renewable energy, particularly solar energy," says Richard Dovey, ACUA president. "The future of our children depends on the degree to which each of us can incorporate greener, energy efficient solutions into our daily lives." Harrah's will also display its CodeGreen strategy while A.C. Electric will highlight lots of energy saving tips for homeowners along with many other informational displays. But just because the event will be information intense, doesn't mean it won't be a party. On tap, for example, is the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences' Rock the Boat musical show, where dancers explain the secrets of underwater life. There will also be a performance of Native-American song and dance by Venture Crew 423, to showings of the Disney film Wall•E, 4-H demonstrations (including livestock), live music at the Harrah's Entertainment stage throughout, guided nature hikes, animal shows from the Cape May Zoo, show and touch tanks from the Atlantic City Aquarium, hayrides, tours of the ACUA's wind and solar arrays ... Whew, and it doesn't stop there. For good measure, there will also be a one-mile fun run (8:30am) and a 5K run (9am) to benefit the American Heart Association. All in all, it's not a bad way to honor our big blue marble. The celebration will be held at the Haneman Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township. Visit acua.com/earthday for more information.
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