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EcoFest, Reject and Protect, and other green events

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The Mayor's Spring Clean Up will be held on April 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a kick-off in Druid Hill Park at 9 a.m. During the Clean Up, neighborhoods will sweep, rake, paint, and plant in their area. The Department of Public Works will provide bags and containers to those communities who call 311. For more information, call your community association or 311.

The Baltimore Tree Trust seeks volunteers to plant trees in McElderry Park on April 26. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gloves and tools will be provided. Volunteers should bring water and dress for outdoor work. Registration is required. To learn more, e-mail amanda@baltimoretreetrust.org.

The Reject and Protect rally will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rally was organized by the "Cowboy Indian Alliance," a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL pipeline route. The rally is intended to tell President Obama to protect the environment by rejecting the pipeline. To learn more, visit http://rejectandprotect.org/sign-up.

Party for the Planet will be held at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on April 26. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be puppet shows, keeper chats, and seedling giveaways. To learn more, call (443) 552-5276 or e-mail events@marylandzoo.org.

EcoFest, the last event of Baltimore Green Week, will be held in Druid Hill Park on April 26. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be bike rides, hikes, workshops, and live music. To learn more, contact Seth Bush at (267) 474-3488 or seth.bush@sierraclub.org or contact Chris Yoder at (410) 466-2462 or cncyoder@comcast.net.

The Baltimore Historical Society presents a lecture, Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-Century World on April 26. It will be held at the Peabody Room of the Cathedral of the Incarnation from 1-3 p.m. It is based on the book of the same name by John McNeil, who will be giving the presentation. McNeil used to be the president of the American Society for Environmental History and he is a history professor at Georgetown University. To learn more, contact Joe Stewart at joestewart31947@comcast.net.

The Severna Park Farmers' Market opens for the season on April 27. It will be open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more, call Anita Robertson at (410) 924-3092.

The Baltimore Green Forum will meet on April 27 at the Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson. The hours will be 4 - 5:30 p.m. This month's topic will be "The Cost of Carbon: An Update on Critical Maryland Climate Campaigns and Discussion about Putting a Price on Carbon." The speaker will be Megan Jenny, a representative of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). She will describe how Maryland's 3200 miles of coastline make it vulnerable to sea level rise and climate change. That will lead into discussion on the possibility of putting a price on carbon to encourage the development of renewable energy sources. To learn more, contact Sam Hopkins at baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com or (410) 554-0006.

The Sierra Club is showing a documentary, Coal Country, at 12712 Eldrid Place in Silver Spring on April 27. Coal Country is about the mining technique called mountain top removal, and part of the film is told from the point of view of the miners and the people protesting mountain top removal. To learn more, contact Richard Reis at (301) 325-8001 or rich.reis1@gmail.com.

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