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Basalt parade, ACES’ party head Earth Day events

Earth Day will be celebrated Wednesday in the upper and midvalley with a children's parade in Basalt and a party at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in the evening.

More than 500 children from Basalt Elementary School typically participate in Basalt's Earth Day Parade as well as local day care centers. It will start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The parade will start at the elementary school and head down Midland Avenue before snaking back to the school.

Children have the option to dress up in costume; bring props, balloons, flags and posters; wear hats; and carry banners. They can ride bicycles or walk the route.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will team with Community Office for Resource Efficiency and the city of Aspen to celebrate Earth Day with a party at ACES' Hallam Lake headquarters. There will be a mixer with libations and food raised and grown at Rock Bottom Ranch for those interested in environmental issues. There will be opportunities to sign up to volunteer with local organizations such as Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. There will be games designed to educate adults about issues such as carbon footprints and a photo booth with "green" themes. The event is free and open to members and non-members of ACES.

Olivia Siegel, community outreach director for ACES, said children are welcome to come to the party even though there are no specific events planned for them.

"It's Earth Day every day down here," Siegel said.

Basalt will host two additional events Saturday that are tied to Earth Day. The town government and E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado will collect electronics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lions Park along Midland Avenue. They will accept computers, monitors and televisions for a small fee as well as printers, fax machines, cellphones and other electronic equipment.

E-Waste Recyclers also will provide secure data-destruction services such as destruction of hard drives or other storage media.

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork will celebrate the special day by opening its ReStore in Basalt. The store, which is already loaded with furniture from Timbers Club Bachelor Gulch, a former Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The stores provide a great opportunity to reuse furniture and a variety of other items and keep them out of the dump.