Basalt hosts Earth Day Parade, Fryingpan River Cleanup |

Basalt hosts Earth Day Parade, Fryingpan River Cleanup

Basalt has a bevy of events to celebrate Earth Day.

The annual Earth Day Parade will be held today at 10 a.m. Participants will gather at 9:45 a.m. at Basalt Elementary School. The route will bring the children down Cottonwood Lane to Midland Avenue. They will stop in front of Basalt Town Hall to sing a song.

On Saturday, the Roaring Fork Conservancy will hold its annual Fryingpan River Cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Lions Park in downtown Basalt at 8:30 a.m. for a free breakfast before heading out to pick up garbage from one of the most scenic stretches of the river. Teams of three or four people will be organized and assigned to stretches of river of about 1 mile.

Participants should have long pants, gloves, a hat, sunscreen, proper footwear and water. Registration isn’t required in advance.

Prizes will be given for best of trash, most toxic, most useful and most unusual. Prize entries must be turned in by 11:45 a.m. at Lions Park.

Also Saturday, Basalt will hold its annual E-Waste event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lions Park. The town government has teamed with ECOS to properly dispose of electronics for a fee.

It will accept computer monitors and televisions, hard drives, laptops, cordless or office phones, stereo receivers, printers, fax machines and cable-satellite boxes. The fees vary. ECOS will only take cash or checks.

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