While Earth Day - April 22 - comes but once a year, Long Islanders have a legion of fun and informative places to go to celebrate. There are special eco-friendly events planned all week.
Earthstock : Monday to Friday, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, 631-632-7320, stonybrook.edu/earthstock
The annual weeklong event, which is free and open to the public, focuses on global-warming issues. Among the remaining events planned -Tuesday's 3:30 p.m. "Baked Apple" panel discussion that will cover environmental issues specific to Long Island and New York City and Friday's 3 p.m. screening and discussion of "The Day After Tomorrow."
Green Living Expo LI : 11-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus, Sports/Exhibition Complex, 101 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, 516-284-3305, greenlivingexpoli.com
Cost: $10 (free ages 12 and younger)
Browse a ton of information on living green, from solar- power suppliers to organic- food providers. Expect cooking demonstrations and scheduled lectures on topics ranging from eco-friendly transportation to green home improvement. "In many ways, it is not only more affordable to live a green lifestyle, but it's obviously better for you and better for the planet," says Chris Palmer, one of the organizers.
Organic cooking for kids : 4 p.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Caterer, 15 Prospect St., Southampton, 631-283-3354, fourseasonscaterer.com
Cost: $18 at the door, $15 in advance; Ages: 6 and older (must be accompanied by an adult)
Three mini demos where children learn to prepare healthful treats made from organic local ingredients. This event also includes Earth Day activities hosted by Group for the East End.
Garvies Point Museum : Wednesday, 50 Barry Dr. in Glen Cove, 516-571-8010, garviespointmuseum.com
Cost: $3 adults, $2 children
The museum celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday with a recycled paper eco-craft activity for kids (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), plus screenings of the animated family film "The Man Who Planted Trees."
Levittown : 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Meet at Office Max parking lot, 3350 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-796-3392
Bring gloves, rakes, brooms and any other items, plus snacks and water, to this annual community cleanup. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot and then be dispatched to different areas throughout Levittown.
E-waste Day : 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall, 100 Main St., Huntington, 631-351-3270, town.huntington.ny.us
Drop off unwanted televisions, radios, cell phones and other electronics at the Town of Huntington's Family Earth Day Expo, which is open to all. There also will be stations for recycling plastic grocery bags, information on green living and document shredding. Children can touch and climb on fire-and- rescue vehicles, a street cleaner and an electric lawn mower.
Also try: Town of Babylon residents can discard unwanted computer equipment (no broken monitors) and certain other electronic waste 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the recycling center in West Babylon (57 Field St., 631-422-7640, townofbabylon.com ).
More eco-friendly events :
- Arbor Day Festival (April 25-26) at Planting Fields Arboretum - Arbor Day (April 26) at Old Westbury Gardens - Audobon's 224th birthday celebration in Oyster Bay