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Sunday is Earth Day

Here's a few ways to join the global eco-celebration on Sunday, including some options right in your backyard.

Sunday is Earth Day, when the citizens of Planet Earth mobilize for an eco-celebration.

Globally, 176 countries will stage events to commemorate the annual event, but there are also options locally to either kick back and take in the day or give Mother Nature a break.

On Silver Spring Drive, businesses are celebrating the environment with a new Eco-Week event, in which businesses show off their sustainable practices and invite the community to participate in environmentally-conscious demonstrations and sales events.

On Saturday, you can help the Milwaukee Riverkeeper organization pull trash from the Milwaukee River at 50 different sites, including Estabrook Park, for its annual Spring River Cleanup effort. Visit www.milwaukeeriverkeeper.org for more information.

In Bayside on Sunday, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is holding an afternoon event. You’ll have the chance to canoe on Mystery Lake, search for frogs, beach-comb along the shores of Lake Michigan, take a guided hike in our fabulous forests and view live animals.

Or head down to Milwaukee’s lakefront on Friday for some music and presentations on sustainability. Rock the Green, Milwaukee's near-zero waste music festival, will throw the city’s 2012 Earth Day Celebration.

The festivities will take place in the Market Street Corridor adjacent to City Hall starting at 11 a.m. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will speak along with aldermen, and there will be a performance by local musician Evan Christian. The stage will be solar-powered and lunch will be provided by local food truck vendors using compostable plates and napkins.

If we missed something, or if you're doing something unique on Earth Day, let us know in the comments section.

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