New England Animals is theme of this year’s Earth Day

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TOWNSEND — Animals, plants, entertainers and a chance to recycle lots of the stuff hanging around your home will be on the common at the annual Earth Day celebration.

The theme of the April 28 event is New England Animals. All types of animals will be represented.

Some of the animals will be a little unusual including wolves born and raised in Massachusetts. Llamas from Silver Oak Farm in Ashby will also visit during the day.

You might see a few dogs, cats and bunnies. Families can bring their own animals to the common for a blessing of the animals.

And, even though Smoky the Bear, T-Rec and the Canaligator are not “real” animals, they will be on the common too for everyone to meet.

“This is just for people to show up and enjoy. It’s free,” organizer Salina Thomas said.

As the Recycling Committee Chairman, Thomas has a strong interest in what will prove to be a big part of the day — recycling.

Plant swaps are a popular way to recycle growth that has become out of hand. Thomas said the plant swap usually happens first thing in the morning.

Textiles; clothing, odd shoes, stuffed animals, torn sheets, will be collected.

“They don’t just take clothes anymore. They take all clean and dry textiles. They don’t have to be good quality either,” Thomas said.

The proceeds from the textiles recycled on the common will benefit Townsend Ecumenical Outreach.

The Kiducation bins at the Spaulding School also take all textiles and benefit the school, she said.

As in the past, items from cans to plastic foam can be recycled on the common on Earth Day.

A scavenger hunt, with prizes for adults and children, has two parts.

“This year the first part is simple; find these items around your house and bring them to the common. The second part is for people to match up where they could bring it to be recycled any other day of the week,” Thomas said.

The list will be distributed in schools and will be posted on the town website.

While the recycling is taken care of, there will be entertainment and food. A DJ, singers, drummers and dancers will provide entertainment throughout the Earth Day celebration.

Vendors will offer food, activities and items for sale.

Townsend’s Earth Day events are not limited to April 28.

A street clean-up will be held April 22.

“Meet at Cherry Hill Too on Route 119 at 1 p.m.,” Thomas said. Garbage bags, safety vests and disposable gloves will be provided.

Volunteers can suggest roads that need attention. “If they know of any areas that need a cleanup, bring that idea with them,” she said.

Vendors should contact Karen Clement at clem6@verizon.net for information on tables. Spaces for April 28 costs $25 each but there is no charge for non-profits, Thomas said.

The Earth Day celebration will be April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is April 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

The event has a Facebook page where up-to-date information including a rain cancellation will be posted. Search for “Townsend Earth Day.”