Earth Day options include building trails, Living Green event

Living Green event includes music, recycling, hybrid cars

The city of Augusta will hold its second annual Augusta Living Green Day on Saturday, with family-friendly activities that begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. at Augusta Common.


The Earth Day event includes a hybrid/electric vehicle display; live music on stage with Tara Scheyer, Oldest Middle Child and other guests; free inflatibles for children; free face painting and balloon art; food vendors; and more.

The event will also feature drop-off recycling opportunities from Augusta’s Environmental Services Department. Participants may drop off waste tires (limit of four), batteries and old electronics. The drop-off site is across the street from the Augusta Common on Reynolds Street. More information is available at

Also on Saturday, the Augusta Geocachers and the Central Savannah River Land Trust are seeking volunteers to join them from 2 to 4 p.m. to help improve the Lombard Mill Pond Trail.

The 55-acre protected greenspace is home to a new public trail, an observation and fishing deck, historic mill ruins and several geocaches.

To get to the site, take Dean’s Bridge Road/U.S. Highway 1 South from Bobby Jones Expressway. After passing the Wal-Mart commercial area, turn right on “Old Highway 1” just before Morgan Road. For more details, contact event organizer Marcia Plunkett at or visit the Land Trust Web site at

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with a 5K run/walk and a daylong series of events.

The 12th annual Swamp Stomp 5K will begin with registration and packet pickups from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the park’s Pfizer Pavilion.

Race-day registration for the 5K is $25, or $20 without the race T-shirt. Details are available online at

The race/walk will be followed by a series of free programs and activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including educational workshops and exhibits, a photography contest, entertainment, food and eco-friendly vendors. For more information, call (706) 828-2109.

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