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Sooke set for sustainable weekend with cleanup and Earth Day festivities

Residents to participate in a weekend of environmental stewardship and family-friendly fun
Sooke celebrates two Earth Day events this weekend. The first Earth Day was held in 1970 in the U.S., and since then, it has evolved into the largest civic event on Earth. (Nikola Jovanovic/Unsplash)

Sooke residents are gearing up for a two-day affair combining community service with eco-conscious celebration.

The weekend of April 26-27, the community will come together for a cleanup event followed by an Earth Day festival.

The festivities kick off on April 26, with a community cleanup initiative focused on enhancing the local environment.

At 9:30 a.m. at the Broomhill playground picnic shelter, volunteers are invited to join the Friends of Sooke Parks Society and the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society in removing invasive species and litter. Participants will be greeted with refreshments and a safety briefing.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their tools, although a limited supply will be available. The cleanup will wrap up with a lunch at noon, allowing volunteers to connect and discuss their day’s efforts.

The following day (April 27), the community will shift gears to celebration mode with an Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Fire Station One on Otter Point Road. The event coincides with the Sooke Country Market.

Activities include a community game zone featuring family-friendly games like a bouncy castle and corn hole. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Fireweed Learning Commons will run interactive educational stations aimed at engaging the community’s young environmentalists.

The Earth Day event exhibitors will include a diverse group from local and regional organizations such as the 606 Water Group, Capital Regional District Climate Action Program, and Wild Wise Society. These groups will provide insights and education on sustainability practices and local environmental initiatives.

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