Written by Garden City Life Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:00
Spring is here. Come on outside. The Tanners Pond Environmental Center’s April 6 Earthfest is a celebration recognizing the incredible value volunteers make to the community and the environment. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a 5K timed run starting at 10 a.m. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray will start the race through the sanctuary, adjoining Nassau Haven Park, and local streets in the Nassau Haven section of town. Garden City Police are monitoring the closed roads for the safety of runners. Awards for first place male and female, as well as under/over 30 runners include gift certificates from Eastern Mountain Sports. An additional 1-1/2k obstacle race within the sanctuary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Come for a run and stay for the day. The event includes music by Acoustic Dave in the morning and a performance by the Garden City High School Jazz Ensemble 1-2 p.m. Food, entertainment, live animals, displays by local organizations and tours of the 9-acre environmental center will be conducted.
The event is free, except for registration for the races. The registration fee is $25 through March 30, and $35 the day of the race. Registration is being done on-line to coordinate T-shirt sizes and runners numbers for timing. Register for either race on line at “It’s Your Race” http://earthrun5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=636
You can even join a few not so “Angry Birds” or butterflies on the run. The event is also a means of raising much needed funds to erect a shelter at the site for use on the educational programs conducted for children, including the popular “Nature Camps” held in conjunction with the Garden City Recreation Dept. Sponsors for EarthFest and Earth Run are welcome, and the Bird Sanctuary offers thanks to H2M Consultants, Stop and Shop, People’s United Bank, Lutz Landscaping, Drs. Tony and Ruth Randi, The McElroy family, EarthSoft, and the Long Island Volunteer Center for their sponsorships.
Participating organizations at EarthFest include Crossroads Farm, Garden City Volunteer Fire Department, Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, Garden City HOPE Club, Garden City High School Key Club, Garden City Community Coalition, Adelphi Newman Organization, North Shore Audubon, Your Connection to Nature, Friends of Hempstead Plains, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The list continues to grow, and your participation will help.