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The Lehigh River bends through the mountains in Jim Thorpe creating a magnificent terrain for hiking, biking, rafting and just enjoying the scenery.

The Lehigh River bends through the mountains in Jim Thorpe creating a magnificent terrain for hiking, biking, rafting and just enjoying the scenery.

The gateway to the Pocono Mountains, Jim Thorpe’s landscape, energy, residents and visitors alike make it a special place to celebrate and appreciate this magnificent planet.

First celebrated on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was a national call to protect the environment. Some 44 years later, it’s celebrated all over the world.

For years, Jim Thorpe has been rolling out the green carpet to celebrate Earth Day. This year is no exception.

Jim Thorpe Earth Day organizers have planned a great lineup of events, with live music, vendors, crafters, games, workshops, a Lehigh River clean-up and an 11:30 a.m. reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at the Dimmick Library.

Check out Earth Day events at the Race Street Park this Saturday, April 26.

Check out Earth Day events at the Race Street Park this Saturday, April 26.

At the Race Street Park, across the street from the Times House B&B and just down the street from Jim Thorpe’s Earth Day event founder/organizer Shelli Holland’s Horizons Shop, 105 Race Street, you can participate in Tai Chi demonstrations from 11 a.m. until noon. You can check out a Native American artifact display there from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Selena from 13th Moon Creations, 31 Race Street, will lead a Green It Up Workshop from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., where you can make your own all natural cleaning agents. ($5 fee for supplies.)

You can also have the chance to win a rain barrel on Saturday with entry forms available at participating shops . Drop off entries at the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10. The drawing will be help at the Josiah White Park (train station) about 6 p.m. You must be present to win.

Rain date is Sunday, April 27. For a full list of the days activities, check out http://www.jtearthday.com/

The Mauch Chunk Opera House will also play host to a trifecta of concerts this weekend. On Thursday, April 24, the Dead Winter Carpenters will perform Tickets: $10). On Friday, April 25 The Wiyos take the stage (Tickets: $15 ) and on Saturday, April 26, the Opera House presents its Earth Day show with the Underwater Sounds and Wallace Brothers. (Tickets: $10)

 

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