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Celebrating the Earth at the Landing
About 40 members of the local public relations community converged on the courtyard to perform the “Tim Tebow Dance.” It’s posted on YouTube and could be seen during Thursday evening’s NFL Draft on ESPN.
by Max Marbut

Staff Writer

Earth Day began in 1970 and marked the beginning of the movement toward conservation, recycling, energy efficiency and generally taking care of the planet.

The Landing had a five-day head start on this year’s official observance when the Downtown riverfront shopping and entertainment center hosted its 20th annual Earth Day celebration Saturday. More than 80 vendors were on hand to distribute information about how to preserve the natural ecology.

Radio Disney, one of the sponsors, brought Jasmine, a singer who was billed as “Disney’s next big thing.” She performed on stage in the courtyard and also greeted fans and autographed CDs.

The big surprise of the day was when about 40 members of the local public relations community wearing football-style T-shirts emblazoned with the number “15” converged in the courtyard in front of the stage and performed a “Tim Tebow” dance that was videotaped and posted on YouTube. It was part of an effort to send 1 million T-shirts to people in Africa and the public relations team hopes the video might be seen on ESPN Thursday night during the telecast of the NFL Draft.

Christi Veleta, a program administrator with the City’s Environmental and Compliance Department, said she remembered what she was doing on the first Earth Day in 1970.

“I was in Hammond, Indiana, and we spent the day cleaning up a riverbank,” she said. “Little did I know at age 13 I’d be in environmental services for a career.”

Landing General Manager Janice Lowe said while it’s impossible to have an accurate head count at a free event, “I’m sure there will be at least 10,000 people here throughout the day.”

City Parks Naturalist Supervisor Jean Schubert brought replica animal skulls to Earth Day at the Landing.

Landing owner Toney Sleiman was decked out for the occasion.

Marla Buchanan from GreenEdge was giving away potted flowers and telling people about organic fertilizer made of a byproduct from JEA wastewater treatment facilities.

Jasmine, billed as “Disney’s next big thing,” entertained fans and later autographed her latest CD.

mmarbut@baileypub.com

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Tuesday, April 20

In the Attic: The World Unmasked

Museum of Science & History 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

"Menopause the Musical"

Times-Union Center 7:30 p.m. (Also Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets: 632-3373

Wednesday, April 21

Student Half Price Half Day

Museum of Science & History Noon-4 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Thursday, April 22

Nature Photography Seminar: John Moran

Museum of Science & History 6 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Corporate Run

The Landing 6:30 p.m. Info: 353-1188

Great Decisions: The Persian Gulf

Main Library Hicks Auditorium 6:30 p.m. Info: 630-2665

Friday, April 23

Hemming Plaza Market

Hemming Plaza 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 634-0303

Let Us Play

Municipal Stadium 1-9 p.m. Info: 270-8818

Moon Walk

Museum of Science & History 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Winn-Dixie presents Movies in the Park: "Sixteen Candles"

Treaty Oak Park 8 p.m. Info: 451-3344

"Menopause the Musical"

Times-Union Center 7:30 p.m. (Also Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) Tickets: 632-3373

Saturday, April 24

Let Us Play

Municipal Stadium 7 a.m.-noon Info: 270-8818

Riverside Arts Market

Northbank Riverwalk Artists Square 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: www.riversideartsmarket.com

International Astronomy Day Celebration

Museum of Science & History 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Wing & Rock Fest

Fairgrounds & Expo Center Noon-8 p.m. Tickets: www.wingandrockfest.com

Starry Nights: Idina Menzel

Metropolitan Park Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: www.makeascenedowntown.com

Jacksonville Suns vs. Carolina Mudcats

Baseball Grounds 7:05 p.m. (Also Sunday at 3:05 p.m. and Monday at 11:05 a.m.) Tickets: 358-2846

Sunday, April 25

Sons of the Desert Laurel & Hardy Film Screening

Museum of Science & History 2 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Sunday ArtFusion and Bank of America Family Free Day

Museum of Contemporary Art Noon-4 p.m. Info: 366-6911

MOCA Contemporary Music Series

Museum of Contemporary Art 2 p.m. Info: 366-6911

Reggae Sunday with Pili Pili

The Landing 4-8 p.m. Info: 353-1188

Goo Goo Dolls

Times-Union Center 8 p.m. Tickets: 633-6110
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