Hilliard residents can observe Earth Day with a variety of community events from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Hilliard Community Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Kim Movshin, chairwoman of the Hilliard Environmental Sustainability Commission and organizer of the Earth Day events, said she hopes it will be an educational experience for patrons.
"We hope people will see the variety of hybrid cars, learn more about composting and other things they can use to make a more green environment," Movshin said.
Admission and all activities are free.
Among the featured events is a contest for students to create original artwork or sculpture with recycled materials.
Girl Scout Troop 2824 organized the contest, open to Hilliard students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. for the contest, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Each original artwork will be judged on creativity, originality and variety of recycled materials used.
The top three entries will receive trophies. The grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card. The second-place entry will receive a $20 Visa gift card and the third-place entry a $10 Visa gift card.
Official rules and guidelines are available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Members of Cub Scout Pack 148 will lead a cleanup of Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park from 10 to 11 a.m.
The Cub Scouts also will spread fresh mulch at the "Tot Lot" at the park.
Another highlight of the Earth Day celebration is a tree-planting ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Hilliard Community Center.
Mayor Don Schonhardt will lead the ceremony.
Children's activities will include inflatable rides and an EcoCAR exhibit provided by the Ohio State University.
A computer-recycling station also will be available.