A sampling of Earth Day 2012 events and deals in central Ohio and online.
Earth Day 2012
Columbus Commons will be the site of the big Earth Day celebration for 2012. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, the commons area will feature vendors, nonprofit groups, ecological groups and other groups. In addition to the vendors, live music, kids activities, an art show and food vendors will be at the venue.
In addition to the Columbus Commons celebration, Metro Parks will be hosting Earth Day activities. Blacklick Woods and Pickerington Ponds will be hosting Earth Day-specific activities, while others will be holding gardening events and pulling invasive species.
If you're a runner or walker, The Path to Peace 5k is April 21 at Grigg's Reservoir. The event is dedicated to Solomon and Samson Geller, two Upper Arlington boys who were murdered by their father 2 years ago.
Some of the deals for Earth Day include a whole batch of goods for sale on Groupon during the week leading up to Earth Day. My favorites are the reusable bags and solar charger for gadgets. If you're really new to energy-savings projects, there's a kit for sale that should help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
The Phillips L prize-winning light bulb will makes its debut in stores for $50. It uses 10 watts to output light similar to that of a 60-watt bulb. (Personally, I might consider buying one once the price gets subsidized and is down to $20.)
Joann Fabrics: Free reusable tote to first 50 customers April 22.
Michael's: Free tote bag for children who do "make it take it" craft April 22.
Free admission to National Parks April 21-29.
Free coffee to customers who bring in their own cup April 22.
Free tote bag while supplies last at Target customer service counter.
Origins will give you a free cleanser after you fill out a form on their website to take to the store along with your current product or empty product container. Click on the link for the form. http://www.origins.com/cms/special_offers/in_store_trade_in_20110422.tmpl
Online: Pangea Organics 20% off through April 30. B&N.com (Barnes and Noble) will offer 20% off Earth Friendly toys.