German Village-area residents will have ample Earth Day opportunities to help the environment through cleanups, plantings and discarding of unused medications.

German Village-area residents will have ample Earth Day opportunities to help the environment through cleanups, plantings and discarding of unused medications.

The Kossuth Street Garden will be the site for a number of activities Saturday, April 18.

Local artists and musicians will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the garden on the corner of East Kossuth and South 17th streets.

In addition, representatives from the Columbus police and fire divisions, and social service agencies, are scheduled to visit the garden.

Meanwhile, chefs will offer cooking tips and dietitians will provide advice about nutrition.

Organizers of the garden also will pay respects to Jeana Harvison and Donnell McDonald, a brother and sister who were shot to death April 1 at the intersection of Parsons Avenue and Kossuth.

Harvison's ex-husband has been arrested and charged with their slayings.

Participants will plant "healing" herbs about 1 p.m.

Students and staff at Success Kids, a daycare founded by Jeana Harvison, are invited the ceremony, along with the victims' family.

Merion Village

The Merion Village Association will host a cleanup effort Saturday, April 18.

Merion Village residents will gather at 9:45 a.m. at the info center, 1330 S. Fourth St. Equipment will be provided.

A bulk of the cleanup, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, will be in Walker-Bruck Park at the corner of Morrill Avenue and Bruck Street.

Participants also will fan out into the community for street cleanup, said Tony Roell, president of the Merion Village Association.

After the cleanup, the SouthSide Community Action Network will provide a potluck at the Barack Recreation Center, located at 580 E. Woodrow Ave.

Roell said the cleanup is about camaraderie as much as the environment.

"It's always a great way to get to know new members and new neighbors and help out the community," Roell said.

Audubon Center

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center will celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at the facility, 505 W. Whittier St.

Amy Boyd, director of outreach and engagement for Audubon, said the morning's effort includes river cleanup, removing invasive honeysuckle, weeding and mulching, and completing Audubon at Home, a demonstration garden that helps teach people about how to use native plants to create habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Additional volunteers are welcome. However, because advanced registration is full, lunch will be limited to those who signed up early, Boyd said.

Ganthers Place

Earth Day projects in Ganthers Place, a neighborhood just east of Parsons Avenue, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

Tasks include painting murals on the interior walls of Columbus South High School, flower-box maintenance, seed planting and spring cleaning at three different parks: Ganthers Park for All People, Green 'N Things Park and the Community Grounds Pocket Park.

Participants are asked to meet at 1160 Ann St. or 562 Reinhard Ave. before dispersing into project groups, said Tara Mullins, event coordinator.

The day will conclude with a celebratory meal in the Community Grounds Pocket Park, 642 Siebert St., Mullins said.

Columbus Public Health

A drug drop-off will be held Wednesday, April 22 at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.

Health officials are asking people to bring their expired and surplus drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items such as prescription pills, patches, vitamins or pet medications will be accepted.

Certain medicines such as liquids, gel caps and thermometers will not be accepted.

The drive is intended to keep harmful medicines out of the reach of children and from leaching into the ground-water supply.

To guard the identity of residents, medication labels will be removed.