Orangeville gearing up for Earth Week 2015

April 8, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville residents can participate in Earth Week this year through many of the local programs and events being held from April 20 to 27.

The Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT) will present Earth Week displays open to the public during regular business hours at the Town Hall (87 Broadway), the Alder Street Recreation Centre (275 Alder Street), the Edelbrock Centre (30 Centre Street), and the Orangeville Public Library (1 Mill Street).

A book, CD, DVD, video and magazine exchange will be held all week at the Town Hall, the Alder Street Recreation Centre and the Edelbrock Centre. Bring in any unwanted items and pick up ones you may wish to enjoy. And you can view the environmental displays at all locations.

On Earth Day, April 22, a “Walk or Bike to Work Day” will be held, unveiling a secure bike rack under a tent at Town Hall. An Earth Day book reading and donation is set for the Mill Street Branch of the Orangeville Public Library, starting at 10:15 a.m.

On April 23, a workshop entitled “It’s All About The Bees” will be held at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. Beekeeper Randy Leitch and native pollinator/grower Ian Payne will talk about bees and demonstrate how to make bee hotels. Pre-register by visiting

Saturday, April 25 is the date for the Tree Planting and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine event. A tree planting will take place near the Best Western Hotel and Make Orangeville Shine Day will see volunteers out working in the community. Participants can sign up to clean up at Make Orangeville Shine (sponsored by the Orangeville Rotary Club and Tim Hortons) at 9 a.m. or to plant trees with the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (first 50 tree planters to sign up).

Planting and community clean-up activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a free barbecue (sponsored by Montgomery Village Seniors Centre) for volunteers in both programs. A shuttle will be provided between Rotary Park and the Best Western. If tree planting participants have shovels they are encouraged to bring them, and it is also important to dress according to weather conditions and to bring your own water bottle. For more information call 519-941-0440 Ext. 2246. Meet at Rotary Park at 9 a.m. This marks the 25th year that the Orangeville Rotary Club has been involved with Make Orangeville Shine.

The theme at the Farmers’ Market on April 25 will be “Eat Local”. The BIA will be offering free giveaways. The market is held in the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Clean Sweep will be held downtown by the Orangeville BIA at 9:45 a.m on April 25, with business representatives cleaning the sidewalk in front of their shops and offices.

The annual Baby Tree Forest Dedication is set for April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Alder Street Recreation Centre. A “forest” will be planted for sponsored babies born in 2014.

The Town’s annual Environmental Awards will be announced and presented at the April 27th meeting of Orangeville Council, in Council Chambers at the Town Hall at 87 Broadway, starting at 7 p.m. The Environmental Sustainability Awards are presented by Orangeville Council on an annual basis to recognize those who have made a positive contribution to the environmental health of our community.

Nominations are now open — for an individual, youth, business or group – and can be submitted at the reception counter at Town Hall or via email to by the April 10, 2015 deadline. For more information on the awards and for a nomination form visit the website at or Town Hall at 87 Broadway.

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