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UPDATED May 15: Earth Day -- an observance that began in 1970 -- was Monday, April 22, but activities in Arlington continue nonetheless. 

Town government and other groups organized "EcoFest," a series of events promoting environmental protection, to continue into May.

The schedule was extended through this week, a May 15 town announcement says.

Those interested to learn more can read below and/or visit the EcoFest webpage for details about other environmentally oriented events.

Arlington Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, Saturday, May 18
Jason Russell House Lawn, 7 Jason St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The plant sale will be on the front lawn of the Jason Russell House.  

Bike-Arlington Tour, Sunday, May 19
The Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee’s (ABAC) annual BIKE-Arlington Tour is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. This family-friendly, easy-paced bike tour is scheduled to start in Arlington Center and travel around East Arlington, the Alewife Brook Reservation, local parks and other areas. Participants will also learn about recent and upcoming bicycle-friendly roadway improvements on Medford Street (Route 60), Warren Street and Broadway.  

Earlier events held as part of 'EcoFest'

"Garlic Mustard Pull and Gardening," 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, at the Arlington Resevoir, 210 Lowell St. Garlic mustard is an invasive species of plant that can take over wooded areas. Volunteers affiliated with Arlington's invasive-weed removal group, ArMI, are to be helping to educate the public about this plant.

"Stroll and Pull," 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, on Summer Street in the Symmes Woods area; the rain date (and time) is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Participants are asked to bring/wear their own gloves, tick repellant and overall protective clothing plus basic gardening tools such as hand trowels.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Town Environmental Planner David Morgan presented research about how residents can take action for a green future. This was at the community center, 27 Maple St.

Puppets and Planting, Fox Library, 175 Mass. Ave., Saturday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m., for children ages 3 to 8 and their adults. This is to include both a puppet performance by Margaret Moody and a hands-on gardening activity with LexFarm.

Park cleanups at Spy Pond Park and at the Crusher Lot Woodland, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.

Electrify Arlington Fair, Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., in the Community Room. Visitors can speak with volunteer coaches about air-source and ground-source heat pumps. 

Bike Donation Bonanza, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Reuse and Recycling Center, 33 Ryder St., with local Scouts, Arlington Department of Public Works and The Bike Connector, which plans to find new homes for all the donated bikes.

We're all Plastic People Now: Film Screening and Panel Discussion, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Saturday May 4, Capitol Theater, 204 Mass. Ave. Tickets are required but free, refreshments are expected to be provided. Co-sponsored by, Zero Waste Arlington, Yes! Eco Source Store, and Arlington DPW’s Reuse & Recycling Center.

Youth EcoSummit, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 6, Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., in the Community Room. Connect with other youth in town through interactive discussions and climate action. Registration required.

May 8, Shed Your Stuff the Green Way, Arlington Community Electricity Class 
Arlington High School, 7 to 8 p.m. 

Learn about donation, reuse, and recycling options you may not have considered for all your things. Arlington has been weaving a valuable web of connections with nonprofits in our area in an effort to maximize the best use for the items our residents no longer need. Recent changes to the state waste ban laws may impact your options, and you'll want to know how. 

May 9, Thursday, Weedout
Meet at basketball court outside the Burns Arena, 10 a.m. to noon
Come remove invasive plants and make way for native biodiversity! Each Thursday during EcoFest, Arlington MA Invasives (ArMI) members will demonstrate how to recognize and remove invasive plants at a site along the Minuteman Bikeway that ArMI maintains.

May 14, Tuesday, Arlington High School EcoFair

Front lawn of Arlington High School, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The annual Arlington High School EcoFair is open to the public and features music, food and ice cream, crafts, lawn games, farm animals and activities run by student leaders of environmental initiatives. (This event was moved from it original date of May 10 due to forecast inclement weather.)

Weedout, morning of Thursday, May 16
Meet at basketball court outside Burns Arena, 422 Summer St., 10 a.m. through noon

Residents can come help remove invasive plants and make way for native biodiversity, officials say. Arlington MA Invasives (ArMI) members plan to demonstrate how to recognize and remove invasive plants at a site along the Minuteman Bikeway that ArMI maintains.

 This announcement was created April 27, 2024, based on information from the Town of Arlington, and has been frequently updated since then, most recently Wednesday, May 15.