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Earth Day events take place Saturday

Wednesday, Apr 19 2000
Just about everything you do, you could do better green. Think about it. Flossing -- with all that discarded floss -- just use a stray strand from a long-haired pal (or stop by Supercuts after a busy weekend). Organize a community shower in your apartment building to save water. Start an office composting collective in the break room. Or just go to one of the many Earth Day celebrations to learn about some slightly more practical solutions. All of the following Earth Day events take place Saturday.

Following its noncombustion Eco-Motion Parade (starting at 11 a.m.), Berkeley Earth Day 2000 offers speakers, including Julia "Butterfly" Hill, Howard Lyman, and Media Benjamin, and cultural performances from noon to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Park, Allston & MLK Jr., Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 654-6346.

Nearby, Berkeley Farmers' Markets hosts Family Farm Day, a celebration of farm life with live animals, an observational beehive, the Useful Bike Fair, and other activities. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center & MLK Jr. in Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 548-3333.

Julia Hill joins Ralph Nader, David Brower, and others at the San Francisco Earth Day Festival, which lists educational exhibits, demonstrations, environmental art, live music, and a community procession. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, Polk & McAllister, S.F. Free; call 701-9864.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts a Golden Gate Park Volunteer Kickoff Party for its campaign for a car-free park on Saturdays, plus a bike tour of green successes. The party begins at 10 a.m. in Golden Gate Park at Sixth Avenue & JFK, S.F. Free; call 431-BIKE.

Marin Earth Day 2000 offers performances from Noelle Hampton, Pablo Cruise, Craig Chaquico, and others, plus hands-on activities, art, eco-friendly product displays, and more, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Free; call 789-8495.

Hands-in-the-dirt folks can head to Strybing Arboretum, where garden-oriented activities, art, education, and other green-mind options are the draw. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue & Lincoln, S.F. Free; call 661-1316.

And, um, leave the car at home.

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