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Something Earthy

Portage holds Green-A-Thon

Increasing signs of climate change have given many of us a new appreciation for our planet. We can all show our love for it by participating in the annual Green-A-thon in Portage April 25.

This free event, set for 11 a.m.–3 p.m., is Portage’s annual Earth Day celebration. After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, it returns with some new twists. It will be held in front of Portage City Hall, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., rather than at Celery Flats, where it has been in previous years, and will include a mini-version of the summertime Portage Farmers Market, with about 20 vendors selling their wares. There will also be games, seedling giveaways and local organizations and businesses providing education about being friendlier to the environment and the importance of "going green."

The event is hosted by Portage’s Youth Advisory Committee in cooperation with the city’s Environmental Board and Park Board. For more information, visit