It Ain't Easy Being Green ... Unless You Have This Swell Earth Day Weekend Round-Up for Reference

Earth Day Reggae Fest @ the Cantab Lounge
Because nothing helps save the trees quite like smoking 'em. Rock steady for Earth as Club Bohemia presents King-I, Kallilah, Jahriffe, Nomad-I, and DJ Thomas-One Sound. Doors open at 8, tix are $10.

Cantab Lounge, 738 Mass Ave., Cambridge | 8 pm | $10 | 617.354.2685 |
Recyle Your Sneakers @ OMBE Center
And profit from it. The interactive health center will be trading swag in the form of 'Earth Day Coupons' (good for any of OMBE's many wholesome services) for every pair of old kicks brought in.

OMBE Center, 551 Boylston Street, 4th Floor | 617.447.222 |

The River's Earth Day Concert 2010
Grab your lawn chair/beach towel/portable grill and head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for yet another free show. 92.5's concert features Citizen Cope and The Might Be Giants. Not too shabby. There might be the pesky little problem called your day job (the show runs from noon to 3) but, hey, it's Earth Day. Surely a valid reason to play hooky.

Rose Kennedy Greenway (Purchase Street, between Oliver and Pearl), Boston | noon-3 pm | free |  
"Mind the Gap": MIT Sustainability Summit 2010 @ NERD Center
As part of MIT's Earth Week (of course those over-achievers over at MIT had to go and extend Earth Day by about 6 more) the university will be hosting a summit of approximately 25 speakers and panelists who will discuss some of today's most pressing environmental and social problems. Networking opportunities will abound at the all-day conference.

Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge | 8 am-7 pm | 857.453.6000 |  
11th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
After all the free music that just came your way, it's only right that you give a little something back. Call it good old-fashioned cosmic karma, call it your civic duty, call it whatever you want, just stop by. We promise you'll feel really good about yourself afterwards. The big cleanup goes from 9am-noon, all along the Charles, where you'll join your fellow earth-minded citizens in beautifying one of Boston's greatest landmarks. Meet at Mount Auburn Cemetery; RSVP requested.

Starting at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge | 617.607.1981 | 9 am-noon |
23rd Annual Sheepshearing Festival @ Gore Place
OK, OK, so maybe this isn't technically an Earth Day event. But ... sheep! Being sheared! At a festival! And anyway, it doesn't really get any more earthy than attacking livestock with clippers, farmer-style. Wool not your textile of choice? Stop by for the dog-herding demonstrations, food vendors, and wagon rides. Speaking of sheep, have you checked out the amazing hybrid Sheep-Pig yet? It's pretty much the cutest thing since puppehs and kittehs.
Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham | 10 am-5 pm | $10; kids free | 781.894.2798 |
"Why Nuclear Power Is Not An Answer to Global Warming" @ Ethical Society of Boston
Find out exactly why not at this sure-to-be-illuminating (radioactive?) lecture brought to you by the Ethical Society of Boston and main speaker Mary Lambert, founder of PilgrimWatch, Massachusetts' "nuclear watchdog."

Spiegal Auditorium, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge | 10:30 am-12:30 pm |
"How to Cool the Planet" Reading @ Porter Square Books
Jeff Goodell stops by Porter Square Books to read from his planet-friendly tome. It's all about saving the climate through geoengineering which is, as we understand it, the process of shooting dust particles into the upper atmosphere to lower the temp of the planet by a few degrees.

Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge | 7 pm | free | 617.491.2220 |
Diet for a Hot Planet @ Brattle Theatre
Mother-daughter duo Frances Moore and Anna Lappé, eco-warriors and all-around clever ladies, will discuss Anna's new book, "Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It," at the Brattle Theatre. On the menu: the politics of food and a planet in crisis.

Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | 6 pm | $5 | 617.661.1515 |
BostonEco "Earth Day Tweetup" @ Cafeteria
This one's for all you eco-savvy schmoozers out there. Local foodies, green entrepreneurs, healthy-living experts, and sustainability leaders will be mixing and mingling at this social-networking event for the green set. Earth Day-inspired cocktails and organic appetizers (fancy!) will be circulating along with the guests from 6-9:30pm.

Cafeteria Boston, 279 Newbury St, Boston | 6-9:30 pm | free | 617.536.2233 |
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