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What's Happening Earth Day & Grand Haven
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WZZM) -  From Earth Day to chili and wine, there's plenty happening across West Michigan this weekend.

Sunday is Earth Day and many are doing their part to preserve our planet.  

The John Ball Zoo is hosting a "Party for the Planet" featuring over 25 conservation stations hosted by many eco-friendly businesses.  The event is centered on the fact that zoos are a very important part of wildlife conservation efforts worldwide.

Animal Management Supervisor, Dan Malone said, "We're also involved with a Wood Turtle head starting program involving MSU where we take in hatchling Wood Turtles that do not have any chance of survival in the wild.  We take those guys and raise them up here at our facility for about a year but in that course of a year and then they're able to be released back into their environment and have a much better chance of surviving."

The event at the John Ball Zoo is from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  All booths and activities are free with the price of admission which is $5 for adults, $4 for kids 3-13 and kids two and under are free.

Volunteers wanting to spend their Earth Day getting dirty should head out to the Grand River for the second annual GreenUp event.

Organizer, Dan Schoonmaker said, "A lot of the areas have just been, people have been dumping things there for maybe a lifetime."

GreenUp Chair, Brock Rodgers said, "Last year we had almost 7,000 pounds total, and almost 1,000 pounds of that clean recyclables."

Volunteers will be meeting at Riverside County Park in Robinson Township for breakfast and instructions.  Then they head out to various clean up sites along the river.  They'll finish up in the afternoon to sort out anything that can be recycled and drop off those items at the right facilites.
Meanwhile, Grand Haven is hosting it's own popular events this weekend.
This is the 20th year for the Chilly Blues Celebration.
Owner of Harbor Restaurants and organizer of Chilly Blues, Steve Loftis said, "It's just a great time, it's a great kick off to spring, and we're happy to do it 20 years and we look forward to more years. Saturday is when the cook-off begins at Noon
with a shot gun chilli start. At 3 p.m., we send our specimen collectors around and collect the chilli and then it opens up to the public for tasting."

Of course, there will also be blues musicians at many establishments all over town.  Loftis is expecting thousands of people to visit Grand Haven this weekend.

Finally, a new-comer to Grand Haven is getting in on the festivities.

Lemon Creek Winery will be hosting three days of live music, food and wine tasting at it's new store just off of Beacon Blvd.

Tasting Room Manager, Kaitlyn Lemon said, "We'll be doing a food and wine tasting so we have local natural foods from all over the state.  So, we've got jam from We Bee Jammin' from Manistee, we've got Grassfields Organics Cheese, we'll have organic eggs as well and then we have all preserves and breads and just anything you can imagine that's kind of... it's almost farm market-esque."

Events began on Friday and continue through the weekend.  You can stop by on Saturday between Noon and 7 pm.

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