Not content with just celebrating Earth Day April 22 with a single event, Montrose is hosting a number of events to make their part of the planet a better place.

Every year, Montrose chooses a theme for their Earth Week activities and this year the theme is 'This Land is Your Land' which is also the title of the song written and made famous by Woody Guthrie.

For Earth Day this Saturday (April 22), there is an entire day of activities starting with the first annual Montrose High School (MHS) 5k run/walk at the high school football field.

Registration starts t 8 a.m. with run/walk at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and includes a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the new MHS Art Academy.

On Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. is the Celebrate Earth Day - Riverbottom Cleanup. The day's activities start with a rally at Demoret Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring an American flag.

Following the rally at Noon, is the Cleanup at Riverbottom. Volunteers will be cleaning from the West Main bridge to the area behind Home Depot.

Saturday is also Free Day at the Montrose County Landfill from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be citywide cleanup on April 28 and 29 with a single point collection drop off just off the bypass on San Juan Avenue.

Free document shredding will also be available on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at both Montrose Alpine Banks. There is a limit of five boxes person.

An Earth Day farmers market will open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 514 South First Street. Also, area grocery stores will have Earth Week grocery bags decorated by Montrose children available while supplies last.

On Wednesday, April 26, COPMOBA and the Ridgway-Montrose High School Mountain Bike team invite residents to join them for a trail trash pick up day. Work will be from 4 pm until 6 p.m. Meet at the Sunset Mesa Sports Complex.

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