Mon., April 22 — Earth Day
30th Annual Lafayette Park Clean-Up!
Celebrate Earth Day by joining state agency leaders, your colleagues, and your neighbors to pick up litter in the neighborhood around Lafayette Park. Remember its history as a trout-rich creek bed that became the most elite neighborhood in Saint Paul before new railroads and bustling manufacturing made it a center of commerce and — today — a hub of public service!
Clean-up takes place rain or shine and will be followed by a free lunch provided by Colliers and entertainment by the Lafayette Park Band.
- Sign in at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Lobby
- Lunch and entertainment in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, cafeteria
- Clean-up 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; free lunch at 1 p.m.
Tues., April 23 — Reuse and Recycling Day
Fix-it Clinic with free lunch and tours*
Toaster not toasting? Pants need hemming? Bring in broken household goods or clothing and volunteers with repair and mending skills will offer free guidance on how to fix them. Bring any tools, parts and supplies that might help with the job. It’s first come, first served, and you must be able to carry the items in. Even if you don’t need anything fixed, you can enjoy a free lunch and tour, courtesy of the Union Gospel Mission. You’ll hear how the mission has been helping to repair men’s lives through their recovery center.
Union Gospel Mission, 435 University Ave. E.|11 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch at noon)
Recycling Facility Tour
Ever wonder what happens to your recycled material after you put in the bin? Join us for a tour of Eureka Recycling which processes all the recyclable material for the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Space is limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N. | Leave from the front lobby at 10:30 a.m. (for an 11 a.m. tour) or at noon (for a 12:30 p.m. tour)
TechDump will be on site to collect old electronic items for recycling. Items that can be dropped off for free include: laptop and desk computers, cellphones, tablets, PDAs, keyboards, mice, disk drives, cords and cables. Items not accepted: household appliances, batteries, TVs, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, satellite dishes, microwaves, media (VHS, CDs, etc.), bulbs.
Front Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., lot, far north side | 2-6 p.m.
Reduce your risk and your clutter by bringing your old documents to a free, secure shredding event.
Note: personal documents only; no business/work documents accepted.
Minnesota Department of Human Services, 444 Lafayette Road, Front Visitor Parking | 1-4 p.m.
Wed., April 24 — Energy and EV Showcase*
Considering a new vehicle? Want to shrink your carbon footprint? Talk to EV dealers and test drive electric vehicles. Then talk to All Energy Solar, Inc., about powering your vehicle and home with a rooftop solar system. If your home is in a shaded area or you're not ready for the investment of rooftop solar, learn about utility programs to ensure dedicated wind and solar are produced for your home. Already leading a car-free lifestyle? Come learn about some of the latest electric bicycles.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., Front Parking Lot | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 25 — Community Fair
Learn about sustainable urban agriculture, sample bread from a zero waste bakery, compete in the waste sort challenge, and document the day in our photo booth, featuring props that have all been repurposed! April 25 is also Bring Your Kids to Work Day, so this will be a family friendly event with plenty of activities for kids, or kids at heart, to do!
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Cafeteria | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Fri., April 26 — Lafayette Park History Tour
Walk in the footsteps of aristocrats and learn about the rich ecological and cultural history of the Lafayette Park area. This walking tour will take approximately one hour and will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. Space is limited, so RSVP to email@example.com.
Tours being at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. | Meet in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., Lobby