Head to Red Square Friday (April 19) for donuts first thing in the morning and music beginning at 7:30 a.m., as the second annual HuskyFest gets underway. Then kick-off activities for Earth Day starting at 10 a.m.
While supplies last, there’s free coffee and doughnuts from Top Pot Doughnuts at 6 a.m., a HuskyFest T-shirt giveaway at 11:30 a.m. and free ice cream from Cupcake Royale at 12:30 p.m.
KEXP Radio will broadcast live starting at 6 a.m. and has lined up six bands from the Puget Sound area for performances throughout the day, starting at 7:30 a.m. with Jon Russell, Damien Jurado and Tomo Nakayama.
HuskyFest offers additional activities in Red Square and several venues across campus all day.
Highlights of the kick-off for Earth Day include talks by local people tackling major environmental challenges in the greater Seattle community and a “trashion show,” according to Max Sugarman, UW Earth Day coordinator and member of the UW Earth Club that collaboratin with the Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability on this year’s events.
Anne Mosness, a fishing boat captain and adviser to the Go Wild Campaign, and James Rasmussen, a member of the Duwamish Tribe and coordinator of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, will speak in Red Square at noon following opening remarks by Julia Parrish, associate dean of the College of the Environment.
Outfits in the trashion show at 2:15 p.m. are made with materials from personal trash and commercial dumpsters, last year including such things as University Bookstore bags and aluminum cans. KING TV’s New Day Northwest previewed this year’s show.
Among other activities Friday there will be more than 35 booths from vendors and campus groups on Red Square, the awarding of the annual Husky Green Awards and a chance to volunteer to plant, weed and mulch at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture and remove invasive species from the nearby Union Bay Natural Area. Work party registration is at 12:30 p.m.
A week of Earth Day activities follow Friday’s kick-off. Sugarman said some highlights are:
- A restoration event at McCarty Hall with the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Campus Sustainability Fund on Monday, April 22, the traditional Earth Day.
- A trash-in with UW Recycling and UW Earth Club, Wednesday, April 24.
- A climate change speaker panel (Facebook RSVP) hosted by the Student Association for Green Environments, Thursday, April 25.