Earth Day is next Friday (April 22), but that's not stopping several organizations from getting their green thumbs early. Here are a few events coming up this weekend:
The city announced today its thumbs up to contractors to begin planning the Lafitte Corridor, the 3-mile linear park that'll cut through the French Quarter to the lake. At 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 16, the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor hosts a hike along the proposed corridor beginning at Armstrong Park. The hike began as an informal tradition in 2005 and has grown to include live music, food and access to community resources along the Lafitte Corridor. Visit www.folc-nola.org for details.
Entries for The Green Project's Salvations 2011 furniture design competition are currently on display at The Shops at Canal Place, and its winners will be announced tomorrow. Categories are Best in Show, Most Inventive Reuse of Materials, Best Craftmanship, Best Traditional Design, and Best Modern Design. More than 40 artists and craftsmen submitted 50 furniture pieces created from found and reused materials.
These pieces will be auctioned off at the cocktail gala and auction tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shops at Canal Place. (Proceeds benefit The Green Project.) View entries and get ticket info here.
Sunday, April 17, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade hosts the New Orleans Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Bayou St. John, between Orleans Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway. There's music from Cyril Neville with Tribe 13, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys. Chegadão, Sweet Street Symphony and DJ Manga Rosa. The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club with the Young Souls Brass Band kicks off the event with a second-line parade.
The event also will honor victims of the BP oil disaster, and proceed with a bike tour of environmental landmarks and a yoga session with Swan River Yoga.
There also is sustainable art and crafts booths, info from green businesses and non-profits, sustainability workshops and kids' activities. Find more info on the event's website. Or if you want to bike to the festival, Transport for NOLA has a map with your routes covered.