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Inaugural Earth Day Celebration at the JCC: Celebrating Earth!

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Build your own mini-solar car with the Purdue University Solar Racing Team, make a bird feeder from recycled materials from the Audubon Society, plant trees on campus via the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful organization and much more at the free JCC Inaugural Earth Day Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, in Indianapolis.

“We are all learning that our individual and collective actions impact the environment,” said Bruce Sklare, the chief JCC volunteer behind the event’s vision. “Our hope is to inspire people to protect and improve the environment, and to understand that by doing so will improve the quality of their lives.”

Some of the other many activities along the theme Learning by Doing will include a walking tour with the Ivy Tech biology department faculty and a scavenger hunt led by Indy Parks in the JCC’s woods; meeting members of the ecoCAR 2 college challenge teams (; donating used electronics devices for recycling by Wings for West Africa; learning about beekeeping and water quality with Inverde Design and Indy Parks and a pond ecosystem with the assistance of Indy Parks and Ivy Tech Community College; and making sheets of paper from recycled materials with Natural Awakenings.

Among many kids’ activities will be making art projects from recycled materials led by Adi Shachram, the Israeli Emissary for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Food will be sold from many of Indy’s favorite food trucks, NY Slice pizza, Scout’s Treat Truck cupcakes, Mabel on the Move organic food, and more. In case of inclement weather, most activities will take place inside the JCC’s 160,000-square-foot facility.

Event sponsors are Lori Efroymson Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera, and Renny and Greg Silver, with additional support from the Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, the Marion and Leonard Freeman Charitable Fund, and the Payne & Mencias Group of Merrill Lynch.

Location: 6701 Hoover Rd. Adults interested in volunteering for tree planting activities: call 317-251-9467. For more information, call 317-251-9467 or visit
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