April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, take time to make changes in your life and in your environment with random acts of green. By doing these small activities, you can help to grow awareness in our communities, homes and businesses.

Here are some events you can participate in to celebrate Earth Day 40 in your community:

Earth Day 5K Run
Saturday, April 17 | 10 a.m.
Tappan Square, Oberlin
(440) 775-7254

The 5K Run is a 3.2-mile race that starts and finishes on Oberlin’s Tappan Square. Entry fee is $10 per person. Awards will be given in all divisions. T-shirts are available to the first 75 registrants. Open to all ages.

Earth Day Drop-in Craft
Thursday, April 22 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Lorain Public Library, Main Branch
351 Sixth St., Lorain
(440) 244-1192

Kids of all ages can stop in the Main Library to make a special craft to celebrate Earth Day. Call the library’s main branch for details.

Gardening Seminar – Vegetable Gardens Part 1: Spring
Saturday, April 17 | 1 – 3 p.m.
Don Mould’s Plantation East
34837 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville
(440) 327-3407

Get your vegetable garden off to an early start. This class will cover which vegetables do best when given an early start, early sowing techniques and ways gardeners can add extra protection against spring’s cold and frost. You’ll be eating fresh veggies sooner than you ever thought possible with tips you’ll discover. Class is free. Call to register.

The Greenest House Is Already Built: Preservation and Sustainability in Your Older Home
Wednesday, April 21 | 7 p.m.
Oberlin Public Library
65 S. Main St., Oberlin
(440) 775-4790

Discover simple ways to make homes that are at least 50 years old more energy efficient and environmentally sensitive. Learn ways you can be green without changing the historic character of your home or exceeding your budget. The presenter will be Kerry Adams, senior historic preservation specialist at the Cleveland Restoration Society. It’s co-sponsored by the Oberlin Heritage Center, the Cleveland Restoration Society, the City of Oberlin Historic Preservation Commission and the Lorain County Preservation Network.

LightsOut Ohio
Thursday, April 22

Flip a switch and save some energy during the third-annual LightsOut Ohio. Join the state-wide effort to grow energy conservation awareness by turning off non-essential lighting in schools, businesses and at home for one hour during Earth Day. With the flip of a switch, take a step toward energy conservation, and stay on that path with long-term energy saving, cost-saving solutions. Visit the Web site for e-mail reminders, a carbon footprint calculator and easy conservation tips.