It may be a small spot on the globe, but Mount Dora has an abundance of natural beauty and diverse wildlife, so it's no wonder the city's residents love to celebrate Earth Day.
Although Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to raise awareness for the environment, Mount Dora is getting a jump on it and observing it a few days early. This year's free event will be held at Donnelly Park on April 17 beginning at 9 a.m. The day's festivities will include eco-friendly exhibits, plants, handmade products, yoga and a fundraising silent auction. The one-day event has multiple end times posted, but the earliest is 2 p.m. and the latest is 4 p.m.
Admission is free and proceeds from the one-day event help fund the purchase and planting of trees in Mount Dora. The first Earth Day, was organized in 1970 by founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, to promote ecology and raise awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution.