Earth Day celebration Sunday

Tiffin Park & Recreation Department’s kite derby is new to this year’s community Earth Day Celebration Sunday afternoon at Hedges-Boyer Park barn.

Activities at the free event are to take place 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the barn. Door prizes are to be given away and snacks are provided. Instead of a separate Kite Derby day, Tiffin Park & Recreation Department has moved its annual derby to be part of Earth Day in the area behind the pool near the shelter house.

“They’ll be making their own kites and flying them,” Marquis said.

Kite supplies are to be available 2-4 p.m. or while supplies last.

“If they don’t want to make a kite, they can bring one,” she said.

Also new this year are tours of Little Portion Green, the strawbale house on the Sisters of St. Francis campus. The house, which was completed late last fall, is to be open 2-4:30 p.m. for visitors to tour.

For the activities at the park, play clothes are recommended.

Shoes and long pants are important because they are required for participation in the popular tree-climbing activity put on by Hetzel Tree Service.

Also back this year are crafts made from recycled materials, but the crafts change each year. Among the activities planned for this year are “pig faces” and toad houses, Marquis said.

“We’ll have recycled games to try out and make at home using their own recyclables,” she said. “And Myrtle will be on hand.”

Myrtle the Turtle is Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District’s mascot, who reminds people to recycle.

There is to be candle making, wagon rides and nature hikes. Families can try stream quality monitoring in Rock Creek.

“We’ll have seed planting,” she said. “That’s always a favorite.”

This year’s billboard contest winners are to be announced at 2 p.m. The contest, sponsored by OSS invites fifth-graders to design a billboard with a message about recycling.

Because of the large number of outdoor activities, the celebration has a rain date of April 28.