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SLIDESHOW: Framingham Celebrates Earth Day

4th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival . Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
4th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival . Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
Mother Nature and her rain forced the 4th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival inside on Saturday.

Despite the location move families and individuals visited booths, shopped and attended workshops.

There were almost 100 health and wellness booths, energy-efficiency booths, artisans, eco-lifestyle booths inside the gyms at Framingham High.

Boston law firm Breakstone, White, and Gluck, with the help of volunteers from the Framingham Police and the Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, handed out 150 bicycle helmets to youths.

Once they collected a free bike helmet, youths could plant seeds, do origami or make pine cone bird feeders.

There was musical performances throughout the event by Jessie Hanson and the Foundations, Big Bad Wold, Fox Pass and The New Sound Assembly.

Besides the main festival at the high school, there were recycling events throughout town, too.

At Grace Congregational Church, ReFoamIt collected two huge trailers of Styrofoam to recycle, said organizer Barbara Sherman. 

At the Framingham Elks, they were collecting gently used clothing and textiles to recycle. Despite the rain, Elks Exhalted Ruler Donna Acorn said they collected a good amount.

At the Framingham Police station, they collected unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

Outside the high school gym, were a couple of food trucks and a heart sculpture by F.Y.I. for the Arts, that was "recycled" from its Boston Marathon debut to support Earth Day.

Creator Nancie Handy, of F.Y.I. for The Arts, removed the red sneakers and painted a beach ball into a globe and placed it inside the heart to show that "Framingham loves Mother Earth."

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Originally posted on April 27. Updated with more photos.

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