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Among the many places celebrating this day was the Learning Garden in Brentwood-Darlington

DAVID F. ASHTON - On Earth Day, in the Multnomah County Master Gardners area, Sydney Savage learned how to pot a plant start with help from her dad, John. The spirit was joyful at Portland State University's Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL), across the street from Lane Middle School, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. It was April 21, and their annual "Earth Day Celebration" was getting underway.

"It is a gorgeous day, just right for our outdoor celebration – filled with lots of activities – including crafts, kids planting with the Multnomah County Master Gardeners, food, live music, and a bouncy house," beamed the Garden's Faculty Coordinator, Sybil Kelley, PhD. "This is a good way to celebrate our interactions with the planet, and at the same time we're celebrating, with our community, the natural world.

"We believe every day should be Earth Day," Kelley reflected. "Humans are a vital part of this planet, and, we live on the Planet Earth! Sometimes people forget that, and think of ourselves as separate from nature and the natural world."

Some 75 volunteers pitched in to help the staff present the celebration that attracted more than 100 visitors that day.

"What we hope people take away from this today, above all, is a feeling of connection and community with each other, with this place, and with the larger ecosystems – and that they have a good time!"

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