Some local organizations have events planned to celebrate Earth Day and keep Newton County green and beautiful.
Front Door Litter Challenge
As part of its continuing Great American Cleanup program, the Keep Newton County Clean campaign is promoting the Front Door Litter Challenge on April 24.
The campaign challenges Newton County residents to clean up all the litter that they can see from their front doors on that day.
Celebrating Earth's Beauty
Hard Labor Creek State Park will host an introductory landscape-painting course to celebrate Earth Day.
Acrylic paint and paper will be provided. Participants must register in advance. The course is $10 plus $5 for parking. All ages and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. Call (706) 557-3001 for more information or to register.
Don't Dump It Donate It!
Oxford College's Don't Dump It Donate It! initiative has begun to encourage students to donate unwanted personal items instead of throwing them out when they move from their dorms in May.
The donations will be given to the Magnolia Disaster Relief which serves families affected by tornados and hurricanes.
Books can also be donated. The books will be given to Better World Books. Better World Books sells the books online and donates a portion of the proceeds to literacy organizations like Books for Africa and Room to Read.
Park-a-Palooza will be hosted at Panola Mountain State Park today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
near the lake side of Alexander Lake.
There will be pet adoptions, face painting, archery, boating, fishing and a silent auction.