If you're going
All events except electronics recycling will take place at Coal Mountain Park, 3560 Settingdown Road.
• Electronics Recycling: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 16 at Cumming Fairgrounds, parking lot 3 on Castleberry Road
• Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center tours: 4 p.m. April 18; 3:30 p.m. April 19; 4 p.m. April 21; every hour from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22
• Home-school Special: 10:30 a.m. April 20 at Coal Mountain Center
• Earth Day [April 22] Celebration at Coal Mountain Community Building: pre-school dragonfly classes, 10 and 11 a.m.; graffiti book reading, 11:30 a.m.; water pollution class, 12:30 p.m.; adult rain barrel class, 5:30 p.m.
• Contact: For more information on the events or to schedule a private tour, call (770) 205-4573.
Source: Forsyth County government
Keep Forsyth County Beautiful has planned several environmental events leading up to Earth Day.
The activities will begin April 16 with the organization's semiannual electronics recycling event.
Residents are invited to drop off old electronics at the Cumming Fairgrounds, parking lot 3.
The minimum donation per car load is $5, with an additional $10 for TVs.
Some items that won't be accepted include wooden TVs, refrigerators, toaster ovens, washers and dryers. A full list can be found on Forsyth County's Web site.
Last spring, residents recycled more than 38,000 pounds of electronics, said Tammy Wright, director of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.
She hopes for big numbers again this spring, but said a daily electronics recycling location at the Tolbert Street Center may reduce the one-day event total.
Beginning April 18, the agency will offer tours of the Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center. Afternoon tours are open April 18, 19 and 21.
A special tour for home-school students will take place at 10:30 a.m. April 20, and includes a picnic lunch and water pollution class.
On Earth Day, April 22, tours will take place every hour from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wright said the tour has always been open to local groups, such as Boy Scouts or day care centers, but the agency plans to offer the tours twice a year as a convenient opportunity.
Tours, which are typically 30 to 45 minutes, can also be scheduled for private groups.
In the past year, Wright said the agency has received a company donation to enhance its tour.
"This is kind of the kickoff of the updated version," she said.
Several classes and activities will also take place on Earth Day at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building.
Two pre-school dragonfly classes are set for 10 and 11 a.m.
Local company Reaping Nature Productions will do a book reading about graffiti at 11:30 a.m.
A look at stormwater pollution on a model of a city will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the park's pavilion.
At 5:30 p.m., an instructor will hold an adult class where attendees can make their own rain barrel and learn how to use it.
A $40 materials cost is required and class members will take home their barrel.
The full day celebration of activities is a first for Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.
"We just want everybody to come on out," Wright said.