Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Earth Day With Free, Family-Friendly Eco-Fair

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If you’ll be in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, April 26, consider attending the Eco-Fair at Universal Studios Hollywood. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Earth Day event will feature more than 30 engaging and educational displays, celebrity appearances, free parking for hybrid vehicles, and a hazardous-waste disposal drive sponsored by the City and County of Los Angeles.


The Office star Melora Hardin and Lauren Koslow from Days of Our Lives will autograph eco-friendly bags and help distribute energy-efficient light bulbs at the Environmental Media Association’s booth.

The fair will also include interactive exhibits by Bell’s Bugs, La Knitterie Parisienne and the Hollywood Beautification Team. Bell’s Bugs will offer a hands-on lesson on the vital impact reptiles and insects have on the environment. Some of the more animated critters will include an Australian bearded dragon lizard named Benny, ironclad beetles that play dead, darkling “stink” beetles, a velvet ant that‘s actually a female wasp and a friendly tarantula named Rosey who’s eager to shake everyone’s hands.

La Knitterie Parisienne will offer a display of organic knitting yarns made from soy, hemp, bamboo and corn, with accompanying bamboo knitting needles. The Hollywood Beautification Team will give free trees to local visitors.

Other participating organizations include the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, BioBags, Green Bliss Eco-Spa, International Bird Rescue, L.A. Conservation Corps, Sheraton and TreePeople.

The hazardous-waste disposal drive will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you bring at least one item for safe disposal—including paint solvents, motor oils, cleaning products, pool and garden chemicals, auto and household batteries, monitors, printers, televisions, video games, cell phones, stereos and electronic toys—you’ll enjoy free parking.

The Eco-Fair is part of the ongoing Green Is Universal initiative, a campaign to raise awareness and motivate consumers to help save the environment, as well as a long-term commitment to green NBC Universal’s own operations.

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