Earth Day official is April 22, but with many organizations now treating April as Earth Month, you have ample time to get in touch with your inner Ralph Nader. Following are selected events; many more are listed at earthday.net/chicago. Purists who refuse to burn extra energy attending official events can hold their own Nader-y Earth Day party at home—just log onto GPOAccess.gov, where you can browse the Congressional Record in search of environment-related developments. —Lauri Apple
Celebrate Earth, Celebrate You Ecofriendly vendors and visual artists, makeup workshops and styling tips, hors d'oeuvres, product discounts, a shoe drive for Haiti, and a raffle benefiting Aveda's Earth Month effort to raise funds for clean-water projects. Thu 4/22, 6-10 PM, Karen Marie Salon, 1859 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-4003, karenmariesalon.com.
Earth Date Board games, trivia, Rain Organic Vodka eco-tinis, and other entertainment for hetero singles. Some of the proceeds benefit Northside College Prep's Joy Garden, which involves special education students in gardening and sustainability initiatives. Thu 4/22, 7-10 PM, Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan, 312-265-6085, nerdsatheart.com, $20-$25.
Got D.A.M.! An Earth Day-themed edition of the monthly visual art, music, and dance party, with a live art project incorporating recyclables brought by revelers. Includes cocktails, visual art by Tiffany Gholar, and music by DJ Lee Farmer. Purchase tickets in advance. Sat 4/24, 9 PM-2 AM, East Bank Building, 1200 W. 35th, 312-624-9414, threepeasartlounge.com/blog/got-dam-2, $25.
Green and Growing Fair The 18th annual fair features gardening workshops and demonstrations, seeds for sale, food, live music, a silent auction, and more. GreenNet, a network of local green nonprofits, is the sponsor. Sat 4/24, 10 AM-3 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100, garfieldconservatory.org, nominal fees for workshops and activities.
Green Living Expo & Farmers Market The Sierra Club, West Town Bikes, Rainforest Chicago, and other environmental, health, and green lifestyle organizations will attend this outdoor expo, which includes an organic farmers' market. A 5K run/walk begins at 8 AM in Humboldt Park. Sat 4/24, 9 AM, Humboldt Park Boat House, 1301 N. Sacramento, 312-742-7549, earthday5kchicago.com, online 5K registration $30, event day $35 ($5 off with donation of an operable cell phone), $20 ages 11-17.
Restorative Gardening With a Yoga Twist A session of yoga and gardening in a green space that "resembles Eden." Participants will receive a "token" to help them begin their own gardens at home. Sun 4/25, 1-2:15 PM, Galter LifeCenter, 5157 N. Francisco, 773-878-9936, galterlifecenter.org, $20-$30.