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The Hailey Climate Action Coalition has named this year’s Earth Day celebration “Bike the Valley,” with several events offered in each town. A supervised bike ride will begin in Bellevue at 9:30 a.m. on the BCRD Bike Path.

This weekend, residents from Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue can partake in workshops, demonstrations and other fun-filled events celebrating Earth Day. Saturday will offer a number of events for all ages. Mountain Rides will be conducting electric bus tours in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue, giving the public a feel for its incoming battery-electric bus fleet. An e-bus will be posted at Ketchum Town Square from 10-11 a.m., the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey from 11:15-12:30 p.m., and the Main Street bus stop in Bellevue from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

By town, here are some of Saturday’s happenings:


• At Bellevue Elementary, bikers can get a free helmet fitting at 9 a.m. and embark on a bike ride to Hailey with Safe Routes Wood River Valley starting at 9:30 a.m.


• Backwoods Mountain Sports is offering free bike tire checks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., plus a chance to win a free bike tune-up.

• The Gold Mine Thrift Store will offer coupons to anyone who drops off donations.


• The Flourish Foundation will host a scavenger hunt and silent hike at Lions Park Pavilion, starting at 10 a.m.

• Safe Routes Wood River Valley will hold a Bike Rodeo and helmet fitting in the Blaine County Courthouse parking lot from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Music, games, arts and crafts, and free food will be offered at Balmoral Kiwanis Park in Hailey from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• The Bellevue Public Library will host a recycled arts and crafts workshop and Earth Day Storytime for kids at the Blaine County Courthouse parking lot in Hailey from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Meanwhile at the Blaine County Courthouse parking lot, Blaine County and the Ketchum Environmental Resource Center will offer tips on recycling and managing noxious weeds from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• The Grange at 609 S. Third St. will host a seed and plant exchange and sale from noon to 2 p.m.

• Blaine County will host a tree sale at The Hope Garden from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• The Attic will offer coupons to anyone who drops off donations.

• The public can watch members of Wood River High School’s W.A.T.E.R. Club paint a mural throughout the day at the JJ Tracy Building on Main Street.

Email the writer: ejones@mtexpress.com

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