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Campus activities to celebrate Earth Day

New Mexico State University events are scheduled to coincide with Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

th Day Bicycle Ride will feature short and long self-paced bike routes with police providing traffic control. The event will also include a 30-minute criterium race around the NMSU Horseshoe, a student organization bicycle relay race, a health fair and environmental exhibitors. All riders must wear helmets.

The long ride begins at 9 a.m. and will cover a 25-mile route through Las Cruces, Mesilla and the university area. The short ride starts at 9:30 a.m. and covers five miles. Registration for the rides begins at 7 a.m. and there is a $5 registration fee. Both routes start and end at the NMSU Horseshoe.

101Gold will host a live radio remote and provide food for all riders. Students can get help with bicycle tune-ups in the bike and board shop in NMSU's Activity Center Room 106.
The Earth Day Bicycle Ride is sponsored by the NMSU Bicycling Racing Club, the NMSU Environmental Science Student Organization, the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization, RoadRUNNER Transit, RideShare, the Mesilla Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Las Cruces Police Department.

The NMSU Museum's Saturday Family Workshop will be creating an Earth Day paper chain caterpillar. Saturday Family Workshops are held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the museum courtyard. The workshops are free and no sign-up is necessary.

According to www.nationalcenter.org, Earth Day was first recognized in 1970 and was created to organize citizens in an attempt to bring environmental issues to the political forefront.

To learn more about the NMSU Saturday Family Workshops, contact the museum at (505) 646-5161, (505) 646-3739 or go to www.nmsu.edu/~museum.

For more information on the Earth Day Bicycle Ride, call (505) 526-7783 or e-mail ahume@lascruces.org.

Austin Craig
April 3, 2006