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Earth Day comes to Sonoma County with a series of events that both celebrate the planet and promote ways to live more lightly on the land.

On Sunday, April 22, Daily Acts, the Petaluma nonprofit group dedicated to fostering a more sustainable lifestyle, will throw a community sheet mulching party.

Volunteers who show up at Green Key Commercial in Petaluma between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will learn how to apply sheet mulch to kill turf in preparation for replacing lawn with low-water-using plants.

Sheet mulching involves putting down layers of cardboard, compost and mulch on top of existing grass. At the same time it composts the lawn, the sheet mulching encourages favorable microbial activity in the soil and improves nutrient and water retention.

In the process, volunteers will convert 17,000 square feet of lawn surrounding Green Key Commercial in the Redwood Business Park into a landscape requiring less water.

All volunteers will be treated to a complimentary chair massage. 1425 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. <a href="http://Dailyacts.org" target="_blank">Dailyacts.org</a>.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen is throwing a big Earth Day celebration April 26 with a host of activities for the family, refreshments and a plant sale featuring rare plants at affordable prices. Festivities range from solar observing and fly casting to Chinese dancing and archery as well as fava-bean planting, rare reptiles, free popcorn and tea tastings. The free event at the 25-acre garden will be from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. 996-3166 or quarryhillbg.org.

The Town of Windsor marks Earth Day April 27 with special activities and a plant sale held by the Windsor Garden Club. Look for container gardens, veggie starts and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Windsor Town Green.

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