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We love the Earth, and it loves us!

The planet has tilted towards the sun, and we are all steaming at full speed towards summer. And there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the fine weather this weekend.

Friday is Earth Day, but we are celebrating it on Saturday in the best way we can — at Bay Ridge’s biggest park! It’s My Park Day starts bright and early, at 9:30 am at Owl’s Head Park (enter at the corner of 67th and Senator streets). The Owl’s Head Park Horticulture Group will honor its late founder, Javier Acevedo, with a flag-raising ceremony using the new flagpole in his memorial garden. Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge), who allocated funds for the pole, will be there, as will the Xaverian High School Orchestral Band. Then volunteers can pitch in to help clean the park, and organizers will hand out American flags — appropriate for Earth Day, since this is the greatest nation on Earth!

Once you have done your neighborly duty, do your civic duty by stopping at Red, White, and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave between 89th and 90th streets), where you can sit outside with a drink, or step inside to hear rock ’n’ roll trio the Bennett Brothers. The band is playing here for the first show, so give them a hearty welcome! The band goes on at 4 pm.

Then it is time for earth-shaking action, when live wrestling comes to the Ridge! WrestlePro presents an action-packed ticket at Saint Patrick’s Church (9511 Fourth Ave. between 96th and 95th streets). Prepare for the Revolting Blob! The Heavenly Bodies! And Mr. Belding, from “Saved by the Bell!” You read that right — Dennis Haskins, who played everyone’s favorite 1990s educator, will manage the Ridge’s own WWE wrestler Kevin McDonald during the main event. The bell rings at 8 pm, and tickets start at $15.

On Sunday you can sleep in, then take a leisurely stroll in the sunshine to the Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets) at 4 pm to catch “Celtic party rock” one-man band Dave Barckow. He will play some Irish tunes and some of his own — on both guitar and foot-operated drum kit.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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