Saturday is Earth Day, and many groups in the area are taking part in events – indoors and outdoors – to help their neighbors and help the planet.

1. Comcast says it expects more than 150 people – its employees and those of Accenture as well as family members and community volunteers – at the Nova Center at 2425 S. Hardy Ave., in Independence. It’s from 8 a.m. to noon. The work is to include cleaning, painting, landscape maintenance and organizing supplies. The Nova Center serves children and young adults ages 4 to 21 from 16 school districts.

2. The Whole Person, based in Kansas City, plans to have about 150 volunteers at 30 metro area homes for an event called “Plant Independence – One Yard at a Time.” Five of those homes are in Independence, and two are in Raytown. The idea is to do yard work – mowing, raking, planting – and make it easier for people with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon. More information:

3. Forty to 50 Boy Scouts from the Blue Elk District in Independence, Blue Springs and Grain Valley are expected to help with a cleanup of the grounds of the historic Vaile Mansion in Independence.

4. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Department of Transportation are in the midst of their annual Trash Bash. It runs through May 15. Volunteers clean up litter from parks, roadsides, rivers and streams, even neighborhoods. Volunteers are reminded to recycle or otherwise properly dispose of the stuff they pick up. More information: 1-888-ASK-MODOT or Those who report their litter-cleanup efforts can get a “No MOre Trash!” pin as a thank-you.