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'Celebrate the Earth' at Roseville festival

Event features vendors, music, entertainment, children’s art stations, tips for eco-friendly living
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If you’ve been looking to get your picture taken with a Burmese python, you’ll have your chance on Saturday, April 16.

That’s the date of the fourth annual Celebrate the Earth Festival at Mahany Regional Park, hosted by the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. The free event commemorates Earth Day on April 22. Last year’s event drew about 4,500 people.

And, as mentioned, attendees can get their photo snapped with some exotic creatures, including a python, alligator and ring-tailed lemur at Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom booth.

If that doesn’t float your boat, the festival also features dozens of vendor booths, music and dance performances, children’s art stations and plenty of other activities to enjoy — while learning how to live a greener lifestyle.

Event entertainment

Wild Things animal handler Gabe Kerschner will present some of his native woodland creatures, including a beaver, opossum, rattlesnake and turkey vulture during a live show at 11 a.m. on the main stage.

Catch a presentation by Dr. Solar, the region’s only fully solar-powered children’s entertainer, at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Or watch in awe as Roseville Electric’s line crews perform climbing and safety demonstrations 35 feet in the air. Relax with a variety of music and dance performances throughout the day.

Kids and family activities

Create sculptures out of farm fresh vegetables at the Placer Arts AGROart stand. Make a water cycle bracelet and solar bead necklace to take home at the City of Roseville’s water and electric utility booths.

Bring your favorite shirt to tie-dye in the Live Waste Free zone. Visit reCREATE’s mobile craft station to make an art project out of salvaged materials. Get your face painted in the Clean Water zone.

Enjoy some tasty treats

When your tummy rumbles, head over to the food court and choose from Mexican, teriyaki, pizza, hot dogs, shaved ice, coffee and more. Live cooking demonstrations will run throughout the day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., featuring local chefs preparing tasty treats and meals made from local farm fresh products.

Plug into the latest in electric and hybrid vehicles

Auto enthusiasts should check out the lineup of cutting-edge electric and hybrid vehicles in the Travel Green zone, including a Tesla Roadster, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius and custom made electric pickup truck. Chat with the owners of these green machines and learn ways to lessen your environmental impact when you travel.

~ Sena Christian

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Celebrate the Earth Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16

Where: Mahany Regional Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville

Cost: Free

Info: Call (916) 746-1550 or visit www.roseville.ca.us/explore