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Earth Day events abound

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein The Press-Tribune
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Here’s a truth that’s anything but inconvenient: south Placer abounds with ways to be green for Earth Day this year. From earth education and celebration events, to a myriad of ways to get your hands dirty, there’s no excuse for ignoring the plight of our small blue sphere this week and beyond. In Roseville, the Utility Exploration Center will host a day-long Celebrate the Earth Festival. Set for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mahany Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., the free festival promises to be the biggest Earth Day event ever in Roseville with an anticipated 3,000 to 4,000 attendees, said Bob Garrison, UEC director. Green-themed entertainment, informational lectures, video screenings (yes, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is among them), a vendor marketplace and much more are on tap, he said. “This is really a family-friendly event because we’ve got so many things going on for kids,” said Garrison. “All day we have things happening.” That includes an appearance from Dr. Solar, a vaudeville-styled kids’ entertainer with a message of sunny-skied energy conservation; “earth-friendly” kids’ art projects; an environmental juggling performance by renowned juggler Izzy Tooinsky and conservation-minded story times at next-door Martha Riley Community Library. Keynote speaker Olympic gold medalist-turned-environmentalist Jill Savery will address the importance of “greening” sporting events including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For sheer Fear Factor-inspired fun, though, you can’t beat the workshop on vermiculture – read: worm composting. “It’ll show you how to put together a worm bin you can put underneath your sink, so that when you peel carrots instead of becoming trash, it feeds worms,” Garrison said. Organizers are encouraging attendees to ride bikes, walks or carpool to the event. Busses will also take festivalgoers from the Downtown Parking Garage to the center, Garrison said. At Sierra College, the school’s ECO Students club is once again recognizing Earth Day with a two-day celebration running today and Thursday. This year’s theme is “SOS: Solutions and Opportunities for Sustainability.” Activities there include music, food, exhibits, workshops and art. “The entire event will emphasize the significance of recognizing the critical need for humans to reduce our ecological footprint on earth,” club president Davis Stewart said. Returning this year is Haute Trash, a Nevada City-based environmental clothing troupe whose popular fashion shows of garbage-inspired couture have become a big hit on the Earth Day circuit. For those seeking a more hands-on approach to Earth Day, various clean-ups and invasive plant removal projects are scheduled throughout the city. For more information, call the Dry Creek Conservancy at 773-6565 or e-mail dcc@surewest.net. For a complete schedule of Sierra College activities, visit www.sierracollege.edu and click on Events & Athletics. For more information on the Mahany Park festival, see www.roseville.ca.us or the insert in today’s paper. Just remember to leave the Hummer at home.