Utility Exploration Center gears up for 2011

New year boasts special events, exhibits
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The Roseville Utility Exploration Center is gearing up for 2011 with several special events and exhibits planned. Temporary exhibit: Sustainable Homes and Businesses Several home and business owners have integrated sustainability practices into their everyday lives, saving themselves time, water, energy and money. Starting in February, the center will showcase a few of these individuals and their helpful tips in a photo-essay exhibit. Gardening workshop on Water Awareness Day Water Awareness Day is Saturday, March 19, and to celebrate, the center will host “Creating Beautiful Gardens with Less Water” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop is free for visitors that pre-register. Local Master Gardeners with expertise in plant selection, soil preparation, irrigation and landscape design will lead in-classroom and outdoor, hands-on instruction. Temporary exhibit: Water Conservation’s “Fix a Leak Week” In honor of Fix a Leak Week, March 14 to 20, the City of Roseville’s Water Conservation Division will host an informative exhibit demonstrating just how much water the common leak can waste. The average U.S. household can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water anually due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. Learn how to fix leaks, reduce water waste and water utility bills. 4th annual Celebrate the Earth Festival Placer County’s 4th annual Celebrate the Earth Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011. This year’s free event will feature live cooking demonstrations, children’s art activities, musical performances, family entertainment, electric and hybrid vehicles, kid’s video productions, story time at the Martha Riley Library and more than 95 local area green vendors. Tours for Roseville schools The center welcomed more than 3,000 students in 2010. With the extension of grant funding, the center will provide free programming and transportation stipends (up to $2 per student) for Roseville educators and students now through the end of the 2011 school year. All six of the environmental conservation programs are correlated to the California Content Standards in science. Not in a Roseville school district? Don’t worry. The center offers programming options from $2.50 - $3.75 per student. ~ Staff report ---------- Roseville Utility Exploration Center Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays Where: 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Cost: Free entrance Info: Call (916) 746-1550 or visit