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Earth Day Festival to be Greener than Ever

April 20th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

earthday More exhibitors, a new trail map, a walk and a bicycle tour through nature, and a chance to sponsor a water filter for a refugee camp are some of the new features added to this year’s Greening the Earth Day and Armory Family Arts Festival.

The free event will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park, Armory Center for the Arts, and on Raymond Avenue between Walnut and Holly streets.

Exhibitors will display information on green lifestyles, composting, organic foods, hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative energy and green building design, with the Arroyo Seco Trails Guide making its debut. 

The annual festival is an opportunity to find out more about Pasadena’s resources and plans for waste reduction, recycling, water and energy conservation and other Green City initiatives.

Entertainment will include music from local bands, an interactive drum circle, and dancers. Children can enjoy arts and crafts, live animals from the Wildlife Way station and Eaton Canyon Nature Center, and more.

Newtown Arts Foundation, an organization developing creative opportunities in Southern California for artists, will feature several thought-provoking works on animating nature.

The monthly documentary series Conscientious Projector will rotate short films throughout the day at the Armory on topics such as climate crisis, peak oil, alternative energy, consumerism, global economy and sustainable agriculture.

Participants are asked to bring CRV recyclables to help raise funds for drinking water for the Lugufu Refugee Camp in Tanzania.

A guided walk of the Arroyo Seco will be led by naturalists from Pasadena Parks and Natural Resources Division and Arroyo Seco Foundation from 8 to 11 a.m.(Meet at the picnic area south of Brookside Park parking Lot I, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.)  City of Pasadena arborists and cycling instructors will lead a bike tour through Pasadena’s renowned streetscapes, starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. 

Sponsoring the event are city of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Arroyo Seco Foundation, Buy Local Pasadena, Conscientious Projector and Metro.

For more information call (626) 744-4721 or visit Face Book Greening the Earth Day 2009.

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