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Marsha McLean: City puts down roots with Earth Day

Live from City Hall

Posted: April 10, 2009 12:51 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It is a tumultuous time for our planet. Global warming is a constant topic in news broadcasts and television documentaries and newspaper headlines blast us with warnings that our planet is growing warmer, our resources are dwindling and the damage we have done to Earth could be irreparable.

Just as we put down our roots here, the city of Santa Clarita has remained careful to care for the ones that grew before we arrived.

Santa Clarita also took home its 19th consecutive Tree City USA award, which serves as further evidence of our environmental consciousness.

To celebrate our planet, as well as our lifestyle here in Santa Clarita, the city will host a joint Earth Day Festival and 20th annual Arbor Day celebration on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road.

In addition to providing a day filled with activities and events for the whole family to enjoy, the city will celebrate Arbor Day by handing out free trees, bags of mulch and ladybugs to help control tree and garden pests and reduce the need for pesticides.

"Zone" themes at the Earth Day Festival will include energy, community, ecology, water conservation, children's and green cars.

Notably, the "energy zone" features a full solar array that will produce power to be utilized at the festival.

Kid-friendly entertainment is scheduled for the children's zone where kids will be able to pick up an Earth Day passport to get stamped as they travel around the festival learning about global warming, solar energy, water and pollution. Businesses representing a number of green and environmental products and services will also participate in the festival with booth displays and interactive activities.

Santa Clarita is striving to make this year's Earth Day Festival and 20th annual Arbor celebration a Zero Waste Event. Burrtec will provide recycle and compost bins and volunteers from Rio Vista Elementary School's Eco Kids group will direct guests to the appropriate bins - minimizing the need for trash cans.

We encourage guests to get into the spirit and arrive at Central Park car-free. Bike-parking zones will be established throughout the city for festival guests to drop off their bikes and catch a CNG bus to the park. Visit www.santa-clarita.com or call the city's Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 to find parking zone locations. Residents can also catch a free city shuttle from the Westfield Valencia Town Center and the city's Sports Complex to the event and receive a shopping bag, compliments of Whole Foods Market.

This year's Earth Day Festival and Arbor Day celebration is made possible by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, which tries to help the community conserve water and are sponsors of this year's event. Together, we can protect and nurture our planet, as well as the lives we've created here in Santa Clarita - and the Earth Day Festival and 20th annual Arbor Day celebration will show us exactly how to do so.

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Councilwoman. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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