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UPDATED: Get a jump on Earth Day at fest in Central Park today

Eco-event goes for the green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted: April 16, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2009 12:13 a.m.

Click to see the city of Santa Clarita's schedule for the Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration today at Central Park.

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Earth Day is officially Wednesday, but Santa Clarita gets a jump on it with today's Earth Day Festival and 22nd annual Arbor Day Celebration at Central Park in Saugus.

The Newhall Bicycle Co. hosts two bike rides, which both leave Central Park at 8:15 a.m. There's a 40-mile course for experienced cyclists and a 10-mile family ride for novice riders.

The bike company is providing free pre-ride service checks at its shop at the corner of Newhall Avenue and 8th Street.

"The community bike rides are a great way to celebrate Earth Day (and) enjoy the city's extensive off-street bike-trail system," Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste said in a statement.

Hosted by the city, the Earth Day Festival and annual Arbor Day Celebration opens to the public at 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m.

Opening ceremonies and first tree planting are slated for high noon at the Main Stage.

The festivities include:

* Energy Zone: Featuring displays by solar companies, "green" builders and companies developing alternative-energy-use products for the home;

* Community Zone: Nonprofit and community groups will present displays, hands-on opportunities and giveaways;

* EcoZone: Residents can calculate the size of their carbon footprints using an online carbon-footprint test;

* Green Car Zone: A display of the latest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, gas/electric hybrids, electric vehicles and vehicles powered by ethanol, bio-diesel and compressed natural gas;

* Children's Zone: Children can visit Ladybug Adventure to decorate their own ladybug bags and collect ladybugs for a personal garden. Whole Foods Market and College of the Canyons will have an environmental art booth where kids can create recycled art sculptures. The first 100 young artists will receive a free plant from Whole Foods Market; 

* Water Conservation Zone: Residents can take a water-footprint quiz and calculate their water consumption.

* Live music on two stages: The Main Stage features local folk, indie rock, acoustic rock, pop, reggae and classic rock artists, while the Children's Stage presents kid-friendly artists and performances by kids from local schools.

Winners of a talent contest will be revealed and announced from the Main Stage around 11:20 a.m., while winners of a recycled art contest will be named at the Children's Stage about 4 p.m.


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