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Valencia High hosts EcoFest on Sunday

Event is first of its kind in SCV

Posted: May 14, 2008 3:39 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Valencia High School's Environmental Protection Agency Club will be hosting the Santa Clarita Valley's first EcoFest from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the main campus walkway.

This unique event is intended to bring the Los Angeles community together for an afternoon of fun while exploring sustainable living through greener, healthier living options.

EcoFest 2008 will feature vendors presenting and selling eco-friendly, organic and sustainable products. A wide range of samples, discounts and informative handouts will also be available.

"Visitors can expect to see products from food, household products, and transportation to office supplies and beauty products being represented at the event," said Hannah Goldner, the EPA Club's co-president and co-founder of EcoFest 2008. "This is an opportunity for the community to find out how we can all easily make positive changes for the world within every aspect of our daily lives. The festival's motto, ‘It's one thing to talk. It's another to do,' will be presented in a meaningful way."

The EPA Club has been getting a supportive and encouraging response from an international collection of producers and retailers of eco-friendly products, as well as from other nonprofit groups who are participating in the event as sponsors and/or vendors.

Vendors retain all of the earnings from their sales, except for a $15 vendor fee benefiting the local Gibbons Conservation Center, and they benefit from the free foot traffic and exposure the fair will bring to them.

The Valencia High School Key Club and Santa Clarita Girl Scout Troop 745 are also putting their energy behind EcoFest 2008 by volunteering at the event and helping with free face painting, as well as creating and volunteering at the kids' games and prizes booths.

"This is so exciting - I think it is crucial that kids our age be exposed to these environmental issues now and learn how to best deal with them," said Jaede Peck, the EPA Club's other co-president and EcoFest 2008 co-founder. "EcoFest 2008 will allow people of all ages to learn about solutions to these problems while enjoying the afternoon in a fun, positive atmosphere."

EcoFest 2008 will feature activities for all ages, including live entertainment, on-site vehicles, food provided by local zpizza, snacks and beverages, reusable bag and T-shirt sales, an amazing assortment of eco-friendly raffle prizes, and more.

Guest speaker Linda Sivertsen will discuss sustainability from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (seating is limited), as well as other live entertainers, including local band Big Brother.

Admission is free. Those who attend can bring documents for shredding and recyclables including eWaste for the on-site recycling collections and Shred-It Truck, which will be provided by the Premier America Credit Union.

Hannah Goldner is a senior at Valencia High School and one of the organizers of the school's first EcoFest.

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