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City prepares earth-friendly day

Family-friendly activities, more than 80 vendors to appear at celebration at Newhall Park

Posted: April 14, 2010 8:55 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2010 5:30 a.m.
 
Earth Day and Arbor Day will be celebrated together Saturday at Newhall Park, sponsors have announced.

The free community event, which traditionally draws a sizable crowd, features family-friendly activities showing ways to adopt more earth-friendly practices.

Sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Family of Water Suppliers, the event will feature more than 80 eco-minded vendors, live music and food. Celebrations and activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bike valets will be on hand to encourage attendees to arrive at the park car-free.

“The city of Santa Clarita is committed to environmental consciousness, preservation and protection, and recently received the prestigious Tree City Award for the 21st consecutive year for continued arborist and urban forestry efforts,” Mayor Laurene Weste said in a statement.

“The Earth Arbor Day is the city’s way of reaching out to residents to help empower them through fun and interactive ways, how they can transition to greener practices at home.”

A favorite at the 2009 Earth Day event, the Alternative Transportation Zone, will be back to showcase vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, biodiesel, ethanol and natural gas.

The other “zones” are the Community Zone, with informative workshops; the Tree Zone, with tree, mulch and ladybug giveaways; the Eco Zone, featuring environmentally friendly products and services; the Children’s Zone, with hands-on activities and games; the Energy Zone, with tips on decreasing energy use; and the Water Conservation Zone, with demonstrations on the global impact of conservation.

The city will celebrate Arbor Day by handing out 1,000 free trees.

Burrtec Waste Industries will work to make 2010 Earth Arbor Day a “zero waste” event, with bins for recyclables and for waste that can be used for compost.

Newhall Park is located at 24923 Newhall Avenue. For more details, call the city’s Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 or visit greensantaclarita.com.

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