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Bob Kellar: City goes green for Earth Arbor Day

Live from City Hall

Posted: April 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 


Writer Wendell Berry is often quoted for saying “the Earth is what we all have in common” — and in today’s challenging social and economic times, his words are a great reminder that, despite our differences, there is still one unifying principal among all of humanity — our planet.

Today, the preservation and protection of our planet is a global initiative that this year alone will bring more than 1 billion people together on Earth Day, according to the Earth Day Network.

This year, the city of Santa Clarita will bring residents together at Earth Arbor Day on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4  p.m. at Central Park to educate them about the things they can do to protect the community and our planet.

Earth Arbor Day is presented by the city of Santa Clarita and Santa Clarita Family of Water Suppliers, and is a fun, festive and free way for residents to learn about eco-friendly products, programs and local organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment.

Best of all, Earth Arbor Day is a zero-waste event, which means the event will generate no waste — all products used will be either recycled or composted.

This year’s Earth Arbor Day promises to be bigger and better. The following are some event highlights you won’t want to miss.

Tree City USA Award

A few years ago, the city of Santa Clarita combined two green events — Earth Day and Arbor Day. And each year since, the city’s
Earth Arbor Day celebration has included several arbor activities, including the planting of more than 30 trees at Central Park and at community schools, in addition to giving away more than 1,000 trees and free mulch.

Residents are invited to help plant trees at Central Park, climb a tree as part of the first-ever “Santa Clarita tree circus,” and enjoy one of two tree education presentations by Timmy Womick, a renowned tree educator. 

Art and activities for all

Earth Arbor Day is designed to be fun and entertaining for all audiences.

Children will enjoy learning about ladybugs and collecting them for their garden and painting plant pots, while parents learn to make scarves from old T-shirts.

Families can test out eco-friendly travel as they cruise around on Street Striders or enjoy tours of Castaic Lake Water Agency’s Sustainable Garden and the city’s Community Garden.

A variety of recycled art exhibits will be on display. There will also be magic shows, animal shows, stilt walkers, jugglers, musicians and clowns.

Interactive Zones

Residents can browse a variety of green and environmentally friendly products and services, including clothing, food products, toys, home furnishings, healthful living products, and more in the Eco Zone.

If you’ve been thinking about green transportation, but don’t know what kind of vehicle would be best for you, check out the Alternative Transportation Zone.

The Energy Zone will offer tips on how to reduce energy use and lower your utility bills, while the Girls Scouts of America will demonstrate how to use a solar oven for baking.

The Water Conservation Zone will feature information about water conservation and demonstrations to illustrate its global impact, while the Tree Zone will feature free trees and mulch while supplies last.

For more information about this year’s Earth Arbor Day event, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Councilmember Bob Kellar is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at: bkellar@santa-clarita.com.

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