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Earth Arbor Day Saturday

Posted: April 13, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 6:00 a.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita and the SCV Family of Water Suppliers invite residents to learn about environmental sustainability and green living at the 2012 Earth Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park.

This free, zero-waste event features a host of family-friendly activities designed to teach guests of all ages and environmental awareness levels about the eco-friendly products, programs and local organizations dedicated to preserving the environment.

There will be displays from eco-minded vendors and artists, including Found!, a community art project consisting of recycled materials that was recently showcased at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Divided into five interactive zones, residents can visit the Eco-Zone to browse a variety of environmentally friendly products and services; or investigate green transportation methods at the Alternative Transportation Zone. Environmental enthusiasts can learn how to reduce energy consumption and lower their utility bills at the Energy Zone; or observe water saving techniques at the Water Conservation Zone. At the Tree Zone, children and adults can benefit from tree education workshops presented by renowned tree educator Timmy Womick, as well as participate in interactive tree climbing activities at the first-ever Santa Clarita Tree Circus.

The city will also accept its 22nd consecutive Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. To commemorate the achievement, the City's Urban Forestry Division will plant 23 trees that day at Central park, and give away one thousand free tress and bags of mulch to residents, while supplies last. The first 150 residents to visit all five Earth Arbor Day zones and submit a stamped Fruit Tree Passport will receive a free fruit tree.

In addition to green products, tips and programs, the Earth Arbor Day Festival will also feature entertainment for all ages, including an animal show, live music by a variety of musicians, and acrobatic performances, juggling, and stilt walking by Le Petit Cirque.

Other festival activities include flower pot painting, lady bug education and collection, and a crafting opportunity 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.

Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. For more information contact the city's Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787, or visit www.GreenSantaClarita.com.

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