The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center invites all to a celebration of  Earth Day this Saturday, April 21 in Mount Shasta.

The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center invites all to a celebration of  Earth Day this Saturday, April 21 in Mount Shasta.

The centerpiece of local events is the Earth Day Faire at Mount Shasta City Park from noon to 5 p.m.
This year’s international theme is “Mobilize the Earth.” Local Earth Day coordinator Pete Marquis said, “Many people in our area are already mobilizing because they agree that ‘The Earth Won't Wait’ so come out and participate!”

The Saturday celebration begins with a parade that highlights alternative transportation and animal costumes for those who want to dress up. Paraders need to be at Berryvale Grocery at 10:30 a.m. and can walk, ride a bike, electric bike, electric car, hybrid, horse or use any other low emission form of transportation.

People are asked to park on public streets to avoid congestion at Berryvale.  The parade, led by Craig Vivas, begins at 11 a.m. at Berryvale and goes to Alma Street with police escort.

Past Alma those continuing on to the Faire at city park will have to move to the side of the road if they’re not in a vehicle. All are encouraged to carpool or use energy saving ways to get to the events.

The Faire will be festive with many children’s activities, but will also feature lectures and presentations for adults.

Outdoors will be face painting and a separate Children’s Parade led by local Pied Piper Rex Golston in the park. Kids are encouraged to mimic their favorite creature and play instruments that will be provided by Rex and others.

The Garden Club’s Loraine Ramshaw is having a sculpture contest for youngsters with items made from recycled materials. Sculptures will be judged at the celebration and every art participant will receive a free necklace from Shasta Visions.

The Strawberry Valley 4-H Sustainability project will be demonstrating how to make your own laundry detergent. Indoor youth activities include an animal bone display, Arts Council kids activities tables, and more.

Inside the main lodge will be demonstrations and vendors. Adults and kids can participate in a hands-on watershed activity that demonstrates the water cycle, presented by Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District.

Shasta Commons will explain how they are making Mount Shasta a model town for future sustainability.
Loraine Ramshaw will be available to discuss starting a seed library in Mount Shasta.

Several other groups with offerings and ideas will also be in the main lodge. Organic food will be provided by Mountain Star Cafe and a bake sale table will have desserts.

The lower lodge will feature presentations and speakers starting at 12:45 p.m. After introductory remarks by Peter Marquis, Sherry Ackerman will present “Writing the New Story: How to step into the new paradigm creating your own sustainable life.”

At 2 p.m. filmmaker D. G. Balazs will premier “A Panther Meadows Diary,” a short film on the restoration of the meadows.

At 3 p.m. cartographer Dr. Lee Benda will give a presentation on new ways he is mapping the bioregion. And at 4 p.m. the Ecology Center will present the film “Listening to the Mountain.”

Also at 4 p.m. local expert Rob Menzies will be leading his annual nature walk full of insights about the flora and fauna in and around the city park.

Other local events are the Earth Day Celebration on the College of the Siskiyous Weed campus on April 19 from 10 to 6 p.m.; “Farmegeddon” hosted by the local Grub Club April 21 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Sisson Museum; and Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery & Cultural Center eARTh Day Art Show opening April 27.
For more information, or to volunteer contact Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center at 926-5655.