The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center has hosted (with the help of organizations, businesses and community leaders) the annual Earth Day celebration for more than 30 years. The theme for this year’s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at the Mount Shasta City Park is creating resilient communities and they will host various panel discussions, presentations and booths from an array of organizations and perspectives to display what resilience is all about.

The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center has hosted (with the help of organizations, businesses and community leaders) the annual Earth Day celebration for more than 30 years. The theme for this year’s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at the Mount Shasta City Park is creating resilient communities and they will host various panel discussions, presentations and booths from an array of organizations and perspectives to display what resilience is all about.

“We’re thrilled about our lineup of speakers and how they’ll disseminate the different views on what it means to be ‘resilient’ this year,” said Bianca Garza, Communications Director at the Ecology Center. “For example, we’ll have the mayors of Weed, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta discussing what it means to be resilient from their respective seats of power and how they work together to ensure the cities are resilient during times of stress. On a completely different note, we’ll have community members talking about their experiences with catastrophe and major loss and how they remained resilient.”

Like last year, the Siskiyou County Arts Council will be present bringing joy to adults and children alike through their SCRAPS program. They’ll repurpose plastic bottles into flowers, turn unused CDs and vinyl into works of art and more. Giving another perspective, some of their team will also be discussing resilience as it relates to creativity.

Rebecca Bruhn, board president of SCAC explained, “We’ll be discussing how creativity and connection cultivate resiliency in individuals and communities. Did you know that by activating the creative part of your mind, you increase your capacity to overcome challenges, reverse physiological changes activated by stress, and maintain a more positive outlook in life?” She continued, “Join us behind the Upper Lodge to spin, stencil and paint on old vinyl records and CDs. Exercise your creativity while making new connections! Volunteers welcomed for two hour shifts, to help oversee the arts and crafts area and assist participants.”

Like last year, the presentations and discussions will be in the Lower Lodge of the Mount Shasta City Park. Vendor booths will be located inside the Upper Lodge and outside around the grounds. The Water Blessing Ceremony, an ongoing tradition facilitated by the Ecology Center’s founder, Michelle Berditschevsky, will occur riverside about 200 feet from the headwaters, across the field. There will be a nature walk, food and Alua Kombucha available for purchase, a raffle of goods from businesses across the county to support the Ecology Center, and more.

The event is set for April 28 and will begin with an opening ceremony from the Spirit of the Wind organization and Earth Circle Drum on the main stage at 11 a.m. and end with Brothers Reed, a Southern Oregon string band, at 4 p.m. on the main stage.

This free community event has it all: education, music, food, art and activities for everyone.

For more information or to volunteer visit www.mountshastaecology.org