Earth Day faire, music and workshops in Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A giant interactive turtle sculpture will be displayed at the Earth Day Celebration at Mount Shasta City Park on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Submitted photo

Mount Shasta area residents and visitors are invited to join the Earth Day 2017 celebration at Mount Shasta City Park on Sunday, April 23. Earth Day is a worldwide event that has been locally produced by the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center for the past 27 years.

The celebration includes parades, exhibits, music, children’s activities, educational presentations, a “Trashion Show,” a water blessing ceremony, and a native plant walk.

It is free, and raffle tickets will be sold during the day with the drawing occurring mid-afternoon. Sidra Hertzog and local bakers will provide lunch and pastries.

Schedules for various locations and activities are included below.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at Parker Plaza with taiko drumming, marking the beginning of the Alternative Transportation Parade, where participants will walk, ride, or glide on anything except cars along Mount Shasta Boulevard to the City Park.

The Earth Day Faire will take place in the City Park upper lodge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring numerous booths, exhibits and vendors including Healthy Gardens, Homeward Bounty Farm, Bear Wallow Herbs, Wise Mountain Herbals, Natureland Farm, Synergy Seed Exchange, Luna Verde Permaculture, Run4Salmon, Lava Oasis Farm, Barefoot Books, Higher Octave Tools for Living, Crystal Clan, Natural Flipside, EcoCentric Printing, Gambheera, Shasta Earth Art, Soul Tribe Sanctuary, Earth Spirit Journey Art, Tobey Totes, Naturally Green Lifestyle, Tribal Customs, Regenboog India Foundation, Fire Flower Clothing, Holly Irene Buttons, Alpenglow Manor, School Cafe Club, Mount Shasta Authors Guild, with children’s activities at the booths of Cathleen Alexander, North State Parent, the Mount Shasta Community Garden, Mattole Valley Charter School, and PAL Foundation, where the giant interactive turtle sculpture will be displayed.

Several events are planned on the City Park grounds:

• 11 a.m. – Earth Circle, an intertribal multi-cultural Native drumming group, will perform traditional songs on their pow-wow style drum near the lower lodge.

• 1 p.m. – the Trashion Show will feature children and adults wearing costumes made of recycled materials. Advance registration at is required to participate.

• 2 p.m. – All-Species Parade for children of all ages.

• 3 p.m., a Water Blessing Ceremony will be held just down from the Headwaters Spring. Led by Sally Cooper, Michelle Berditschevsky, Jean Anderson and Ann Keller, it will feature prayer, poetry, music, drumming, dance and community participation in recognition of the precious gift of water.

• 4 p.m. – Horticulturist Robert Menzies will lead his popular stroll through the wild part of City Park and share botanical lore.

The music stage on the east side of the upper lodge will feature these local area musicians:

11:30 a.m. – School kids share their talents.

Noon – Reya Sunshine sings reggae sunny vibes.

12:20 p.m. – Jack Falls-Rock performs Native drumming.

12:30 p.m. – Ryan Marchand and Saint Germain, live-looping and alternative pop.

2:20 p.m. – Chiharu Sai, instrumentals.

2:40 p.m. – Rick Garrett, ambient acoustic guitar.

2:50 p.m. – Sanaday, guitar, soul and chants.

3:10 p.m. – Be-Zen Brothers, acoustic guitar jam.

3:20 p.m. – Andre Mottershead, rhythm and blues guitar, debut of his Song for the Earth.

At the lower lodge there will be educational presentations from noon to 5 p.m., focusing on watershed and forest health, as follows:

Noon – Brief updates from local campaigns, including the status of Crystal Geyser in Mount Shasta, the McCloud Artesian Spring Water project in McCloud; the Medicine Lake Highlands campaign; as well as citizens’ efforts to encourage the city of Weed to retain historic rights to its share of Beaughan Springs.

1 p.m. – Ruth Peddinghaus of Lava Oasis Farms will discuss the opportunities and obstacles to family farming in Siskiyou County, as well as share a few home remedies and sustainable living techniques. Zachary Owens will give a brief presentation on biochar, a method that accelerates soil restoration and reduces forest fuels.

2 p.m. – Marcus Von Skepsgardh of the PAL Foundation will introduce a new children’s book, Tree Star.

3 p.m. – George Wuerthner of Public Lands Media will talk about the science of fire ecology and healthy forestry.

4 p.m. – Rob diPerna of the Environmental Protection Information Center will discuss differences in public forest versus private forest and wildland management through the lens of trying to attain landscape connectivity.

For more information, contact Earth Day coordinator Gretchen Gerlitz at (530) 859-1465 or call the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center at 926-5655.