PASADENA’S EARTH & ARTS FESTIVAL IS MAY 3, 2014 AT MEMORIAL PARK
PASADENA, Calif.—Celebrate nature, art, music, and community at Pasadena’s 12th annual Earth and Arts Festival, www.cityofpasadena.net/earthday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St., at Raymond Avenue, and, across the street at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena’s Earth and Arts Festival is one of the biggest free “green” events in Southern California with family friendly activities, exhibits and entertainment for all ages.
Master of Ceremonies is noted author, performer and KPCC (89.3 FM) public radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh, http://www.lohdownonscience.org/. Live music and entertainment will be featured throughout the day on two stages including kids’ music, world music, nationally touring musicians, a drum circle, and several local dance ensembles. The main stage is on Raymond Avenue and the second stage is inside the Armory building. (Entertainment schedule is on page 2 of news release.)
Raymond Avenue will be closed between Holly Street and Walnut Avenue from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area. A brief Opening Ceremony with local officials will be on the main stage to kick off the festival at 11 a.m.
A huge “Eco-Marketplace” will be in Memorial Park where visitors can browse through dozens of booths by local businesses or non-profits promoting the latest in green living, energy & water efficiency, sustainable gardening, composting, organic foods, green buildings, alternative transportation, solar and renewable energy. Several City booths will be available with staff to help answer questions about waste reduction, recycling, water and energy conservation, public transit and parks.
While at the festival, please help make it a Zero Waste event by minimizing your waste and environmental impact. Recycling and composting stations will be located throughout the festival. A Sustainable Beer Garden will feature artisan brews from Pasadena’s Craftsman Brewing Company with drinks served in fully compostable, corn-based cups.
If you’re within biking distance, it will be a great day to use your bicycle (and helmet)! Or, consider taking the Metro Gold Line, www.metro.net, to the Memorial Park Station, or call (323) Go-Metro for route help. Show your Metro pass to the City’s Transportation Department booth for a free, Earth Day reusable bag, while supplies last! Paid parking only for cars is available nearby.
The Department of Public Works will offer information about its different programs and services provided to the community, including staff from the City’s new Citizen Service Center; as well as staff for the City’s recycling programs and Parks & Natural Resources. Booths will feature fun games, activities, and giveaways while supplies last!
Over at the Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) booth, visitors can pick up energy and water conservation ideas; valuable rebate applications; sign up for free water-wise landscaping workshops; learn electricity safety tips and check out the department’s fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles. Little ones can try hands-on science lessons, receive free activity books, pencils and other items.
PWP also will announce the winners of the new PWP Educational Scholarship, and congratulate recipients of $5,000 worth of home-efficiency upgrades for low-income families through the City’s new Under One Roof program. More details are online at www.PWPweb.com/Scholarship and www.PWPweb.com/UnderOneRoof.
Throughout the day, the Armory Center for the Arts, www.armoryarts.org, will offer free, hands-on art workshops, while many Pasadena restaurants will sell samples from their menus. Thanks to the Armory Center, the festival kicks-off the night before at 7 p.m., Friday May 2 with the screening of Symphony of the Soil at the Armory Center for the Arts. The film explores one of Earth’s most essential, precious and endangered resources. Deborah Koons-Garcia, the director, joins the audience afterwards for a discussion.
Live entertainment scheduled throughout the day includes the following (subject to change):
OUTDOOR MAIN STAGE
ARMORY INDOOR STAGE
- 12:30 AM Kan Zaman: volunteer musicians, singers and staff from diverse backgrounds performing a unique, pure and quality traditional Arabic music, http://www.kanzaman.org/
- 1:30 PM Robert Hilton: designs, builds, and plays unique musical instruments often sculptural in nature, but music is the ultimate goal, http://vimeo.com/74871439
- 2:30 PM Clair Mills: interactive music and story time for children, often using puppets and stories with costumes for older children, http://www.clairemills.com/
- 3:30 PM Artichoke: Highland Park-based band with charming high-energy set for kids and families. http://artichoketheband.com/
The festival is sponsored by the City of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Conscientious Projector and Metro. For more information, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/earthday.
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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org