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Pasadena In Focus
March-April 2012

Earth & Arts Festival Hits Double Digits

Celebrate a world of nature, art and music at the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival, set for Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park and the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave.

Marking its 10th anniversary as one of the biggest Earth Day events in the Southland, the free family festival features activities, exhibits and entertainment for all ages. This year’s master of ceremonies is noted author, performer and KPCC radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh.
Browse through a huge eco-marketplace where local businesses and non-profit groups will promote green living, energy and water efficiency, composting, organic foods, green building design, alternative transportation and renewable energy. City staff will be on hand to answer questions about waste reduction, recycling, water and energy conservation, and parks and nature preserves.

Specialty food trucks will sell affordable (and sustainable!) snacks throughout the day, while locally brewed beers and organic wines will be available for sampling in the Beer Garden.

Use the Metro Gold Line to come to the festival and show your Metro pass at the transportation booth to receive an Earth Day reusable bag (while supplies last). Or join the 5.7-mile Earth and Arts Festival Bike Ride through town, led by C.I.C.L.E. Perfect for riders of all ages and skill levels, the guided tour will showcase the city’s safe bike routes and some of the city’s best green buildings.

Start your weekend early with a free Earth Day film screening on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park’s Levitt Pavilion. Tom Shadyac’s inspirational documentary, “I Am,” asks what’s wrong with our world and what we can do about it.

The annual festival is co-sponsored by the city of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Conscientious Projector and Metro. For more details, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/earthday or call (626) 744-4087.