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Pasadena in Focus, March - April 2013

Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival Is April 20

Earth DayCelebrate a world of nature, art and live music at the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Pasadena’s Memorial Park and, across the street at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. Master of Ceremonies is noted author, performer and KPCC (89.3 FM) public radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh.

This is the 11th anniversary of Pasadena’s Earth and Arts Festival, one of the biggest Earth Day events in Southern California. The free, family friendly festival features activities, exhibits and entertainment for all ages. The 2013 Green City Awards also will be presented during the festival.

Browse through a huge eco-marketplace where exhibitors will promote green living, energy and water efficiency, composting, organic foods, green building design, alternative transportation and renewable energy. City staff from many city departments will be on hand to answer your questions about waste reduction, recycling, water and energy conservation, and parks and nature preserves.

Organizers are striving for a Zero Waste event by seeking to be creative in minimizing waste and environmental impact. Convenient recycling and composting stations will be located throughout the festival. The Sustainable Beer and Wine Garden will feature artisan lagers and ales from Pasadena’s Craftsman Brewing Company and Los Angeles’s Eagle Rock Brewery with drinks served in fully compostable, corn-based cups. Pita Pita Restaurant of Pasadena will be serving food inside and outside of the beer garden.

In addition to providing free youth art workshops throughout the day, Armory Center for the Arts is bringing MIA “Moving Images Art” which will feature projections of artists work using the moving images from experimental film, video art, installation art, performance art, essay films and animation.

The City’s Department of Transportation asks the you consider using the Metro Gold Line to come to the festival. Show your Metro pass at the transportation booth to receive an Earth Day reusable bag, while supplies last. Alternatively, 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 highlight the City’s Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program.

The annual 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 or call (626) 744-4087.