Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival slated for April 21 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival slated for April 21

Special to the Sun

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; The 2012 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley. This all-ages, community sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling and composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors. It is the largest eco-event in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee area.

Earth Day is a zero waste event. Typical trash receptacles will not be available in effort to drastically minimize waste. Booth participants are requested to minimize handouts and implement other forms of waste reduction. All food vendors will use biodegradable take-out containers made of either paper or PLA, a high tech starch-based plastic provided by Tahoe Green Products. Food and biodegradable waste will be collected by volunteers and IVGID Waste Not and composted by Full Circle Compost from Minden, Nev.

This yearand#8217;s theme is and#8220;Do One Thing.and#8221; All participants are asked to consider and implement a pledge to help the environment. Purchase raffle tickets to support the Tahoe Truckee Earthday Foundation and a chance for extra special prizes.

New this year: Dr. Wildnerness

The Dr. Wilderness Show has dazzled children and adults for more than 10 years. This exciting, magical performance captivates children with its music and dancing, stage tricks, mystery and electronic puppetry.

A blend of learning and laughter covers a broad range of topics and#8212; planet Earth, air, water, trees and forests, biodiversity, endangered and threatened wildlife, recycling and energy conservation. Or, as Dr. Wilderness calls it, and#8220;natural resourcery.and#8221;

Live music

Continuing the tradition of great music at Earth Day, this year will feature Ten Mile Tide; a San Francisco-based acoustic rock band, whose sound blends touches of folk, pop, bluegrass and groove. The Earth Day music line up also includes Drop Theory with special guests Ben Fuller and Jeff Jones. Visit http://www.tahoetruckeeearthday.org.

Envirolution Trashion Show

Back by popular demand is the Envirolution Trashion Show. The Truckee High School Envirolution Club and#8220;Trashionand#8221; show is a recycling fashion show of artsy outfits (made by the students themselves) created out of materials that do not biodegrade easily. Each outfit has a funny and educational commentary, sending a message of positive action and#8212; everyone can consciously work at reducing, reusing and recycling. The youths provide specific actions to reduce energy use and waste at school sites, homes and businesses by involving more students in making a positive difference. The Envirolution Club is advised by Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP). The Trashion Show is sponsored by the Town of Truckee.

Free community recycling event

New this year, regional residents and event goers may drop off old electronic equipment, waste tires and household batteries free of charge in the Village Parking lot, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A complete list of items accepted is available at http://www.tahoetruckeeearthday.org. Absolutely no hazardous waste including items such as paint or fluorescent light bulbs will be accepted. There is a limit of nine waste tires per person; no oversized or tractor tires will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recycling opportunity, please contact Nichole Dorr at the Town of Truckee 530-582-2909 or ndorr@townoftruckee.com.

Childrenand#8217;s activity area

Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) will host the childrenand#8217;s area. Take your kids and participate in a multitude of fun, hands-on activities that explore alternative energy, watershed health, sustainability, recycled art and more.

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

The Earth Day festivities officially kick off Tuesday, April 19 with the return of the South Yuba River Citizens Leagueand#8217;s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The Film Festival will be held at the Olympic Village Lodge starting at 7 p.m. This series of relevant, thought-provoking and often humorous films and shorts is not to be missed! Get your tickets early. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door and are on sale now at New Moon in Truckee and Tahoe City. Seating is limited.

Do your part. Ride TART.

TART will offer free transportation to and from the event from Incline Village, Nev., North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

Call for volunteers!

This event could not take place without hundreds of volunteer hours. Earth Day is seeking volunteers for the day of the event, email elizmcampbell@gmail.com.

Your support is encouraged

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day needs your support. To participate, donate or if you are interested in joining the committee visit http://www.TahoeTruckeeEarthDay.org or contact info@tahoetruckeeearthday.org.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day presenting sponsors include The Village at Squaw Valley, Cory Giese CPA, IVGID Waste Not, SWEP and Truckee High Envirolution Club, Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Sara Zimmerman Art Illustration and Design, Tahoe Water Suppliers Association, Tahoe Green Packaging and the Town of Truckee.

About The Tahoe Earth Day Foundation

The Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was created to educate the general public regarding the Lake Tahoe and Truckee regionand#8217;s unique beauty and how to preserve and protect it. The means of providing such education includes, but is not limited to, regional Earth Day festivals that will include environmental and educational booths with focus areas on watershed health, forest health, pollution prevention, alternative energy and waste management. It has also been created to recognize and celebrate the work of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, whoand#8217;s creation of the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970 eventually lead to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Visit http://www.tahoetruckeeearthday.org.