Mother of all parties
South Shore is planning its largest celebration to date for Earth Day on Saturday at the Heavenly Village.
Typically the event is hosted at the Lake Tahoe Community College and draws about 500 people. This year organizers expect several thousand people to attend.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be free live music amplified by solar power, environmental education booths, arts and crafts, a bounce house, mural and face painting, food and drinks and a raffle.
“We’re going to have 43 booths and vendors,” said Jessica Schwing, an employee of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which is an organizer of the event. “We’ll be focusing on recycling, showing what’s recyclable by separating out recyclables.”
Earth Day is Thursday, but the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day celebration will be on Saturday because fewer people have to work on the weekend. The goal is to have the event annually at the Heavenly Village.
Schwing said that special events are large trash producers, so the tentative goal for next year’s celebration would be to produce zero waste by recycling everything.
Parking for Saturday’s event will be available in the South Lake Tahoe parking garage at Heavenly Village. Some parking with a two-hour limit will be available for free on Laurel and Cedar avenues.
South Shore’s public transit system, BlueGo, will offer fixed- route bus day passes on Saturday for $1. An all-day pass normally costs $3. For more information, contact Schwing at (775) 588-4547 ext. 318.
– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org