South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival returns to Bijou Community Park Saturday
EARTH DAY SCHEDULE
10 a.m. — Event Opens
10:30 a.m. — Earth Day Welcome
11 a.m. — Bijou Earth Day Singers
12 p.m. — The Connor Party
1 p.m. — Bijou Children’s Circus
1:30 p.m. — The Connor Party
2:00 p.m. — Sponsor Recognition
2:15 p.m. — The Connor Party
3 p.m. — Closing
More than 1,000 people are expected at an annual celebration of Mother Earth at the South Shore Saturday, April 23.
The South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival at Bijou Community Park is designed to educate people about local environmental issues while celebrating the region’s beauty. Recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability and reducing ecological footprints will each be among the topics featured at approximately 30 booths at the festival, which includes something for all ages.
“Just about every local environmental agency is going to be there,” said Jeanne Lear, a member of the event’s planning committee. “A lot of them have kid-oriented activities.”
“It’s family friendly, and it’s free,” Lear added.
The Bijou Earth Day Singers will perform at 11 a.m., and the Bijou Children’s Circus will take the stage at 1 p.m. South Shore’s Earth Day festival also features a Kid Zone offering recycle-themed arts and crafts, face painting and children’s books.
Folk, rock and funk act the Connor Party is scheduled to play three sets throughout the day starting at noon, and DJs will play in between.
Tacos Por Favor, Goodie’s Lemonade and Honey Bee Ice Cream will offer food at the event, while the Kiwanis will cook up “Bently Burgers” from locally raised, grass-fed cows.
The event also offers free raffles for gift certificates and other items.
People are encouraged to use alternative transportation to get to the celebration. A free bike valet and bike-assessment station will be offered at the event. Vehicle parking is available at Lake Tahoe Community College, where volunteers will shuttle attendees to the event via golf cart. LTCC is located at 1 College Way. Parking is prohibited along Al Tahoe Boulevard and on any unpaved surfaces.
The volunteer-run event has battled fickle spring weather in the past. On Wednesday the National Weather Service in Reno was calling for rain and snow Friday night, with a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11 a.m. Saturday. Partly sunny skies are expected Saturday afternoon.
More information is available at www.southtahoeearthday.org.